Grand Opening for Ynysfach’s School Shop

Image by Elise Groth

In earlier stories on RDN, we brought you news of Big Bocs Bwyd. The scheme involves schoolchidren running their own shop, with goods on sale at a price decided by the customers.

Ynysfach Primary School opened their Siop y Ddraig Goch with a flourish today. , The school yard was packed with potential customers when deputy headteacher Mrs Karen Thomas invited Jeremy Miles SM to cut the ribbon.

Images by Natasha Williams

Image by Elise Groth
Image by Natasha Willims

The Swimming Lesson

The swan family takes to the water

This looks to be a serious swimming lesson for cygnets in the Neath canal today.. The poud parents are guarding them closely.

Images by Mike Davies (RDN photographer)

Memories of Resolven from Barry Britzman

Barry is in back row 3rd from R in this photo of the Resolven Youth Rugby team who won the District Youth Cup in 1955

Barry still writes poetry and was kind enough to share the following poems with us :-

So Small a Nation

Mor Fach Gwlad

For St David’s Day 2022

Barry S Britzman February 2022

What was it that the invaders feared

in their attempts to subdue it?

from so small a nation,

and, so few a people,

that over the span of two thousand years

they built and fortified hundreds of castles,

among them the mightiest castles in Europe

Caernarfon, Beaumaris,

Conwy, and Harlech

Cardiff, Caerphilly,

Coity and Flint,

Builth, Blaenllynfi

Abergavenny, and Aberystwyth

Abertawe, Ystumllwynarth and Nedd,

yet still the proud cry from the people is heard

“Ond, ry’n ni yma o hyd”

Acknowledgements to Dafydd Iwan.

Said to be the most castellated nation in Europe, there was once, more than 600 castles

in Wales, a castle to every 13 square miles. There now remain 427. Among the castles built

or rebuilt by Edward I: were Aberystwyth, Beaumaris, Builth, Caernarfon, Conwy, Flint,

Harlech, and Rhuddlan among the Welsh castles captured and repaired by Edward I: were

Castell y Bere, Criccieth, Dolwyddelan and Caergwrle.

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The following is Barry reminiscing of a favourite viewing point of his, the derelict farm ‘Henllan’ above Melincourt.

No Other Sound

Barry S Britzman January 2022

No other sound

is ever heard here

save that of the birds

and the soft breeze

as it weaves through the grasses

and nearby trees,

as I sit alone in silence here

to hear and to listen

to the unwritten,

unwritable, musical

language of trees,

murmuring the hushed

opening movements

of Henllan’s arboreal symphonies –

as the setting sun bathes

in its soft rosy light

the banks and rockfaces

displayed here in sight,

where silhouetted, in silent defiance,

old stunted oaks, standing

deep-rooted in rocks,

still strive to maintain their unceasing fight,

while I sit in peace this evening here,

only to hear, and to listen

to the unwritten, unwritable,

musical language of trees.

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RBC Updated after 90 Years at the start of the 2022 Season

Resolven Bowls Club was formed in 1932 therefore this year RBC celebrates its 90th Anniversary by updating its Badge and the bowlers shirts. Also the club has a Celebration Tournament ‘The Ninety’ on 5 June when many well known International and local bowlers will be battling against each other on the Resolven Green.

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The New RBC Neath League Shirt
The New RBC Cwmtawe {Swansea Valley} League Shirt

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The first Neath League game of the 2022 season for Resolven Bowls Club took place at Resolven bowling green against Llansawel BC and ended in a 12 points to 2 win for the home side. The visitors had nothing but praise for the playing surface of Resolven bowling green.

Resolven Bowls Club -v- Llansawel BC
You can always bowl better than the bowlers on the green, when you’re a spectator
“Play the open hand”

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It was also an excellent start in the Cwmtawe (Swansea Valley) League with a win at Ammanford. There were two debuts in the shape of Nigel Davies and Christina Gregg who both played well.

Last Saturday RBC played the first of three Welsh Championship {Carruthers Shield} matches, at home against Prince of Wales Court BC, Porthcawl. Those selected to play looked good in the new match kit.

Resolven Bowls Club had a good win on the day but have two difficult away games in the next couple of weeks. All the best for the season ‘lads’.

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Smile for the Camera!


Images by MIKE DAVIES (RDN Phorographer)

Delghtful, Mike! (Editor)