Colourful Character

I met this lovely gent on the old road between Resolven and Abergarwed early this morning


I stopped the car and asked him if he would like his photo taken.  He agreed and went on to say

he was doing long walks  for the homeless and to make people aware what tough times they are going through.



Mike Davies RDN photographer

Success for Ynysfach W.I. at the County Show


Ynysfach WI won three major awards at the WI County Show held on 20th July 2019 at North Cornelly.  The show is open to the 111 WI’s in Glamorgan.


Liz Jones collecting the Port Talbot Cup

The Port Talbot Cup is awarded to the best co-operative exhibit in the show – this is the combined work of 3 members representing craft, cookery, preserve making and floral arrangement on the theme ‘Wimbledon 2019’


Wimbledon winner

 The Kenfig Cup is awarded for the best preserve exhibited at the show in any class. This was presented to Christine Davies for her Strawberry and prosecco jam.


Christine with the Kenfig Cup

 The Bridgend Salver is awarded to the WI, of under 40 members, that achieves the most prize points.


President of Ynysfach W.I.  Jenny  Colley with the Bridgend Salver

We were also awarded a number of placings in individual classes including: 1st for Liz Jones, 2nd and 3rd for Jenny Colley and a Highly Commended for Carole Jeffery in various cookery classes, and 3rd in the photo class.







Resolven School photos from Ron Powell

Hello Anita

Found this photograph recently which might be of interest. It was my first year at school, the year being 1938.

Now retired living in South Manchester.

Best wishes and thank you for the District News which I read with great interest.

Ron Powell, born in 2 John Street


Just found another two



In the photo of the first year at school, I’m on the right in the second row. I’m the little fella with the very worried look.

In the photo of the cricket team, I’m in the front row and 2nd from the right.

In the other, that is our much feared and respected head master Evan Jenkins, who wrote some good commendations for my CVs. Again, I am 2nd on the right; I seem to gravitate towards that place, I don’t know why. Our teacher in our final year was Arthur Morris ,such a lovely man. He was probably taking the photograph, being a keen photographer and of art generally.

Thanks for sharing these delightful pictures with us, Ron

Anita and the RDN team 

Sunrise over the Vale of Neath

The early bird catches the worm! In this case it was a spectacular sunrise over the Vale of Neath this morning.


MIKE DAVIES (RDN photographer)

Golden Wedding Celebration

Our warmest good wishes go to David and Christine Twaite who celebrated their Golden Wedding on the 5th of July. The wedding was in the Registry Office,Wine Street, Neath.

David, son of Emlyn and Hilda Twaite lived in Thomas Terrace, Resolven.  Christine is from Briton Ferry. They have two children, Angela and John and two grandchildren, Charlotte and Louisa.

Many congratulations again to Chris and Dave, as they celebrate “50 Goldlen Years ” together.












Funeral Notice for Mr Richie Wood

Meeting re. Resolven Pharmacy

Tornado Train Steams Through Neath Station

The 60163 Tornado steam train  headed through South West Wales on 14/07/2019

Leaving Bristol early on Sunday morning, the route went down through the Severn Tunnel and passed through several stops in Wales before returning to Bristol later in the evening.It arrived in Cardiff then onto Briton Ferry over the old swing bridge on its journey to Carmarthen and Tenby,

On the return journey it arrived at Neath Station at 6pm

Photos & Video by RDN phtographer Mike Davies




Sardis Rainbow Tots

Rainbow Tots is a playgroup organised by Sardis Church every Monday morning. This week, I popped in and was thrilled to see a book presentation for the toddlers who are coming to the end of their playgroup days and are preparing for nursery school in September. Each child was presented with a ‘leaving ‘gift of a book and they were thrilled to be called by their name to receive it.





Rainbow tots isn’t only for toddler playtime, it’s a good meeting place for young mothers or even babysitting grandmothers to meet for a chat and to share what’s going on in the village.




Watching the children receive their books took me back many years to the annual book giving in the Salvation Army. Still got one of mine – slightly battered and well used by me, my children, my nieces, and now back in the house for my grandchildren.






New Vale of Neath Medical Centre Opening

The Vale of Neath Practice are relocating to the new Vale Of Neath Medical Centre on Friday 16thAugust and Saturday 17th August, and be ready to accept patients on Monday 19th August 2019.

The practice has prepared information letters, that Swansea Bay Health Board have kindly agreed to translate and post to all our “heads of household”. The letters should be received within the next week or two.

DANSA have been in discussion with Swansea Bay Health Board and some local councillors regarding transport, and are putting in place a community shuttle car that will ferry patients between the new health centre and the two existing health centre locations in Resolven and Glynneath. I understand a trial run is being organised for Tuesday 23rdJuly.

The letter that is being sent to our “heads of household” will also include details of a public open day that is being organised by the Health Board


Vale of Neath Practice Manager


New Medical Health Centre- photo taken by our photographer MIKE DAVIES (13th July)

Mr Jeffrey Davies Funeral Notice


On the 10th of July, Mrs Ann Thomas of Coronation Avenue celebrated her 80th birthday..  Ann and her late husband Ken were fine bowlers so  she was delightesd when her Resolven Ladies’ Bowls Club team mates arramged a birthday meal for  her  in the Lamb and Flag, Glynneath..




Ann is a Resolven Girl and after attending Resolven School she studied at Windsor Business Training College in Neath.  She then spent some time as a secretary in insurance company offices before marrying Ken.  They had four children, 3 boys and a girl, and she  now has 10 grandchildren, 3 great grandchildren with 2 more on the way!  No wonder she needed  2 birthday cakes!



Happy 80th Ann—our smiling Birthday Girl !




Extra Photo’s of Resolven Carnival 2019

Extra Photo’s of Resolven Carnival 2019

Near the entrance into Resolven from A465





OOPS! “Look, the mast is going to hit the bunting”

‘Up and Over – YES!’



~ ~ ~


  ~ ~ ~


Essential transport for the delivery of Blood

RDN Photographer Mike Davies doing his ‘stuff’



~ ~ ~ ~

Photo’s by Hugh & Lorna Lewis, RDN Team








Many thanks to all involved with the Resolven Carnival,an excellent turnout, the children and the adults who took part looked amazing,

Not forgetting the superb floats   —–we look forward to 2020

Mike Davies



you tube link here


Resolven Textile Workshops Update