Latest events at Maesmelin Woods

Two events are planned at Maesmelin Woods at the end of the month – Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th June.  Details are shown on the poster below:-

 

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July Visit: St Fagans National Museum of History

The Society’s July visit this year will be to the National Museum of History at St Fagans.

 

The bus will depart from the Tesco bus stop at 10am and then pick up at The Smiths, White Gates, the Crown, Park Gates Christopher Road,  Pen yr Alley and Cefn Parc.

If you have not yet booked, contact Mrs Ann Harries.

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Society visit to Pembroke Dock and Tenby – Photograph

With thanks to Ken Jones.

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Can you provide information please?

Our World War Two research has unearthed thirteen servicemen who may or may not have connections to Skewen.  The names are listed below – if you can provide any information concerning these men please contact the Society – see contacts page.

Davies       –        (L.C.) Lance Corporal G. Davies

Davies       –        (L.S.) Lance Sergeant G.  H.  Davies

There is only one Lance Sergeant George Henry Davies Welsh Guards on the Commonwealth War Graves  site but no identifying information

James        –        Private I.  James

Jenkins      –        Private W. J. Jenkins

Jones         –        (A.B.) Able Body G. Jones

Macleod    –        (O.S.) Ordinary Seaman D. Macleod

Miles          –        (L.A.C.) Leading Aircraftman G. Miles

Morgan      –        Private K. J. Morgan

Richards    –        (A.B.)            Able Body S. Richards

Thomas     –        (A.C.) Aircraftman M. Thomas

Thomas     –        (Fus) Fusilier W. J. Thomas

Williams     –        (SGT) Sergeant D. B. Williams

Williams     –        Private M. Williams

 

 

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President Brian Lodwick launches his latest book

Our President, Brian Lodwick, launched his latest book on Tuesday – “Morgan Reynolds and Maesyllan Neath Abbey”.

 

 

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Society awarded grant by the Millennium Stadium Charitable Trust

 

The Society would like to thank the Wales Millennium Trust for its Recent award.

 

 

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Ann Harries receives Community Award from Dyffryn Clydach Community Council

On Monday, 25th February Ann Harries’s superb contribution to the local community was recognised by Dyffryn Clydach Community Council when they granted her their Community Award.  The award recognised Ann’s contribution over the last fifty years to a diverse range of local  societies/groups including the Scouts, Skewen Historical Society, St John’s Church etc. etc. plus her organisation of holidays and days trips.  The presentation was witnessed by members from all the organisations with which Ann is associated.  A well deserved award.

 

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A History of Neath Abbey and Skewen Co-operative Stores 1891 – 1982

A two-part special edition of ‘Hanes’ has been produced by the Society.  It  details the rise and fall of the Co-operative Society’s venture in Skewen and district from 1891 to 1982, illustrated with photographs and reminiscences from local staff and customers. A limited number of copies will be available initially for purchase at a cost of £5.00 for the two-part edition, if you are able to collect from Skewen. Otherwise, there will be a charge of £2.25 for postage and packing.

Should you wish to order your copies, please contact Anne Morgans via the Society’s website email: info@skewenhistoricalsociety.org.uk, leaving your contact details and indicating the number of copies you want.

 

 

 

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The Society needs your help

2020 will mark the 75th  anniversary of the ending of World War 2.  The Society is looking for any material relating to WW2 in Skewen and District for its archive.  Do you have any photographs, documents, letters wartime recipe books etc. that you can allow us to copy and add to our archive.  You may have memories of the war years and would like to recount them to our reminiscence team – we can visit your home to do this if you cannot come to us.

Please do not wait until we have a heritage day to ask for this material – bring it to us now.  You can contact any member of the committee -details on the site.  Do not leave us in the dark as the poster on the left from WW2 shows – we do not want to be sorry that this vital material was lost for ever and for everyone to say oh sorry! while the poster on the right shows the importance of salvage – and we want to salvage Skewen’s WW2 history.

 

 

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Society Social Evening, Christmas, 2018

Mrs. Margaret Owen led the Society members in community Christmas Carol singing this year.

 

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