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Funeral Notice for Mr Robert Terence Evans

Funeral Notice for Mrs Rosalie ( Rose) Turner

Here Comes the Snow!

First snows of winter taken on a misty morning at Craig Y Llyn, Upper Vale of Neath

Mike Davies RDN photographer 

Some of the Christmas Displays in the Resolven Area

This Christmas Nativity scene is in Commercial Road
Neath Road
John Street
Ardwyn Terrace
Commercial Road
Commercial Road
Rugby Road
John Street
Sardis Chapel
Williams Avenue
Coronation Avenue
Old Glyncastle Colliery Baths by day
Old Glyncastle Baths at night
Nativity Scene in Commercial Road

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Christmas 2020 Vale of Neath Surgery Opening Times

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Christmas Opening Hours for Marcia’s/Post Office

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Greetings from Santa

Photo taken by Mike Davies (with Santa’s permission)

Funeral Notice For Mrs Lorraine Jones

Education – End of Term Arrangements


Pupils of a secondary school age will be moving to distance learning provision in NPT from Monday, 14th December, onwards. If your child is in years 7 to 13, schools will be delivering learning remotely and ensuring that pupils continue with their studies until the end of term on December 18th.

It is vitally important that all pupils engage with this on-line provision and we must emphasise that, on the advice of Public Health Wales, children and young people should not be allowed to meet with friends and congregate in public places. This remains a school week and all staff and pupils are expected to respect it as such.

Head teachers will be making local decisions regarding the support for vulnerable pupils who will be expected to attend according to the school’s advice.

This announcement does not affect primary school settings or special schools.

As the Minister notes, “This is not an early Christmas holiday, please do everything you can to minimise your contact with others.”

In acknowledging this announcement, the Leader of the Council, Cllr. Rob Jones, said, “Pupils in our secondary schools can make a difference to reducing the transmission of the virus by staying at home, engaging with their learning and by being responsible in their actions.”

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Secondary schools and colleges in Wales will move to online learning from Monday as part of ‘national effort to reduce coronavirus transmission’

Secondary schools and colleges in Wales will move to online learning from Monday, December 14 as part of a ‘national effort to reduce transmission of coronavirus’ Education Minister Kirsty Williams confirmed today.

The Minister made it clear that, thanks to the efforts of education staff across the country, schools and colleges are safe and secure environments, with almost half of all Welsh schools having had zero covid cases since September.

However, it is also recognised that education settings being open can contribute to wider social mixing outside the school and college environment.

By making this decision, the Minister felt it was important to make a ‘clear, national direction’ to take pressure off individual schools, colleges, local authorities, parents and carers.

The Minister said her decision followed expert advice from Wales’s Chief Medical Officer showing that the public health situation in Wales was deteriorating.

The latest TTP data shows that rates of Covid-19 have further increased across Wales and have now exceeded 370/100k with a test positivity of 17%.

The R rate in Wales has increased to 1.27 with a doubling time of just 11.7 days.

As during the firebreak, local authorities and schools will be expected to consider what provision is suitable for vulnerable learners and this could include ‘on- premises’ learning.

Education Minister Kirsty Williams said: “Every day, we are seeing more and more people admitted to hospital with coronavirus symptoms.

“The virus is putting our health service under significant and sustained pressure and it is important we all make a contribution to reduce its transmission.

“In his advice to me today, the CMO recommends that a move to online learning should be implemented for secondary school pupils as soon as is practicable.

“I can therefore confirm that a move to online learning should be implemented for secondary school pupils and college students from Monday next week.

“We recognise, as we did during the firebreak, that it is more difficult for primary and special school age children to undertake self-directed learning.

“That is why we are encouraging primary and special schools to continue to stay open.

“Having spoken to local education leaders, I am confident that schools and colleges have online learning provision in place.

“This will also be important in ensuring that students are at home during this time, learning and staying safe.

“Critically, and this is very important, children should be at home.

“This is not an early Christmas holiday, please do everything you can to minimise your contact with others.”

“The education family in Wales has pulled together so many times this year to make a real difference to the course of this virus and ultimately to save lives and I know we can do the same again.

“Together we will keep Wales safe.”

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Aled Evans
Director of Education, Leisure and Lifelong Learning,

Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council

Cyfarwyddwr Addysg, Hamdden a Dysgu Gydol Oes,

Cyngor Bwrdeistref Sirol Castell-nedd Port Talbot

01639 763298

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Sardis Chapel Christmas Services

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Snow on the Beacons

Winter has arrived on the Brecon Beacons 

Image taken by RDN photographer Mike Davies from Craig y Llyn 

Our RDN team mamber Hugh Lewis was snow hunting there too.

Images taken from Craig y Llyn by Hugh Lewis (RDN)

Recycling & Refuse Collection

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Funeral Notice for Mr Phillip Rees