Building Blocks

A465 Road Closures

It is intended that the A465 North bound and South bound Dual Carriageway will be closed from Glynneath to Rhigos.

The current dates for the closures are:-

Friday 25th to Monday 28th November 2022


Friday 16th to Monday 19th December 2022

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Free Workshops and Training Packages

There are spaces on fully funded Barista Essentials training package and Christmas Wreath Workshops.

In order to be eligible for the training and workshops, you need to be :-

  1. 16 or over;
  2. Living in Neath Port Talbot;
  3. Unemployed or working part time and looking to change careers/increase hours;
  4. Working in full time education or training;
  5. Not already signed up with an employment support project/receiving support to find work;
  6. Happy to sign up with a mentor.


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Sign of Winter from the Bus Stop

If you looked into Victoria Gardens while waiting for the bus home on Saturday, you would have seen the first signs of winter there.

Our RDN photographer Mike Davies captured this view for us.

Latest Newsletter from Health Board

Covid Autumn Booster and Flu Vaccination Newsletter from Swansea Bay University Health Board

Date: Friday, November 18th 2022

Edition number: 40

Welcome to the latest edition of our newsletter.

We start with an important message from Executive Director of Public Health at Swansea Bay University Health Board, Keith Reid.

We’re pleased to announce we’ve reached the one-million-dose milestone in our Covid vaccination programme.

That’s all the first, second, third (for some people) and booster doses delivered across Swansea and Neath Port Talbot so far.

It’s a remarkable achievement and gives us an opportunity to thank everyone who has played a part.

We appreciate you, the public, putting your faith in us through one of the most challenging periods in the NHS’ history.

No matter how well planned out, no vaccination programme could achieve anything without the support of those it has been designed to help. So thank you.

It was a little under two years ago that the first Pfizer vaccines were delivered to the health board.

In the weeks before that day and since, a remarkable number of people and organisations have worked together to roll out these doses on a scale never seen before.

They include those who plan the programme, building contractors, Bay Studios, Margam Orangery, Canolfan Gorseinon Centre, health board vaccinators, the military, pharmacists, health care support workers, administrators, volunteers, bus operators, booking staff, security staff, GP practices, community pharmacies, colleagues and elected representatives on Swansea and Neath Port Talbot councils, community groups, charities and Aberafan Shopping Centre.

And it’s not over. We are learning to live with the coronavirus and a huge part of that is maintaining levels of immunity.

The current autumn booster roll out will help to do that as we head into a difficult winter where flu is also likely to make a comeback.

So please, if you’re eligible for the Covid booster and flu vaccines, take up the offer.

As to what’s next, no one can really say for sure right now.

But whatever lies ahead, we will continue to work hard for you, listening, learning, adapting and improving as we move forward.

What stage is the vaccination programme at?

We’re on course to have offered everyone who is eligible in our health board area a Covid vaccination by the end of November and a flu vaccination by the end of December. This is in line with the ambition set out in the Welsh Government’s winter respiratory vaccination strategy.

We know, however, that some people are unable to reach our vaccination centres for their Covid booster, so we organise outreach sessions with the Immbulance mobile vaccination clinic and at pop-up clinics across our area. These are also handy for those who may not have been able to make an earlier appointment. They are drop-in sessions, so no appointment is needed.

Next week’s timetable is below.

Immbulance and pop-up clinic timetable – week beginning Monday, November 21st

.     Monday, November 21st – The Immbulance will be at Bonymaen Community Centre, Bonymaen Road, Bonymaen, Swansea, SA1 7AW, 10am to 5pm. Ages 12+ at risk and all 50 and over. Covid autumn booster vaccination only.

.     Tuesday, November 22nd and returning on Tuesday, December 6th – The Immbulance will be at Morfa Shopping Park, Brunel Way, Swansea, SA1 7BP, 10am to 5pm. Ages 12+ at risk and all 50 and over. Covid autumn booster vaccination only.

.     Wednesday, November 23rd – There will be a drop-in session for the Ukrainian refugee community at The Grand Hotel, Station Road, Port Talbot, SA13 1DE, 10am to 5pm. Primary Covid vaccinations and booster.

.     Thursday, November 24th – There will be a drop-in session at Trallwn Community Centre, Bethel Road, Trallwn, Swansea, SA7 9QP, 10am to 5pm. Ages 12+ at risk and all 50 and over. Covid autumn booster vaccination only.

.     Go to this page on our website for the full Immbulance and pop-up clinic timetable.

Am I eligible?

Go to this page on our website and use the eligibility checker if you’re not sure if you’re eligible for the Covid autumn booster or flu vaccination.

The page also has information on how to get the vaccinations and videos explaining why vaccination is important.

Go to this page on our website for the answers to frequently asked questions about the Covid autumn booster and flu vaccination.

And finally…

We’re leaving no one behind. So if you’re missing a first or second Covid vaccine, please contact our booking team on 01792 200492 or 01639 862323, between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Saturday.

Another Curious Robin

RDN photographer Mike Davies took this fine shot of a robin -a “frequent flyer” in his garden.

Mike also spotted this vivid rainbow over the roof tops


Hands On Work Experience


What do you need to know? – Starting at the beginning of January  – Attend one or two days a week (9.00am till 4.00pm)
– Chance to gain a first aid qualification, health and safety and the CSCS card – PPE and safety boots are provided, and yours to keep
– Bus tickets reimbursed – Learn renovation tasks such as plastering, tiling, bathroom fitting, painting etc
– Progress and well-being reviews as needed
Who can join us? We are happy to take referrals from ANYONE including parents/guardians, local organisations/charities and self-referrals   How do you refer? Get in touch with our Engagement and Wellbeing Officer, Abi in the following ways: 1. Email: 2. Phone: 07487 597609 3. WhatsApp: If you don’t like chatting on the phone, feel free to message us at the above number.



Funeral Notice for Mrs Audrey Owen

Skittles Night at AFC Resolven( Cam Gears Club)

Resolven Ladies Bowlers hosted a very enjoyable and successful Skittles Competition on Friday.

Stevie Allen was the worthy winner.

CarwenThomas (Resolven sec.) presents Stevie with prize

Janice Day (Resolven Ladies Bowls) was hot on Stevie’s heels as runner-up

Stevie Allen was a winner later in the evening too when Cam Gears Bowls Club presented trophies fought for during their 2022 outdoor bowls season.



Mixed triples runners-up CHRISTINE TWAITE, CAROLE JEFFEREY AND HUGH THOMAS not in photo


2022 Remembrance Sunday Service Resolven

At 10.30a.m. on Sunday 13 November 2022 a Remembrance Service began (now organised by Resolven Community Council) at the St David’s Church Hall, Resolven which is adjacent to the Resolven Cenotaph. The Service was taken by Moira Randall, Reader (LLM) Licensed Lay Minister. Before the commencement of the Service, Moira said that, although WW I was spoken of as a war to end all wars, we are all aware of the many conflicts around the world that have been and are continuing to this day, as we remember the past and the present who have given their lives so that we can live in peace.

After the Service Moira Randall and the congregation moved out into the unseasonably warm sunshine to join a crowd at the War Memorial.

Four children from Ynysfach School read out the names of the ‘fallen’ etched onto the Resolven War Memorial.

Conway Gillard recited part of the Poem ‘For the Fallen’ Written by Laurence Binyon

As the ‘Last Post’ was played by Karen Partridge the flag bearer Martin Evans lowered the Union Jack.

After the two minutes silence was observed at 11.00 a.m. Karen sounded the ‘Reveille’.

Wreathes were laid at the base of the War Memorial, by representatives of local organisations.

Karen Partridge started playing ‘The Last Post’ and ‘Reveille’ at the Resolven Remembrance Services at a very young age and we are very grateful that this years’ Service is the 42nd year of her attendance.

‘We will remember them’

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Report by Hugh & Lorna Lewis

Clyne Remembrance Service

Moira Randall (Reader and Licensed Minister) mounts the steps to the Memorial with Flagbearer Martin Evans and Chair. of Clyne Melincourt C.C Gillian Francis to join Karen Partridge. Moira conducted the Service in Clyne as well as Resolven. Karen has played the Last Post at both Clyne and Resolven Rembrance Services for over 20 years.

Moira Randall and Karen Partridge


Funeral Notice for Mrs Valerie Hughes

President Carwen

On Sunday, members of Resolven Ladies Bowls Club were at W.Glam.Ladies A.G.M, to see their hardworking and popular sec./treasurer take office as President of the Association

Carwen was cheered to the rafters, not only by Resolven Ladies Club but by all at the meeting.

The Chain of Office was presented to Carwen by the outgoing President Kath Hawes, who’d filled the post admirably for three years instead of the usual one,  because of the Covid pandemic, while Carwen waited patiently in the wings!


Carwen also received an inscribed watch from her home club, presented to her by Resolven Ladies Vice- Chairperson Christine Twaite.

This is the first time that any Resolven bowler, man or woman, has served as  president of their county association.

Congratulations Carwen and have a great year.

Carwen with daughter Ceri Holmes and Chris Twaite