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Resolven Bowls 2023 END OF SEASON REPORT

The very busy 2023 outdoor bowling season has just ended and since the RDN reports on the County Successes for Resolven Bowlers, much has occurred.

During the ‘91’ Resolven BC Tournament  £400 was raised for the Building Blocks Family Centre in Resolven and Simon Ace, Secretary of RBC is seen in the picture, presenting the cheque to a smiling Chloe Edwards.

Resolven Bowls Club won the Cwmtawe (Swansea Valley) League, (a midweek triples league) when they played their final match against Pontardawe BC.   RBC only lost one game throughout the season making this the first time the club has won this league since joining it about 8 years ago

Pictured is the side that played against Pontardawe to win the Cwmtawe League

In the same week Resolven BC were also triumphant when they played Cymmer BC in the Final of the ‘Cam Gears Triples’ Tournament run by the Neath & District League on a neutral green at Briton Ferry.

Winners – the two rinks of triples

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Also Club Tournaments have been highly contested throughout the season, culminating in a Finals night and BBQ held at the Resolven green.

The finalists schedule with provisional timings was organised as follows:-

Ladies 2 wood 6pm Rink 3 – Marker Carwen Thomas

Natasha Williams v Ceri Holmes

Natasha Williams, Brenda Rees(Club Chair) and Ceri Holmes


The previous day, as previously reported, the 4 wood Ladies Club Championship Final was between mother and daughter, Carwen Thomas and Ceri Holmes with Ceri being the victor.

Brenda Rees (Chair RLBC) with Ceri and Carwen
Ceri won the 2 wood and RLBC Club Championship Trophy


Continuing on the Finals night – Cam Gears Pairs 4pm Rink 2

Adrian Bradley & Aylwin Jones v Mike Herbert & Aeron Humphreys

Cam Gears Champions Aeron Humphreys & Mike Herbert


Cam Gears Singles 4.30pm Rink 5 – Marker Gareth Evans

Nigel Davies v Stephen Allen

Cam Gears Singles Champion – Nigel Davies


Resolven 3 Wood 6.45pm Rink 4 – Marker Sean ‘Ned’ Kelly

Andrew Hopkins v Stephen Allen

RBC 3Wood Winner – Andrew Hopkins with Hugh Lewis, RBC Club President.


RBC Championship 6.45pm Rink 5 – Marker Hugh Lewis

Mike Herbert v Lionel Stock

RBC Club Champion – Mike Herbert with Hugh Lewis, RBC Club President.


Young lads Jacob and Kody wanted to get in on the act of bowling, looked after by Helen Hopkins and Janice Day and viewed, for future selection, by Nigel James (RBC Capt.) and Shaun Kelly (RBC Selector).

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To enable the Resolven bowling green to be used extensively during the summer, the large ‘flat’ area of grass has to be expertly prepared and maintained throughout the year.  At the end of the season and after expert advice, the heavy work immediately began . The following photographs show volunteer club members working on the green, with the cooperation of the Resolven Community Council.

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Hopefully the fruits of their labour will be enjoyed and appreciated by all who use the green during the 2024 summer season.

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Neath Great Fair 2023

Neath September Fair is the oldest in Wales and the 4th oldest in Britain. We at Resolven District News have been featuring the event every year in words and with pictures.

Our RDN photographer Mike Davies covered the event brilliantly.  Sadly, Mike is no longer with us, but this year his talented daughter Ruth, continued the family tradition and visited the Fair for us.

This is her report





These are my father’s good friends,. the baby wear stall holders outside the market.  My dad met up with them and took a picture every year for 15 years.  They didn’t know he  had passed away.

My Dad last year– I took the photo







Mayor of Neath Port Talbot Councillor Chris Wiilliams arriving to open the Fair
On the bumoers with Lady Mayoress Ms Debbie Rees
I went on the Ghost Train and screamed!

Haven’t really been anywhere since Dad, so it’s been an epic day.

I really had a good time


Resolfen History Society October Meeting

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Resolfen History Society Annual Meeting Report

Resolfen History Society kicked off, with an annual meeting at the Church Hall on Monday 11th September. Annual meetings are not usually well attended for obvious reasons, though it is encouraging to note that attendance was slightly up on last year. Luckily, with minor adjustments the committee is still intact and eager to get on with this year’s activities including monthly history lectures and a 40th anniversary celebration around St David’s Day.

Over the summer many people had made enquiries as to whether the Society was still functioning, and their intention to attend when hearing the affirmative. As was stated last year when the Society struggled to get into first gear after Covid19, it is your Society and if you want it to get into second gear then please come and attend its meetings. The membership, is a bargain at £10, attend four meetings and you are literally in pocket. We have a full programme for the coming months but we need an audience. As David Woosnam, the re-elected Chair noted, “use it or lose it!”

Trefor Jones

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Wind Farm Fund

Meet with Age Alliance Wales

Meet with Age Alliance Wales  

Age Alliance Wales, an alliance of 26 national voluntary organisations committed to working together to improve the lives of older people, is running a series of community-based engagement events across Wales. Members include Age Cymru, Care and Repair Cymru, Age Connects Wales, Cymru Versus Arthritis, RNIB, Stroke Association, Royal Voluntary Service, MS Society, Deafblind Cymru, Cruse Bereavement Care, Carers Wales, Parkinson’s UK Cymru, Volunteering Matters, Action For Elders and Alzheimer’s Society Wales. 

On 12th September 2023 we’ll be visiting St Anges Church, Neath, Port Talbot, between 9:30am and 1:30pm. If you would like to pop in to find out more about the work of our members and the services and opportunities they provide between those times, you’d be most welcome.

Resolven Ladies Bowls Club Finals

It was a mother and daughter 4 woods Final for 2 years in a row on the Resolven Green this week . Last year , Club sec. and treasurer Carwyn Thomas met duaghter Ceri Holmes for the honour of being Club Champion and emerged as the winner.

This year all to play for !

Carwen and Cei

Club members Janice and Chris with the Championship Shield -their turn one day to take the trophy?

Ceri on mat
Carwyn in action
Marker Christine Twaite about to measure for shot
End of game
And the wiiner is?

Brenda Rees ( Club Chair) hands trophy to winner Ceri

Brenda Ceri and Carwen
Marker Chris,Brenda , Ceri and Carwen

The 2 Woods Final was played along with all the men’s club Finals on Friday.  There was a barbecue and plenty of supporters for both the men and women.

Smiles from Moira, Brenda and Hilary

Jacob and Kody bowl overarm!
The2 Woods Finalists Ceri Holmes and Natasha Williams with Marker Carwen Thomas
Ceri in action

Natasha ‘s turn

Shaking hands time
Double win this year for Ceri
Well done Ceri!

Also well done Natasha on getting to the Final and only losing by 1 shot to Ceri in the 4 woods semi too.

It has been quite a year for Ceri-winning both Club Trophies and playing for Wales

Many congratulations