Sign of Early Autumn?— asks Mike Davies



Could this morning mist in Rheola be the first sign of an early autumn?  Although the official date for the start of the “season of mists and mellow fruitfulness” is the 23rd of September.

Mike Davies

Sickness Stops Daniel from Swimming in European Championships

Local “star” swimmer Daniel Jervis was due to compete in the 1500 metres and 400 metres freestyle in the European Championships last weekend.   We were all looking forward to cheering him on and wondered why he was unable to compete.  DNS-(did not start) appeared next to his name at the bottom of the list of swimmers in both events.

His grandmother Mrs Marlene Jervis explains what happened:

“Unfortunately, Daniel picked up a sickness bug and was too ill to swim in the 400 metres heat on Friday morning. He was hoping to make the heat for his main event, the 1500 metres, on Saturday morning but was too weak to swim.  It was very disappointing, because he’d had a marvellous week training. The family (Tracey, Jonathan, John and I) had gone up to Glasgow to support him over the weekend as we had tickets for both events, and luckily Jonathan was able to visit him in the athletes’ village.  Daniel was flown home because he wasn’t able to stay in the team quarters in case of spreading the infection.”

Hard luck Dan!  We all sympathise but we know you’ll deal with the disappointment, enjoy your swimming and add to your tally of medals in the future.”






Beacons Reservoir Low Water Photos from Mike Davies

These are pictures taken at the Beacons Reservoir in the Brecon Beacons. on August  7rth



It’s a long time since I can remember the water level so low. . If anyone has photos of the reservoir from earlier “dry” summers, we’d really like to see them.

Pictures and report— Mike Davies







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:,uk

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)








Ynysfach School Summer fete

A summer fete is being held at Resolven Rugby Club on Saturday 18th of August.

From 12 o’clock  onwards

Friends of Ynysfach are raising money for Ynysfach Primary School and will be selling uniforms, as well as toys and books and jewellery that have been kindly donated to us. Some of the children are having stalls to help with their “Grow a Pound” project from school. We also have non -school stall holders and lots more are welcome. There is a £5 charge to have a stall, however all school children have a stall free..










We will have a BBQ as well as games and music. All ages welcome -hope to see everybody there to support our local primary school.

Thank you

Paula Mckeon