Resolven International Pools Player in Malta

Congratulations to Amanda Evans of John Street Resolven, who represented Wales in a recent international pools competition held on the island of Malta.  After three years in the Welsh Ladies’  B team, Amanda was chosen for the top A side for the first time and she and her team mates did exceptionally well against women pool players from nine nations including Australia, Scotland, England and Northern Ireland. –winning one more frame would have placed them in the semi- final. The Welsh team had one unexpected supporter in Malta, when Borough Councillor Des Davies walked through the door!  Des was on the island recuperating after a recent period of ill health.


Amanda is centre back row -next to Des

Des is looking back on form in this photo and we wish him the very best of health in 2018.

The New Year will bring more international appearances   for Amanda who has already qualified to play for Wales in 2018.  She is now the 4th best in the country-beating over 50 players to get there.

Well done Amanda!

Surgery Opening Times- Christmas Period

The Vale of Neath Practice

Christmas 2017 Open Times

Please note the Resolven Surgery opening hours over Christmas:

Day / Date                                          Morning                             Afternoon
Wednesday December 20th              Normal Surgery                   Normal Surgery
Thursday     December 21st               Normal Surgery                   Normal Surgery
Friday           December 22nd            Normal Surgery                   Normal Surgery
Christmas Day(Monday) December 25th         Closed All Day
Boxing Day(Tuesday) December 26th               Closed All Day
Wednesday December 27th            Normal Surgery                          Closed
.                                                                                                   {Emergencies only at Glynneath}
Thursday     December 28th           Normal Surgery                          Closed
 .                                                                                                  {Emergencies only at Glynneath}
Friday           December 29th           Normal Surgery                          Closed
                                                                                                     {Emergencies only at Glynneath}

Dr. P.R. Westwood, Dr. S. Burrow, Dr. S. Harrowing, Dr. R. Hepburn, Dr. H. Gripper, Dr. A. Ike



                   New Years Day(Monday) January 1st 2018         Closed All Day 

Tuesday   January 2nd 2018             Normal Surgery                  Normal Surgery


Dr. P.R. Westwood, Dr. S. Burrow, Dr. S. Harrowing, Dr. R. Hepburn, Dr. H. Gripper, Dr. A. Ike


The Vale of Neath Practice

Christmas 2017 Open Times

Please note the Glynneath Surgery opening hours over Christmas:

                Day / Date                                              Morning                        Afternoon

                Wednesday December 20th                   Normal Surgery                Normal Surgery

                Thursday     December 21st                    Normal Surgery                Normal Surgery

                 Friday         December 22nd                  Normal Surgery                 Normal Surgery


                Christmas Day(Monday) December 25th              Closed All Day

                Boxing Day(Tuesday) December 26th                    Closed All Day


                Wednesday December 27th               Normal Surgery            Emergency Clinic Only 

                 Thursday     December 28th             Normal Surgery            Emergency Clinic Only

                 Friday          December 29th              Normal Surgery            Emergency Clinic Only


Dr. P.R. Westwood, Dr. S. Burrow, Dr. S. Harrowing, Dr. R. Hepburn, Dr. H. Gripper, Dr. A. Ike


                  New Years Day(Monday) January 1st 2018         Closed All Day

                   Tuesday   January 2nd 2018           Normal Surgery             Normal Surgery

Dr. P.R. Westwood, Dr. S. Burrow, Dr. S. Harrowing, Dr. R. Hepburn, Dr. H. Gripper, Dr. A. Ike


Youth Quiz Night in Welfare Hall


On Friday December 9th, students from Neath Port Talbot College held a Christmas Quiz and raffle at Resolven Miner’s Welfare for the fundraising section of their Welsh Bacc qualification. The charitywhich they decided to support was Maggie’s Cancer Care and at the end of the night the hard working girls managed to collect a total of £105 for the cause.

When attending the quiz I asked Ffion Owen, one of the organizers, a few questions on the planning behind the event. “The quiz was organized for our Welsh Bacc qualification at college. We wanted to support Maggie’s Cancer Care as they don’t only help those living with cancer but also provide help and support for the families of those suffering. The charity also helps people get back into work after recovering”. I also asked if there were any other ideas in the making to continue with their fundraising. “We plan to hold a charity curry night at Panshee’s in Skewen and we also want to do something sponsored, maybe a walk or sponsored silence.  I have really enjoyed fundraising with the girls because it’s good to be able to get to know others while fundraising money for such a good charity”,


Most of the turnout consisted of the village youth however the girls managed to sell raffle tickets to the usual visitors at the bar.

I thoroughly enjoyed attending the quiz! I thought that it provided a fun and relaxing atmosphere and got everyone into the Christmas spirit, and winning first prize wasn’t that bad either!






Sardis Christmas Services


 Rev, Fortunato Santos, Minister of Sardis, inside the Church


Let it Snow Says Mike


For RDN readers who might miss out on a white Christmas, share these scenes captured on the Brecon Beacons, Dec 11th 2017


Images by Mike Davies 

 Editor’s comment:

 Mike is a BBC Weather Watcher and his Brecon photos were shown on the main BBC news that night and BBC Breakfast Time the following morning. But he and his equally intrepid wife Maureen, who was with him on the Beacons, deserve a prize for daring too!  All the shots (120 in all) had to be taken on the move through the car window.  If they’d stopped the car they might not have got going again.




Christmas Tea Great Success

Every year, a mouthwatering Christmas Tea is held in St. David’s Church Hall, Resolven.and last Friday, I attended the event for the first time and spoke with Val Bishop, one of the main organizers, who told me more about the preparation of the tea and what happens during the event. She said, “The tea is in aid of the Church Restoration Fund and we usually expect around 90 people each year. We normally raise around £700 per year and the highest we’ve ever raised is £900. People who can’t make it on the day will give donations also. We are very grateful to the community. The tea was set up around six years ago and each year we hold a summer tea and a Christmas tea. We wanted to use the idea to provide something different for the village and we are very happy with its success”.

Val Bishop

I also asked Val Bishop if she has enjoyed being a part of the Church Restoration.   “Yes I’ve enjoyed it very much. When we saw the improvements on the outside of the Church it was worth all of our hard work. I mostly enjoy drawing the raffle each year. I am the Queen of the Raffle!”

After visiting the members who were working hard preparing for the tea, it struck me that we have some very dedicated and passionate members of the community, who really care for the village. The annual tea has proven to be a great success for the Church committee and I hope that our enthusiastic organizers can keep this popular tradition active for years to come.


Neath MP Christina Rees (1st left at back) joins the workers








































Message From Resolven Boy in Luton

  Hello Resolven District News!

Pleased to see you back with your new web site. I am interested in William Willis’s new book and to hear he is getting another one lined up, as I have a few things he may be interested in researching. I haven’t got his recent published book yet though.   I’ll see to that now.

I left Resolven in January 1950.  I live in Luton now and was 92 years old last Friday ..

  With All Best wishes to everyone for Christmas and the New Year.     

   Des Jones 

  (Councillor Des Davies’s uncle)

EDITOR—Lovely to hear from you again Des and belated Happy 92nd birthday greetings from the Resolven District News team


Super Moon Over Vale of Neath

The cold moon or super moon last night (Dec 3rd) was at a point in its orbit or perigee at which it is closest to the earth.  It can appear to be up to 14% larger and 30% brighter than usual.

The image was taken when the moon was rising and the skies were overcast, but I was fortunate to get a 20 minute window space, and It is superimposed on a picture of the town clock in Neath to give the full effect of the moon’s size.

 Mike Davies 

Mike’s Photos and Video from Christmas Fayre

Despite the gloomy overcast afternoon weather with dampness in the air, the Resolven residents came out in full strength on Saturday to brighten up the proceedings. There was plenty of variety in the marquee selling Christmas  bric a brac for every ones taste, and talking of taste the home made cakes and pies in the church hall were to die for,








Santa was a little late in arriving probably due to the gloomy weather that his reindeers had to fly through, but as always Santa  never lets the children down, and the joy on their faces when Santa could be heard and then seen  in the distance  through the mist was a joy to behold.

Many congratulations go to the Resolven Community Events Group who must have worked hard and long to organise such  a delightful afternoon in the run- up to Christmas for us.

 Report, photos, and video presentation by Mike Davies


Building Blocks Youth Cafe

Thomas Evans- satisfied customer

Resolven Youth Café is held on a Tuesday once a month in Resolven Building Blocks—  6.30 pm to 8 pm for school year 6 pupils to school year 11. It opened on October 17th and provides a relaxing and safe environment for the village youth to visit.  Each session’s delicacies are themed, ranging from ‘Taco Tuesday’ to Italian week, —- easy-going food at reasonable prices and as well as music, the café boasts a pool table and a hockey table.

Building Blocks manageress, Ceri Pritchard, told me” We started to meet up over a year ago when we applied for the community fund. The Youth Forum came up with the idea of having a cafe and we started to talk about it further to get money to fund it. I do think it is important for the village youth, providing additional activities for them.”

Building Blocks are soon to host other festive events.  there will be a Christmas Fair and Parent Tour of the building  on December 6th from 3-7 pm and then a Turkey Tuesday with turkey rolls, chocolate logs and lots of other festive fare on the 12th of December.  As well as the Christmas themed cafe, Building Blocks are to hold a Parent and Child Christmas sensory session and child development skills class free of charge.   So for the next few weeks, during the Christmas build up, the  Building Blocks team have  you covered for everything you need to get into the festive spirit!

Youth Forum members From L–Carley Lewis, Megan Langdon, William Pritchard, Emily Langdon, Thomas Evans, Jack Groth

Behind the cafe, the Resolven Youth Forum have put in a lot of hard work during their spare time in order to get the cafe up and running. After visiting one of their events I can safely say that I think it’s a great idea.