The Gittins Family Meet Chirpy


Idris and I like to have a quiet cup of tea on our Patio in the front of our Bungalow when the weather is nice, which has been often during this beautiful Summer but that all changed about 4 weeks ago when Chirpy, as we call him, decided to join us. As soon as we put the mugs on the table and the chairs in place it’s not very long before he joins us. The first time he came, he flew on to the wall by the side of us and sat there chirping away and looking straight at us and cocking his head to one side.  That has now progressed to him eating meal worms out of Idris’s hand. It started with Idris  putting meal worms on the wall besides us which is within touching distance from our chairs and then he encouraged him to eat meal worms off his hand. Soon when we opened our back door the bird was on the floor waiting in our back yard right outside the door or on a chair in our back yard.

Idris was up our back garden today and I was sitting on my chair when I could hear him chirping on the top of the back of my seat, he was sitting right by my ear, I had  my camera and got up and took a photo of him and he didn’t move,I sat back down and went to reach for my mug of tea but the bird got there first and was sitting right next to my mug.  We have a hedge on the front patio and as soon as we come out now and sit down, Idris whistles and he flies out of the hedge to join us, this is about 3 times a day, we call him Chirpy because when we talk to him,he stares at us and starts chirping, Robins do sing but we haven’t heard him sing. He never ceases to amaze us, Idris put a meal worm  on his nose today and our little friend quickly swooped and took it, unfortunately,I missed that shot my i phone was indoors.

 He was quite a scruffy,  thin little Robin when he first came but now he’s quite rounded and looks healthy. He’s given us lots of pleasure this last month, I hope he’ll stay for the Winter

FROM Mary and Idris Gittins (and Chirpy)

Free Community Breakfast

Special Celebration ‘Birthday Bash’ and Thanks

Our RDN Editor, Anita Morgan was instrumental in beginning this village website.

She has played many parts in the past during her time at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, then on television, including a live broadcast of “How Green Was My Valley”, and many varied roles during her Grand Theatre Repertory Seasons in Swansea.

How Green Was My Valley B.B.C Wales T.V. 1960 – Anita was Ceinwen in white smock next to schoolmaster
The Maid of Cefn Ydfa Grand Theatre Swansea with Jonathan Prince

She was the first voice on the new B.B.C Radio Wales Station in 1978 presenting the early morning A.M. programme and in 1986 she was the first winner of a Sony Radio Gold Award for Radio Wales with “Goodbye Village School”

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Keeping up her record of being “in at the start”, she gathered together the first group of ladies to form Resolven Ladies Bowls Club in 1986. So when it was a very special birthday for her recently, the fact that she was determined to keep it as quiet as possible, did not deter friends and family from organising certain events. One such surprise party was organised by Natasha Williams and her Mum, Janine and was held at the highly decorated Community Hall/Bowls Pavilion.

“Shall I cut the cake?”

Although not having played bowls for the Resolven Ladies this year, Anita could not resist the call of the bowling green, showing that bowls is a sport for any age. She had not lost any expert aspects of her delivery action.

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The Resolven Ladies Bowls Club had also organised a special celebration lunch, (Anita called it a “Birthday Bash”) at ‘The Drift’, The Welfare a couple of days later. The following photographs show the ladies who attended.

When asked Anita said

“I kept saying that I didn’t want to be 90 for months before the BIG DAY.  But what a  wonderful Birthday Bash  all you friends and family have given me.

Thank you from the bottom of my 90 year old heart”

On behalf of all who know Anita, we send you our congratulations on becoming a nonagenarian.

Best Wishes from the Team

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Remembering Dr David John Davies

I’m sure there are not many who live in Resolven now who would remember my father, Dr David John Davies, but I’m sure there are some who do! He was the village doctor for many years in Resolven and district, taking over from his father ‘Old Dr Davies’ first at the Surgery on the Square and then at Resolven Health Centre on Ynysfach Avenue.

He was a doctor of the old school, each day he would be in the surgery seeing patients, on call over the weekend, many weekday evenings and visiting patients at home. I, as his daughter remember the phone going at all hours of the night. He knew and cared for generations of the same families in Resolven and surrounding area.

After retiring in 1993, my father moved from 14 Neath Road to Sidmouth, Devon with his wife Gwenda and two twin daughters, Frances and Philippa, where he enjoyed a happy and restful retirement. He died peacefully surrounded by his family on the 13th January 2022. He was 94.

If anyone has any memories or even photos, it would be wonderful if you could share.

With thanks

Philippa Davies

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 Do you want to improve your confidence and wellbeing? Learn new skills? Or work in construction but don’t know where to start?  Then this project could be the one for you. Join our FREE home regeneration programme today and get the chance to gain qualifications whilst getting hands-on work experience 

How does it work? Whether you’re working with job seekers or service users, or you know someone who wants to boost their confidence and learn skills in the construction trade, this could be the project for you.   We support people ranging in age, gender, background and circumstance to make positive life changes, empowering them to take ownership of their journey.
What do you need to know? – We ask participants to do either one or two days a week (9.00am till 4.00pm)
– Chance to gain the first aid qualification, health and safety and the CSCS card – PPE and safety boots are provided, and yours to keep
– Bus tickets are reimbursed weekly
– Learn renovation tasks such as plastering, tiling, bathroom fitting, painting etc
– Progress and wellbeing reviews as needed
Who can refer? We are happy to take referrals from Parents/guardians, Local organisations/charities and self-referrals   How do you refer? There are many ways to refer to our project, including: 1. Email: Email us at to discuss your interest the project. 2. Phone: Call our Engagement and Wellbeing Officer, Abi on 07487 597609. 3. WhatsApp: If you don’t like chatting on the phone, feel free to message us at the above number.