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, Cresci’s Cafe, the Post Office in Arbourne’s Stores, The Gwyn Hall Neath, Hall’s Newsagent in Neath Market 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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Photo Gallery: Picton Castle Visit, 21st November 2017

 

 

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Visit to Picton Castle 21st November

The Society’s next visit is to Picton Castle on Tuesday, 21st November.  The bus will leave the Tesco bus stop at 10am and call at The Smiths, White Gates, The Crown, Park Gates Christopher Road, Pen yr Alley and Caewathan.

 

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Photo gallery of Society visit to Caerphilly Castle and Llancaiach Fawr October 2017

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Society represented at Book Fair

The Society had a stand at the latest Book Fair to be held last Saturday at Swansea Museum.  There were several very favourable comments about our WW1 book “Our Village in WW1”.

Secretary Kitty Griffiths with Chairman Bill Payne at the Society stand

 

 

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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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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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