Mike Captures Beaver Moon Shot


Our talented RDN photographer Mike Davies, or Abergarwed boy as he still likes to call himself, captured this stunning shot of the moon juxtaposed with an image of Neath town clock recently.  Mike says it was named a Beaver Moon by the American Indians, because it appeared as winter approached and helped them to hunt in fading light.

Mike has been in the spotlight himself recently.  He is a B.B.C Weather Watcher and he was chosen as our Welsh representative in a programme to celebrate the Weather Watchers 2nd anniversary.  Well done Mike!

This is part of the letter he received from the B.B.C programme makers:

“Mike has been a regular weather watcher for 2 years although he has been involved with the BBC for over 10 years, we like Mike’s work and every photo tells a story of whatever the weather is like in his part of WalesOther candidates chosen were from Aberdeen, Northern Ireland, England and the West Country

The producers came down from London to talk to him and Mike gave them a guided tour of our area

Melincourt Falls-IMAGE MIKE DAVIES

Remembrance Sunday at Resolven





The annual Sunday Remembrance Service was held at St. David’s Church Hall at 10.30a.m on 12th November 2017.
The Service this year was conducted by Father Andrew Davies and the Flag Bearer standing proudly beside him was Mr Ashley Philbrick. Before Father Andrew commenced the Service, he stated that he was full of praise to see so many people from the community attending the service (every seat was taken with standing room only) and gave thanks to all who had come together to remember those from the village and the surrounding area who had made the ultimate sacrifice.


Corporal & Cadet Davies
take part in the


After prayers and hymns from the Remembrance Service Sheet, the congregation moved outside to the War Memorial where a large crowd had gathered.

The Act of Remembrance then commenced and all the names were read out from the War Memorial by three young children helped along by Mr David Richards.


The Royal British Legion Flag was then lowered by Mr Philbrick to the emotional sound of the ‘Last Post’ by Ms Karen Partridge, (who is now a familiar figure to the local community as she has been the Bugler for Resolven for well over 35 years.).

The two minute silence was followed by the raising of the Royal British Legion flag as Ms Partridge played the ‘Reveille’.(a military bugle call which is played after a ‘silence’).


After prayers by Father Andrew,  it was time for the Wreath laying ceremony. This ceremony is performed at War Memorials the world over, and the small community of Resolven are proud to show their respect by the many local organisations who participate with the giving of a Wreath.

The order of the Wreath Laying for 2017 was as follows:-

Resolven Community Council

As NPT County Councillor Desmond Davies was not available the wreath was laid by Cadet Davies.

Royal British Legion

Leah Thomas

Sardis Baptist Church

St David’s Church

Ynysfach Women’s Institute

Ynysfach Primary School

Resolven Cubs and Beavers

Resolven Miners Welfare

Resolven Football Club

Resolven Rugby and Cricket Club

Mid & West Wales Fire and Rescue Service

As the Service was nearing the end, the sky darkened and the rain, which was just a drizzle during the laying of the wreaths, started to fall quite heavily. It was noticeable that as the National Anthems were being sung, there was no movement in the crowd until the service was finally over.  As the crowd left quietly the Resolven heavy rain continued to fall.

Lest we Forget

“They shall not grow old, as we that are left grow old,

Age shall not weary them nor the years condemn,

At the going down of the sun and in the morning,

We will remember them”

(Taken from the poem ’For the Fallen’ by Laurence Binyon)


A footnote of thanks

Later that afternoon Mr David Richards who is the Secretary of the Resolven Branch of the Royal British Legion was seen busy removing the posters around the village regarding the 2017 Service of Remembrance, so we took the opportunity, with his permission of course, to take a photograph of him at the War Memorial.

Unfortunately, the Royal British Legion Club building at Resolven closed its doors some time ago and it is mainly due to the efforts of Mr David Richards and Mr Roger Place and others that the Resolven Branch of the Royal British Legion is still active.
Grateful thanks to all involved.

Clyne Remembrance Service Report

Clyne Remembrance Service Report


The Remembrance Day Service at Clyne War Memorial was well attended by local people and conducted by Father Andrew Davies and Reader/Lay Minister Moira Randall from St. David’s Church, Resolven, with Pastor Peter Mitchell from Clyne Free Mission and members of the Resolven Branch of the Royal British Legion.

The children present played an important and dignified part in the ceremonials. One of them read out the names of all those who were lost in battle, and they all read Remembrance poems. They also placed small wooden crosses on the steps of the Memorial   One young boy and his father, a serving soldier, were both in full uniform.  Although not locals, they both wished to take part in the Remembrance Service


The weather was cold with a few heavy showers but did not deter the villagers of Clyne.


Presentation and Images by Mike Davies

You Tube presentation—click on link below










Resolven Christmas Fayre

St David’s Christmas Tea

Frost on Rheola Lock Gates


A sure sign of the approach of winter as the first hard frosts arrive on Rheola Lock gates.

Image Mike Davies Nov. 13th

Kudos in ‘Barrybados’ for Resolven bowlers


Resolven Bowls Club rounded off their season in magnificent fashion by winning the inaugural ‘Barry Bowl’ tournament in the season ending finals day held at Barry Athletic BC on Sunday 17th September.

2017 has been a landmark season for the club with a fresh impetus added with the addition of some key players following the unfortunate demise of TRW Cam Gears Bowls Club in 2016.

The inaugural ‘Barry Bowl’ tournament was entered by 40 clubs in April, all with hopes of landing the cash prize of £1000. The competition provided a fresh new format with just 8 players required in a two rink match. With the draw for each round being performed live on Facebook, it proved popular with players from across Wales.

Starting the competition as rank outsiders, the Resolven bowlers were keen to face some different teams rubbing shoulders with some of the top clubs in the country.

In getting to finals day, Resolven recorded some convincing victories in the opening rounds, overcoming Pontrhydyfen, St Fagans and Kidwelly Town with some excellent performances.

Resolven -v- Pontrhydyfen

Resolven -v- Kidwelly Town









Finals day saw them line up alongside Ferndale, Machen and favourites RTB Ebbw Vale in front of a big crowd of travelling supporters from the 4 clubs. With the semi-final draw being conducted live on Facebook in the Barry Athletic pavilion, the green and golds (Resolven) were somewhat relieved to avoid RTB Ebbw Vale by drawing Machen.

The semi-final proved edgy with both teams not at their best in the opening few ends. Lionel Stock’s rink unlucky to be 7-0 down early on. However by the half way point, parity was ensured between the two teams, with Andrew Hopkins rink cancelling out the deficit on the other rink.

The game changed in the space of around 15 minutes, with both rinks picking up successive counts to surge Resolven into a big lead. By now, both rinks were playing with far greater confidence, having got rid of any early match nerves. The margin of victory was an excellent 17 shots with Shaun ‘Ned’ Kelly, Simon Williams, Stephen Allen & Andrew Hopkins winning 25-14 and Gareth Evans, Steven Gall, Simon Ace and Lionel Stock coming through in the end to win 23-17

With the result secured, attentions turned to the other semi-final, Ferndale against favourites RTB Ebbw Vale.

It was the Rhondda valley side, Ferndale who came through to play Resolven in the afternoons eagerly anticipated final.

Resolven was ‘breaking new ground’ in it’s first major national final as a club after many false dawns in the Welsh Cup Competition, the Carruthers Shield. This match followed a similar pattern to the mornings semi-final.

With Ferndale having exerted significant efforts in their tight semi-final, they found an inspired Resolven a step too far. The middle third of the game where the real damage was done with Resolven racing into a 19 shot lead across the two rinks at one point.

The travelling supporters sensed a special evening to follow, celebrating a first national title as a club. And so it proved, the deficit being too much to overhaul for Ferndale in the closing stages, the margin of victory for Resolven was 16 shots.

When Captain Andrew Hopkins accepted the Winners Bowl he added “….at the start of the season we saw this competition as a great addition to the Welsh Bowls calendar, and in truth we were happy to make up the numbers. The manner of the performances in each round has been incredible and to think that our margin of victory in the first round – 10 shots against local rivals Pontrhydyfen was our closest game, really is remarkable. I want to pay tribute to our players who have been wonderful this year and our supporters. The support we receive from the community is fantastic”

Jubilant celebrations followed on the green with Captain Andrew Hopkins popping the prosecco and duly showering the players.

Andrew went on to thank the supporters, umpire, other teams, the venue and the organiser of the competition, Chris Wright (shown on the right) from the Barry Athletic club on a wonderful new tournament that has captured the imagination of many.

The RBC club pocketed a cash prize of £1000, but most importantly the title of the inaugural winners of the tournament.

Pictured from Lt to Rt the successful Resolven bowlers:

Shaun ‘Ned’ Kelly. Steven Gall, Simon Williams, Ieuan Ace (Reserve), Andrew Hopkins (Capt.), Nigel James (Reserve), Gareth Evans, Stephen Allen, Lionel Stock, Simon Ace.

Ynysfach  School’s Remembrance Service



On Friday the 10th of November, at 11 a.m, Class 6 from Ynysfach Primary School took part in a moving Remembrance Service at the village War Memorial.  The Resolven Branch of the British Legion and St David’s Church were both involved in organising what has become an annual tribute to “The Fallen” by Ynysfach pupils.

There was a brief flurry of rain before the children arrived, but the sun shone fitfully throughout the service conducted by Father Andrew Davies.

The children took part by reading aloud every name on the War memorial They also read poems and a Remembrance Prayer for Children and a youngster solemnly laid a wreath on the steps of the Memorial on behalf all his schoolmates.

The youngsters observed a sombre silence throughout the whole ceremony, which included the Last Post and the Raising and Lowering of the Flag.


Mike Davies Images from Storm Brian

Mike was up the crack of dawn to get RDN these spectacular images of Storm Brian as it hit Porthcawl recently.  High tide was at 8p.m and Mike says he has never witnessed such a storm as this before.

Don’t worry!   Mike was safe and out of harm’s way and says he’s looking forward to the next one!


Ynysfach School “Grow a Pound “results




Last term Ynysfach Primary School held a “Grow A Pound” initiative. All pupils were given £1 and asked to come up with ideas on how to turn the £1 into more money. There were many fantastic ideas, many community based and the pupils raised over £2000. The money is being spent on things that the pupils want. The first things to arrive are a wooden train, pirate ship and a messy table.









Playtime games have also been bought

and new benches for the yard.


Well done to all the pupils, parents and the community!

Donna Stroud