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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Visit to Tewkesbury Abbey 19th July

The Society’s next visit, on Thursday 19th July,  is to Tewkesbury Abbey followed by a ride on a canal boat with afternoon tea.  The bus will leave the Tesco bus stop at 9am, picking up at The Smiths, White Gates, The Crown,  Park Gates Christopher Road, Pen yr Alley and Caewathan.

 

 

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Photo Gallery if Visit to Fonmon Castle

Visit to Fonmon Castle 24th May, 2018.

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The Society At the Family History Event, Waterfront Museum 13th May, 2018

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Photo gallery of visit to Hanbury Hall, 16th April

 

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Photo gallery of visits to Llancaiach Fawr and Caerphilly Castle

October 2017 visit to Llancaiach Fawr

 

October 2017 visit to Caerphilly Castle

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Photo Gallery: Picton Castle Visit, 21st November 2017

 

 

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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 November 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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