In April another successful Volunteer Day was held at Saron Graveyard, Troedyrhiw. The work completed included general maintenance, moving topsoil and the skilled restoration of a grave that had previously been in a very poor condition.

The restored grave is that of Ann and Edward Richards.  Edward’s obituary published in the Merthyr Express in August 1933 read as follows:-

MR E. RICHARD, AWELFRYN, TROEDYRHIW                                                                            

One of the village’s oldest inhabitants and a senior deacon of Saron died on Tuesday. He was, for many years, a colliery contractor but had not followed that occupation for the past few years. His wife preceded him two years ago. she was 76 years of age. He is survived by four sons.

Edward Richards is the gentleman with the long white beard shown on the extreme left of this old photograph of the minister and deacons of Saron Chapel, Troedyrhiw.

Saron Chapel No 2

Friends of Saron are extremely pleased to be able to restore some dignity to what had been a disgraceful situation which was a blot on our village. We are determined that this work will continue but now face a major challenge in striving to unlock funding for urgently necessary structural work to be carried out.


About davidjcollier

Originally from South Wales I have lived in Nottinghamshire for over forty years. I am married and have three grown up children and two grandchildren. Having worked in education for 43 years I will retire in July 2012. My interests include history (general, local and family), rugby union, swimming, photography, bird watching and gardening. For the benefit of anyone who may actually read this (extremely unlikely, I admit) please do not confuse 'interests' with knowledge or skill. My involvement in a community project which aims to rescue a graveyard from the effects of almost 30 years of neglect. also keeps me quite busy. View all posts by davidjcollier

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