Resolfen History Society February Meeting

FEBRUARY MEETING

MR HUW WILLIAMS

“SWEET BER TAR”

Meeting begins at 7: OO PM in

THE CHURCH HALL ON MONDAY

12th FEBRUARY

Membership: £10 (including refreshments)

 VISITORS: £3 

CROESO  CYNNES I BAWB

www.eclecs.blogspot.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

Good News from Library

  Starting on Wednesday January 17th the library will be open from 5-7 every Wednesday evening 

We hope that this will benefit our customers that are unable to access the library during the day due to work commitments-we now have new up-to-date computers with windows 10 and colour A3 printer and scanner as well as our usual photocopying and printing facilities

Maureen Bradley

Cathy Hadley

(Library volunteers)

Celebrations for Stan

STAN AT 90 YEARS YOUNG

Stan Crawley is regarded by many as having Resolven roots, after spending over 60 years in Resolven, but he was brought up four miles up the valley in ‘the Lamb’ in Glynneath. Born on 13th January 1928, one of five children, he had three brothers, Alwyn, Edwin and Dai and a sister Moreen. Sadly, Moreen and Dai are no longer with us, Edwin lives n Bournemouth and was unable to attend but Alwyn and his wife Gloria who live in Glynneath attended brother Stan’s celebrations.

Stan lost his Dad when he was eleven years old and as a teenager, did a variety of jobs in the locality including working in a butchers shop until he received his National Service papers (which was normal practice for young men in the 1940s up until the late 1950s).

Stan already had an early interest in the Services as he had joined the TA’s (Territorial Army) when he was old enough to do so.

During his three years in the Army he spent time in Palestine and has medals to show for his efforts in the Services which he has proudly displayed when he has attended the Remembrance Services at Resolven.

However, Stan’s Army duties were cut short when he and a great many others were ordered (by the Government) to return to ‘do their duty’ and work ‘down the mines’ as coal had become a very precious commodity for the country.

He married Stella Totterdell in 1953 at St David’s Church, Resolven.

Stella’s father was the local Policeman and the name of Sergeant Totterdell is still well spoken of by older residents, who were the generation of young men growing up in Resolven. They remember him as being fair but very firm, with a ‘no nonsense’ attitude and strict manner that seemed to work at that time.

They lived in Rugby Road with Stella’s parents until such time (around about 1958) they were able to move into their new home, a ‘newly built’ semi detached house nearby. This was convenient for Stella and Stan as they both worked in Resolven.

Stan worked in Cam Gears for most of his working life until he retired early to care for Stella.

Stella worked for many years in the Employment Office in Commercial Road (better known as the local Job Exchange) until she gave up due to ill health.

In his earlier years Stan was an active sportsman, playing football and cricket, later becoming a ‘golfing man’ and a regular visitor to Glynneath Golf Course.

Stella has not enjoyed good health over the years but Stan has always been by her side giving his full support.

They have been able to enjoy many holidays and have lovely memories of being together, in this country and abroad, travelling around in the car towing their caravan.

Stan and Stella now reside in the Hollins Care Centre, Cimla, Neath and are happy and settled and still content just to be together and take life as it comes.

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On Friday, 12th January, 2018, the Mayor of Neath Port Talbot, Councillor Mr Dennis Keogh visited the Hollins Care Home to give his congratulations and best wishes to Stan on his 90th.

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Stan and Stella have two children, a daughter Susan (married to Peter) and a son Stephen, (married to Pam). They have two grandchildren, Michael and Rachel.

Recently there has been a new addition to the family as Stephen’s son Michael and his wife Kat are now proud parents to 5 month old Matilda, a new great grand-daughter for Stan and Stella.

On Saturday, 13th January 2018, the family held a special 90th birthday celebration for Stan at the Glyn Clydach Coach house. The family and close friends came from Glasgow, Dorset, Cwmafan, Glynneath and the Resolven area.

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There was a gatecrasher to Stan’s Birthday Party

Gatecrasher – Hugh{SeanHL}

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Stan and Stella have been married a long time, over 60 years in fact and are a devoted couple who have successfully faced all of life’s problems together.

It was heart warming to see them both looking well and happy and enjoying Stan’s special celebration birthday with family and friends.

Many congratulations Stan and well done on your 90th.

From the RDN team

Lorna and Hugh Lewis

Resolven School Photos 1959/60

Hello Resolven District News!

I came across your site whilst googling for a newspaper local to Resolven.  I lived in Resolven from 1957 to April 1961 before moving to Reading where my family still lives.  Last week, whilst with my mum, we were going through the box of old black and white photos , she brought out some class photos  taken during our time at school in Resolven.

Photo 1 is of my nursery class in1960.   Photo 2 shows my brother Peter’s class in 1960 and Photo 3 shows my sister Susan’s class in 1960.  Photo 4 is dated 1959 and is Susan’s class again.

I had never seen these photos before.  My mum had written our classmates’ and teachers’ names, as far as she knew them, on the back of the photos.. I would be delighted to be able to confirm names and add names to complete these lists with the help of RDN viewers

 Miss Williams, Miss Noreen

Sian Evans/Karen/Colin Bennards/Ian/Leyton Case/Davies/Michael Lewis/Keryn Weefer/Alan/Carol/Alison

 Sally Nicholls/Georgean/Gillian Davies/Julie James/Cathryn Perry/Linda/Janie/Pat/Molly Evans/Linfa

 Howard Rees/Stephen/Wayne Jenkins/Geoffrey/Wayne Addiscot/Owen/Randall

I have always known that my best friend at the time was Georgean, but it was the first time I have ever seen this photo. She is sitting next to me in the photo —  I even named my doll after Georgean. My only other recollection of my nursery days (and they may not be correct) is having camp beds set up to have a sleep and eating custard cream biscuits or jammy dodgers from a round tin at playtime.

PHOTO 2

Peter Nicholls/Roy Gillespie/Adrian Davies/Paul Tregonning/Melville Morgan/Keith Llewellyn/Lynn Gillard/Ivor Jones/David Weeter

 Katrina/Judith Pritchard/Nicholas Jarrett/Robert Bordon/GarethEdwards/Lynn Evans/Julia Roner/Pat Jones/Gina

 Jane Newberry/Frances Lewis/Christine Price/Theresa Leman/Heather Davies/Wendy James/Linda Roberts/Joyce Welstead/Jean Powell/Pauline Billen

 Christopher Osborne/John Davies/Tony Davies/Maldwyn Machie

PHOTO 3

Jimmy/Howell Rees/Peter Williams/Stephen Perry/Glen Alan/John Morgan/Lyn Davies/Alan Jenkins/Lyn Jones

 Judith Jones/Ceryl Norton/Gillian Winters/Ann Jones/Linda Jenkins/Peggy O’Donnall/Kathleen Williams/Glynis Collard/Jane Sweetman

 

 Karen Hale/Colleen Beynon/Eluned Davies/Janice Morgan/Pam Wellbourne/Julie Davies/Susan Ncholls/Cheryl Davies/Deborah Jenkins/Yvonne Godfrey

 Kerry Roberts/Colin Sims/Michael Jones/Gareth James

PHOTO 4

 

 

The above  is  my sister Susan’s class too.  I believe she also also appears in a photo on your website that is dated 1957-58.

I scrolled through the school photos on your website but couldn’t find the 4 photos  I’ve sent you and I would love to complete the names for them. Do you have any suggestions as to how I could do this please?

. I would be particularly interested to make contact with Georgean.

I look forward to hearing from you.

 Helen Corps (née Nicholls and known at school by the name of Sally)

 Many thanks for taking the trouble to send us the photos and all the information, Helen –very welcome additions to our photo gallery.  But before we put them in place,  if there is anyone out there with names to add, call in Marcia’s shop or email us at:

 

am@resolvendistrictnews.co.uk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Free Course for Parents

 Resolven Building Blocks Family Centre is  offering a free course  for parents on understanding speech, language and communication development with their child.

The speech and communication workshop will look at  speech and communication in children and look at  ways in which we, as parents can support our children develop these skills.

Join us for an informal and fun session!

There is also free childcare available.

Ceri Pritchard —Manager

.  To book a space, please use the link below.

https://www.buildingblocksfamilycentre.co.uk/Event/parent-speech-language-and-communication-workshop

 

A Frosty Start on the Canal

Twelfth night, January the 5th is over, the Christmas decorations taken down till next year and there’s a frosty start to greet January the 6th on Resolven Canal Basin.

 

   Picture taken  by MIKE DAVIES

 

 

 

 

 

Resolven Events Group Latest News

On behalf of Resolven Community Events Group, I’d like to let everyone know about the Tesco promotion we have going on at the moment.  We have been successful in our application for the Tesco Bags Of Help Scheme. It works by shopping in Tesco and with every bag for life someone purchases, they will be handed a blue token chip at the checkout which is then put into a collection box when they leave the store. We are competing with 2 other community groups so there is 1st (£4,000), 2nd (£2,000) and 3rd (£1,000) prizes.

 

It runs from January 2nd until February 28th 2018 and the following Tesco Stores are participating, Briton Ferry Tesco Express, Neath Abbey Tesco Superstore, Cimla Tesco Express and Waunceirch Tesco Express. The winner will be announced mid March.

Robert Sims

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Storm Eleanor Hits Porthcawl

|A Resolven District News photographer never misses a challenge!  Mike Davies went to Porthcawl at 9 a.m  in the  morning, to capture Storm Eleanor for us.  High tide was at 7 a.m– too dark for camera shots, but Mike says he would have been there at that time if the lighting had been right!!

The storm was at its height when Mike took these images and he says it was an amazing sight to see the ferocity of Mother Nature at work.

 

 

 

 

 

Photos by Mike Davies

 

HAPPY, HEALTHY & SUCCESSFUL 2018

First New Year Pics from Mike

On January 1 and 2, the moon was the closest  to Earth that it will be for the entire 2018–An astronomical event that excites space enthusiasts. In the first couple days of 2018, the moon was just 356,565 km on January 1, and 356,846 km on January 2.  Lucky for me there was a break in the cloud cover for no more that 10 minutes, so I had to get it right!

 

Super moon

I was also lucky to have the photo shown on the BBC as Editor’s pic

More good fortune to start 2018!  But I needed to be “quick on the trigger” to capture this heron’s New Year flight over Resolven canal.

 

 

Mike Davies

Happy and Healthy New Year to all our RDN viewers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

FESTIVE LIGHTS – In and Around Resolven

 

 

These are a few of the many festive lights that

are displayed and enjoyed by us all in and

around the homes in the Resolven area, before

they are taken down and put away for another year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Boxing Day Hunt

The turnout was  excellent  for the annual Boxing Day Banwen Miners’ Hunt which set out, as usual, from the Castle Hotel  Neath, 

We were fortunate to have a dry spell during the proceedings, 

Mike Davies (Report, photos and video)

 

 

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YouTube  link for video below

https://youtu.be/xOkN-nd0F0E 

Message from NPT Councillor Des Davies

 May I take this opportunity to wish all Resolven  District News readers a “Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year”.

That said, for those who rely on the bus services as their only form of transport it’s not going to be a “HAPPY NEW YEAR”.  Many of the bus companies are reducing services throughout the Neath Valley and NPT generally from the 7th of January 2018.

Officers of Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council have asked the General Manager of First Cymru if he or his representative would meet with Local Councillors to discuss issues of public concern or attend a public meeting, again to discuss issues of public concern, both requests were declined.

First Cymru is the major provider of bus services locally and is a privately owned company which is, in my opinion, putting profit before service. One example of their imposed service reduction is that the X55 service which at present is a half hourly service is being reduced to one bus an hour.

For further information contact First Cymru Customer Services 01792 572255

Or for time table information contact Traveline Cymru  0800 4640000.

Should there be a change in bus companies plan I will inform you all through Resolven District News.

Des

Resolven International Pools Player in Malta

Congratulations to Amanda Evans of John Street Resolven, who represented Wales in a recent international pools competition held on the island of Malta.  After three years in the Welsh Ladies’  B team, Amanda was chosen for the top A side for the first time and she and her team mates did exceptionally well against women pool players from nine nations including Australia, Scotland, England and Northern Ireland. –winning one more frame would have placed them in the semi- final. The Welsh team had one unexpected supporter in Malta, when Borough Councillor Des Davies walked through the door!  Des was on the island recuperating after a recent period of ill health.

 

Amanda is centre back row -next to Des

Des is looking back on form in this photo and we wish him the very best of health in 2018.

The New Year will bring more international appearances   for Amanda who has already qualified to play for Wales in 2018.  She is now the 4th best in the country-beating over 50 players to get there.

Well done Amanda!

Youth Quiz Night in Welfare Hall

 

On Friday December 9th, students from Neath Port Talbot College held a Christmas Quiz and raffle at Resolven Miner’s Welfare for the fundraising section of their Welsh Bacc qualification. The charitywhich they decided to support was Maggie’s Cancer Care and at the end of the night the hard working girls managed to collect a total of £105 for the cause.

When attending the quiz I asked Ffion Owen, one of the organizers, a few questions on the planning behind the event. “The quiz was organized for our Welsh Bacc qualification at college. We wanted to support Maggie’s Cancer Care as they don’t only help those living with cancer but also provide help and support for the families of those suffering. The charity also helps people get back into work after recovering”. I also asked if there were any other ideas in the making to continue with their fundraising. “We plan to hold a charity curry night at Panshee’s in Skewen and we also want to do something sponsored, maybe a walk or sponsored silence.  I have really enjoyed fundraising with the girls because it’s good to be able to get to know others while fundraising money for such a good charity”,

 

Most of the turnout consisted of the village youth however the girls managed to sell raffle tickets to the usual visitors at the bar.

I thoroughly enjoyed attending the quiz! I thought that it provided a fun and relaxing atmosphere and got everyone into the Christmas spirit, and winning first prize wasn’t that bad either!

Report by  ROWAN DAVIES