Every year, a mouthwatering Christmas Tea is held in St. David’s Church Hall, Resolven.and last Friday, I attended the event for the first time and spoke with Val Bishop, one of the main organizers, who told me more about the preparation of the tea and what happens during the event. She said, “The tea is in aid of the Church Restoration Fund and we usually expect around 90 people each year. We normally raise around £700 per year and the highest we’ve ever raised is £900. People who can’t make it on the day will give donations also. We are very grateful to the community. The tea was set up around six years ago and each year we hold a summer tea and a Christmas tea. We wanted to use the idea to provide something different for the village and we are very happy with its success”.
I also asked Val Bishop if she has enjoyed being a part of the Church Restoration. “Yes I’ve enjoyed it very much. When we saw the improvements on the outside of the Church it was worth all of our hard work. I mostly enjoy drawing the raffle each year. I am the Queen of the Raffle!”
After visiting the members who were working hard preparing for the tea, it struck me that we have some very dedicated and passionate members of the community, who really care for the village. The annual tea has proven to be a great success for the Church committee and I hope that our enthusiastic organizers can keep this popular tradition active for years to come.
Neath MP Christina Rees (1st left at back) joins the workers