Keep Wales Safe ~ Update



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Breakfast Treat

Bet he thinks its a chocolate bar


Before Social Distancing-Way Before!

Resolven Jazz Band
Is this a Clyne bus trip ?
Waiting for King George and Queen Elizabeth to pass- Glynneath Road 1930’s
Which “bubble” are YOU in?!
Resolven Soccer Team 1933-34
Pool in the ParkShame its not there anymore
Resolven Pigeon Club

SchooldaysWho’s Who I wonder ?
Long Ago Resolven Infants
Dinner Time Underground -no hand sanitisers boys
Resolven Police Station- Can you name the “coppers” for us?
Resolven Operatic Society
Vernon Davies Band-RDN Photographer Mike on keyboard
Resolven Fairy Queen Contestants 1969
Fairy Queen Judges
Resolven Charity Cricket Match
End of WW2 Party-John Street
Resolven RFC 1951

If YOU have some intereresting old photos, languishing in an old tin box somewhere, why not share them with us?

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Ynysfach W.I. Goes Gardening

Ynysfach W.I held an alfresco committe meeting at Resolven Bowling Green on Thursday, and at the same time showed us their gardening skills. They planted up 2 flower beds, as part of Resolven Bowls Clubs “Adopt a Flower Bed Scheme:”

If they are as good in the garden as they are in all the other arts and crafts, the prime site outside the clubhouse will soon be a blooming delight to behold!

President Jen Colley says, ” We are hoping to hold an outdoor meeting this month (weather permitting) which will be our first meeting of the whole club since the start of the pandemic – exciting times! “

Career Switch for Local Man

Resolven man Matthew Simms worked as a carer with the elderly and the disabled for over 17 years.  But he’s just changed career direction entirely.  He now runs his own business with stepson Ben Smith.

How did it come about? Well, Matthew was pressure washing the outside of his own house one day and happened to say” I could do this as a living”.  Claire, his partner overheard him and said “Well, why don’t you then?”   So he did!

Within 2 weeks the business was set up and running.  Well done Matthew.

Star Swimmer Daniel picked for Olympics

Local boy and swimming star Daniel Jervis has been selected to compete at the Tokyo Olympics in the 800 metres and 1500 metres freestyle events. 

He’s already had us on the edge of our seats watching him win silver for Wales in the 1500 event at the Commonwealth Games.  Now we’ll be watching him go for gold at the Olympics with the GB team.

  He’ll be leaving for Tokyo on the 10th of July. Terrific Dan!.

We’ll be swimming every stroke with you

A sky full of classic Cirrocumulus

Diamonds in the sky

Taken over the vale of Neath April 18th

Mike Davies RDN photographer

Local Area Coordination Scheme in NPT

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Vaccination Update

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Mobile COVID-19 Testing Unit at Resolven Market

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Resolven Library Update

Keep Wales Safe Campaign Updates

Zip Down to Colliery Surface

Within 15 miles of the village of Resolven was the oldest continuously working deep-coal mine in the United Kingdom, and possibly the World, until its closure in 2008. Of course this was the well known Tower Colliery, situated along side the A4061 Rhigos to Treherbert road which is now being rejuvenated from a Colliery site to a Zip ride.

This photograph of the former Tower {No.4 Shaft} Colliery Surface and the restored Ffyndaff Opencast Site was taken recently.

There are now interesting developments at the Colliery Surface buildings, over Llyn Fawr reservoir and above to Craig y Llyn escarpment, by the exciting Zip World company.

View looking South West from Tower Colliery surface
Similar view as the previous photograph

Craig y Llyn mountain is the highest point in the traditional county of Glamorgan and Zip World Tower starting point is on Craig y Llyn mountain.

When open (expected in late April), Zip World Tower will provide thrill seekers with two new experiences in the form of Zip World Phoenix and Big Red. ZW Phoenix will be the world’s fastest seated zip line with four parallel lines in two separate zip zones and Big Red will allow children to ride alongside one another on a 270ft line, making it the largest mobile zip in the world.

View of Llyn Fawr etc. from the Treherbert Road View Point

Partial view showing Zip Wire Start looking North East towards Tower Surface and the Brecon Beacons

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At Tower there will be a side-by-side industrial-style toboggan rollercoaster called the Tower Coaster which is to open later.

Showing the Tower Coaster {Not Yet Completed}

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Sean Taylor, founder and President of Zip World states on the Zip World website :-  “…..Wales is home to some of the world’s best outdoor adventure destinations. …………as a passionate Welshman, I couldn’t think of a better location than the South Wales Valleys to create a new legacy and grow our brand outside North Wales for the first time.”

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Photographs and Presentation by Hugh Lewis

The Great Easter Egg Hunt

This Easter weekend there was a great Easter Egg Hunt along the canal in Resolven. It was organised by the Resolven Ladies Group and sponsored by the Resolven Welfare and they were also helped by some hard working volunteers. One of the organisers was Diane Sims:

“It started off as an idea but became a community effort with people knitting chicks, painting stones, donating easter eggs, packing them into treat bags, going out to hide them, and some even dressed up they all contributed with donations and more importantly their time and effort to make an idea a reality.  Thank you to all the following groups, volunteers, and businesses:

  • Welfare Ladies Group who organised it,
  • Jane Llewellyn, Pam Jones, and Julie Bevan for their knitting skills,
  • Resolven Miners Welfare, Councillor Dean Lewis, Gary McKeown, Lloyd Bayliss for their support,
  • Fiona Williams and Julia watts for turning up to help make the trail along the canal,
  • Ty Banc,
  • All the children who coloured in the easter egg signs,
  • Emily and Lillia Gladwin for helping to paint rocks to hide,
  • Special mention to the Easter bunny who entertained and made us all smile over the canal and in the park later on the day.

Gnoll Park Walkabout

 The Gnoll Estate Country Park in Neath is set within 230 acres and it was voted as the best picnic spot in Wales(2010) by the Warburtons National Picnic Awards. I have a season ticket, which is well worth it, and I try to get there in the early hours, around 7.30 am, as the light at that time is ideal for photography. So I was up with the lark on this Good Friday morning.

Have a look around, you will be amazed at the variety of wildlife among many other things to see. 

 Images and report by Mike Davies RDN photographer