Great Season For Resolven Cricket Club

The 2017 season  proved to be the most successful in the club’s cricket history winning the West Wales Cricket Association Division 2 title and promotion to Division 1.

The squad captained by the inspirational Adrian Lock only suffered two league defeats and was a tremendous squad effort with 21 players used throughout the season.

Forest Exiles from Gloucestershire returned for their second tour visit to Resolven in August. Resolven won a great match with two overs remaining, Ceri Evans scoring the winning run with an excellant shot through the covers and quick running between the wicket with fellow batsman David Williams. Mathew Evans had another fine innings scoring 61 out of a total of 147 runs.

Resolven RFCC v Forest Exiles (Gloucestershire) 27th August 2017
Resolven Players in photo

Back Row  1st Left Tony Evans.. 2nd Left Ceri Evans.. 3rd Left Lewis Ridge.. 4th Left Richard Williams 5th Left Mathew Evans 6th Left Adrian Lock..9th Left Darren Davies… 14th Left Richard Powell 15thLeft Andrew Evans.. 18th Left Graham Harris

Front Row – 1st Left Oscar… 2nd Left David Williams.. 6th Left Garwyn Ridge

2017 Season Statistics
Best Bowling Performance

Tony Evans – Swansea (Home) Overs 10 Maidens 3 Runs 19 Wickets 5
Richard Williams – Llangennech (Away) Overs 9 Maidens 2 Runs 14 Wickets 5
Lewis Ridge – Ynysygerwyn (Home) Overs 1.2 Maidens 0 Runs 2 Wickets 4

Best Batting Performance

Mathew Evans – Forest Exiles (Home) 61runs
Luke Scully – Swansea (Home) 56 runs
Mathew Evans – Swansea Civil Service (Away) 40 runs

Best Batting Partnerships

David Williams/Mathew Evans – Swansea Civil Sevice (Away) 73 runs
Luke Scully/Richard Williams – Swansea (Home) 59 runs
Adrian Lock/David Williams – Llangennech (Away) 51 runs
Andrew Evans/Mathew Evans – Forest Exiles (Home) 45 runs
Paul Jones/Ioan Jones – Llanfrynach (Home) 43 runs

Resolven RFCC v Gorseinon CC

Back Row

Lewis Ridge   Andrew Evans   Richard Williams Ioan Jones Paul Jones Luke Scully Ceri Evans

Front Row

Tony Evans Adrian Lock (Captain) David Williams Mathew Evans

Resolven Cricket Ground New Scoreboard

14th May 2016

Constructed by Ian Griffiths and Penny

Report by Richard Williams

Free IT Sessions

All On The Day

A small garden has been planted in a section of the grounds of the Resolven Bowling Green dedicated to a long serving, stalwart member of Resolven Bowls Club, Mr Royston Stock, Club Treasurer for 30 years up to 2007. A loyal member of RBC, he thought of the bowling green and the pavilion as his ‘second home’ (he also held the position of Groundsman for many years), and is well remembered by so many people locally and by visiting bowlers.

The section of garden is named ‘Royston’s patch’ on which a small plaque has been erected stating his favourite saying “It’s All on the Day”.  This is so true of all sports not only bowls.  The older members, past and present have played an important part in forming and making Resolven Bowls Club the active and successful club it is today, in order that the club can continue to attract and encourage younger players to enjoy the sport of bowls.

The photograph below shows part of the small garden in front of two of his relatives, Mr Lionel Stock and Mr Phil Jones and his partner Dawn.

The second photograph shows the majority of the Club Members who gathered together behind ‘Royston’s Patch’ for their annual photo for the 2017 season, all sporting their new coloured club shirts sponsored by local firms.

The residents of Resolven are fortunate that the Bowling Green and the Pavilion is still managed by Resolven Community Council who are keen for the Green to be successful, although there are a small group of willing club members who give of their time voluntarily and work hard to ensure the ‘green’ is the best that it can be.

Resolven AFC Presentation Night

End of season awards were presented to the football players at an enjoyable presentation dinner held recently in Resolven AFC. Special guests in attendance were County Borough Councillor Des Davies and Resolven Community Councillor Aylwin Jones who presented the following awards:

Players’ player of the year Team A- Carl Day, Team B- Christian Arthurs

Manager’s Player of the year Team A- Carl Day, Team B- Christian Arthurs

Young player of the year  Jordan Berry

Clubman of the Year  Allister Wheeler

Top goal scorer  Christian Arthurs

Alan Wellstead Memorial Trophy  Grant Morgan

A special award was presented to Carl Day to mark his retirement as a player. Carl has played football for over 28 years with the majority spent at this club. The many tributes from past and present players showed the appreciation and admiration everyone has for Carl on and off the pitch.  He was described as a passionate player & clubman that many teams and particularly defence feared. Carl made an emotional speech thanking everyone past and present and he made a special mention to older mentors who inspired him, he also passed encouraging words to younger players to work hard, support each other and above all enjoy playing for their club, winning or losing.

The evening was a great success, well done to all who won awards. A special thanks to Allister  Wheeler and Grant Morgan for doing a sterling job at presenting for the first time.”

Report by Jennifer Warren

Resolven Library News

My name is Neal Francis and I am one of the Trustees of Resolven Library. I would like to share with you some good news we have received this week.

We have been extremely lucky in being awarded 2 grants. The 1st is a grant of £263 from Hanfod Cymru which will enable us to purchase a laminator for the community to use. Hanfod Cymru is a new national charitable fund exclusively for Wales, distributing the money raised for good causes by Loteri Cymru.

The second grant is from Big Lottery Fund Wales Awards for All. Every year, the Big Lottery Fund distributes millions of pounds of the National Lottery’s good cause money to community groups and charitable projects around the UK. They have given us £2463 which will enable us to purchase 3 new pc’s printer for use by the community and will also let us purchase a coffee machine so that people can come in and have a chat over a tea or coffee.

We can not thank both of the organisations enough for their support and I would also like to thank all those who give up their time in volunteering in the library without them we wouldn’t be able to operate. Also if anyone can give up 2 hours a week of their time we a desperately looking for new volunteers for us to be able to continue running the library for use by all in the community.

Neal Francis (Resolven Library Trustee)

WI Success at the County Show

On Saturday 22nd July the Glamorgan Federation of Women’s Institutes held its annual show at North Cornelly. The show comprised 19 classes showcasing such skills as baking, flower arranging, pottery, vegetable growing, art, photography and many more. The competition was open to all 112 WI’s in the County.

Ynysfach WI entered into 11 classes and met with considerable success. Liz Jones was awarded 1st place in the class for ‘an edible Christmas gift’, her beautifully decorated little cakes were also considered to be the ‘Best cookery item in the Show’ and therefore she was awarded the Swansea Cup.


Congratulations Liz!

Ynysfach also received first prize in the large co-operative class in which 2 craft items, 2 cooked items and a floral arrangement are displayed to interpret a theme.

This year it was ‘ A spring event ‘ and we chose to celebrate the Malvern Spring Garden Festival.
Our items were made by Maureen Allen, Cathy Graham, Liz Jones and Jenny Colley.

Our exhibit was selected as the best co-operative display in the show and we were presented with the Port Talbot Cup.

Cathy Graham and Maureen Allen

We picked up prize points in a total of 5 classes thanks to the hard work of Christine Davies, who was Highly Commended for her lemon and lime marmalade, Cathy Graham, Kay Evans, Wendy Herbert, Carol Jeffrey, Maureen Allen, Ann Gay, Ffion Thomas, Jenny Colley and, of course, Liz Jones.  We all enjoyed a wonderful day – Well Done Ynysfach WI!

Jenny Colley (Pres. Ynysfach W.I.)

Community Hall For Hire

The Commnity Hall is available for hire for parties, meetings etc.  You can hire the hall for £5 per hour or £6 per hour with use of the kitchen.

Contact the clerk to the council Mrs Cheryl Payne on 01639 711139


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