Resolven Starlets Take Centre Stage

Dance company XCLUSIVE have once again exceeded all expectations and produced another stunning spring show at the Princess Royal Theatre in Port Talbot.

Saturday May 4th was their 4th appearance in  .the Princess Royal Theatre and the theme was ‘A night at the movies’ and included dances to songs from some of the dancers favourite films. The scene was set and 140 dancers from the 4 troops (who hail from Resolven and Pant y ffordd area) – Force, Velocity, Elite, and Prima – were backstage under the watchful eye of their teachers, coaches and chaperones.The lights went down and the 400 strong audience were in for a treat. From the opening lines of ‘lets go to the movies ‘from the film Annie it was non stop music and dance until the final dance to ‘ Joyful Joyful’ from Sister Act . The finale was the XCLUSIVE anthem ” Shut Up and Dance”‘ and 140 dancers took their bow to an audience who raised the roof

Not only do they create fantastic shows they support local events such as the carnival too and if you see a child doing a cartwheel or a backflip in the park its very likely they are a member of Exclusive –they .are always performing -they can’t enough of it !











Xclusive would like to thank Matthew Young for his fantastic backing videos which made the show even better and also thank Chris Edwards for providing the music without which there would have been no dancing , and also thanks to all the teachers coaches and chaperones who look after  the group, the dancers backstage , and not forgetting  Judith Pritchard who is always present and always working but the biggest thanks must go to the dancers themselves for their dedication, commitment, and talent . They practice in Resolven and Pat y ffordd and they are one big dancing prancing performing family .


None of this would have taken place without  Xclusive founder and teacher – the amazing Caryn Williams  who has transformed  a group of energetic youngsters into astounding dancers of whom she is rightly proud  and this year saw her own 2 daughters  Poppy  Haf and Ivy Mae  take to the stage following in their mothers footsteps .

Nothing but admiration for all involved and look forward to the next show.





















Church Quiz Night

Clyne Free Mission Anniversary








———— Join us  ————




SUNDAY May 12th 11.00am & 6.00pm

Speaker: Pastor Peter Mitchell



Monday May 13th at 7.00pm

Speaker:  Mr. Roger Bale (Cross Hands)

A very warm welcome to you to join with us as we celebrate the goodness of God

Clyne Free Mission Evangelical Church SA11 4BW

Cygnets First Swimming Lesson


May Meeting of Resolfen History Society

Peter Guard’s Table Tennis Memories

I recently read articles on your site and the article written by Gareth Evans, who I know has been involved on the Resolven Table Tennis scene for an extremely long time. I started my table tennis at the YMCA in the late 40’s early 50’s and later played for the old Welfare Team who were then an established and well respected Swansea Premier League team.

After serving in the Forces, I took up the sport again at the YMCA and together with Rennison Edwards and Len “Dog” Jones we entered a team in the Swansea League. I believe this was about 1964.The following season we entered a B Team consisting of Conway Rogers, Idris James, Keri Guard and myself. Conway was a young teenager whilst Idris and Keri were barely in their teens. I was probably included because I had a car and provided transport. The team went through the season with a 100% record with Keri, Idris and Conway finishing in the top three of the division averages. In addition, Idris and Keri represented Swansea Juniors including a trip to Ireland. Sadly, Rennison and Len are no longer with us.


Mike Captures Baby Swans

I have been watching these swans for some time, both partners build the nest. The female is on the nest most of the day, so it was about time I went there and see if anything was happening,

I sat on the bank which seemed to be ages The female gets up and tidies the nest, and then sits back down,
i could see her getting agitated and she rises up just enough for me to capture the baby swans.



My guess is there are more to come

Mike Davies— RDN photographer

Storm Hannah Hits Porthcawl

Gusts of up to 82mph (132km/h) have battered the UK as Storm Hannah caused power cuts and disrupted travel, with Wales the windiest part of the country.

Mike Davies, RDN photographer, spent a few hours in Porthcawl to get these images



List of Candidates for Election -Resolven Ward Neath Borough Council

Neath Port Talbot Borough Council is holding an election to  appoint a councillor to represent  the Resolven Ward.

Polling Day is Thursday the  23rd of May.

To see the list of candidates standing for election, CLICK ON THE LINK BELOW

Dan Does the Double

What an achiement for our  local star swimmer Daniel Jervis !  Dan won two gold medals in the British Swimming Championships  in Glasgow last week.



First of all he won  the 400 metres freestyle and then the 1500 freestyle, with  a time that makes him the second fastest in the world at that distance-and he’s a lovely boy with it!  In an interviw after the event he was quick to thank his coach, tell his parents”I’ve done it Mam and Dad”and tell eveyone listening that he’s from a little village called Resolven

Dan we are so pleased for you and so proud of you. Look out World Championships in South Korea in July.  Here comes Daniel Jervis from Resolven!







Open Day On Bowling Green Great Success

Toddlers and grandparents and all in-between enjoyed themselves immensely at   Resolven Bowlers Open Day on Easter Bank Holiday Monday




There was blazing sunshine. There was coaching from international bowler Andrew Hopkins and Hugh Lewis who coaches international squads.  What more could you ask for when  starting off in a game that captivated Sir Francis Drake so much, that he finished his game before tackling the Spanish Armada?

Ieuan Ace heped with coaching as well as manning the free barbecue





If you are not hooked yet, the bowling green, team members and coaches are there to welcome you anytime this summer..







Mike’s Mystery Photo

My brother was sent this old image from our cousins in Leominster who are on our granddad’s side. How they had the photo we have no idea and I ‘m wondering if anyone can let us know if it’s a Resolven band.

I knew our dad played the ukulele in his early years, he is on the bottom left, 2nd on the left is Bill Evans (Cadoxton) There was a music teacher Mrs. Noble  who gave  me and my twin Pat piano lessons, Is she the young woman in the picture?  The man next to her could be her husband who played the violin.

Can RDN readers come up with answers to solve the mystery?

Mike & Pat Davies

Easter Greetings


Happy Easter to all our readers from the RDN team 

Image by Mike Davies 

Childhood Memories of Resolven From Nik Samuel

Nik Samuel, formally of Cory Street, shares some childhood memories with us in these charming verses

Sweetman’s Field

This is looking good

Mr Morgan just came in

He smiled at Miss Norton 

And she gave him a grin

He did that thing he did with the chalk

I think he thinks it’s funny

But all I can say 

Is that if he was a magician 

He wouldn’t make any money

Anyway, she looked our way

And announced to us all 

That Mr Morgan wants us in the hall 

So we put away our books

And shuffled in behind her

While Bill Lloyd carried on playing best slider 

Now Reggie was a lovely man

Full of nonsense and fun

He always had a joke or a pun

But that day he declared it was too hot for school

And told us we could go 

On a ramble

And we let out a great roar

Mrs Lewis made sure we had some pop

Because it was a fair old walk to the top

We held hands and off we went

Over the stile and over the stream

There was no chance at all of coming home clean

We passed Bluebell Island 

It looks the same today 

I go there now to look 

But we went then to play

We were told don’t pick the foxgloves 

They were poison Miss Vasil said

They weren’t really but they made you’re hands go red

“How far is it now, Miss?” 

The girls began to shout

“Not far cariads. We’re nearly at the top 

We can have our picnic when we stop”

The sky was clear and the sun was hot

It really was a wonderful spot

We played best fallers

Some girls joined in

The others played rounders 

And the teachers sunbathing 

Some places had some funny names 

Like The Tump, The Dram Road

Cockle Alley and The Turn

But this was Sweetman’s Field 

A place of adventures all to learn

They lived in the house and let us play

And as far as I know they live there today


Fun at Pentwyn 

Oh that really hurt

I’ll try not to cry

I’ll have another go when I clear my eye 

I knew I was going too fast

When I went through the gap in the railing

But all the Gang said it was spectacular

Even with the brake failing 

Good effort though

I never been down this far

Would have gone even further if it weren’t for that car


So what do you need to build one?

 Well some pram wheels

And some planks

And maybe an orange box

Some rope and a bolt to steer

And a stick to help you stop 

Some were painted

Some were named

We had one called “Lightening”

And it shot around the lanes


There was even one called

“Shit Streak”

And anther “Tommy Gun”

But it didn’t really matter

They were just so much fun


If you built one for a kid today

They would stare in dismay

But give me “a go”

And I’d “gambo” every day


Cockle Alley

There’s a place in the valley, it’s called Cockle Alley

I played there as a child, we played and we smiled

It was a magical place where the brook met the river 

And sometimes we’d shiver

A romantic name from a romantic past

Visions of ladies getting off the “half past”

Them washing their wares and sometimes their cares

In the cold clear water

Even as a child there were shells all around, some in the brook and some on the ground

All gone now but still in my mind the sound of the brook

The shells under feet and the damming of the stream in the warm summer heat

All lovely memories from when I lived in my street….


Thanks  for the delightful trip  Down Memory Lane, Nik




Mike’s Full Moon

April’s full moon has been labelled the Pink Moon but it may not appear in the night sky the same colour that its name suggests. 

Named after a distinctive spring flowers that appear in April, the Pink Moon will reach its peak on Friday just after midday. 


I captured this full moon and the motorway at 4am April19th 2019