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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Party on the Pavement for Robert Thomas

Social Distancing 50th Birthday Party for Robert Thomas

I this Postman Pat?
Going to the party on the pavement
Everyone enjoying Robert’s Surprises
Robert & Lisa
Best Bib & Tucker Mr BOND

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Many thanks to Leighton Lloyd for some photographs.

Others taken by Anita Morgan & Hugh Lewis

Resolven Park {The Vaughan Field}

Resolven Community Council Notice

Following Government regulations the large recreation field is now open please respect social distancing.

The children’s park and skate park area remain closed.

The Bowling Green & Pavilion also remain closed.

ROW~land Phillips Charity Fundraiser

Former Dual Code Rugby International Rowland Phillips is going to Row-Land…on a rower raising money to be shared between all 7 Welsh NHS Trusts and M.I.N.D. Cymru.

He states “My wife Sally – an NHS Nurse, was infected with Covid-19 whilst working without adequate PPE.”

Donate what you can here, thank you

https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/row-land

{To Donate: Please Copy & Paste the above link into your browser}

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Rowland played Rugby Union for Neath RFC and was back row forward for Wales. Later he played Rugby League for Wales and Great Britain.

He returned to Neath RFC as Coach in 2003 and led them to four Premiership titles in successive years and three cup final wins.

Rowland Phillips

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More Resolven Memories of VE Day 50th Anniversary Street Parties

Our thanks to Christine Twaite for supplying these photographs

More pics from 25 Years ago:-

The flags were out in Vaughan Avenue

Parks to re-open

Local X7 Bus Service Timetable

Waste Recycling Centres to re-open

Press Release

NPT Household Waste Recycling Centres Re-opening

18 May 2020

Neath Port Talbot Council’s Household Waste Recycling Centres (HWRCs) are to re-open to the public on Tuesday, May 26th with significant safety measures in place.NPT Household Waste Recycling Centres Re-opening

The centres were closed on March 24th under Welsh Government guidance. When they re-open, it will not be “business as usual” as a series of measures will be in place to help maintain the safety and welfare of both staff and visitors to the site.

The council’s HWRCs at Briton Ferry and Cymmer are managed under contract by FCC Environment and the firm will work with the council on the re-opening of the sites.

NPT residents in the Swansea Valley area will be able to use the HWRC at Lower Cwmtwrch: please ensure you check their revised procedures here www.powys.gov.uk/article/725/Household-Waste-Recycling-Centres before visiting.

In the interests of public safety, only arrange to use these facilities if you are no longer able to safely store the excess waste at home.

From May 26th, the following measures will be in place at Briton Ferry and Cymmer HWRCs to maintain social distancing and good hygiene:

• An online booking system for 20 minute slots will be available from 09.00am Friday 22nd May, www.npt.gov.uk/recyclingcentres, controlling the number of vehicles to a maximum of ten in Briton Ferry and three in Cymmer at any one time.  Proof of residency will also be required at the HWRCs.
• You will be expected to respect the staff whilst on or waiting to access the site, everyone is finding things difficult at this time and staff are just complying with rules put in place to keep everyone safe.
• Only one person per vehicle will be allowed as a general rule but if that’s not possible, only one person should exit the vehicle while on site.  Staff will help residents by providing direction and advice (in line with social distancing guidance) and residents will need to unload their own vehicles i.e. staff will not be able to help with unloading.
• Parking bays will be closed off on an alternating basis to prevent site-users from parking next to each other to achieve social distancing.
• Only cars, MPVs and 4x4s to be allowed on site.  No trailers will allowed on site and the permit scheme for vans or trailers will not, initially, be re-introduced – no vans or trailers will be allowed on site.  This will help speed up access to the sites.
• Extra signage and barriers will be in place to help enforce social distancing.
• The Re-use Shop will remain closed until the removal of restrictions on the opening of non-essential retail shops. 

Along with regular cleaning of ‘touch points’, HWRC sites will be cleansed during and at the end of each day including walkways, handrails etc.

Neath Port Talbot Council’s Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Streetscene and Engineering, Cllr Ted Latham said: “The HWRCs were closed on Welsh Government advice but it is felt the time is now right to restore safe access to these sites.

“There has been a tremendous response from residents in Neath Port Talbot to unprecedented lock-down measures and their thank you messages to our waste and recycling staff have been very much appreciated.

“I’m confident they will work with us as we seek to ensure our HWRCs can re-open while keeping staff and residents safe in the face of this ongoing pandemic.” Share this on: 

Questions & Answers Re Testing for Coronavirus ~ 14 May 2020

Questions & Answers Re Testing for Coronavirus

14 May 2020

Information supplied by Llywodraeth Cymru/The Welsh Government

 

Does Wales have a strategy for testing?

The Chief Medical Officer for Wales introduced guidance for coronavirus testing in Wales on 18 March, which set out who should be tested. An updated policy, which extended testing to all critical workers was published on 18 April. A national testing plan for Wales was published on 7 April and outlined two main aims – to reduce the harm caused by coronavirus and to help the public and professionals get back to their normal daily lives.
A new Test, Trace, Protect strategy, which sets out the next phase of our approach to tackling coronavirus, has now been published. This covers our approach to testing people with symptoms in the community, tracing those they have come into close contact with, who may be at risk of having the virus, and protecting family, friends and our community by self-isolating.

Does the Test, Trace, Protect strategy differ from other UK approaches?
Coronavirus will be with us until an effective vaccine is available or there is sufficient acquired immunity among the population. Research is ongoing in Wales to explore new treatments for the virus and the first vaccine trials have started in the UK.

We have, and we will continue, to base our approach on the best available scientific evidence, health surveillance and international learning. Contact tracing is a long-established public health approach to containing the spread of infectious diseases and has proven to be effective in other countries.

In Wales, we have a robust, national public health system, which puts us in a strong position as we move to the next phase of the virus and as we begin the gradual and cautious process of easing the lockdown restrictions. Our aim is to maintain a UK-wide approach.

How will the Test, Trace, Protect strategy work?
Test, Trace, Protect will work by:
 Identifying those who have coronavirus symptoms, enabling them to be tested and to isolate from wider family, friends and their community. Testing will be available for the public. Further detail about how to access testing will be published shortly.
 Tracing those who have been in close contact with the symptomatic/tested person, asking them self-isolate.
 Providing advice and guidance, particularly if the person who has symptoms or their contacts are in the shielding group or the at risk group.
 Ensuring that if the symptoms are not due to coronavirus, individuals and their contacts can get back to their normal routines as soon as possible.

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How will the strategy be delivered?

Delivering Test, Trace, Protect will require working closely across a number of public sector organisations to deliver one of the biggest public health interventions in a generation. Public Health Wales, health boards and local authorities will all help deliver this strategy.
The public will be our most important partners. It is only through their willingness to report their symptoms, identify their contacts and follow advice about self-isolating that we will be able to identify new cases and hotspots of coronavirus and prevent a new peak in cases occurring.

 

What role does testing play in the Test, Trace, Protect strategy?

Testing for coronavirus has a number of purposes, it is vital for:
 Diagnosing the virus to help with treatment and care.
 Population health surveillance, so we understand the spread of the disease and can identify clusters and hot spots.
 Contact tracing, to control the spread of the virus.
 Business continuity, helping critical workers to return to work more quickly and safely
 When the antibody test is available, it will help us identify who has had coronavirus
Testing will be extended beyond people in hospital, residents in care homes, and critical workers, to include the public. This will either be through self-referral or as a result of being identified through contact tracing.

How do I book a test if I am a critical worker?

The process for booking a test if you are a critical worker is as follows:
Health boards and NHS trusts have their own processes for booking tests. Healthcare workers displaying symptoms should continue to speak to their occupational health team for advice on how to access a test.
Social care worker referrals for testing are coordinated via the local authorities or local resilience forums (LRFs). Care homes can refer symptomatic workers for testing as part of the testing process for care home residents
 For the moment, all other critical workers should continue to follow local operational referral arrangements in place, details available here. These local referral arrangements will be replaced with a new self-service booking portal. Details will be available soon.

How will we scale up the approach to testing?
We have already extended our infrastructure in Wales, increasing the number of mass-drive through testing centres, introducing eight new mobile swab units and developing a network of community testing units.
As we implement the Test Trace Protect strategy, home testing kits and end-to-end testing booking and results system will be introduced. This will involve joining up with the UK-wide web-based booking platforms and processing systems already in place.
Working closely with our UK counterparts we will be able to rapidly scale up our existing testing policy for critical workers, broaden testing to include members of the public, implementing an effective symptom reporting system, conducting proximity tracking, contact tracing, and health surveillance.

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How will we ensure there is sufficient capacity for testing in Wales?

The scale of testing capacity needed in Wales to support this approach is unprecedented. We have significantly expanded our testing capacity with laboratory capacity currently available to process more than 5,000 tests a day, and with testing centres now open around Wales.
We will continue to increase this capacity over the coming weeks and months, to as many as 10,000 tests a day, enabling us to test more people staying in hospitals and care settings and those working in these sectors and in other critical services.

As we move to mass population testing to support contact tracing, we will also draw on the testing programme operating across the UK, with systems in place to ensure that data is retained in Wales. Using this additional capacity also brings the benefit of being able to have tests delivered to people’s home for them to self-administer.

Contact tracing combined with the other purposes that testing supports could require as many as 20,000 tests a day, but this is highly dependent on the spread of the disease, the prevalence of symptoms and the emerging evidence on how testing can best be deployed to prevent infection. We will continue to keep this evidence under review and adapt our estimates of need accordingly.

How do you test for coronavirus?

Because infected people may have anything from mild respiratory symptoms to severe pneumonia, the only way to confirm someone has coronavirus is to test them.
There is currently one type of test in regular use – the antigen (swab) test which is used to test whether someone with symptoms has coronavirus. The antigen test looks for the presence of the genetic signature of the virus, with the test performed in a laboratory.
The type of test processed through Welsh laboratories involves a ‘single dry swab’ taken from the back of the throat. The type of test processed through English laboratories involves ‘two wet swab’ sample collections taken from the nose and throat.
Another type of test is possible – this is the antibody test. This tests a drop of the blood to see whether someone has been exposed to coronavirus infection and has developed antibodies – has some immunity to the virus. This test is also performed in the laboratory but it can be adapted into a testing format for community use. At the moment, the antibody test is not available for widespread use in the UK – work is ongoing to verify the reliability and effectiveness of the test. It is hoped an effective form of the antibody test will be confirmed, which can be used in the community to track the progression of coronavirus.
Once the antibody test has been validated, it will be available for use in Wales.

Where can I get the latest data about tests?

Public Health Wales launched an interactive dashboard with the latest data relating to coronavirus in Wales.
Weekly updates are also published here on the number and results of coronavirus tests, who was tested and where they were tested.

What is contact tracing and how will this work?

Contact tracing is a tried and tested method of controlling the spread of infectious diseases. It will also help us prevent and understand how the disease is passing from person to person. We used contact tracing during the initial ‘contain’ phase of our response to coronavirus.
A digital platform for contact tracing across Wales is being developed. This will allow people to simply and quickly report their contacts, helping contact tracing teams to work effectively, and providing real time intelligence across the whole of Wales on the coverage of the disease, how quickly it is spreading, and where there are hotspots of infection.
Contact tracing will be delivered regionally through health boards. They will provide local co-ordination and work in partnership with local authorities and other public services deploy contact tracing teams who understand the local context. This will help to speed up contact tracing activity, and to identify new trends or local clusters of the disease as early as possible.
A UK-wide digital app will also be available.

What role can I play to protect myself, my family, friends and community?

Testing and contact tracing is not an end in itself. We will need people to continue to play their part and follow the latest public health guidance.
The symptoms of coronavirus are a high temperature and a new, persistent cough. If you think you might have coronavirus, do not call 111 or go to a hospital or your local GP surgery because you could infect other people.
You should stay at home for seven days if you have symptoms. If you live with someone who has symptoms but you are well, you should self-isolate for 14 days.
If you feel you cannot cope with your symptoms at home or if your condition gets worse, or your symptoms do not get better after seven days, use the 111 online coronavirus service. If you do not have internet access, call 111.
In a medical emergency, dial 999.

 

May 14, 2020

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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