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Funeral Notice for Mrs Stella Crawley

2018 Service of Remembrance at Resolven

The 2018 Service of Remembrance

At Resolven


The Annual Service of Remembrance is held to commemorate all those who gave their lives serving their country. The service at Resolven was conducted by Moira Randall, the Church Warden of St David’s Church, Resolven and the Flag Bearer on behalf of the Resolven Branch of the Royal British Legion was Ashley Philbrick.

Moira Randall
Church Warden at St David’s Church

Ashley Philbrick
Royal British Legion Flag Bearer












The Original Site of Resolven Cenotaph

‘The Cenotaph’ The Resolven War Memorial  (one of many countless others all over the world) was built to honour and pay homage to a generation of our small village who were lost in the Great War of 1914-1918.


‘The Cenotaph’ has been a familiar everyday part of the village life as far back as any living person can remember.

‘The Cenotaph’ structure was erected and completed by November 1925, situated ‘pride of place’ in a prominent position on the Square, (the main hub of the village at the time), where it could be seen from Commercial Road, Neath Road, and Tan y Rhiw Road.

During the mid 1960’s, it was decided to moved the Cenotaph, probably due to the amount of traffic coming through the village, and relocate it to its present position, alongside the Church Hall (opened 1965).  It is still very much a feature of the village.

As time has gone by, sadly new names have been added to the list on ‘The Cenotaph’, all who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving their country in other conflicts of war. This has therefore, given the cenotaph a respectfully new meaning to a younger generation.


On 11th November 2018, 100 years after the end of the Great War, the large local crowd gathered around ‘The Cenotaph’, after the Service in St David’s Church Hall, to pay their respects to all those who were once part of the village community, but never returned home.






Ms Karen Partridge

Mr Ashley Philbrick lowers the flag











Walking away after the service, watching the crowds leaving quietly it was good to remember that ‘The Cenotaph’ and its importance is a meaningful part of our history.


HL & LL (RDN Team)

Centenary Armistice Day Remembrance at Clyne War Memorial


Father Andrew Davies took the short service in Clyne,
We were all keeping an eye on the heavy clouds thankfully passing over, but fortunately for us it kept dry until the end.
There was a good attendance  from the village

Report and pictures and YouTube presentation by Mike Davies you tube link here



Sad Passing of Mrs Lynda Thomas

It is with great sadness that the family of Mrs. Lynda Thomas of Glynneath Road, announce her passing in hospital on Thursday the 8th of November 2018. The family would like to thank those who have sent good wishes at this sad time and during her long illness. Funeral details will be announced when the arrangements are in place.

Ynysfach School at War Memorial

Armistice Centenary

Armistice Centenary

It is exactly one hundred years since that historical secret meeting on a train of three significant representatives of Britain, France and Germany who came together to discuss the terms of the Armistice Agreement, a document of such immense importance that would finally lead to ‘the peaceful sound of silence’ in the trenches and on the battlefields of a four year war that changed the world.

The signing of the ‘Armistice’ took place, after three days of deliberations, at 5.15am on 11th November defining the long awaited moment of the beginning of the end of the 1914-1918 War.

A ‘peace without victory’ was hoped for by the defeated armies of Germany, but stern terms and conditions were imposed to ensure that there would be no further hostilities and the fighting could not be restarted.

But even though the Armistice took effect officially on eleventh hour of the eleventh day of the eleventh month, it was many months before the Peace Treaty of Versailles was negotiated and signed on 28 June 1918.

The ending of the conflict echoed throughout the world but even though ‘normal’ life resumed, life would never be the same again.

100 years on, we must always remember those who never came back, and gave all their tomorrows for our today.


The following are some photographs of men, with local connections, who were involved in the conflict.





This memorial in France honours soldiers who lost their lives fighting in the French Army – so what is the connection with Resolven? Mike Davies ex Abergarwed boy explains:

“This is thought to be the place where Gabriel Funning of Cross Street Resolven lost his life.

Gabriel grew up in the Welsh Community and according to family tales, could speak little French.   He courted my grandmother and they were engaged to be married, but in 1914 because Gabriel and his father Walter had not become naturalised British, they were both conscripted into the French Army.  Walter survived the War but on the 12th June 1918, as Gabriel was due to come home on leave, he was killed in action. For his bravery he was posthumously awarded the ‘Croix de Geurre’ with a Silver Star.  The citation reads:- For leading an attack on enemy positions.

Gabriel’s name is listed on the Resolven Cenotaph and on the same side of the Memorial at the very top; Captain Mark Haggard is also remembered.


Captain Haggard can’t be claimed as a Resolven born man but he married the elder daughter of Vaughan of Rheola in 1913.  Sadly, he was killed in action just over a year later in 1914 while serving in the trenches with the Royal Welch Regiment.  He is said to have uttered the words ‘Stick it the Welsh’ as he lay wounded and that quotation, to this day, is above the clock in Maindy Barracks, Cardiff.  The man who carried him from the battlefield, William Fuller, was the first Welshman to receive a VC in World War One for his brave action.





This photograph is of Stephen Jones serving with the South Wales Borderers in the Great War.  He was a Resolven man married to Hilda and had three children, Eric, Jeanette and Brenda – Brenda being well known to the village as ‘Brenda the Shop’.

Brenda says “My dad was exposed to mustard gas. He served on the Somme, at Gallipoli and Passchendaele where he was taken prisoner and he spent the rest of the war as a POW.

He received three medals, which we treasure, and a letter from the King at Buckingham Palace on his return home.




This is Ioan Perkins who served in the Royal Engineers in the Boer War before fighting in World War One.   He served in the Dardanelle Landings with the British, Australian and New Zealand forces and after the War, he served in India, Africa and the Middle East.


Ioan’s son, also Ioan Perkins of Neath Road, was kind enough to lend us the above happy portrait of his father.





Gerald Billen from Clyne had two grandfathers who fought in the first World War.  His Grandfather David James Davies was known as Dai 31 because there were half a dozen men with the same name living in Melincourt at that time and he happened to live at 31 Bryn Terrace.

A photo of his other grandfather Eddie Billen was provided by another grandchild Kay Eagles (daughter of Phyllis).  She says “I’m afraid I don’t know much about my grandfather as far as his rank or regiment goes but I think my grandfather had something to do with horses in the Great War.

After the war he went down the mines in Resolven and worked there until he was over 65.  All I can say is that he was such a kind and gentle man who loved his children and grandchildren and his wife Eileen. We loved him very much”.









This family portrait was provided by Hugh Morgan, grandson of Samuel Morgan of Clyne – seen here in uniform as a Sergeant in the Royal Welch Fusiliers.

Sam served in France for four years and was awarded the DCM for his bravery.  That medal was one of the highest awards given to non commissioned officers at that time.  Sam survived the Great War and his family was well known in Clyne. Sarah, his daughter was involved with Clyne and Resolven Youth Clubs for many years. She was also in charge of the Meals on Wheels Service in the Neath Area.



Marcia Watkins (The Sweet Shop/Post Office on the Square) provided us with this photograph of her great grandparents Thomas Henry and Sarah Anne Davies.  Thomas was in the Royal Field Artillery – the largest arm of the Artillery.  It was responsible for the medium calibre guns and howitzers deployed close to the front line.  During the first World War a whole new form of artillery was developed to meet the unusual conditions on the Western Front – trench mortar.  The Royal Field Artillery provided the man power for these mortars.  Unfortunately only 30 per cent of World War one records survived the London Blitz and even though I have my great grandfather’s service number, I have no more details of his service in France, but thankfully he survived what must have been a horrific experience for him and all the other men on the Western Front.

He came home safely and he and Sarah had five children, Thomas, Alma, Iris, Gus and my mother Jean Davies’s mother Louisa.



The following information and photographs are provided by Ann Evans, daughter of former Head Teacher Reg Morgan.

“The photo is of my grandfather Ifan John Morgan. I don’t know which regiment he was in but he was one of the lucky ones and survived the Great War.  But back home, working as a miner he had a narrow escape when he was trapped underground in the mine above The Farmer’s Arms for a couple of days. His nickname was ‘Ifan shammpy long’ because whenever he was told to hurry up and the shift was over he used to shout ‘OK.  Shan’t be long’.


Ann also provided us with this picture of the Jury boys – related to her on her mother’s side through marriage.


Tommy and Bob Jury from Melincourt came home safely, but their brother Fred was killed in action.  Ann thinks he may have been as young as eighteen.






The Following are the names of the fallen in Two World Wars listed at the Resolven Cenotaph.



















LL & HL (RDN Team)

WW1 Soldier Remembered by Resolven Family on Whitehall March


On Sunday, Pam Jones (nee Welbourne) and her daughter Joanne will be taking part in ‘The Nation’s Thank You’ procession in London as part of the Armistice 100 commemorations.

The march will be a unique opportunity for members of the public to take part and pay their respects to all those that served in the First World War. The Nation’s Thank You procession allows 10,000 members of the public, who were selected by random ballot, to join a procession past the Cenotaph in Central London, to pay their respects and help express the nations thanks to the generation that served, and those that never returned.

Pam and Joanne will be marching in memory of all of those who served and died in the Great Battle but particularly in memory of William Welbourne – Pam’s grandfather, Joanne’s great-grandfather. William served with the Welsh Regiment and saw fierce battle in France.

After the Royal British Legion Veterans’ March Past on Sunday, the Nation’s Thank You public procession will take place past the Cenotaph and pay its respects to those that served.








The Little Ones Remember Too

Cherished Childminding and Amy’s Angels (Resolven Childminders) pictures show you’re never too young to learn about our history.








Garfield Evans WW1 Exhibition

Victoria Gardens Neath will hold an exhibition of WW1 paintings by renowned Resolven artist Garfield Evans 

November 10th-15th –Opening hours 10am-4pm 

 Except for Tuesday November 13th—12.30-4pm




Photographic images by Mike Davies 

YouTube presentation-Click below

























































Church Winter Tea

School Photos-are you here?


  Second showing for these photos as we  still haven’t managed to put names to all the faces-can you help an old schoolmate?  Here’s the email we received   earlier this year from  Helen Corps (née Nicholls and known at school by the name of Sally)

Hello Resolven District News!

I came across your site whilst googling for a newspaper local to Resolven.  I lived in Resolven from 1957 to April 1961 before moving to Reading where my family still lives.  Recently,  whilst with my mum, we were going through the box of old black and white photos , she brought out some class photos  taken during our time at school in Resolven.  I had never seen these photos before.  My mum had written our classmates’ and teachers’ names, as far as she knew them, on the back of the photos.. I would be delighted to be able to confirm names and add names to complete these lists with the help of RDN viewers

Photo 1 is of my nursery class in1960.   Photo 2 shows my brother Peter’s class in 1960 and Photo 3 shows my sister Susan’s class in 1960.  Photo 4 is dated 1959 and is Susan’s class again.


Miss Noreen,Miss Williams

Sian Evans/Karen/Colin Bennards/Ian/Leyton Case/Davies/Michael Lewis/Keryn Weefer/Alan/Carol/Alison

 Sally Nicholls/Georgean/Gillian Davies/Julie James/Cathryn Perry/Linda/Janie/Pat/Molly Evans/Linfa

 Howard Rees/Stephen/Wayne Jenkins/Geoffrey/Wayne Addiscot/Owen/Randall

Peter Nicholls/Roy Gillespie/Adrian Davies/Paul Tregonning/Melville Morgan/Keith Llewellyn/Lynn Gillard/Ivor Jones/David Weeter

 Katrina/Judith Pritchard/Nicholas Jarrett/Robert Bordon/GarethEdwards/Lynn Evans/Julia Roner/Pat Jones/Gina

 Jane Newberry/Frances Lewis/Christine Price/Theresa Leman/Heather Davies/Wendy James/Linda Roberts/Joyce Welstead/Jean Powell/Pauline Billen

 Christopher Osborne/John Davies/Tony Davies/Maldwyn Machie

Jimmy/Howell Rees/Peter Williams/Stephen Perry/Glen Alan/John Morgan/Lyn Davies/Alan Jenkins/Lyn Jones

 Judith Jones/Ceryl Norton/Gillian Winters/Ann Jones/Linda Jenkins/Peggy O’Donnall/Kathleen Williams/Glynis Collard/Jane Sweetman

Karen Hale/Colleen Beynon/Eluned Davies/Janice Morgan/Pam Wellbourne/Julie Davies/Susan Ncholls/Cheryl Davies/Deborah Jenkins/Yvonne Godfrey

 Kerry Roberts/Colin Sims/Michael Jones/Gareth James



If you can help complete Helen’s list, email us on and we’ll pass the names  on to her.















Chinese Auction

Chinese Auction

30 October 2018


On a bright but cold autumn afternoon in late October, St David’s Church Hall held their annual Chinese Auction event.

This ‘fun’ afternoon is now in its 4th year and has become very successful for one and all.


The ‘Chinese Auction’ at Resolven was first thought about by a couple of enterprising church members. These ladies travelled to Longford Community Hall in Neath to see first hand how a Chinese Auction works.

They then brought their ideas back to Resolven and the result is a day that members, friends and family, particularly children, look forward to every year.


The £2 entrance fee included refreshments and the auction tickets were available in different colours, £1 for a strip of 5.


Auction Tickets

Father Andrew announcing the serving of refreshments


Items with some auction tickets included










The Draw

The previously bought two tickets with the same colour and number were separated and one placed on an item of choice.

The tickets were then drawn for that item, and the person who had the corresponding number won the item.

The Draw








There were all kinds of everyday items to choose from, including household gifts, ornaments, crockery, toys, jewellery and even a rail of clothing, in fact, a little something for everyone.

Judging by the crowds present, it has clearly become a social afternoon, a fun get together, an easy going enjoyable occasion and a wonderful way to boost the Church Restoration Funds while bringing local people together.


Finally the Chinese Auction Day raised the grand total of £440. All proceeds will be added to the Church Restoration Fund.


Report by Lorna & Hugh Lewis (RDN Team)




Building Blocks World War 1 Memorial Tea

Head Shave for Macmillan in Resolven



Angie Chillingworth  “Braved the Shave” for Macmillan Cancer Support in  Hers and Sirs salon Resolven  this week  Before the razor began its work,  Angie said:

“Why I hear you ask??? Well I am doing this to pay respect to all those who have fought and lost the battle with cancer and for those brave soulss who continue to battle!

I am taking part in this fundraising event to raise money in memory of my mum, Patricia Pennell who passed away aged 81 after a short 2nd battle with breast cancer and for a dear friend who passed away on her birthday this year.

My mum was a very proud lady and didn’t like to make a fuss, she  had many illnesses in her life, from shingles to heart attacks and strokes, although she never gave in and would never complain. My dad passed away suddenly on the 19th December 2005, it would have been their 48th wedding anniversary on the 23rd of December, a little piece of mum died that day also, however she remained independent, she moved to Silian near Lampeter which was closer to my older brother although she was isolated and her decline was noticeable, she had had a breast lump for several years and not told anyone, she thought it was nothing, although in reality I think she knew what it was! The lump ulcerated and became an open wound, she was sent to see an oncologist who stated they could not operate or give her chemotherapy/radiotherapy as she had other health conditions which would make it impossible for her to get through it, her only option was an anti-cancer hormone tablet, which thankfully worked, and she was given the all clear a year or so later. I Also moved mum down closer to me.

Patricia,Angie and Katy Angie’s daughter


In April 2017 she had a really bad chest infection and she was admitted to hospital, during her stay they completed tests which sadly showed her breast cancer had returned, but also she had multiple secondary metastases in the liver, she saw the oncologist, a lovely man by the name of Mr Rolles, he sat her down and said, stop all your other medication and go home and have a glass of champagne, there was no treatment and he said she had about 3 months.  As my mum only lived a few yards from my husband and myself, I moved in with her. She declined rapidly, but . wanted to pass away in her own home, surrounded by her personal things, she did not want to be in hospital, The doctors at the Vale of Neath practice made this happen for her and I would like to thank them for all the support they gave both my mum and me, it was very hard to see her deteriorating and to watch a strong woman not even be able to feed herself.  Each day I would make sure she talked about the things that worried her or stories from her past, there were pictures of my dad and fresh flowers in her view  to! It was important to allow her time to reflect on the family she has and also the inevitable too! Mum sadly passed away on the 1st of October 2017 at home with her 3 children and our respective husbands and wives by her side.

During this difficult time a dear friend’s wife was also going through the awful trauma of ovarian cancer, again she was given a diagnosis that the cancer would end her life, she was still so young with much to live for, she died on the 21st May 2018, such a special lady with a fighting spirit, Dee her wife, will be making the 1st shave on Tuesday 30th October at 11,30am.”


Dee starts the job supervised by hairdresser Lucy

Lucy takes over









Husband Pete inspects

“People say to me you are ‘brave’ for shaving you’re hair off, my answer to them is simple, mine will grow back. and I will hopefully be here when it does. All those other people who are fighting cancer and lose their hair don’t always have that luxury, and if I can raise a few pounds to make their life a little easier, then what I am doing is not brave, it’s a pleasure and a privilege!!!”

All gone and still smiling

Well done Angie!  Hope you reach your £500 target

If you want make a donation to Angie’s “Brave the Shave”.- click on the link  below .



































People say to me you are ‘brave’ for shaving you’re hair off, my answer to them is simple, mine will grow back, and I will hopefully be here when it does, all those other people who are fighting cancer and lose their hair don’t always have that luxury, and if I can raise a few pounds to make their life a little easier, then what I am doing is not brave, it’s a pleasure and a privilege!!!”