Resolven AFC Do the Double

Resolven AFC – Double Promotion 

Eventually it was a successful season for both Resolven AFC 1st and 2nd senior teams, with both securing promotion on the final day of the season. After being relegated the season before last the 1st team were keen to bounce back up as soon as possible and the disappointment of missing out on promotion by 1pts last season

It was definitely the target this year. It was a good start to the season as well as a good end, but a dip in form just before Christmas made for a tight finish!

April 27th 2019 Resolven AFC v Glais AFC ‘The Promotion Decider” A win for Resolven would mean promotion on goal difference, likewise for Glais! But a draw would see Godregraig take 2nd position and promotion, after Harp Rovers had already confirmed the championship -eventually finishing 6pts clear of Resolven.


A full crowd on the Park Field saw Resolven run out deserved 4-1 winners. Resolven 2nds also claimed 2nd place and a promotion into reserve division 2 after an alteration to the reserve divisions, splitting the league into two separate groups. It’s fantastic to see the club doing well, with two sides running and over 40 boys signed on. There is a great atmosphere within the club and a lot of young potential coming through to accompany the more established players. The club will definitely be looking to build on the success of this season for the future. If anyone over the age of 16 is interested in joining this great club for the coming season, and would like to find out more information, please contact Alister Wheeler via Facebook.

Also If there are any local businesses out there that would be interested in sponsoring Resolven AFC it would be much appreciated. There are different levels of sponsor packages that could be discussed to suit, so please get in touch.

Thank you.

Wind Farm Grants Application Meeting

Pen y Cymoedd Wind Farm Community Fund CIC·

Come and chat to us about funding for your community, sports group or business idea!

We have appointments in Resolven on 21st May  2 pm-5.30 pm in Resolven Community Centre and Pontrhydyfen on 19th June –

email us now to book a slot and we can give you advice and guidance on how the fund may be able to help you. or ring 01685878785

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