UFO Clouds Spotted Over Vale of Neath

Lenticular clouds— sometimes called UFO clouds– seen at sunrise over the Vale of Neath 

Mike Davies






Another Cup Success for Resolven Footballers

Reserve Division 2 Cup Final —Mond FC v Resolven FC MARCH 7th 2018


For the 2nd time in 2 years the 2nds win the Reserve Division Cup in front of a good crowd of supporters that all made the journey in heavy rain.  The support for the team was fantastic throughout with the stands turning green and white for the night.




Michael Grinter


Gregory Arnold

Daniel Wellstead

Lee Chambers

Sam Wills


Joseph Beale,Sean Hirons,Cam Cox, Jonathan Williams

Aaron Shead-Phillips (C)Christian Arthurs

Subs – Dean Thomas, Ashley Bevan, James Whitney, Ashley Oates, Chris Oates

Resolven dominated play first half but failed to capitalise on many chances created by the quick attacking play

Half time 0 – 0

2nd half was once again dominated by Resolven and the breakthrough came on 65 minutes when a cross to the back post found C Arthurs who headed back across goal and found the bottom of the net. 1 – 0! It was another 10 minutes before Arthurs once again scored after receiving the ball out wide and scored a sensational goal into the top corner 2 -0 !

The celebrations were barely over when C Cox volleyed with a dipping shot from 25 yards . 3 – 0 and the crowd went wild! The game was put to bed with 10 minutes to go when Cox pounced on some poor defending and finished well from inside the box . 4 -0 !!!!

Final score Mond FC 0 – Resolven FC 4–Man of the match C Arthurs



Every Resolven player had a really good game and the supporters showed their appreciation.

Well done Resolven FC !



Table Tennis Teams Doing Well

Just a few words on table tennis-with the season going into the second half of the Swansea League the Cam Gears teams are doing well

 The A team of Ceri Higgon, Morgan Siddley and Martin Evans are 4th in the Premier division.

The B team consisting of Gareth Evans, Michael Policht and Cerys Evans are 4th in Division 1 

The C team of John Jones, Graham Butler, Tom Vale and But Wong are 7th.

The D team of Paul Gillespie, Malcolm Davies and David Davies  are also 7th in Division 2.


The club has also played well in the Tudor Jones Cup with the A,C and D teams reaching the semi finals.

The C and D teams were drawn against each other with the D team winning 15 – 6 after receiving a handicap start of plus 7–Malcolm winning 6 – 1, Paul 5 – 3 and David 4 – 2.

The A team were drawn against Penyrheol D who had a handicap start of plus 11, unfortunately for the A side Penyrheol played really well and used the handicap to full advantage to run out worthy winners 13 – 8.

For the A team Morgan played really well and won his games 6 – 1.


The final between Cam Gears D and Penyrheol D will take place at the end of the season, the date to be arranged.










Mike Meets Mountaineers


The roads on the Brecon Beacons were excellent, although  the snow had gone into large drifts in places. 



The peaks were covered in mist and I had to dodge a few hefty hail squalls, but I particularly wanted to take these falls as they were frozen over.



I was very fortunate that a few lads came there all geared up for the ascent which made the images come to life.






04/03 /2018—–BRECON BEACONS







Snapped in the Snow and Ice

Two of our RDN  team, Diane Sims and Mike Davies, have been out and about  capturing images of our valley in the icy grasp of the Beast from the East and Storm Emma.

Clydach Brook in Clydach Avenue (Diane Sims)

Clydach Brook-whirlpool (Diane Sims)

Melincwrt Waterfalls (Mike Davies)

Rheola Lake (Mike Davies)

Send us YOUR storm pics by emailing  them to us us on:   am@resolvendistrictnews.co.uk

Mike captured this charming image for us before the storms arrived.




Remembering Redvers-54 years a councillor

Following the sad passing of Redvers Davies on the 12th of February here follows the contents of an article placed in the One Voice Wales monthly on line newspaper last year. I worked with Redvers Davies on the Community Council for twenty seven years and it is remarkable that I do not recall us ever falling out on an issue. A remarkable man, a full life and active to the end and we will all miss him.

Trefor Jones (Chairman) , Resolven Community Council


                                                       Redvers-54 years a councillor


Solomon Northup was recently portrayed in a feature film as someone who had been “Twelve Years a Slave”, against his will. This is counterbalanced by the feat of Resolven Community Councillor Redvers Davies who, at the age of 90 has completed fifty four years in public life quite voluntarily. This makes him the oldest serving councillor in England and Wales.

            Redvers at the opening of Resolven Skate Park

Redvers was born in the small village of Pontwalby near Glynneath on the 30th May 1927. He was educated at Glynneath Boys School and Neath Technical College. During the 1939-45 war, he served as a Bevin Boy at the Rock Colliery, Glynneath. He recalls vividly, that having lost his father at only seventeen years of age he was given special dispensation to look after his mother by working locally. After the War he attended night school at the Trefforest School of Mines, which sometimes led to a very long day having to return to work a night shift at the Empire Colliery, Cwmgwrach. Subsequently, he became a fully qualified mining engineer and worked across the South Wales coalfield in an array of collieries. When the coal mining industry started its long decline, Redvers began a new career working for Calor Gas at Aberdulais where he worked for twenty five years until his retirement. In March 1952 he married his wife Jean, a nurse, in St. John’s Church Skewen.

His political career in local government started in 1963, when he was elected on to the Neath Lower Parish Council. In 1984 following the advent of community councils, he began representing Abergarwed on the new Resolven Community Council a seat which he holds to this day. In that time he has been Chairman and vice Chairman a total of six times, which is quite a feat. He then took on duties at national level, holding several committee posts with NALC and was also Chairman of the Wales Council for two years. Following the establishment of One Voice Wales after devolution Redvers became a member of the Executive committee as well as chairing a number of other committees. He has very recently been re-elected Chairman of the Neath Port Talbot Area Committee (they will soon say that life begins at 90!!).

He also has an interest in the field of Health and was a Welsh Assembly  member of the Community Health Council for ten and a half years as well as serving as a member of the Statutory Reference Group of Abertawe Bro Morgannwg Health Authority.  Redvers combines this with an active interest in the local CVS as a trustee, secretary of the Abergarwed Welfare Fund, Chairman of the Neath Port Talbot Tinnitus Group and in his “spare”, time volunteers for work as an assistant librarian in the Resolven Cyber and Resources Centre.

Redvers also maintains an interest in sport. It should not be shouted from the Resolven rooftops that as a young man, Redvers Davies captained Resolven’s arch rivals Glynneath RFC at rugby. He also has an interest in cricket which he followed avidly with his late wife, before her death in 2010.

In the age of Twitter and Facebook it is remarkable that the community of Resolven managed to keep the fact that Redvers had a surprise birthday party lined up for him at the Miners’ Welfare in Resolven. On a sweltering evening, Redvers ( in his best clothes) had been told by his daughter that he was being taken for a family meal only to be surprised by a rousing “Happy Birthday”, sung by over sixty guests ( in casual clothing) including his two grand-daughters and three great-grand-daughters. He was then presented with a plaque by the Chair of Resolfen Community Council, Trefor Jones, noting his remarkable achievement. This was all the more noteworthy in that Redvers had the distinction of being the longest serving, if not quite, the oldest councillor in England and Wales.



The message is clear, if you want to live a long and prosperous life, keep active. If you want it to be even more interesting and worthwhile become a councillor!!!!


Post script: Redvers was to be recognised at the AGM of One Voice Wales in October, unfortunately he was in hospital following a fall at home.




What has Ynysfach WI been up to?

After a very busy December – filled with a carol concert, the Christmas Fayre, a delicious Christmas lunch and a lively party in the Church Hall, we were all glad to have a spell of quiet relaxation and a rest for the digestive system.

 WI  cake stall at the Christmas Fayre

The craft stall

However we were soon back together for our January meeting, looking forward to the coming year with our new programme of monthly speakers and outings. We were delighted to welcome Jemma Langdon and Lyn Evans to our meeting, these two very busy health professionals from Resolven had worked hard to acquire two public access defibrillators for our community. However they needed to raise funds to purchase the all-weather cases that would enable this life-saving equipment to be available at all times.


Ynysfach WI decided to donate all the proceeds from our Cake and Craft stall at the Christmas Fayre to this very worthy cause. We were pleased to present a cheque for £473 to Jemma and Lyn and we thanked them for their hard work on behalf of our community.

Following the presentation they both had to rush off to start the night shift!

Jenny Colley  presenting cheque to Jemma and Lyn

In keeping with our fund raising, our speaker for the evening was Gerard Rothwell from the Wales Ambulance Service Trust who is the National Public Access Defibrillator Officer. Gerard gave a most interesting and informative talk and demonstration of the use of the defibrillator in the case of a sudden cardiac arrest – we were left in no doubt as to the vital role a local defibrillator can play when every second counts.


Gerard and Perry from the Welsh Ambulance Service with Arnold the dummy

We ended the meeting very pleased that we had been able to help provide such an important piece of apparatus for Resolven.

Debra John

At our February meeting our speaker was Debra John, an actress from Swansea who comes dressed as an historical character and holds us all spell-bound for the whole of her performance. This was Debra’s fourth visit to one of our meetings and this time her character was a Victorian gentlewoman who had fallen on hard times and had ended up in the Debtors Prison in Swansea Castle.

Debra weaves a tale that draws you in, and her descriptions are so vivid that you look around almost expecting to see the dreadful situation that she describes. Her tale is carefully researched and full of historical details – how she remembers it all without a pause or any notes I just don’t know.

Olwen thanked Debra on behalf of us all, and judging by the applause I’m sure it won’t be long before we ask her back for another entertaining and informative story


We are looking forward to our trip to Abergavenny next week, our inter-WI skittles match with our neighbouring groups in Glynneath, Crynant and Cadoxton and our celebration Welsh night in March. The WI can’t sit still for long!

JENNY COLLEY ( Pres.Ynysfach WI)



March Meeting Resolfen History Society

End of an Era


2018 is a very sad year  for sport in the village of Resolven, for after 24 years, and hundreds of children passing through their ranks, Resolven Junior Football Club has folded.

Club Chairman Mr Clive Chambers said, “This is a very sad time not only for myself, but for the village of Resolven. I never thought I would see this day, I saw this club grow from a handful of children in our first year, to having sides in every age group from under 7’s to under 16’s, the club has been declining over the past few years, so with a very heavy heart we have had to call it a day.”

Clive formed the side alongside Mr Steve Hadley back in 1994, when they realised that if children of the village wanted to play football on a Saturday morning, they had to travel to Neath, Glynneath or even Skewen.

Things were really hard to start with, but as the years went by more and more children wanting to play and their parents getting involved with coaching the different ages, and the club went from strength to strength.

Clive stated “This club was set up so that children could get out on a Saturday morning to get some fresh air in their lungs, make new friends and above all to have fun”.

Clive continued “We’ve seen hundreds of children going through this club, and I am so proud of what this club achieved, it’s been a fantastic journey, but after all these years we have decided to call it a day, due to circumstances beyond our control we have to close the club down.”

The club was set up for the children of the village, and at the end of each season the club would hold a presentation to reward the children for their commitment over the season. At the presentation every player would be presented with an article of clothing, with the club badge, and a trophy.

Final Resolven Junior Football Club Under 16’s Squad

At the final committee meeting there was a special presentation made by Clive to two of the clubs longest serving members. Mr Peter Gibson has served the club for 20 years and Mr Bob Low for 17 both have served as committee members and as coaches over the years, and without who’s help the club would not have lasted for all the years

Chairman Clive Chambers Presenting Mr Peter Gibson With A Plaque

Chairman Mr Clive Chambers Making A Presentation To Mr Bob Low



                                                                                    PETER GIBSON


                                                       BOB LOW


Women’s World Day of Prayer

Women’s World Day of Prayer takes place the first Sunday in March every year.  It is a Service put together by women and the same service is celebrated across the world, starting in Oceania and then across to the Americas.

Also, each year a different country compiles the programme and this year the women of Suriname, a small country to the north of Brazil with a population of 540,000 with 90% of those living in the coastal areas.

Why not come along and join us to find out more of this small country and to take part in what is always a beautiful service.  Everyone is welcome including men (although not many do.)

St. David’s Church Hall, Friday 2nd March at 2.30pm

Report by Ruth Jones