World War 2 History Day 7th September

The Society  is holding a World War 2 History Day at the Carnegie Hall on Evelyn Road on September 7th from 10am to 4pm.  All are welcome and there will be refreshments available throughout the day.

This is your chance to have your family’s World War 2 history recorded for future generations.  Bring along any photographs or documents you have relating to Skewen and World War 2.  That can include information about those who served in the forces or life on the home front.  We will copy or scan the photographs and documents and return them to you on the day.  We will also have facilities to record your oral reminiscences.

Displays will be available to view and you may well find one of your relatives in a display and find out what role they played in World War 2.

A selection of the displays will include:

a memorial book detailing the service of all the men of Skewen who died in the war with their photograph where available, linked to a display of the many cemeteries around the world where they are buried

information taken from the Herald of Wales about some of the servicemen who returned from the war

photographs of the home front including the Home Guard, ARP members etc.

written reminiscences already given to us

and much more.

So come along and find your family history on September 7th or provide us with the information we don’t have.

 

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Society visit to the National Botanical Gardens of Wales on Monday, 2nd September

View of the National Botanical Gardens of Wales

The Society’s next visit will take place on Monday 2nd September to the National Botanical Gardens of Wales.  The cost is £7.50 and places can booked by contacting our Social Secretary Mrs Ann Harries.

The bus will leave 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 Caewathan.

 

 

 

 

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St. John Ambulance Plaque presented to the Society for safe keeping

The land on which the St. John Ambulance Hall was built on Dynevor Road in the 1930’s was donated by Dr. D. Samuel, whose surgery was located at 39, New Road – the site of the old Post Office.  When the hall was demolished, the plaque commemorating the donation,  was taken by the St. John Ambulance Brigade.  It has now been placed into the care of the Society as it was felt it should be returned to Skewen.  A hand over  took place on August 5th before the Society’s monthly meeting.

 

 

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Photo Gallery of Society Visit to St Fagans 1st July, 2019

With thanks to Janice Gardner

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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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