In Memory of a Loved One

As Christmas draws closer we offer a chance to remember loved ones whom we see no longer, with carols, the lighting of candles and a space for Reflection. There will also be an opportunity afterwards to share a cup of tea or coffee.

Resolven Church Hall

6.30pm—7.30pm

Tuesday 11th December.

 

Resolven Community Library Update

Our last open day before Christmas will be Wednesday the 19th of December, and we will re-open on the 7th of January 2018. 

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all our customers

From the Volunteers and Trustees of the Library

 

 

 

 

Storm Diana Hits Aberavon and Porthcawl

Porthcawl

 

Porthcawl

 

Porthcawl

Aberavavon

Aberavon

Aberavon

PHOTOS BY MIKE DAVIES

 

 

 

 

PACT MEETING

Congratulations on a Celebration

Congratulations on a Celebration

On November 2018, it was the celebration of the 40th Birthday of BBC Radio Wales, National English Language Radio Station, when our RDN Editor was the first presenter’s voice to be heard that morning as she made the announcement of –

 

It is half past six on Monday November 13th and this is Anita Morgan saying Welcome to Radio Wales”.

 

Anita photographed on her first day as a BBC Radio Wales Presenter

Poster in the foyer of Broadcasting House, Cardiff

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A memory of that first live broadcast, as told to us by Anita is as follows.

 

One of the guests that morning was ‘Paul’ the parrot (and his owner) who was supposedly one of the best talking parrots in Wales.

Unfortunately, on that particular occasion ‘Paul’ decided to remain silent.

So Anita said to the Parrot’s owner “What really sets him off”.

The owner replied “Frank Sinatra’s Strangers in the Night”, which he started to sing, and asked Anita to join him, to encourage ‘Paul’ but alas it was to no avail. ‘Paul’ must have been ‘shy’ to perform on air, as he only managed what can only be described as a funny squawking sound which gave way to amusement and laughter in the studio, for the listeners and an unforgettable moment for Anita.

Anita with ‘Paul’ the Parrot and owner during the LIVE Broadcast

‘Paul’ the Parrot

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We are pleased and proud to congratulate Anita who is well known in the village and a pillar of our community.

As our Editor, she has worked tirelessly, using her expertise with determination and hard work,  giving the village of Resolven an information platform that is available globally, being easily accessed on the technological screens of today.

 

Resolven District News is a local public resource that is quite unique (with all articles of the RDN recognised and recorded by the National Library of Wales and Great Britain, for future generations).

 

Thank you Anita for making Resolven your home.

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Lorna & Hugh Lewis

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Second Volume of Resolven History Book Launched

SECOND VOLUME OF RESOLVEN HISTORY BOOK LAUNCHED

Following on from his well-received photo-book ‘RESOLVEN THEN AND NOW’ last year, Resolven author William Willis has just published a second volume in this series. ‘RESOLVEN THEN AND NOW – VOLUME 2’, is on sale from early November 2018. The author has catalogued another selection of rare and largely unpublished photographs of Resolven and District from 1879 to the present day. As ever, it is the author’s intention to portray village life through the ages – whether domestic, social, rural or industrial – using black and white images accompanied by well-researched captions and potted histories of the subjects.

‘RESOLVEN THEN AND NOW – VOLUME 2′{Front Cover}

RESOLVEN THEN AND NOW- VOLUME 2’ has 18 chapters covering a new range of subjects such as historical village views, craftspeople and characters, Resolven Carnival, sports, entertainment, old inns and farmsteads. There are also dedicated chapters about Resolven’s lost buildings, Rheola House and Rheola Aluminium works, plus an interesting final chapter illustrating and describing Resolven’s Grade II listed structures.

The book is presented in paperback with a glossy cover. It has 100 pages, containing nearly 200 black and white photographs. The full colour inside covers portray the work of local artists, whilst the full colour back cover has an iconic photograph of Melincourt Waterfall in its full glory.

P.32 Resolven Silver Band at the Band Room, 1950
{Photograph courtesy of Brynmor Morgan}

William spent approximately six months gathering and taking photographs and compiling the annotated histories of the subjects. This could not have been achieved without the unwavering support and assistance of the people of Resolven, to whom the author acknowledges a great debt. Once again, it was demonstrated how strongly the community feels about its past and its present, and how this sense of belonging impacts on its future.

p.81 Resolven Boys’ Blackpool Trip, 1961
{Photograph courtesy of Brian Pritchard}

Such has been the cumulative effect of photograph-gathering, that the author plans to publish a third [and final] volume of ‘RESOLVEN THEN AND NOW’ in the Autumn of 2019. New subjects will include traditional shops and ‘front-room’ shops, cottage industries, old pastimes, Resolven children at play throughout the ages, military matters, local artists and vintage transport. Anyone wishing to contribute is asked to contact the author via the address contained in the book.

RESOLVEN THEN AND NOW – VOLUME 2’ may be purchased directly from the author, or from Marcia’s Shop [Resolven Post Office]. The  retail price is £10.00 per copy. There is only a limited number, so buy your copy now!!

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About William

William Alun Willis was born in Resolven. His parents, Joan and Vic Willis, ran the village Post Office for more than 40 years. His mother, Joan, was a serving Justice of the Peace for more than 20 years. William attended Ynysfach Primary School, Resolven (see photo below).

Ynysfach School pupils, 1969
William is the 4th pupil from left in the back row

He started writing comedy scripts with his close friends Eurfyl Davies and Geraint Evans whilst studying for ‘A’ Levels at Dwr-y-felin VI Form College, Neath. Publishers W.H. Allen took an interest, and encouraged the author to try to write professionally.

William attended the University of Wales at Swansea, gaining a combined honours degree in Social History, Sociology and Social Anthropology. However, much of his ‘studying time’ was spent writing and editing the University ‘Rag Mag’ – a charity publication. William was also editor of ‘The Beck Mail’, a residential hall newspaper.

In 1984, William gained his post-graduate qualification in Social Work Studies (specialising in Childhood and Adolescent Behaviour) at Southampton University, before returning to Swansea University to take up the post of Press Officer.

He worked in the training department at Milland Road (under the auspices of Neath Borough Council) for more than twenty years, specialising in special needs teaching and, later, key skills training. He became Training Officer for Neath Borough Council at Milland Road in 1988.

Between 1990-91 William took a gap year, first back-packing around Egypt, Libya and the Sudan; then accepting a year’s TEFL contract at the English Education Centre in Jakarta, Indonesia, where he taught English to professional groups such as doctors, architects and businessmen.

William returned to work for Neath Borough Council in 1991, where he met his partner, Joanna, in 1994. They have been together for 23 years, and have two wonderful children.

In 2001 he decided to re-train as a Law Costs Draftsman [legal accountant], from which job he recently withdrew to take up professional writing again.

Also in 2001, he began writing for radio and television and he entered a competition run by the BBC – ‘The Celtic Nations Comedy Cup’ – which was aimed at developing new comedy writers in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. William was fortunate to be chosen as one of the winning Welsh entries, with a prize of his winning comedy play being staged at the West End in Glasgow. As a result of this, William was given a commission to write a comedy series for the BBC.

In 2002, the comedy series ‘Do It Yourself’ was completed, which followed the exploits of the staff at Dragon DIY and Pet Store. All six episodes of this first series were recorded before a live audience at Resolven Miners’ Welfare Hall in February 2003. The series was directed by ‘Only Fools and Horses’ director Gareth Gwenlan, produced by Darren Broome, and featured an all-star cast from Welsh comedy television and radio. The show was a resounding success, and over the next 5 years another four series (24 episodes) of ‘Do It Yourself’ were commissioned from William, and were recorded before live audiences in a range of local theatres, such as the Coliseum in Aberdare and in the Cwmaman Institute.

In 2007, William wrote another series for the BBC – ‘The Harder They Fall’ – a six-part comedy which followed the trials and tribulations of a compensation law firm. Gareth Gwenlan directed, and Paul Forde produced the series. The cast included veteran actress Margaret John (‘High Hopes’), Brian Hibbard (‘Twin Town’ and ‘The Flying Pickets’), and Richard Mitchley (‘Blackadder’ and ‘Dr Who’). This time, the complete series was recorded before a live audience at the BBC studios in Cardiff.

The First Volume of
‘RESOLVEN THEN AND NOW’

William returned to professional writing in 2017 after taking time out to be with his two young children. 

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Limited numbers of copies of ‘RESOLVEN THEN AND NOW’ Volume 1 are still available directly from the author or by request from Marcia’s (Resolven Post Office). The retail price is £8.95 (softback; 88 pages of black and white photographs plus full colour covers).

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Among other local history projects, he is currently working on a comedy series for television.

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Resolven District News wishes William all the very best for his future projects.

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HL {RDN Team}

Resolfen History Society December Meeting

Note that even though it is a Members Night it is not exclusive to members, just that they will be taking part. Everyone is welcome – mince pies, mulled wine and a historical quiz to finish.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Family Business in Resolven

A new family business has arrived in Resolven opened by mother and daughter Helen and Kelsey Sandry.

They offer various aesthetic treatments.

“In essence”, explains Kelsey,” our clinic offers a range of skin rejuvenation treatments, dermal filler enhancements and anti-wrinkle injections. We also hold monthly microblading and massage clinics.”

 

  Time has been spent on giving the premises a full make over to a high professional standard.  Their  clinic is on Commercial Road, Resolven–next to Hers and Sirs

 

Both are local ladies who are fully qualified, bringing something new to the village and we wish them every success in the venture.

 

It’s run on an appointment basis that can be made by telephoning 07970735244

 

CLICK ON LINK BELOW  FOR WEBSITE

 http://rewindtimeaesthetics.com/ 

REPORT BY DIANE SIMS

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Both are local ladies who are fully qualified bringing something new to the village and we wish them every success in the venture.

It’s run on an appointment basis that can be made by telephoning 07970735244

Sardis Hosts Grand Choral Concert

 

 

On Saturday, December the 1st, at 5pm in Sardis Baptist Church, SOMA CHOIR will present a collection of songs and words entitled:—–God’s Messengers

 

 

 

COME ALONG AT 5pm—ALL ARE WELCOME—ADMISSION FREE

Christmas Fayre News

It is with regret to inform you that we will not be hosting a Christmas Fayre on the Square this year, due to financial and time constraints.

We’d like to thank you all, for your support over the previous years and hope to return next year.

Resolven Carnival will return Saturday 6th July 2019 and look forward to seeing you then.

Resolven Community Events Group.

Purple Heron- a Rare Photo

The bird, one of the rarest in the UK, breeds in southern Europe.  I spotted this unusual coloured heron on the banks of the canal at Cadoxton, Neath, on a frosty morning.  At the time, I did not think of the colour difference between the grey and the purple as the sun was pretty strong, and I was concentrating on capturing the heron on camera, which was difficult to do.  As I moved, so did the heron!  Apparently It only visits Britain in small numbers each year.  I have photographed the grey heron over many years, as they were nesting on Cadoxton Mountain—that was well before the trees had to come down,

 

 

It’s exciting for people who want to catch a look at this rare bird.  RDN readers keep your eyes out for them.  You may spot him/her on on the Resolven Canal

If so, please let us know.

Mike Davies RDN photographer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Funeral Notice for Mr Spencer Thomas

Autumn Scenes from Mike

Resolven Canal

Rheola Lake

Many thanks to our RDN photographer. Mike Davies, for these lovely images

 

 

 

 

Rheola Lake

V-Trees Festival Report

Hi,
Could I please give you some information regarding the recent Festival and fundraising that is being done for the village ?

Resolven from Pentwyn

 

V-Trees Festival was set up with a view to bring the community closer, generate revenue for the village and to try and put Resolven on the map (for a positive reason).
Since the credit crunch and the closing of TRW, Resolven has struggled as a community with very little to offer to the generations growing up as well as the generations who have lived here for many moons.

 

As a direct result of V-Trees Festival it secured employment for the following:-
over 20 acts/artists
SIA door staff
bar staff(in excess of ten)
dancers,
food outlets,
marquee companies,
stage company,
sound systems and sound engineers,
printers and designers,
Aviation company (easy jet),
Fencing and timber,
Brewery.
Local business through advertising and increased tourists to the community.

Despite the appalling weather on 28th July 2018, which affected trade, V-Trees was still able to raise £250 for Noahs Ark Appeal as well as a generous gesture of £50 to My name5 Doddie, which is research into Motor Neurones Disease.
All of which was generated with a trouble free day.It is the aim of V-Trees to bring further entertainment to Resolven to help the community as well as generate funds for both local and national charities.

Stephen Harris and Matthew Young

V-Trees Presents is presently organising a Christmas party on 28th December 2018 where international DJ Ian Van Dahl is returning to Resolven, with this events Fundraiser going to Building Blocks Family Centre, Resolven. BBFC has been chosen because of the work it already does within the community is amazing and is essential to the village.

 

I would like to thank all the local business that have supported V-Trees and look forward to working with you in the New Year where we have events penned in on 16th March 2019 and the main Festival on 26/27th July 2019.

 

Cheers,

Matthew Young

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Despite the appalling weather on 28th July 2018, which affected trade, V-Trees was still able to raise £250 for Noahs Ark Appeal as well as a generous gesture of £50 to My name5 Doddie, which is research into Motor Neurones Disease.
All of which was generated with a trouble free day.

It is the aim of V-Trees to bring further entertainment to Resolven to help the community as well as generate funds for both local and national charities.

V-Trees Presents is presently organising a Christmas party on 28th December 2018 where international DJ Ian Van Dahl is returning to Resolven, with this events Fundraiser going to Building Blocks Family Centre, Resolven. BBFC has been chosen because of the work it already does within the community is amazing and is essential to the village.

I would like to thank all the local business that have supported V-Trees and look forward to working with you in the New Year where we have events penned in on 16th March 2019 and the main Festival on 26/27th July 2019.

Cheers,

Matthew Young

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Challenge! Find Us on the UK Web Archive

 

National Library of Wales

You can read stories featured  on RDN going as far back as April 2016  on the UK Web Archive — but only if you take a slightly complicated route.at the moment!  The site is being updated and there are earlier editions to be added too.. Also getting to RDN  is not yet straightforward.  The National Library of Wales  archives our site and  told me it will be  easier to access it soon.  In the meantime –follow me as I attempt to lead  you there!

Google UK Web Archive 

Click on UK Web Archive – TYPE IN RESOLVEN DISTRICT NEWS AND CLICK SEARCH

See dropdown list -Click on any one of them that has our name attached

See a FULL  page from one of our editions

At top of that page R  in blue bar see BACK TO CALENDAR–Click on it

A black page will appear and all the RDN editions that have been archived are listed.

Click on the month and then week you are interested in seeing 

 

 

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LET ME KNOW IF YOU GET THERE!  

GOOD LUCK!

THE EDITOR

 

 

 

 

 

Don’t  forget  AS WELL AS THE UK WEB ARCHIVE, WE ALSO ARCHIVE ALL EDITIONS  OF  RDN  NOW. 

SEE DROPDOWN LIST ON R OF LATEST NEWS PAGE

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Also, you can look as far back as     on our site by using our own archive (on right of Home pag))