Building Blocks World War 1 Memorial Tea

Head Shave for Macmillan in Resolven



Angie Chillingworth  “Braved the Shave” for Macmillan Cancer Support in  Hers and Sirs salon Resolven  this week  Before the razor began its work,  Angie said:

“Why I hear you ask??? Well I am doing this to pay respect to all those who have fought and lost the battle with cancer and for those brave soulss who continue to battle!

I am taking part in this fundraising event to raise money in memory of my mum, Patricia Pennell who passed away aged 81 after a short 2nd battle with breast cancer and for a dear friend who passed away on her birthday this year.

My mum was a very proud lady and didn’t like to make a fuss, she  had many illnesses in her life, from shingles to heart attacks and strokes, although she never gave in and would never complain. My dad passed away suddenly on the 19th December 2005, it would have been their 48th wedding anniversary on the 23rd of December, a little piece of mum died that day also, however she remained independent, she moved to Silian near Lampeter which was closer to my older brother although she was isolated and her decline was noticeable, she had had a breast lump for several years and not told anyone, she thought it was nothing, although in reality I think she knew what it was! The lump ulcerated and became an open wound, she was sent to see an oncologist who stated they could not operate or give her chemotherapy/radiotherapy as she had other health conditions which would make it impossible for her to get through it, her only option was an anti-cancer hormone tablet, which thankfully worked, and she was given the all clear a year or so later. I Also moved mum down closer to me.

Patricia,Angie and Katy Angie’s daughter


In April 2017 she had a really bad chest infection and she was admitted to hospital, during her stay they completed tests which sadly showed her breast cancer had returned, but also she had multiple secondary metastases in the liver, she saw the oncologist, a lovely man by the name of Mr Rolles, he sat her down and said, stop all your other medication and go home and have a glass of champagne, there was no treatment and he said she had about 3 months.  As my mum only lived a few yards from my husband and myself, I moved in with her. She declined rapidly, but . wanted to pass away in her own home, surrounded by her personal things, she did not want to be in hospital, The doctors at the Vale of Neath practice made this happen for her and I would like to thank them for all the support they gave both my mum and me, it was very hard to see her deteriorating and to watch a strong woman not even be able to feed herself.  Each day I would make sure she talked about the things that worried her or stories from her past, there were pictures of my dad and fresh flowers in her view  to! It was important to allow her time to reflect on the family she has and also the inevitable too! Mum sadly passed away on the 1st of October 2017 at home with her 3 children and our respective husbands and wives by her side.

During this difficult time a dear friend’s wife was also going through the awful trauma of ovarian cancer, again she was given a diagnosis that the cancer would end her life, she was still so young with much to live for, she died on the 21st May 2018, such a special lady with a fighting spirit, Dee her wife, will be making the 1st shave on Tuesday 30th October at 11,30am.”


Dee starts the job supervised by hairdresser Lucy

Lucy takes over









Husband Pete inspects

“People say to me you are ‘brave’ for shaving you’re hair off, my answer to them is simple, mine will grow back. and I will hopefully be here when it does. All those other people who are fighting cancer and lose their hair don’t always have that luxury, and if I can raise a few pounds to make their life a little easier, then what I am doing is not brave, it’s a pleasure and a privilege!!!”

All gone and still smiling

Well done Angie!  Hope you reach your £500 target

If you want make a donation to Angie’s “Brave the Shave”.- click on the link  below .



































People say to me you are ‘brave’ for shaving you’re hair off, my answer to them is simple, mine will grow back, and I will hopefully be here when it does, all those other people who are fighting cancer and lose their hair don’t always have that luxury, and if I can raise a few pounds to make their life a little easier, then what I am doing is not brave, it’s a pleasure and a privilege!!!”










Resolfen History Society November Meeting

Neath’s Great War Poppy Trail Oct 27th

The Poppy Trail took place on a bitterly cold day with a biting wind. The Women Suffragettes gathered in Victoria Park, ready to march through the town in part of the centenary celebrations, and aims to tell the story of a select few of those service men who lost their lives in the conflict

Images and presentation by RDN photographer Mike Davies






You tube link here

New Shop in Village


Emily Ridge and Lisa Stokes have opened for business on the Square selling take away food with many home made options on the menu.

We wish them luck in their new endeavour and hope it’s a great success.

Watch this space for 2 more new shops opening soon!



New Debrillators for Resolven

Resolven Community Council are to be congratulated on acquiring funds from the Ffynnon Oer  Wind Farm Energy Project and from  Ynysfach W.I. to purchase a new defibrillator and three secure storage boxes from the charity Cariad.  Thanks have also got to be given to the Welsh Ambulance Service public access defibrillator scheme (especially our own Mr Lyn Evans and Mrs Jemma Langdon) for securing two defibrillators for the village.

The locations  of the defibrillators are:

  • The Church Hall
  • The Rugby Club
  • The Bowling Green
  • Sardis  (this defibrillator has been called upon four times since it was fitted)








Remarkable Sunset

 Remarkable sunsets could be seen in parts of the UK on Tuesday and Wednesday evening.

Mike Davies RDN photographer went out to capture this amazing spectacle and

Mike would like to share them with our RDN readers



More Mist Pics From Mike–Resolven Canal




Photos by Mike Davies taken at Resolven canal


Resolven Welfare Autumn Fair

Autumn Mist in Our Valley

Mike Davies was out early to get these great photos for us in the Vale of Neath

New Opening Hours for Resolven Library

News from NPT Council re. Recycling and Refuse

The following information, from NPT Council, will be sent to all local households soon.


News from Resolven Seniors Club

Resolven Village Seniors are pleased to announce it has been awarded a grant of £800 from the Pen y Cymoedd Wind Farm Community Fund CIC

The club meets every other week between 11 am and 12.15 pm in the Community Hall. There are  lively discussions, tea and biscuits, a game of bingo and the occasional guest speaker.  Annual cost to join is £5 and then £1.50 per meeting


Everyone is very welcome and the next meeting will be on Monday Oct. 29th



Mike Davies battles the elements to get some images of Storm Callum

Aberdulais Falls Entramce


Aberdulais Falls





Mike Davies, our RDN photographer, weathered conditions in the Neath valley and also went to Porthcawl, just after full tide, to try and record the storm, The weather conditions there were some of the worst he has experienced in a long time, so trying to photograph with storm force winds and lashing rain, he was fortunate to get a few images. 




All photos by Mike Davies

Click on link below to view his youtube presentation

Chinese Auction in Church Hall