V.E. Day 50th Celebration Street Parties

Did you see this photo gallery  in a John Street  window during the recent V.E. Day celebrations?  It was assembled by Nora and Steve Cooper using pictures taken in John Street and Company Street 25 years ago,  during the V.E. Day 50 celebrations.

 

If you didn’t see the window display or would like a closer look here they are now, kindly lent by Nora and Steve.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Many thanks to Nora and Steve Cooper for sharing these memories with us

 

 

Sardis Message from Pastor Santos 17th May (C8)

 

Hi everyone;

I trust you are all well and truly enjoying God’s blessing upon your lives.

It has been a long time since we have been able of meeting together and I do miss you all. Now I have truly learned what Paul means by his teaching of being with you in Spirit.

‘For thou I am absent from you in body, I am present with you in spirit and delight to see how disciplined you are and how firm your faith in Christ is’ Colossians 2:5.

I am sending you the written version of our Sunday Message and Bible Study but I will be sending some you a voice message as well.

God bless

“Let’s do our best to reach the whole world as soon as possible for Christ”

 

1 THESSALONIANS 1:1 -10 – 17/05/20

We read first about the church in the city of Thessaloniki in the book of Acts 17. Thessaloniki was, and is a city located in modern Greece. In this city the Jews gave Paul a very hard time but by God’s grace he was able to start a church in that place. The Emperor of those days was Claudius, he is the same one we read about in Acts 18:1,2. The Jews were causing him some disturbance and he expelled all of them from Rome and he always tried to quash any revolt within the empire. Unfortunately he thought that Christianity was a Jewish enterprise and he gave the Christians a hard time as well. In the midst of these difficulties Paul wrote to the church to encourage her. So, our brothers and sisters were facing trial as a community and not as individuals.

We learn from the scriptures that when one suffers, all suffer with him (1Corinthians 12:26). However, it is unusual for all of us to face suffering and difficulties at the same time, for the same reason. I have been a Christian since 1982 and I remember us praying for our brothers and sisters in the persecuted countries of Eastern Europe, China etc. They were facing suffering as a group of people at the same time. I know in our prayer meeting we pray for individuals and families and I myself have seen the benefit of those prayers for me and my own family. However, this is the first time I can remember when we are suffering as a community. We are facing the same the pain, challenges and at the same time we are isolated and not being able of comforting each other personally. Let me remind you, Paul was comforting this church through a letter. He was not there in person, he wished he could have been there. How I wish I could visit each one of you and comfort you and pray with you. Even though I cannot be with you in body, I do know I am with you in spirit. Paul was encouraging them to remain together.

Paul remembered what a blessing the church in Thessaloniki had been and he delighted himself in the memories he had of all of them. He told himself the same story again and again. I have wonderful memories of all of you and I am extremely blessed to have you as part of my flock. You are a great encouragement, you are kind, you are responsible, you are funny, you are loving, you are sensitive, you are helpful, and much more. I pray for you and I consider an honour to work with each of you and above all to worship the Lord with you. I miss you all. I miss the times we went together to the house of the Lord but I do know these days will return. During this time when we are not able to meet together as we were, we must decide we are going to see it through as one body, of one mind, with one purpose.

One thing Paul highlights in this passage is in verse 6 ‘joy given by the Holy Spirit’. The joy given by the Holy Spirit is much greater than any pain we are facing at the present moment. I am not talking about happiness, I am talking about joy. The psalmist  spoke about it when he said ‘fulness of joy’ Psalm 16:11 ‘You make known to me the path of life; you fill me with joy in your presence, with eternal pleasure at your right hand’. The joy of the Lord is also part of God’s anointing upon our lives. Anointing is not just to heal the sick, or speak in tongues, or to preach powerfully – a true joy from the Spirit of God is also part of God’s anointing upon the life of those who believe. Talking to people, many of them say the same thing ‘I am fed up and I can’t go out’. I know where they are coming from. When I feel I have had enough I always go back to the Lord and ask Him to renew my spiritual joy. We are in this together and may our joy be made known. It is not because we are putting a brave face on but because the joy of the Lord is overflowing in our lives. Nehemiah said the same to the Jews who were living in Jerusalem under terrible conditions, they were facing it as a community, he said to them ‘the joy of the Lord is our strength’ Nehemiah may people see how we came up to the challenge and how we are reacting in positive ways because  the Spirit of Christ abides in us. We are facing the same problem at the same time and as God enabled the church in Thessaloniki, He will also enable us. Be of good heart, have faith, He will see us through. We know that we are in good hands – in His hands. We are God’s responsibility before we are the government’s responsibility.8:10. Once all of this is over I want part of our testimony to be ‘the joy of the Lord kept me going and I was joyful’. We are believers and the resources of God are immense. May our faith be known in the surrounding area.

 

BIBLE STUDY – PSALM 77 – 17/05/20

When God finished creating the world, He did not sign His name at the bottom of if – Jehovah. Neither did He write on a stone ‘Elohim was here’. No He did not, however, His art work can be seen wherever we go. We are truly living in an Art Gallery. Our world is an splendorous art gallery.

Psalm 77 is constituted of 20 verses. The first 9 verses  comes from the mind of a believer that was looking at circumstances around him and he was losing heart. He was drowning in his sorrows and pains. However, from verse 9 the writer of the this psalm changes his tune altogether and learns to find rest and strength in God.

When life around us seems to be very bleak and we can feel discouraged we need to lift our heads and see much further than the horizons. Suppose you are in a plane and enjoying the sunset from the view you have from the sky, then you hear a voice through the loudspeaker asking the passengers to fasten their belt for landing. Then as you touch down at Cardiff airport, the sky is grey, it is raining etc. You know that above the clouds there is a beautiful sky and you have just seen it. Beyond our bad weather life situation, I can reassure you that there is bright sky ahead of us and for us. I am not ashamed of saying that many and many times I cry out to God for help. When life gets tough I have learned to lean and depend on God. I do not want just to make it to heaven, I want very much so enjoy the benefits upon this earth that there are for those who trust in God. It seems that some times God is closer than other days. If I want to have God close to me when life is great I want Him even closer when life isn’t so great. In our agony and pain our hearts can cause us to doubt and inquire. God is God not because my faith is strong. He is strong in His own right. It is not my faith that makes Him strong. It is more I know of Him, stronger my faith will get. When in the midst of a storm, keep doing the right thing even when you do not feel like it. To do the right thing must be a principle in our lives.

Some times we need to stop ourselves on the spot and ask our own soul ‘what is the problem with you  – oh my soul?. From verse 10 -20 we see the psalmist telling himself of the great things the Lord has done. Yes, when facing some obstacles tell yourself of how the Lord has delivered you in the past and let such stories encourage your heart to trust in Him. Allow these wonderful memories to reinvigorate your faith and cause you to stand up and be counted. I have heard many people talking about the ‘Mountain Top Experience’. I do know what people mean by that. Therefore, do you know that the valleys are much more fruitful than the mountains? Do you know the soil of the valleys are much richer than the soil of the mountains? The best place to grow food it is on the valleys. What I am saying is ‘the valley experience can  richer and deeper than the mountain top experience.

I am sure all of you have read or heard about the beautiful poem ‘Footprints’. It is about someone who had a dream and was walking on the beach which represented his life. When came to the end of the beach he looked back and saw that in some parts of his life only set of footprints could be seen. He complained to the Lord and said ‘You promised to be with me all my life but there are parts of my life I walked alone’, the Lord replied ‘those were the hardest times of your life and during those times I carried you in my arms the footprints you saw they were mine and not yours’. I love this poem and the message of it too. I joke with my friends and I call it psalm 151 because some people recite it as if it was one of the psalms. As much as I love this poem, the message in Psalm 77 is a complete different one. Verse 19 says ‘ Your path led through the sea, your way through the mighty waters, though your footprints were not seen’. The Hebrew children could not see His footprints but for sure He was guiding them. People of God, do not be afraid of the mighty waters, do not be afraid because you cannot see His footprints, I have plain confidence in Him. Tell yourself ‘the Lord has helped me in the past and I know for sure He will see me through again’.

Latest on Shielding Lockdown in Wales

Another V.E 75 photo

Michael Coulter took this V.E. 75 shot in Yeo St

 

Another  memory to store with all the others we’ve received.

If YOU have pics to share, keep ’em coming!

am@resolvendistrictnews.co.uk

 

Photographer Mike Davies’s V.E. Day with the neighbours

 

 

Because of the lockdown, our brilliant RDN photographer Mike Davies was forced to”stay put” on a day when he would have been racing all over the valley clicking his camera.  Instead, he took a few delightful shots of his own street party in Cadoxton–starting with  wife Maureen!  She was the star vocalist with the  family Vernon Davies Band years ago, so she must have led the singing with gusto!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Snapper snapped!  Cheers Mike!

V.E. Day Celebrations in Resolven – 8 May 2020

All of the colourful and patriotic bunting, photographs  and various memorabilia displayed around Resolven on the 75th anniversary of V.E. Day in 2020 gave a feeling of pride mixed with sadness while remembering a past generation of the village to which we owe so  much.

It also gave us some joy and hope and a reason to celebrate for a short time, in these strangest of times.

 

 

Vaughan Avenue

Vaughan Avenue celebrations with neighbours whilst social distancing at least 2 metres apart.

 

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The following photographs taken around the village were sent in to am@resolvendistrictnews.co.uk  by KARA THOMAS

Photographs of the Celebration of V.E. Day in Resolven 25 years ago.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Our grateful thanks to you, Kara Thomas for your contribution to Resolven District News.

Our e-mail address is am@resolvendistrictnews.co.uk

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My Cousin Mary’s V.E.Window

 

 

My cousin Mary was born in John Street, Resolven in 1940– too young to remember being carried into the cwtch under the stairs by her mother Elsie during air raids. But thanks to her grandmother Mrs Elizabeth Baker, she found a different way to decorate her front room window in Pontneathvaughan for the V.E Day celebrations.  She used cards and documents found in a box of her grandma’s bric a brac

They included documents like ration books and how to use a gas mask and how to  “shield “ your windows.

 

 

 

 

 

Mary says:

“The picture is of my father’s brother Bernard who was in the airforce right through WW2.  He was our favourite uncle,.  John, Tony and myself were the only grandchildren for years  and as he was living at home whenever he came home on leave the three of us would be down our grandparents waiting for him to come home with presents for us.  When he was de-mobbed from the airforce he went to work in the ‘Pergwm Colliery as a collier, as most people did in those days in the Lamb and he was involved in an explosion and his face and body was peppered with black coal marks, my grandfather’s sister Mary spent hours putting hot flannels on his face and picking the coal dust out with a sterilised needle.  Bernard was so handsome and a lot of women over the years have told me that when he used to come home on leave in his airforce uniform the girls would be “swooning” over him. ”

EDITORS  NOTE

If you have any shoe boxes under the stairs or under the spare bed , why not root them out like Mary did and share your finds with us ?

 

 

Our “Lockdown ” Village Celebrates V.E. Day in Style!

Not being able to hold street parties in style as in  years gone by didn’t mean Resolven couldn’t pull out the stops to do it in a new style .  to satisfy the need to commemorate the sacrifices made over 75 years ago

Along with the need to lift the spirits of friends and neighbours during this time of isolation and distancing they find themselves in due to the corona virus crisis, residents  came up with ways to have parties at a distance. Front gardens , back gardens, grass verges and live feeds over the internet were all used to create a party atmosphere but staying within the guidelines of distancing that are keeping us safe Those lucky enough to have flags and bunting put them up outside their houses and those who didn’t made their own-from painted pillowcases , recycled birthday  banners and bunting,  to the  cutting up  of carrier bags with welsh dragons on, people used their creative imagination and  there was an array of decorations abound.

Flour supplies might have been in short supply but enough was found to make cakes and pastries to feed the party goers and compete with the skills we see on the Great British Bake Off.

NEATH ROAD

 

 

WILLIAMS AVENUE

 

COMPANY STREET

 

HEOL HERBERT

 

YNYSFACH

 

V.E.Day Birthday Girl!-Roxy Clarke  celebrating in YnysFach

 

 

YNYSFAWR

Birthday boy Morgan Hopkins. 11 years old on V.E. Day Many Happy Returns!

 

 

RUGBY ROAD

 

 

 

RHEOLA AVENUE

 

 

 

WELLFIELD AVENUE MELINCOURT

 

 

NANT Y GLEISIAD

TAN Y RHIW-Pauline Morgan with a V.E.Day smile

 

GORED COTTAGES

 

LYONS PLACE GARDEN TEAPARTY

 

PASTOR FORTUNATA SANTOS EMBRACING V.E. DAY AT HOME

 

Councillor Dean Lewis commemorating VE day with his family and sends his best wishes to everyone having celebrations during lockdown . He was both pleased and amazed to see how many imaginative ideas the residents had that observed the distancing rules we are keeping at the moment and wants to remind us he is available to help with anything he can during this crisis

 

Not every street was fortunate to have a safe way to join in the festivities but some did live internet feeds to family and friends and have a virtual tea party  and others did it indoors or outdoors alone but one thing joined everyone together and that was remembering that for 75 years we have flourished as a nation due to the sacrifices made over 75 years ago and they will never be forgotten .

Report by Diane Sims— (and thanks to all those who shared their photos with us.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

V.E. Day Ready Steady Go!

People might be unable to go out shopping for decorations to commemorate the 75th anniversary of Victory in Europe but that hasn’t stopped them using what is at hand and creative imagination to make their own .

Here is just a small collection we have gathered

Claire Kirby of Company Street has been painting pillow cases to make Union Jacks 

Alison Griffiths of Nant y Gleisiad has been using her knitting and crochet skills to occupy her time in lockdown and this bunting is her very successful result.

 

Here is Lacey Bevan of Melincourt who transformed her lockdown birthday banners with her mother Laura to make some fantastic bunting for their window . What a wonderful way to recycle.

 

Young Kelsey Mead of John Street has been missing her friends during lockdown but spent some time to create a commemorative window for us to enjoy

 

Nora and Steve Cooper transformed  their window in John Street into a delightful “flashback” photo gallery showing 50th V.E Day celebrations in John Street and Company Street.

 

 

More photographs taken around the village:-

Rugby Road

Neath Road

Neath Road

Vaughan Ave

Vaughan Ave

 

Ynysfach Avenue

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If you have pictures to add to our gallery , send them to us at Resolven District News -we’d be delighted to see them and share them.

Our email address is:

am@resolvendistrictnews.co.uk

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Nik Samuel Remembers Gran and Getting the Coal In

 

 

Just another memory..

 

Ow, what’s for tea Gran

Bugger tea she’d say

There’s a ton of coal out back

And don’t take all bloody day

Well?    Gran would say

I’d go and change into my scruffs

The barrow had a puncher

The shovel was short and worn

I hated getting the coal in

But if I didn’t they’d only bloody moan..

Gran would pitch in too

As long as she had a fag

We’d both be black as midnight

And the dust would make me gag..

 

Nearly finished now

We swept up all the small

A man came round the corner

He wasn’t very tall

A man who swung a man drill

He too was black as soot

Hard as granite and had that miners look

 

He tipped he cap

And tipped his fag

And gave me a knowing wink

Then said as only miners do

“How be”

He’d probably dug that coal

In the dark and soaking hell

I tip my cap to him and the miners

All like Sel…

BY NIK SAMUEL

 

 

 

 

 

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VE Day Street Party – 8 May 1945

This photograph of a VE Day Street Party was sent in by Cllr. William Lewis, Rugby {front left} who was 3 years old at the time.

8 May 1945
VE Day Street Party
Lyons Place/Vale Terrace

 

If you have any photographs of the 1945 VE Day Street Parties in Resolven we will be pleased to include them on the RDN website.

Also any photographs of  the VE Day ‘STAY AT HOME’ ~ STREET PARTIES planned for Friday, 8 May 2020, please e-mail to am@resolvendistrictnews.co.uk

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Sardis Message from Pastor Santos

 

Hello there

I trust you are well and truly enjoying the Lord’s blessings. Here at Resolven we are great. I miss seeing everyone but we are keeping in touch and it is so good to hear from everyone.

Tonight at 7:15pm Keith Gardner and his family will be on the Antiques Road Show, National Botanic Gardens Wales

Take care and God bless

“Let’s do our best to reach the whole world as soon as possible for Christ’

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PHILIPPIANS 4:4-9, 13 – 03/05/20

In the beginning of this chapter we see Paul talking about two sisters in the church who had a disagreement between them and Paul asked them to put things right and not to dwell on them. It is so easy for us to dwell on bad things instead of dwelling on good things. It seems that our minds are programmed to concentrate on bad things instead of concentrating on good things.

We are living in very strange days and if we allow it, it can bring us a lot of fear and anxiety. Whenever we turn the TV on we need to be selective to avoid negative news or violent films. One of these evenings I wanted to watch a film and it took me a long time to find a film that I could just enjoy watching. I did not want to watch anything violent or negative. My mind has been saturated with negative news and I truly wanted to give it a break. This is true not only for me but for all of us.

There is a proverb that says ‘an empty mind is satan’s workshop’. We reflect what is in our minds and hearts. It is so important for us to feed our minds with good things and positive thoughts. I am not saying for us to bury our heads in the sand. What I am saying is that sometimes we expose ourselves to a bombardment of bad news and it can affect our ways of thinking and acting. It can make you insecure and afraid. The news does not aim to help you to feel good, the aim of the publishers is to grasp your attention and keep your focus on what they have to say and more or less to make you a slave of their attention. I do advise you, ‘do not allow the TV or newspapers to guide your thoughts or dictate how you should feel about a situation. The news these days is putting before us a banquet of negativity and all of us do not like it but still sitting at the table and eating more and more of what is being dished out to us. Encouragement and comfort you will find in God’s word.

We need to discipline ourselves to learn to think about different things on different levels. In verse 8 Paul says ‘Finally, brothers…’ he is exhorting to think about positive and things that will edify us. For instance when someone will do something bad to you, easily you could concentrate on the wrong the person has done and you forget all the good the person has done for you. We believers we have the Holy Spirit in us and the Spirit of God ministers into our hearts the deep things of God. At this time in history we do need an injection of faith, encouragement, tenderness etc into our souls. We are not allowed to have social gatherings but there is nothing or power in this world that can stop God from visiting you and sustaining you. It is wonderful when we meet together and we share in fellowship with each other but the God of the bible is much bigger than all these social difficulties we are facing at the moment. Moses was in the desert when he fled Egypt for 40 years, Joseph was in prison for many years, Jeremiah was thrown in to the dungeons for preaching the word of God, Paul was in prison, John was in exile and the list goes on and on and on. Because we are on ‘lockdown’ at the moment it does not mean our minds are in lockdown, however, this could well be the case. If you find you are scared, anxious, frightened, you can’t sleep, your mind cannot rest, it means your mind is on lockdown because of the situation we are living in and because of what the news is telling you. It is time for you to open your bible and be encouraged by the word of God. Tell yourself the stories of great deliverances related in the bible, if you are good at history remind yourself of the hand of God throughout the existence of mankind. You are going to find so many passages in the bible and places in history that when it looked like evil was prevailing God stepped in and something very good was birthed. Instead of being drawn to the TV all the time be drawn to God Himself and ask Him to inject you with a new line of thinking. Learn to see life through God’s eyes. The advice Paul is giving us is ‘whatever is pure, whatever is noble, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable – if anything is excellent or praiseworthy – think about such things’. It can be a very slippery slope, your mind has become addicted to negative thoughts or bad thoughts. I am not talking just about Covid19. I am talking about you believing people are thinking negatively about you and you abide in these lines of thoughts. You are telling yourself again and again about a bad situation you faced. You are dwelling again and again on your illness etc. Hey, it is time to retrain your mind to think differently. You can say to yourself this is impossible, however ‘With Christ all things are possible’.

God bless

Communion

Read I Corinthians 11:16-23

Ask God to forgive your sins. Say a prayer of thanks for the Lord dying for you on the cross on calvary. Then eat the bread which represents the body of Christ and drink the cup that represent the blood He shed for us.

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AND GOD STEPPED IN – BIBLE STUDY – PSALM 105: 1 – 8 05/05/20

In the very beginning of the bible when Adam and Eve sinned against God; it seemed everything was lost and God stepped in (Gen 3:15)

The story of Abraham and Lot, Lot was taken captive, it seems everything was lost and God stepped in (Gen 14).

The story of Abraham and Isaac, it seems everything was lost and God stepped in (Gen 22)

The story of Esau and Jacob, it seemed everything was lost and God stepped in (Gen 33).

The story of Joseph in prison, it seemed everything was lost and God stepped in (Gen 41).

The story of Moses in the wicker basket, it seemed everything was lost and God stepped in (Ex 2).

The story of Moses killing the Egyptian, it seemed everything was lost and God stepped in (Ex 2).

The story of the 10 Plagues in Egypt, it seemed everything was lost and God stepped in (Ex 12).

The story of the crossing of Red Sea, it seemed everything was lost and God stepped in (Ex 13).

The story of the lack of food in the desert, it seemed everything was lost and God stepped Ex16).

The story of the lack of water in the desert, it seemed everything was lost and God stepped in (Ex 17).

The story of Joshua fighting the 5 kings, it seemed everything was lost and then God stepped in (Js 10).

The story of Ruth and the young widow, it seemed everything was lost and then God stepped in (Ruth 4).

The story David and Goliath, it seemed everything was lost and then God stepped in (I Sam 17).

The story of David committing adultery, it seemed everything was lost and then God stepped in (2 Sam 11).

The story of Elijah, it seemed everything was lost and then God stepped in (I Kings 17).

The story of famine in Samaria, it seemed everything was lost and then God stepped in (2 Kings 6).

The story of King Jehoshaphat, it seemed everything was lost and then God stepped in (2 Ch 20).

The story of Daniel’s friend in the furnace of fire, it seemed everything was lost and then God stepped in (Dan 3).

The story of Daniel in the lions’ den. It seemed everything was lost and then God stepped in (Dan 6).

The story of the Jews going into captivity in Babylon, it seemed everything was lost and then God stepped in (Isaiah 47).

The story of how Nehemiah found the city of Jerusalem destroyed, it seemed everything was lost and then God stepped in (Neh 6).

The story of Malachi and people’s unfaithfulness towards God, it seemed everything was lost and then God stepped in.

Between the last book of the Old Testament and the birth of Jesus, it was 400 years of complete silence and no revelation or prophecy, it seemed everything was lost and then God stepped in.

The birth of Jesus, Herod tried to kill all the baby boys, it seemed everything was lost and then God stepped in (Mat 2).

The story of Judas betraying Jesus, it seemed everything was lost and then God stepped in (Mat 26).

The story of Peter denying Jesus, it seemed everything was lost and then God stepped in (Mat 26).

The story of Jesus’ crucifixion, it seemed everything was lost and then God stepped in (Mat 27).

The story of Jesus’ death, it seemed everything was lost and then God stepped in (Mat 28).

The story of Jesus’ ascension, it seemed everything was lost and then God stepped in (Mat 28 Act 2).

The story of Stephen being martyred, it seemed everything was lost and then God stepped in (Act 7).

The story of Paul persecuting the church, it seemed everything was lost and then God stepped in (Acts 9).

The story of Peter in prison, it seemed everything was lost and then God stepped in (Ac 12).

The story of Paul being stoned in Lystra, it seemed everything was lost and then God stepped in (Acts 14).

The story of Paul and Silas in prison, it seemed everything was lost and then God stepped in (Ac 16).

The story of John in exile, it seemed everything was lost and then God stepped in (Rev 1).

The End of Times is going to be a horrendous time. We are going to have problems of earthquake, wars, pestilence etc. The bible tells us, our redemption is near. God will step in. I am not saying we are living in the End of Times, what I am saying is the prophecies are being fulfilled and life on earth will come to the point where it will be unbearable and when everything seems to be lost, God will step in. Jesus will return for His church (I Thes 4).

PRAYER REQUESTS:

Vaccination to be found against Coronavirus

Government

People on the Frontline

Sardis Fellowship

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Search Your Family History Free

 

ANCESTRY PROUDLY WORKS WITH UK GOVERNMENT TO HELP THE NATION COMMEMORATE THE 75TH ANNIVERSARY OF VE DAY

 

  • VE Day 75 takes place on Friday 8th May, commemorating 75 years since the end of the Second World War in Europe
  • Ancestry is working alongside the UK Government as part of their official programme of events to help people commemorate the anniversary from their homes
  • All UK historical records on Ancestry.co.uk will be made free from 4th-10th May, giving people the chance to discover personal stories of their family during the Second World War

 

29th April 2020, London UK – Ancestry – the global leader in family history, is proud to announce it is working alongside the UK government to help the nation commemorate VE Day from their homes. The 75th anniversary of VE Day will take place on Friday 8th May, marking 75 years since Winston Churchill declared a national holiday to celebrate the news that the Second World War – and nearly six years of fighting in Europe – had come to an end.

 

To help mark the significance of VE Day, at a time when feeling connected to our families and to the wider nation is more important than ever, Ancestry is offering all UK historical records on Ancestry.co.uk for free from 4th-10th May. This free access gives people the chance to discover more about their family’s involvement in the Second World War, the roles they played in a time of need and the personal stories that lie behind that period of history.

 

Culture Secretary, Oliver Dowden said: “I am looking forward to finding out more about what my relatives did during the Second World War with the help of Ancestry and I hope that, as we mark 75 years since VE Day, everyone will join in with our national commemorations. It is important that we remember and give thanks to the greatest generation and remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice to bring peace.”

 

Ancestry.co.uk hosts the UK’s largest online collection of family history documents with more than two billion searchable records. Millions of these records are specifically from the Second World War, which can help people discover the everyday experiences of soldiers on the frontline as well as all the people back home who lived through rationing, evacuation, and led the vital efforts on the home front.

 

Russell JamesFamily History expert at Ancestry, said: “VE Day is one of the most significant moments in British history, so we’re proud to be working with the UK government to help the nation commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day from their homes. The stories of what it was like to live through the Second World War are something we share not only within our families, but as a nation. Using this time to learn about those experiences, whether they were on the front line or helping keep the country going back home, gives us all an opportunity to feel connected – to our relatives and to people all over the country.”

 

To access Ancestry’s records for free and discover your family story from the Second World War, visit www.ancestry.co.uk. For more information about  the 75th anniversary of VE Day visit https://ve-vjday75.gov.uk/. On social media follow #VEDay75

 

 

Refuse Collection Information

Neath Port Talbot residents are being advised that there will be no changes to kerbside collection arrangements this May Day bank holiday and are being asked to present their recycling and refuse on their normal collection days.

Collections in the County Borough usually take place a day later in the week following a bank holiday but there will be no changes to scheduled collections for the upcoming bank holiday on Friday 8th May.

The May Day bank holiday, which is normally held on the first Monday in May, has this year been moved to mark the 75th anniversary of VE Day on Friday 8th May.

There will be no changes to recycling and refuse collections either in the week beginning Monday 4th May or the week following the bank holiday (week beginning Monday 11th May).

For more information visit: www.npt.gov.uk/recycle

Welfare Hall Lit Up

We are half way through the 12 week shielding process for the coronavirus and the weekly clapping for NHS and care workers is the social highlight for many of us, giving interaction whilst isolating and distancing.
If you live within sight of Resolven Miners Welfare, we hope the lights that have been put in place to cheer on all the key workers show the measure of respect we hold for all their efforts not only at this time but always.

 

 

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