Memories of Resolven Library ~ Circa 2005

RESOLVEN LIBRARY ~ {CIRCA 2005}

Pat, Mair and Sandra are Librarians of the highest degree

Before you have time to select a book – they’ve brought one for you to see…

Their library is a place of excellence, it’s clean, cosy and bright

With a clutch of computers and shelves of books to feed modern intellect that’s right….

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There’s always a cheerful welcome, no matter how busy they may be

With a classroom of children and teachers, there’s time for a smile for me

It’s usually busy each weekday, there’s always some exhibition on view

A photographic, historical, delightful scenes of interest to me and you……

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I enjoy my visits to the library, to introduce my Grandchildren to books

And on those dark wet winter evenings, curl up in a cosy nook….

Those poems by Rudyard Kipling, to stimulate the deep recesses of the mind

Biographies of the great composers whose contribution had enriched mankind…

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I love to read, study and remember, making up for years of lost time,

I’m truly grateful to the ‘Ladies of the Library’ for their contribution, and being most kind

So, do join us in our search for understanding, it’s well worth to pop along inside

Find a book that will stimulate your interest, even the ebb and flow of Swansea’s tide….

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Time and tide waits, they say, for no man, there’s a need to be geographically aligned

With wisdom, knowledge and patience to meet the demands of modern times

Three cheers for Resolven Library, it’s a meeting place, a ‘rendezvous’

Where friends and family communicate, just as we ought to do.

Brynmor Morgan

{1931 ~ 2019}

Tŷ Gwyn

Resolven

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Road Closure Notice

CLYNE AND MELINCOURT COMMUNITY COUNCIL

B4434 Closure New Road Tonna

 17th August for 5 Days

Please note this road will be closed to all traffic

Commuters in Clyne and Melincourt, will have to travel to Resolven to connect with the A465

 The actual site is located on the bends approaching Tonna and the workmen could not work safely without complete road closure during the 5 days except for emergency vehicles. The closure will be during the hours of 8 – 17 daily. The road will be open outside those hours.

  For more information on bus passenger transport: Contact

 NPT Cllr Dean Lewis 07854 424162

 Keith Thomas 07577 644435/711000

NPT Council for Voluntary Services Information & HOT JAM

Information supplied by Carys Miles

Principal Officer Development

Neath Port Talbot Council for Voluntary Services

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There is no charge to take part

Andy Mulligan

Hot Jam

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Carriageway Surface Dressing -Abergarwed

Information on road works from NPT Council

We are scheduled to be carrying out Surface Dressing Carriageway works on the B4242 Neath Road, Abergarwed with the programme expected to commence on the 01.08.2020 for four days pending weather and plant breakdowns.

The first two days 01.08.2020 – 02.08.2020 will consist of applying the first coat of bitumen and chippings, after an initial sweep the contractor will return to apply the ‘seal’ part of the treatment on the 05.08 & 06.08 which is an emulsion spray that goes onto the first coat to lock in the chippings, this is usually a very fast process and is usually drivable on after around 30 minutes (weather temperature dependent).

The works will be under stop/go traffic management and delays should be expected/anticipate.

Neath Road, Abergarwed

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Children’s Playground Open today

The children’s playground in Resolven Park is open today. Hooray! Hooray

Village Lockdown Stories

The corona virus lockdown hasn’t been a pleasure as I am sure we all agree but just because adversity comes our way it hasn’t stopped Resolven making the best of a bad thing. So many negatives have dominated our way of living and loving life it’s sometimes been difficult to see a silver lining but there have been many. Community spirit came to the fore when so many local residents offered their help to those who were shielding and staying home as recommended — doing shopping, delivering essential supplies and generally supporting anyone who needed it. This has been prevalent throughout and that includes the local businesses that kept supplies stocked and did doorstep deliveries to so many households. Flour was in short supply mainly because the bakers among us made treats for NHS and keyworkers as well as for friends and neighbours. Where the taste buds benefitted from such delights, the waistlines have all probably suffered but for good reason..

 A Facebook page connected over 300 likeminded people who were always there to provide any help required and was a great success. The support shown towards the NHS and careworkers was inspiring and the clapping on the doorsteps each Thursday was quite astounding. We lit up windows with blue lights, decorated our windows with rainbows and a feeling of unity was all around.

THE WELFARE HALL LIT UP FOR THE NHS

There were moments of negativity and frustration and a lot of ‘fed up’ days but as a whole Resolven has stepped up and stayed in and stayed safe. The virus was kept at bay locally with very few reported cases and we felt both relieved and fortunate.

Working from home was a new experience for those able to comply and the word ‘keyworkers ‘ showed who it was keep the country moving and working .

Home schooling gave us all a new perspective on how teachers should be applauded and appreciated.

The silver linings had to be looked for but they were there. The internet played a huge part in keeping us all connected not only to our nearest and dearest but there were quizzes, music concerts from homes, online dance classes, video exercises, church and chapel services, video group chats and lots of photos through social media outlets that kept everyone up to date and most of the time amused with what was going on indoors and in gardens all over the village and new friendships were formed.

Walking became the main pastime and it reminded us of how blessed we are to live in an area that offers so many walking and cycling opportunities, with beautiful scenery. the lack of traffic and the sudden slowing down of life gave us chance to appreciate our surroundings in a way we hadn’t had the chance to for years .

Nant y Gleisiad Brook
THE RIVER
Wild flowers

Street parties with social distancing were organised for the 75th anniversary of VE Day where it was possible to party outdoors keeping social distancing and where that wasn’t possible family garden parties in the glorious sunshine. Flags and bunting decorated the whole village

V.E. Day Garden Party

Ynysfawr avenue continued the VE day success with street bingo and even organised live music to keep up moral, and Ynysfach Avenue followed suit.

Birthdays were celebrated in gardens and via zoom conference calls as were wedding anniversaries so nobody missed a celebration.

As the weeks ticked by it stepped up a notch. The ukulele band known as the Indonesian Architects who practice at the Welfare Hall decided it was time to go on tour and played on the streets of Resolven to much acclaim and continue to do so when the weather permits.

Resolven AFC ordered new training tops with NHS logo that raised money for NHS charities doing their bit to show their support of the Health Service.

The carnival was cancelled but the ladies from the Welfare repeated last years successful painted rocks and created a rock hunt that children could search for on walks with their parents to make a stone snake on school road for all to view . So far there are over a 100 stones in the snake and its still forming. Mr. Morgan the headmaster of ynysfach primary has generously agreed to display the rocks on school property when they reopen in September.

PAINTED STONES

HIDING ST0NES IN THE RAIN

Local crafter Amanda Williams has created a magical fairy trail sited on the canal path that has enthralled not only so many little ones but their parents too and will hopefully be a lasting attraction that can be enjoyed by both locals and visitors to the wonderful tourist area that is the Neath Tennant canal. This in turn will encourage people to take the opportunity to hire canoes and visit Ty banc for ice cream or a coffee whilst enjoying the wonderful scenery on offer.

THE FAIRY TRAIL

ALONG THE CANAL

As lockdown is coming to a gradual close, the rugby club have opened their fields and club so we can begin to socialise slowly and safely once again and even though social distancing is still important its giving us the opportunity to come out of lockdown and begin to meet up again be together a bit more giving us a taste of the ‘new normal’ we all speak about.

From the very start Resolven community council and our NPTC councillor Dean Lewis have been on hand to provide regular information and support to all going above and beyond their normal remit answering the call whenever it was needed  for which we can all be grateful .

I am sure there was much more that could be mentioned so please send us your lockdown stories so we can share the smiles.

REPORT by DIANE SIMS

‘Indonesian Architects’ (Resolven Ukelele Group)

With the easing of Lockdown now continuing, in what has been the strangest and most challenging of times, it was enlightening and heartening to hear that the ‘Indonesian Architects’ (otherwise known as the Resolven Ukelele Band) have been  performing in different street locations around the village for the past month. (weather permitting).

They are a group of local enthusiastic musical players who have joined together, along with their different instruments, albeit with a strong leaning towards the Ukelele, (which seems to have become a fashionable instrument these days).  They are mainly from Resolven but have welcomed other members from Neath, Cwmgwrach and the Dulais Valley.

Unfortunately, due to the current Coronavirus restrictions, they are somewhat depleted and consist of only Resolven locals at present.

On Saturday, 11th July, with the weather fine and warm, we made our way to Williams Avenue, the street chosen by the Indonesian Architects to give their latest outdoor performance.

Word had obviously got around as there were several groups ready and waiting, having brought chairs and refreshments for this afternoon treat.

It was a very pleasant and enjoyable way to spend an afternoon in the company of this talented group who played well known sing-a-long songs and were clearly enjoying themselves too, as well as providing a great afternoon for all those listening.

As residents we thank you for the giving of your time and providing an occasion for the community of Resolven to enjoy being together in these unprecedented times.  It is also worthy of note that their successfully entertaining performances are given completely free of charge.

We understand that next week, on Saturday, 18th July around 4pm weather permitting, they will be performing at Rheola Avenue/Rugby Road.

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End of an Era

Our RDN photographer, Mike Davies, took these “before and after ” pictures of Clun Primary School-the latest image this week during demolition

The school opened it’s gates in1896 and the last home-time bell was rung there in July 2015. It was known as Clyne school until the name was changed to Clun Primary school in 1983.

Clos yr Ysgol, a housing development for 2, 3 bedroom houses and bungalows is being built on the site of the old school

All the pupils on their last day at a much loved school

Sardis-Message for 5th July from Pastor Fortunato Santos

Hello everyone’

I trust you are well and enjoying fellowship with the Lord.

This coming Sunday we are going to have Communion together. So, please have bread and wine at hand.

God bless you greatly.

C Message 15 – Matthew 13:44-46

In Matthew chapter 13 there are many references about what the ‘Kingdom of Heaven is like’. It is worth reading the whole chapter to learn the comparisons Jesus made. In verse 11 ‘The secrets of the Kingdom of Heaven’, in verse 24 ‘The Kingdom of Heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field’, in verse 31 ‘the Kingdom of Heaven is like a mustard seed’, in verse 33 ‘the Kingdom of Heaven is like yeast’ in verse 47 ‘the Kingdom of Heaven is like a net’. Today we are going to be looking at verses 44-46 ‘the Kingdom of Heaven is like a treasure hidden in a field and like a merchant looking for fine pearls’.

There is a very good Christian booked called ‘Jungle Pilot’ and it tells the story of 5 American missionaries who went to Ecuador as missionaries and were killed by some tribal people. Jim Elliot  said a beautiful phrase ‘ It is no fool the one who gives away what he cannot keep to gain what one cannot lose’.

The Kingdom of Heaven is the most precious thing you will ever find. The Kingdom of Heaven is not just when we die and go to heaven, it is the principles of Jesus teaching being applied into our lives this very day. Once we have a better understanding of the Kingdom of Heaven, we will invest all of our energies in seeing it growing and prospering among mankind. I have met many people who have sacrificed careers, social position for the good of the Kingdom of Heaven. The Lord Jesus compares it with someone who finds a treasure in the field and sells everything he had to buy the field and then to own the treasure. Once we find the reality of the principles of the Kingdom of Heaven and we become convinced of its beauty we will not be afraid of investing in the Kingdom of Heaven. As any other Kingdom, the Kingdom of Heaven has principles the subjects live their lives by. Just a few examples of the Kingdom of Heaven… ‘pray for those who persecute you’, ‘forgive as your Heavenly Father has forgiven you’, ‘do not worry about tomorrow’, ‘it is better to give than to receive’ etc. To be part of a Kingdom with such wonderful principles is an amazing thing. We must understand to be a Christian is not just having our sins forgiven, there is much more to be entitled to. We become part of a new Kingdom with principles different to the ones we are used to. The principles of the Kingdom of Heaven are healthy and promote the wellbeing of those who belong to it. It is a fallacy to think the Kingdom of Heaven starts when we die and then we go to Paradise. This is another facet of the Kingdom of Heaven, the Kingdom of Heaven starts when we accept Christ as our Saviour and Lord, and willing to start to live our lives by the principles of His Kingdom where He is the King. We see how valuable the Kingdom of Heaven is that we will be willing to do anything to promote it. The Kingdom of Heaven is priceless. People are willing to do whatever they can in order to gain the Kingdom of Heaven.

All of us we used to belong to the kingdom of darkness. We have been transported into the Kingdom of His marvellous light. The darkness can be very thick and intense in the kingdom of darkness. When we read the newspapers or hear the news of the TV it is shocking to see the wickedness in people’s hearts. There is no consideration for others and people will go out of their way not just to cause trouble but to cause destructions to others. It is truly horrifying what people can do to people. Once we have belonged to that Kingdom too. We can truly argue that we did not do such evil things or even approve of them and I believe what you are saying. Nonetheless, before we came under the Lordship of Christ we belonged to a kingdom where the rules were contrary to the teachings of Christ. We lived in the kingdom of darkness until we crossed over to the Kingdom of God. We call this conversion.

Now that we belong to a new kingdom with a different King and rules we need to learn to live and adapt into, social habitat of this new kingdom can truly prove to be a real challenge. We are living in a world where the majority of people do not live by the principles of the Kingdom of Heaven and even oppose  them. We need to learn to be in the world and not be part of it. We cannot do it in our strength and we truly need the King to aid us in our strife. However, once we have being liberated from the kingdom of darkness into the Kingdom of Heaven we give it such a value that we are willing to do anything in our strength to gain it. The Kingdom of Heaven becomes the most important thing in our lives. God bless

Today we are going to have Communion together.

You will need to have before you bread and wine (Ribena or  just water).

Read I Corinthians 11: 23-26 and then ask the Lord to forgive your sins.

Give God thanks for giving us Jesus who died for us and then eat the bread. Give God thanks for the blood of Jesus who washes away our sins and then drink the wine

Sardis-Message from Pastor Santos for June 28th

C MESSAGE 14 – GENESIS 8:1-5 28/06/20

I am sure all of us know the story of Noah’s ark and the flood. God told Noah to build an ark and to take his family and all types of animals into the ark because He was going to flood the earth. After many days of torrential rain the opening words in chapter 8 are ‘but God remembered Noah’. Noah and his family were in the ark for many weeks and they did not know what sort of world they would find once the deluge was over. For sure he must have thought to himself it will be a different world. They did not know where he ark was going to land, they did not know what they would find once they stepped out of the ark. What about visiting friends and families?  What about their houses? What about?? This ‘what about’ must have reoccurred to him again and again.  As much as Noah tried to figure things out one thing he knew for sure ‘God had already figured all of them out. Talking to people, everybody is trying to imagine how life will be after all of this Covid19 is over. Of course like everybody else, my imagination runs wild, however even though I do not know what is ahead, I know who does – God.

When the bible tells us God remembered Noah, it does not mean that God had a lapse of mind and suddenly it occurred to Him that Noah was in the ark. It means the time was right for Him to allow Noah and his family and all the animals to come out from the ark. God started working things out for Noah, and all of those with him in the ark to come out and face a new reality. Can you see? God understands everything about ‘lockdown’. Noah was locked down in an ark, Joseph in a prison in Egypt, David and his men in a cave when running from Saul, Daniel in the lions’ den, Lazarus in a tomb, Paul in a prison in Rome etc. Many great servants of God have been in lockdown. God was with all of them all the time. It is no time to lose heart or to despair – because God is with us in this lockdown.

I can reassure you that God has not forgotten about you or about your situation. God remembered Noah and He remembers you. I am not a very nostalgic person and for sure we cannot live in the past or in the future. Nonetheless it is  healthy for us to recall in our minds again and again the times God has rescued us in the past and how He changed everything around. For sure God will make a way where there seems to be no way. We know the story of the crossing of the Red Sea – the Israelites could not go anywhere and God made a way where there seemed to be no way.

We are the people of God, we belong to Him, we are in His mind, God has not forgotten us. At the present moment I am reading a book which Richard Preedy gave me. It is about the history of Christianity. There were times when things were truly desperate and then ‘God remembered His people’. It is a wonderful thing to have faith at a time such is this, we know what we know, od remembers us. In the same way that he rescued Noah and his family, God will rescue us. We are not going through life just expecting that after death we will see Him. Of course we have great expectations once our lives upon this earth are over, however till then, we the people of God are going to see Him rescuing us many times over ,because He remembers us.

Noah and his family were in the ark for many weeks and they did not have a satnav, or the news on the TV, or could listen to the radio, or go for a walk, they did not know where they were going to end up but they knew that God was with them. It is so wonderful to know that God is with us, and He will sustain us and He will see us through. We need to be careful not to allow the news we hear on the TV and other means of communication to deafen God’s voice. Please be well informed, but in the midst of such great uncertainty it is the voice of God which will guide us, and reassure us, ‘it is ok’. He says – I know where and how you are – I remember you’.

Noah built the ark, but the captain of it was God. The ark was floating aloof for many days and nights, it was drifting away, Noah had never been in a boat before. The ark was just floating, it did not have the mechanism necessary to be piloted. It did not have a steering wheel or a rudder, it was just floating and floating, but God knew where He was taking it. At the moment it could well be you find yourself a bit at lost, and everything you knew and gave you a sense of security and belonging is not there anymore. You feel like you are just floating on the ocean of life, well, Noah has been there and God had His eye on Noah and his family all the time. God remembered Noah and God remembers you. He will help you, landing safely. Some times you get upset because people had forgotten about you and let you down – well the good news is ‘God remembers you’. God bless

PS. Many thanks to all of those who got involved with “24 Hours of Prayers for the Nations”, it went very well and we were able of covering the 195 nations of the world. We had people from South Korea, Kenya, Nigeria, UK, Brazil, New Zealand, America praying with us. We just did not pray for the nations we pray with the nations. Keep praying at least once a week for the nations you prayed for last weekend.

Pastor Fortunato Santos

Funeral Notice for Mr John Hopkins

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A Message from John and Carole’s son, Andrew

As a family, we would like to thank everyone for the continued messages of condolences that we have received since the passing of my father John Hopkins last week.

Unfortunately, the current situation permits us to have a private service at Margam Crematorium only.

Therefore, those wishing to pay respects to my Father, the funeral cortege will be leaving his home on Vaughan Avenue at 10.45am on Tuesday, 30th June.

Those attending from the bowls community, are welcome to wear their club shirts / blazers if they so wish.

For those who wish to make a donation in lieu of flowers, to the Brain Tumour Charity please contact

https://www.thebraintumourcharity.org/donate/

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Resolven Bowling Green Open ~ with restricted use

Welsh Government rules and restrictions apply.

BOOKINGS ONLY PLEASE

Bowling Green opening hours

2pm – 9pm

Please Use your Own equipment

To book a rink please contact

Simon Ace

Tel. No.07954 132501

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BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL

RESOLVEN PARK UPDATE

We are pleased that our bowling green and tennis court are able to reopen on Wednesday 24th June with new processes/procedures and safe distancing measure in place. However I must emphasise at this point the children’s play area and the skate park have to remain closed as these as yet can not be safely opened. 

I would like to thank the residents of Resolven for the way they have adhered to the changes that have been imposed and hopefully we will get back to some form of normality soon

Neal Francis

Chair Resolven Community Council 

Who Can Help Local Angler Find a Photo?

RE Borrow pit lakes (2 ponds in valley)

Hi,

I’m an angler on the Neath and Dulais Angling club and wondered if you had any photos of the construction/excavation of the lakes that you could share with me and pass on to the club. With it being such deep water it  would be amazing to see how they looked before they were filled

Thanks for your time reading this.

Regards 

Nick Rapado

If you can help Nick contact us on link below

am@resolvendistrictnews.co.uk

The large lake as it is now

Extra Photographs of Celebrations on VE Day 50th Anniversary

Thanks to David Morgan {former resident of Vaughan Ave} for the following photographs

Mayor Charles Henry Wood shares a joke with residents
Working off the sandwiches and cake
Musical Chairs
Ready, Steady ……. for the Sack Race!
It’s so close. Who was the WINNER?

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