SARON GRAVEYARD PROJECT, TROED-Y-RHIW – VOLUNTEER DAYS We desperately need to boost the number of volunteers that regularly attend our volunteer days and are appealing to anyone that feels that they are able to devote an hour or two every 4 to 6 weeks to contact us or simply to turn up at our next event. Details are as follows:-
Date & Time: Saturday 15 February from 10:00am At: Saron Graveyard, Chapel Street, Troed-y-rhiw
PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS PARTICULAR EVENT COULD BE CALLED OFF AT SHORT NOTICE DUE TO BAD WEATHER OR IF CONTRACTORS HAVE BEGUN WORK ON THE BOUNDARY WALLS.
This year marks the bicentenary of the founding in Troedyrhiw of the ‘cause’ that was to become Saron Welsh Independent Chapel in the village. A History of the Welsh Independent Churches (Thomas Rees & John Thomas 1871+) tells us that members of Bethesda Chapel, Merthyr came to Troedyrhiw in around 1820 to start a Sunday School which was held from house to house. By 1835 the first chapel had been constructed and this was replaced by a larger building on part of the same site in 1852.
From its elevated position on the valley side Saron looked down confidently, through good times and bad, as the village grew and developed below. It was to here that many local people came to find spiritual support, for educational, cultural and other community activities and, finally, to be laid to rest in the chapel graveyard in what they expected would always be tranquil and undisturbed surroundings. Saron Chapel, Troedyrhiw closed in 1983 and was demolished in 1990. Its historic graveyard was abandoned to its fate and had become a shameful and embarrassing blot on the village until the community group Friends of Saron intervened. As a group of volunteers with no religious, political or other affiliations we are working hard to create Saron Memorial & Wildlife Garden as a community asset that we can all be proud of. PLEASE SUPPORT US BY EITHER JOINING OUR VOLUNTEERS ON SITE OR IN SOME OTHER WAY. WHY NOT SEND US A MESSAGE?
Friends of Saron have, once again, cleared fly-tipped rubbish from the path that runs past the graveyard from Chapel Street to Cardiff Road in Troedyrhiw. Residents deserve to be able to enjoy a high quality environment that they can take pride in. Please report incidents of this illegal and anti-social activity to the Council.
Volunteers of the Saron
Graveyard Project, Troedyrhiw held two productive sessions in the graveyard
A floral tribute in
memory of Peter Smith, a passionate supporter of this project who passed away
recently, was laid on his grandparents’ grave.
The vision is to create
SARON MEMORIAL & WILDLIFE GARDEN and, to this end, we have been making
plans with Willows Youth to add some additional habitat features to those that
are already in place. With the help of Dan Townsend, the youth leader at the
Willows, a raised bed planted as a Sensory Garden was installed. Dan took back
to the Willows some kits for the young people to make up into nesting boxes and
bug boxes that we hope will be erected in gardens and other places across the
Other volunteers got stuck in to complete these important tasks:-
weeding is an essential part of site maintenance at this stage of the project
and Lynda and Sheila’s hard work made an enormous improvement to the appearance
of the site.
volunteers have abilities and experience in many areas and Simon was able to
demonstrate, once again, his stone wall building skills.
Smith of Bargoed, who had been a dedicated supporter of the Saron Graveyard
Project, Troedyrhiw, sadly passed away recently. In his younger days he spent a
lot of time in the village and was very close to his grandparents who are
buried in the graveyard, as are his great grandparents.
was a kind and generous person whom members of our group feel privileged to
have known. We have been surprised and humbled by the decision of Peter’s
family to donate the proceeds of his funeral collection to the Saron Project.
This has amounted to a significant sum, the largest single donation that has
been received since we began in 2009, and we are determined that this will be
used in ways that Peter would have been pleased with and befits his memory.
Volunteers were very pleased with the results of their recent efforts to improve the condition of some of the graves in Saron Graveyard Troedyrhiw. And so was the 7-spotted ladybird that decided to lay its eggs on one of the gravestones!