Mystery photographs

The Society has a number of “mystery” photographs – photographs with no information about them at all.  It would help us if you would look at the photographs that will be posted in the coming weeks – starting today – and if you have any information about them please get in touch.

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Photo 1: first name might be Howard and may be related to the  Thomas family, Highland Farm, Skewen.

 

 

 

 

 

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Photo 2: nothing at all known about this photograph.

 

 

 

 

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“Lockdown Skewen” images

These two photographs show New Road in Skewen, in the heart of the shopping area, at a time of day it would normally be very busy and the traffic would be continuous;  there would not be any spaces in the parking bay!   The effects of the Covid 19 lockdown are shown clearly.

Wherever you live in Skewen, please take photographs of your street at the time of day it would normally be at its busiest so that we can build a picture of Skewen during this pandemic.  Send your photos to us via our email address –

info@skewenhistoriocalsociety.org.uk

or via our Facebook page.

Thank you for helping us to record this unusual period in Skewen’s history.

 

 

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Award from Tesco

We are delighted to confirm that the Society has been awarded a £1000 grant under the Tesco ‘Bags of Help ’ community funding scheme. Many thanks to all those who contributed to this success by choosing to vote for Skewen & District Historical Society with their blue shopping tokens.

The award will be used for the benefit of members – more details to follow.

The Society would like to thank Tesco for its inclusion in the scheme.

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What’s at the back of your drawer/cupboard?

With many of us facing a long period at home, perhaps now is the time to sort through those little used drawers,  cupboards and boxes to see if you find anything of interest for local historians.  It may be a photograph, document, map etc. which you could  scan and send to us now, or if you don’t have the capability to do that, just put the item to one side and pass it to any member of the Society when it is safe to make contact.

If sending photographs, please add as much information as you can – date, names of people shown, location, event.

Many people have traced their family history – do you have an interesting story you would like to share – we can publish it in our newsletter “Hanes”.

So search those drawers and cupboards and see what you find.

 

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Meetings cancelled for three months

In light of the current corona virus pandemic, a decision has been taken to cancel the Society’s next three talks (for the months of April, May and June) at Carnegie Hall.

The situation will be reviewed continually and any changes will be notified on our Facebook page and website.

 

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Library opens in the Carnegie Monday, 9th March

Having closed at the New Road location on February 22nd, the library finally reopened in the Carnegie Hall this morning, 9th March.

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New date for AGM Monday, 9th March

The AGM which should have been held on Monday, 2nd March, will now be held on Monday, 9th March in the Carnegie Hall, Room 1 starting at 7pm.

Problems with the fire alarms have delayed the opening of the hall after renovation necessitating this change of date for the AGM.

Visitors are welcome to attend, but will not be able to vote or take part in any of the business relating to the running of the Society.

Mr John Richards will give a short talk after Society business is concluded.

 

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Skewen Library closes on New Road

Skewen Library is moving from its present location on New Road to the Carnegie Hall on Evelyn Road.  Today, Saturday 22nd February,  was its last day at the New Road location.  Here are some photographs to mark the occasion:

 

 

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Request for information about the Carnegie Hall/library Skewen

Committee member Sandra Davies is working on a special edition of “Hanes” based on the history and use of the Carnegie Hall on Evelyn Road.  If you have any anecdotes, special memories – anything, about the building or the library that was housed there in the past, or any other activities that have taken place in the hall,  please get in touch via this website, our Facebook page, or simply use snail mail or the telephone to contact any of the committee members.  Don’t let your reminiscence be lost.

 

 

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Replacement Memorial Tree Planted in Skewen Park

As part of its WW1 commemoration programme, the Society planted two Acer Rubrum October Glory trees in the Memorial Park on March 17th, 2017.  Unfortunately one of the trees was vandalised and died.  This month a replacement tree was planted which we hope will thrive.

 

 

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