Harvest Thanksgiving Service

Capel Melincwrt

A Harvest Thanksgiving Service will be held at Melincourt Chapel {Mother Chapel of Jerusalem} at 2.30pm on Monday, 17 September.

Officiating minister will be Rev. D M Hughes, Clydach.

Melincourt Chapel is a wonderful example of a traditional Welsh chapel still in use today.

Everyone welcome


Jerusalem Chapel

Neath Great September Fair 2018

If you’ve missed Neath Fair this year, enjoy some or the sights as photographed  by Mike Davies





Photos by Mike Davies.  Click on link below for his youtube coverage



Resolven Mother and Daughter Meet in Bowls Final

The last tournament game of the season for Resolven Ladies’ Bowls Club turned out to be a  spellbinding one.   Carwen Thomas faced her daughter Ceri Holmes in the Four Woods Final in an attempt to become Club Champion for the first time. Carwen was a founder member of the club in 1986.and she became treasurer in 2002 , then secretary/treasurer in 2008.  But the coveted title of club champion has eluded her. It was left to daughter Ceri, who only began playing in 2016 to walk off with the trophy for the first time last year. Since Carwen, Ceri and family all live in the same house, interestingly, whoever won this year the trophy would “stay put” in Glynneath Road, Resolven!  But who would have the honour of dusting it this year?

Club captain Brenda Rees congratulates the winner Ceri !  What a close match!  Down to the wire!  After 29 thrilling ends, daughter beat mother by just 4 shots.



Christine Twaite, many times winner of the trophy, marked the game for Ceri and Carwen

Comment from Ceri:

“We both played to win, but I would have been delighted for my mother if she’d won:”

Carwen said ” As long as we both had a good game I didn’t mind who won.  But she’s not having tea tonight!”










Funeral Notice for Mr Nigel Chappell

Annual Meeting of Resolfen History Society

A Report on the Annual Meeting of Resolfen History Society

 The attendance was rather sparse in this year’s Annual Meeting with only 13 members in attendance. The Chairman, Mr Gwyn Thomas drew attention to the fact that even the Society President was absent owing to a long term medical condition and hoped that he would soon be able to attend meetings once again.

The Treasurer, Mrs Julie Hicks, gave a very positive financial report and noted that membership of the Society was very good value and stood steady at 33 full members. On another positive note the committee and officials agreed to carry on for another year en bloc.

In his address, Chairman Gwyn Thomas, thanked the officials and committee for their hard work during the year. He also stated that he had not played an active part in the Society over the preceding year owing to the final illness of his wife, Jean.

The meeting itself finished earlier than usual and in order to give the members some historical entertainment the Secretary read the first chapter of the autobiography of Joe Cookson, a resident of Melincourt during the early decades of the twentieth century. The fascinating story of Joe’s first day at work in Clyne Merthyr colliery in April 1920 brought another era back to life. It also sparked animated discussion on the days of the small private mines which proliferated in this area.

Members were also reminded that two open days will be held at Neath Abbey on the 29th and 30th of September with official guided tours of the site from 2o’clock in the afternoon

Trefor Jones

Funeral Notice for Mrs Jean Moran

Flag Raising Ceremony at Resolven Community Centre

Resolven Community Council held a Flag Raising Ceremony at the Community Centre to observe and honour Merchant Navy Day.


Chairman of Resolven Community Council Aylwin Jones was joined by deputy chairman Alun Morgan, past Chairman Trefor Jones, Clerk to the Council Cheryl Payne and the Rev. Fortunato Santos from Sardis Baptist Church.

Chairman Aylwin Jones began the Ceremony with the following words:

“The 3rd of September 1939 marked the outbreak of the Second World War.  However, not everyone is aware that it also marks the first major British maritime tragedy..  The SS Athenia was torpedoed just hours after war was declared, with the loss of 128 passengers and crew.  During the following years, hundreds of merchant ships and thousands of seafarers suffered the same fate.  The 3rd of September has been enshrined as Merchant Navy Day to honour the men and women who kept our nation afloat during both World Wars.

I would like us to stand together for a minutes silence to remember the fallen heroes”

The Rev .Fortunato Santos then brought the ceremony to an end with a moving prayer.















Sunflowers at Rhossili Bay from Mike Davies

I thought readers might like to see these images. I had known about the fields of sunflowers at Rhossili Bay, and as the days and weather are changing I decided to go and see what all the fuss was about, The flowers were starting to go over but nevertheless a superb sight to behold,

I tried different aspects of photographing them which I found to be quite a challenge as I wanted the iconic Worms Head in the distance,

It’s actually quite rare to see so many sunflowers in Wales. The Royal Horticultural Society has explained that countries with ‘long hot summers’ are better suited to them.  There are around 400.000 flowers

The ‘golden field’, as it has been called by the National Trust, has brightened up an already picturesque spot with Rhossili beach being known all around the world for its natural beauty.

Mike Davies RDN photographer


























































A Message from Resolven Community Council

Just to let you know that it is Merchant Navy Day on Monday 3rd September, and at 11 am we will be holding a Flag Hoisting Ceremony at the Community Centre in Resolven.

                                           The Merchant Navy Red Ensign– the “Red Duster”


If you know anyone who was or is in the Merchant Navy they are welcome to attend. 

 Cheryl Payne (Clerk to Resolven Community Council)








Community Flu Clinics

Additional walk in clinics will be available from Thursday 11th October, every lunchtime between 12:00 noon and 12:45pm in Glynneath and Resolven surgeries.

Both Community Pharmacies {Resolven & Glynneath} will also be able to vaccinate Vale of Neath Practice patients.

Clyne Mission Harvest Festival






Latest View of Building Progress on New Health Centre


Work in progress on  new Vale of Neath Health Centre

Photo  by MIKE DAVIES—-25th August , 2018




How does your garden grow?

Resolven District News would be delighted to see pictures of your gardens in full bloom.

Kathleen Evans starts us off  off with a lovely display in her garden .in Resolven





Why not add your own pics to our 2018  SUMMER GALLERY  by emailng us at:


and attaching the photos



Mike Davies Swan Hunting

I went for a walk along the local canal as I knew the swans were building a nest. The male gets the reeds from the canal and hands it over for the female to make the nest.   I left them alone to carry on their duty,  The female lays up to seven eggs between late April and early May both parents will take it in turn to incubate the eggs which is approx 35-41 days,

A few weeks later I went back to see how they were getting on and to my surprise they had eight cygnets cwtched in the nest.  What a family!



I let them be and went back in 4 months to see that the cygnets have grown into swans 




Not long now before they fly the nest














Ynysfach W.I. May to July-What Have They Been Up To?


May began with a trip to see the newly opened Trago Mills Store in Merthyr – what an enormous shop which seemed to sell everything! We all enjoyed a good browse followed by a bite to eat in the cafe. We all went home laden with goodies we never even knew we wanted!


Our meeting this month was our annual meeting, in which the committee and President were elected by the members to serve for the coming year, and we debated this years resolution which was to campaign for parity between physical and mental illness. Our members voted unanimously to support this resolution. This was followed by a slide show illustrating all our trips and activities over the last year and a well-earned cup of tea and cake.

The 2018 NFWI Annual Meeting took place in the Motorpoint Arena on Wednesday 6th June and thousands of members for all over England, Wales and the Islands came to Cardiff for this prestigious event in the Woman’s Institute calendar. Among them were over three hundred members from Glamorgan Federation. Ynysfach’s Jenny Colley attended as delegate for the Cwmnedd group of WI’s.

The meeting began in true WI fashion with the singing of Jerusalem and this year Glamorgan’s Mrs Norma Morris of Catwg WI  had the honour of accompanying the members on the piano. A truly awe-inspiring sound!

Guest speakers during the day included Dame Stella Rimmington and  Huw Edwards. Both speakers were most entertaining . Stella Rimmington told how she came to be employed by MI5 and eventually became the first female Head of the Service – apparently the model on which Dame Judy Dench based the character of ‘M’. Huw Edwards told of his more humble beginnings in LLanelli and his journalistic career that has led to his being the anchor of the BBC News. He spoke too of his nervousness at facing the WI – he had recently presented the royal wedding to 14 million people around the world but talking to 5,000 WI ladies was more scary!

Everyone agreed that it had been an excellent day and they were looking forward to 2019 when the meeting will be held in Bournemouth.

At our monthly meeting in June our speaker was Elizabeth Belcham, a local historian, who told us of ‘The bad girls of Swansea’. A most interesting and informative illustrated talk about crime and prostitution from 1870 -1914. Told through the lives of the women brought before the Swansea Police Courts from Swansea, Aberdare, Merthyr Tydfil, Neath, and Aberavon, and imprisoned in Swansea, this was  the story of life in the port of Swansea’s backstreets.

On 22nd June we had a trip to Porthcawl on a lovely sunny day, if a little windy! We all thoroughly enjoyed some free time to explore the shops and stroll along the front with a large ice cream. In the early afternoon we went to the Great House Hotel at Laleston for afternoon tea followed by a relaxing sit in their garden with a glass of wine – its a tough life!




July started with the Resolven Carnival. Eight members of Ynysfach WI took part in the parade dressed as Suffragettes, to celebrate the centenary of the first women to be granted the vote. They looked magnificent with their banners and sashes and did well to march in the scorching weather in their long skirts – a good job that we hadn’t chosen to wear the corsetry of the time too! Next year maybe we’ll go as bathing belles if its going to be so hot.



On the carnival field the rest of our valiant members were manning the cake stall – always the busiest stall. In soaring temperatures they cooked welsh cakes all afternoon and frantically tried to keep the rest of the fancy cakes from melting. We raised a good few £s for our funds and lost a good few lbs in the process!

Well done to all who took part in a very successful village event.

On 12th July some of us enjoyed a murder mystery evening hosted by our County Federation-a most entertaining event which involved a delicious two course dinner while trying to unravel a tale of trouble at the village fete when someone took the baking competition a little too seriously and bumped off the judge! Who done it? We didn’t guess the right answer but thoroughly enjoyed the evening.

Our July meeting featured a talk by another local historian, Viv Griffiths,  who came to tell us all about the ‘Churches of Skewen’. However a technical hitch brought the slide show to a halt so we had a different one on the woollen mill at Neath Abbey. It was a most interesting subject, especially as a few of our members recognised some of the faces in the pictures and could add to Mr Griffiths story.

Finally July 21st saw our Annual County Show held at North Cornelly. We entered 18 items in to  10 classes and came away with 8 prize cards! Liz Jones won first prize for her small cakes and ‘best in show’ for her sugarcraft model of a market stall which was absolutely exquisite; Carole Jeffrey won second prize for her fabulous bookfolding item; Christine Davies was third in the preserve class and highly commended for her bag made from recycled denim; Jenny Colley was first in the bread roll class and joint third with Christine in the preserves. Ynysfach WI came second in two co-operative classes – the basket of homegrown vegetables and the ‘Farmers Market’


                                                                                          Co-operative Class



                                                                        Carole’s Bookbinding


                                                                               Liz’s Cakes

Congratulations to all who entered the show, it is a real achievement to win any prize up against the best in the County!

REPORT  by JENNY COLLEY ( President Ynysfach W.I)