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Golden Wedding Anniversary

A well known Resolven couple celebrated their Golden Wedding Anniversary recently.

 

Anita and Lyn Maddocks living in Yeo Street met locally and were married in Sardis Baptist Church on 8th March 1969.

They had their Reception at the Cimla Court Hotel, in Neath and enjoyed a honeymoon in Majorca.

A surprise party to celebrate their 50 years of married life together was organised by friends and family at Ebenezer Baptist Church, Herbert Road, Melyn, and a speech of congratulations and gifts were given on behalf of all the members by the Senior Deacon, Mr Dennis Jones.

 

Lyn’s induction service as Pastor of Ebenezer was held on 1st February 2013, and along with Anita who is always by his side, are very much involved in various activities in the Church. They have worked tirelessly to make the building into the welcoming and successful Church that it is today.

A very memorable surprise party for Anita & Lyn

 

Anita’s parents, John and Betty Morgan are well remembered for having the Corner Shop at the top of John Street for many years.

Anita worked in Cam Gears as a Telephonist for a while and later on at the Neath Port Talbot Hospital in the Phlebotomy Dept.

 

Lyn was a self-employed Painter and Decorator and  in his spare time was involved in all areas of sport in Resolven and in the local youth club.

Being blessed with a fine singing voice he and his brothers enjoyed singing in public from a young age. He was asked to sing in many concerts and events and was a member of the Resolven & District Amateur Operatic Society.

 

Lyn, who is also involved in local charity organisations, is a well respected Pastor and is in great demand to officiate in weddings, funerals and other ceremonies.

 

Proud parents to Maria, who lives abroad, Anita and Lyn are also really proud grandparents to Benjamin and Stephanie.

 

Anita and Lyn were brought up and raised to experience, and fully appreciate all that the local community of village life gave them, and both still like to call the village of Resolven their home.

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All the team at RDN send their Congratulations to Anita and Lyn.

Report by Lorna & Hugh Lewis

A  Report on the March Meeting of Resolven History Society

March has proved a busy month for the History Society thus far. On the 8th, the Society held their annual dinner at the Angel, Pontneddfechan, attended by twenty three members and a good time was had by all. On the following Monday, a good attendance awaited Mr Huw Williams of Dowlais at the Church Hall.

Mr Williams has visited Resolven many times and used to conduct a WEA History group at the Community Centre. Last year, he spoke on the Cynon valley and such was the scope of his talk that he was invited to give a second course, by discussing the culture of Aberdare and district in the 19th century.

He began by revisiting several of the industrial themes which gave rise to the society which spawned the culture. Reference was made to the industrial rivalry with both Merthyr Tudful and later the Rhondda valleys in terms of coal production. Powell Duffryn’s access to the 4’seam had sparked huge production of coal and the spawning of a dual parliamentary seat between Merthyr and Aberdare.

In essence the culture of Aberdare could be focused through the prism of four distinct themes. Firstly the chapel culture of the valley, nicknamed “Sweet Bêr Dâr”, produced meeting places and became the venues for cymanfaoedd canu ( singing festivals) and Eisteddfodau. Some chapels even ran sports teams though this was rather diminished in the revival of 1904. Central to this was the discipline of “adroddiad” ( formal recitation) which was a common feature of Welsh society, where children and adults would learn scripture by rote in order to repeat in chapel ( a tradition familiar to many of those present,Ed). This showed itself in the minister style public speaking style, so evident in the politicians of the period with its clear enunciation.

The second theme was that of the choirs. Aberdare had Male, Female and mixed choirs. Most famously was the Côr Caradog which famously sang for Queen Victoria at the Crystal Palace and was so large that the Male Voice Choir that it was counted in hundreds and travelled in its own train to London. The innovation of Curwen’s modulator and the tonic solfa produced a society which could read and perform music and was indicative of the fact that by 1870 the population was more literate and educated. Indeed in 1878, Henry Richard the famous pacifist from Tregaron,( Apostol Heddwch ) was elected as MP for Aberdare.

The third theme was that of the growth of the printing industry in Aberdare in the nineteenth century. The valley was the centre for the printing of religious tracts and newspapers in both English and Welsh. “Tarian y Gweithiwr”, a Welsh language newspaper written  for the working man was produced there . The main company performing this work was Stephens and George, a company which still produces programmes for the Welsh Rugby Union. Even though, the area ironically became a hotspot for Rugby League in Wales in the early twentieth century.

The final theme, which is often overlooked today was that the Society operated almost entirely in Welsh. By 1900, Abedare had a population of 14,999. The Society was fueled by Calvinistic Methodism which gave the population a sense of confidence and drive.

Mr Williams finished his highly entertaining talk by musing as to the meaning of the term “popular culture”, but was still no wiser. He stated that the valleys needed a cultural revolution fueled by a renewed sense of community and citizenship.

Following a lengthy question and answer session, Trefor Jones deputisng for Chairman Gwyn Thomas, thanked Mr Williams for his illuminating talk. He stated that in essence, each valley community was similar in tradition, but were also unique in other ways.

REPORT by TREFOR JONES

 

Digital Inclusion Sessions in Library

 

We will be holding ‘digital inclusion’ sessions at the library for people who don’t have internet access.

 Call in on Wednesday mornings for help with switching energy supplier which could save you money! 

 

 

 

Defibrillator Training

Wacky Wigs Day Great Success

Suzanne Evans and her Wacky Wigs Family

February 23rd was a day for the Resolven diary at the rugby club. Wales were playing England and the nerves were jangling but that’s not the only thing happening at the club that day there was something else going on that would be talked about for years. it was Wacky Wig Day !

Now I know you are all wondering what and why is Wacky Wig Day?

After a recent operation and course of chemotherapy treatment, regular club member Suzanne Evans had been upset over needing to wear a wig due to side affects of her treatment so in an effort to make her feel better some of her friends decided that reassuring Suzanne that she was as beautiful as ever and the important thing was her ongoing treatment and recovery was not enough . they declared that February 23rd was they day they would ALL be wearing wigs in support of their friend.

The idea grew and it was agreed that it would be a fundraising day to raise funds for the chemotherapy unit at Singleton Hospital where Suzanne was being cared for. Lots of the rugby club customers joined in and not only were there wigs, raffles and collections but Suzanne’s niece Alisha handmade the distinctive pale pink ribbons and they were on sale  too .

There was a competition for best wig that was won by Rhian Evans and even a children’s section that was won by Poppy Williams

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lots of the rugby club customers joined in and not only were there wigs, raffles and collections but Suzanne’s niece Alisha handmade the distinctive pale pink ribbons and they were on sale too .

 

 

 

 

 

 

Even the staff joined in!!!  and the sum of £395 was collected to be given to the hospital unit !

It was a great day with smiles and laughter all around and all who participated certainly made their friend smile.

 

 

 

All Wales had to do to make the day a resounding success was beat England  AND THEY DID !!!

REPORT by DIANE SIMS (RDN team)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

and the sum of £395 was collected to be given to the hospital unit !

It was a great day with smiles and laughter all around and all who participated certainly made their friend smile.

All Wales had to do to make the day a resounding success was beat England  AND THEY DID !!!

 

REPORT by DIANE SIMS (RDN team)

 

 

 

Library Closure

We would like to inform our customers that Resolven community library will be closed on the day of Cllr Des Davies’s funeral-Wednesday 20th of March as a mark of respect. 

Funeral Notice for Councillor Des Davies

Funeral Notice for Mr Gordon Brown

Bird’s eye view of Resolven

Picture taken in 2010 by Mike Davies (RDN)

“Spring Has Sprung” at Canal Basin in Resolven

Photo taken by Mike Davies (RDN)

Happy St David’s Day

PHOTO by MIKE DAVIES (RDN)

 

PHOTO by HUGH LEWIS (RDN)

Sad Death of Councillor Des Davies

 

We are deeply saddened to have to report the death of our long -serving and dedicated Borough Councillor Desmond  Davies.  Des passed away in hospital on February the 27th, at the age of 70, after a long period battling ill health.

Des was always ready to take up any cause and try to find a solution to any problem. He was a true servant of the people.  He was also a lovely, gentle and  warm human being.  He will be missed more than he might have realised.

 

 OBITUARY FROM NPT COUNTY BOROUGH COUNCIL

Desmond William Davies – Des – served as a county and county borough councillor for 38 years and also as community councillor for many years.

Elected to serve the West Glamorgan County Council in 1981, Des also served the successor authority – Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council – from its inception in 1996.

During his distinguished local government service, Des was entrusted with a number of senior roles: chairing the education scrutiny committee and representing the Council on a range of external bodies connected with education matters before taking up the more senior role of chairing the Policy and Resources/Cabinet Scrutiny Committee where his experience and good humour made him well suited to examining the most significant policy decisions to be considered by the Council and its Cabinet. In this role he also championed the scrutiny function, encouraging less experienced councillors to play their full part in the decision making processes of the Council.

In 2000/2001 Des was elected to serve as mayor of the county borough. This was a role that he relished and was ably supported in his mayoral year by his dear mum Doreen whilst also encouraged from the sidelines by his father. During the year there were many things to celebrate but Des also found himself leading our communities in mourning for the loss of life that occurred following disastrous events at the Corus Steelworks. He did this with great dignity and compassion.

In May 2017 Des was invited to join the Council’s Cabinet as the Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Public Protection. In a short period of time Des made a real difference – making himself known to staff; championing the services in his portfolio; commanding the respect of the Council’s partners, particularly in drawing attention to the substance misuse problems besetting parts of the county borough; whilst also playing a full role within the wider agenda of the Council.

As important as the formal roles within the Council were to Des, he never forgot that he was there to represent the people of Resolven and combined his busy role as cabinet member with various community roles, including, for example, being a trustee of the Melin Cwrt Pensioners’ Hall, Chair of governors of Llangatwg Community School and governor of Ynysfach Primary School- Just some of the local community groups that Des supported.

Des approached all of these roles with good humour and a dedication to public service. He was passionate about his work and always worked to do the best he could for the people he represented. He demanded no less in those he work alongside and in doing so is held in high regard by those who came in contact with him.

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Des as Mayor of NeathPortTalbot County Borough Council with his Mother, Doreen as Mayoress during a visit to The Mayors Parlour by members of Resolven Bowls Club

 

Funeral Notice for Mrs Gwenda North

THE FUNERAL OF THE LATE:        Mrs Gwenllian (Gwenda) North of Cory Street, Resolven

 

WILL BE HELD ON:                         Friday 1st March 2019

 

SERVICE AT:             Margam Crematorium at 9:30a.m.

 

Family flowers only.  Donations in lieu if so desired please to:

Guide Dogs for the Blind C/o:  The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association
Hillfields, Burghfield Common, Reading, Berkshire, RG7 3YG

Further enquiries please to:  Mr. Nicholas Maggs of Resolven Funeral Home, 21a, Commercial Road, Resolven, SA11 4HF

Telephone: 01639 710222

March Meeting of Resolven History Society