High Sheriff Awards for Resolven Residents

The High Sheriff of West Glamorgan Awards are given to members of the public whose voluntary contributions to the community make a difference and open up opportunities for those who might not otherwise have them. There are 3 separate categories – adult, young person and group.

This year Resolven once again gained honours in this award, not just one but three Resolven residents were recognised.

Due to the coronavirus limiting social gatherings, we don’t have the full information we might have gained through interviewing people as in previous years, so if anything is missing from this article we apologise.

Saturday March the 28th was to be the day of the official presentation at Mumbles Cricket Club and a celebration party was planned for them at the Resolven Miners Welfare Hall that night. Sadly this was not to be the case after the necessary government rulings on distancing and isolation were put into place before it could happen. That doesn’t mean we can’t congratulate the Resolven winners here and celebrate with them some time in the future though.



Gloria was born in Resolven and attended Ynysfach Primary School before going on to study at Windsor Business Training College in Neath . She had two daughters who both attended Ynysfach Primary and it was when her grandchildren arrived more than 30 years ago that she became a volunteer there, to offer extra help with reading skills to the pupils. For 20 of those years she has also been a governor – always ready to help with events and never failing in her efforts to take the school forward.

Gloria is without doubt a highly respected and appreciated member of our community and deserves her recognition for this award.



Debbie lives in Resolven with her husband and 4 daughters. She is probably best known for her voluntary work as a leader with the 12th Neath scouts group in Resolven, but she is also involved with other groups locally such as the Resolven community events group who organise the village carnival. Her energy and spirit never falter and can often be both seen and heard in many local social events encouraging and supporting the young people of our village.




Jack was nominated as a young person for his contribution to the scouts’ movement in the village. He became a volunteer 2 years ago after their leader Debbie Evans put out a request for help to run the group. After making a good impression and gaining confidence, he responded to the Akela’s (Debbie’s) suggestion and began to train as a leader and is now known to the beavers he supervises as Shere Khan. Jack is an enthusiastic and encouraging role model to those in his care and will undoubtedly continue to be an asset to our community

Resolven District News recognises the achievements of the 3 worthy winners of this year’s award and both congratulate and thank them for their contribution to Resolven.

Original Report by Diane Sims

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