Resolven COVID-19 Plaque Dedication Service

On a typical damp and drizzly Autumn morning on the 13th November at 11.00am, the community of Resolven came together for a special dedication to all those who are no longer with us due to the ‘Covid’ Pandemic.

This Pandemic, in the face of adversity, has been described by many as a Silent ‘War’ against humanity with an invisible/invasive enemy that can still strike at any time, at any age and wherever you may be in the world of today.

This Dedication Plaque was commissioned by the Resolven CC and the Service organised by the members of the RCC and credit must go to the Councillors for bringing this event to Resolven.

Cllr Neal Francis, Chair of the Community Council wrote in his statement:-

“We are also mindful that Covid has not gone away and there may be more sadness following the dedication, so this Memorial is for all those in the past, present and future who have succumbed to this dreadful disease”

The Service of Dedication was taken by two well known and respected members of the Community Pastor Lyn Maddocks and Pastor David Morgan.

Also in attendance were Cllr Trefor Jones, Vice Chair of Resolven Community Council and Mrs Joy Francis, wife of Cllr Neal Francis, Chair of RCC, who was unfortunately unable to attend due to the Covid Virus.

Pastor David Morgan made a short introduction for the reason of the dedication and then Pastor Lyn Maddocks led the singing of “Abide With me” and then gave an interesting and informative explanation of how religion played a part in the special meaning of the hymn which was written 200 years ago.

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Mrs Joy Francis, on behalf of her husband Neal expressed her thanks to “Dolly Bachs” for placing the red and white floral wreath on the Plaque.

She then read the following emotional poem written by an anonymous writer, If Tears Could Build a Stairway

Cllr Trefor Jones read out a short prayer in Welsh – ‘Peidiwch ag Ofni’

Pastor David Morgan stepped forward to give a reading from the Bible and emphasised that faith is a major factor for bringing comfort to all those affected by the different problems and difficulties in today’s society.

The public were then invited, by Pastor Lyn Maddocks, to lay wreaths and flowers on the dedicated plaque before singing the hymn, Amazing Grace, and finally ending with the Benediction.

An announcement was made to invite all those present to the Community Centre for light refreshments and reflection.

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