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Wacky Wigs Day Great Success

Suzanne Evans and her Wacky Wigs Family

February 23rd was a day for the Resolven diary at the rugby club. Wales were playing England and the nerves were jangling but that’s not the only thing happening at the club that day there was something else going on that would be talked about for years. it was Wacky Wig Day !

Now I know you are all wondering what and why is Wacky Wig Day?

After a recent operation and course of chemotherapy treatment, regular club member Suzanne Evans had been upset over needing to wear a wig due to side affects of her treatment so in an effort to make her feel better some of her friends decided that reassuring Suzanne that she was as beautiful as ever and the important thing was her ongoing treatment and recovery was not enough . they declared that February 23rd was they day they would ALL be wearing wigs in support of their friend.

The idea grew and it was agreed that it would be a fundraising day to raise funds for the chemotherapy unit at Singleton Hospital where Suzanne was being cared for. Lots of the rugby club customers joined in and not only were there wigs, raffles and collections but Suzanne’s niece Alisha handmade the distinctive pale pink ribbons and they were on sale  too .

There was a competition for best wig that was won by Rhian Evans and even a children’s section that was won by Poppy Williams














Lots of the rugby club customers joined in and not only were there wigs, raffles and collections but Suzanne’s niece Alisha handmade the distinctive pale pink ribbons and they were on sale too .







Even the staff joined in!!!  and the sum of £395 was collected to be given to the hospital unit !

It was a great day with smiles and laughter all around and all who participated certainly made their friend smile.




All Wales had to do to make the day a resounding success was beat England  AND THEY DID !!!




















































and the sum of £395 was collected to be given to the hospital unit !

It was a great day with smiles and laughter all around and all who participated certainly made their friend smile.

All Wales had to do to make the day a resounding success was beat England  AND THEY DID !!!






Library Closure

We would like to inform our customers that Resolven community library will be closed on the day of Cllr Des Davies’s funeral-Wednesday 20th of March as a mark of respect. 

Funeral Notice for Councillor Des Davies

Funeral Notice for Mr Gordon Brown

Bird’s eye view of Resolven

Picture taken in 2010 by Mike Davies (RDN)

“Spring Has Sprung” at Canal Basin in Resolven

Photo taken by Mike Davies (RDN)

Happy St David’s Day




Sad Death of Councillor Des Davies


We are deeply saddened to have to report the death of our long -serving and dedicated Borough Councillor Desmond  Davies.  Des passed away in hospital on February the 27th, at the age of 70, after a long period battling ill health.

Des was always ready to take up any cause and try to find a solution to any problem. He was a true servant of the people.  He was also a lovely, gentle and  warm human being.  He will be missed more than he might have realised.



Desmond William Davies – Des – served as a county and county borough councillor for 38 years and also as community councillor for many years.

Elected to serve the West Glamorgan County Council in 1981, Des also served the successor authority – Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council – from its inception in 1996.

During his distinguished local government service, Des was entrusted with a number of senior roles: chairing the education scrutiny committee and representing the Council on a range of external bodies connected with education matters before taking up the more senior role of chairing the Policy and Resources/Cabinet Scrutiny Committee where his experience and good humour made him well suited to examining the most significant policy decisions to be considered by the Council and its Cabinet. In this role he also championed the scrutiny function, encouraging less experienced councillors to play their full part in the decision making processes of the Council.

In 2000/2001 Des was elected to serve as mayor of the county borough. This was a role that he relished and was ably supported in his mayoral year by his dear mum Doreen whilst also encouraged from the sidelines by his father. During the year there were many things to celebrate but Des also found himself leading our communities in mourning for the loss of life that occurred following disastrous events at the Corus Steelworks. He did this with great dignity and compassion.

In May 2017 Des was invited to join the Council’s Cabinet as the Cabinet Member for Community Safety and Public Protection. In a short period of time Des made a real difference – making himself known to staff; championing the services in his portfolio; commanding the respect of the Council’s partners, particularly in drawing attention to the substance misuse problems besetting parts of the county borough; whilst also playing a full role within the wider agenda of the Council.

As important as the formal roles within the Council were to Des, he never forgot that he was there to represent the people of Resolven and combined his busy role as cabinet member with various community roles, including, for example, being a trustee of the Melin Cwrt Pensioners’ Hall, Chair of governors of Llangatwg Community School and governor of Ynysfach Primary School- Just some of the local community groups that Des supported.

Des approached all of these roles with good humour and a dedication to public service. He was passionate about his work and always worked to do the best he could for the people he represented. He demanded no less in those he work alongside and in doing so is held in high regard by those who came in contact with him.

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Des as Mayor of NeathPortTalbot County Borough Council with his Mother, Doreen as Mayoress during a visit to The Mayors Parlour by members of Resolven Bowls Club


Funeral Notice for Mrs Gwenda North

THE FUNERAL OF THE LATE:        Mrs Gwenllian (Gwenda) North of Cory Street, Resolven


WILL BE HELD ON:                         Friday 1st March 2019


SERVICE AT:             Margam Crematorium at 9:30a.m.


Family flowers only.  Donations in lieu if so desired please to:

Guide Dogs for the Blind C/o:  The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association
Hillfields, Burghfield Common, Reading, Berkshire, RG7 3YG

Further enquiries please to:  Mr. Nicholas Maggs of Resolven Funeral Home, 21a, Commercial Road, Resolven, SA11 4HF

Telephone: 01639 710222

March Meeting of Resolven History Society

Diane Sims reports from Sardis

I was recently invited to Sardis Vestry to talk about the Miners Welfare restoration scheme. It was a Thursday afternoon and it was the weekly ‘Tea with the King’ gathering.  Sardis has a loose connection to the Miners Welfare as it was built by the local mine owners of the past , the Cory brothers, who also built the streets to house their workers and twice in my lifetime Sardis have generously donated to the Miners Welfare – during the miners’ strike in the 80s and to the present restoration scheme.

Chapel is so much more than hymns sermons and worship – there is a social side too. My visit there  this invoked so many memories from my childhood and many of them centre around Marlene Jervis – or to anyone my age her full title would be ‘Aunty’ Marlene As a child I went to children’s meeting in the vestry with her daughter Sharon on a Tuesday and the highlight for me was watching Aunty Marlene play the piano accordian which she even carried around the village for the annual Christmas carolling. In fact, I thought she lived there as whenever I went there or passed there Marlene and her husband John along with Sharon’s grandparents were always there or thereabouts . I cannot imagine Sardis without Marlene .

Whitsun was always a big event when we were kids too and although I marched with the Salvation Army I would wave to Sharon marching with Sardis. Whitsun teas were always open to all with sports down the park field afterwards that saw the most competitive rounders matches I ever witnessed .

As I grew up, Sardis became a chapel that held weddings and christenings and Christmas nativity plays but the older I get the more I see and hear and realise Sardis is not a Sunday only place but it has a social side that is varied and busy. Apart from Sunday services there are meets that are based on social inclusion and interaction that invariably involve refreshments where everyone is welcome.  Children’s meeting of my era has  now evolved into ‘time out’ on a Friday that’s now held in the Sardis community hall which locals  will know as the Apostolic Chapel situated opposite the park where board games have been replaced by computer consoles and table tennis but still have the ever faithful crafts table and  tuck shop. Marlene is still as busy as ever but now I see a new ‘aunty ‘follow in her footsteps. Many will know Linda from the dinnertime play in Ynysfach Primary – Linda Morgan.


Over the years the vestry has had many uses not only worship. I remember going to baby clinic there when my brother was born and for many years its been an election voting booth and its even been used to give flu injections.

These days, it’s still very much multi functional and Mondays its Rainbow Tots for pre school playtime with tea and toast and a place for young mothers to meet and get to know each other .


Thursdays its ‘Tea with the King’ where there are tea and cakes;  giving a place for people to meet and chat about what’s going on locally and in the world. This is an opportunity that’s also used to raise money for charity – there is no charge for refreshments it’s merely a voluntary collection that’s given to a charity suggested from the floor. It has to be said that some of the cakes on offer wouldn’t be out of place in the Great British Bake Off.


Some years ago Sardis were fortunate to have been given a large sum of money   from Ystradgynlais Baptist Chapel who were closing and with this they built an extension to the vestry in order to house a fully fitted kitchen. Four years ago they were lucky to be presented with a bigger, better, newer kitchen by the Neath Borough Council that has enabled them to provide even more opportunities.

In the autumn during the evangelistic weekend the kitchen is in full use for the women of the congregation to cook the men breakfast and in return the men cook the women dinner. Sounds a fair trade off to me.

At Christmas the vestry provides a Christmas Day lunch with all the trimmings to people in the area who might be lonely or maybe having a hard time for one reason or another that is organized by a friend of the chapel called Carol. That’s rounded off with the Queen’s Speech and has been visited by the actor Michael Sheen who must have heard what good cooks we have in Resolven .

Side Entrance to Vestry

Can you see a pattern forming? It might be said that God is a comfort but it seems food comes a close second  at Sardis ranging from tea and toast to full English breakfast and sumptuous Sunday lunches.

You can’t talk about Sardis without mentioning the men especially John Jervis who if he isn’t seen with a sweeping brush in hand he is behind a steering wheel ferrying those  people, whose mobility isn’t what it once was, back and forth to Sardis and he is not alone doing this but again he is another constant of my memories of Sardis and the present pastor Fortunato Santos,  has made his mark on Resolven during his 17 years living here. In true Resolven fashion he is still classed as ‘new’ even after 17 years but if ever there has been someone ‘new’ who has integrated and become so active and well known as he is I have yet to meet them. As is normal in the village, his name is shortened to “Fort” by many which shows how he has been adopted by the village.


Fortunato with Fireman Sam at Sardis Summer Fete

I was pleasantly surprised how a simple visit for a cuppa and a chat brought so many memories flooding back.



Funeral Notice for Mr Ray Caines





Super moon over the Vale of Neath 19th February 2019

The skies were overcast; fortunately I had a window space for around ten minutes.

The moon was approx 2238.000  miles from earth,. The next super moon will be visible weather permitting March 21 2019

Photo by RDN photographer-MIKE DAVIES







Winter Sunset

We are so very fortunate to be living in a spectacular part of Wales as we tend to get the best sunrises and sunsets.

taken 17/02/2019 by RDN photographer Mike Davies