WW1 Book for sale

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Copies of the Society’s book “Our Village in World War One” may be obtained from Skewen Library, or by contacting the Society directly via email at

info@skewenhistoricalsociety.org.uk

or telephoning the Secretary, Mrs. Kitty Griffiths 01792 823651.

The book was reviewed in the Summer 2017 edition of “Chronicle” – the review is reproduced below.

“This wonderfully researched book tells much, more than the story of a Welsh village from 1914-1918. Written in the form of a diary, it tells of monthly events, both national and local during World War 1 and the effect that the war had on the people of Skewen and the surrounding districts.

Sources were gathered from family histories, newspaper reports and various websites.

A remarkable appendix lists 589 service personnel, including 120 fallen, who came from the district. They are hoping to add to this list by readers who might be able to contribute other names. Besides names, listed are the battalions in which they served, their rank, their awards and locations of their graves if they are known.

It tells of the conflicts and the pain suffered and is dedicate to the memory of the people of Skewen & District and to all those who served during WW1. 216 pages of fascinating reading with maps and photographs, including the Skewen Silver band c1910, the Cwrt y Betws Colliery workmen in 1913 and the Skewen Rugby Club 1912. A fascinating book, a pleasure to read.”

 

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Go ahead given for WW1 memorial

At present there is no memorial in Skewen to the men of Coedffranc who gave their lives in WW1.

Coedffranc Community Council has given the Society permission to erect a memorial in the form of a marble slab listing those men from Coedffranc who gave their lives in WW1. This will be dded to the  the blank face of the existing WW2 memorial outside the Carnegie Hall on Evelyn Road, and, will be paid for from the proceeds of the sale of the Society’s book “Our Village in WW1”.

A Heritage Day to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War will be held by the Society in the  Carnegie Hall on Saturday, 10th September 2018,  when a ceremony to commemorate the new memorial will  be conducted by the Rev. Coles, Vicar of Skewen.

 

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17th October Update – Society visit to Llancaiach Fawr and Caerphilly Castle.

The Society’s next visit will take place on Tuesday, 17th October and it will be a double event, as in the morning we will visit Caerphilly Castle , then in the afternoon visit Llancaiach Fawr.

The bus will leave the Tesco bus stop at 8.30am calling at The Smiths Neath Abbey, White Gates, the Crown, park gates Christopher Road, Pen yr Alley and Caewern.

 

 

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Photographs from the visit to Longleat House 4th September

 

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Society to take part in Local History Book Fair, 28th October

The Society will have a stand at the “Local History Book Fair” at Swansea Museum on Saturday, 28th October from 10am to 4pm.   Call in and see us.

 

 

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Society joins Facebook

The Society now has its own Facebook page – here is the link.

https://www.facebook.com/groups/skewenhistorical/

 

 

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Memorial trees attacked for second time

Sadly, the Memorial Trees planted by the Society to commemorate the men of the village who fell in World War One, have been vandalised for a second time. In the first attack one of the trees had its main trunk damaged, in the second attack it would appear that they have been poisoned.  One tree has died but hopefully the second one can be saved.

 

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Society Visit to Aberglasney Gardens 3rd July, 2017

Thanks to Social Secretary  Ann Harries for organising another very interesting Society visit, this month to Aberglasney Gardens.

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Society Awarded Lottery Grant

The Society is very pleased to announce that it has been successful in obtaining a grant from  Awards For All: The Big Lottery Fund to run a programme of visits to celebrate its 20th anniversary year.   Currently the visits will include:

 

Further details will be given in the next meeting to be held at the Carnegie Hall on August 7th.

The Society expresses its great appreciation to the National Lottery organisation for enabling this programme of visits to take place.

 

 

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The Society at the Family History Event 6th May, 2017

On May 6th, the Society was invited once again to take part  in the annual Family History Event  at the Waterfront Museum.  This enables us to showcase the Society’s activities to a wider audience.

 

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20th Anniversary Dinner at the Towers Hotel 7th March

The Society was very pleased that the Lord Lieutenant Byron Davies and his wife Hilary were able to accept our invitation to join us at the Towers Hotel for the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the Society’s founding.  We were given a very interesting and informative talk on the Lord Lieutenant’s personal history and his role as Lord Lieutenant.

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