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OUR FINAL VOLUNTEER DAY OF 2018

Saron on 1875 Map (1)

VOLUNTEER DAY
SARON GRAVEYARD, TROEDYRHIW
SATURDAY 17 NOVEMBER, FROM 10.00AM
Why not pop in to lend a hand for an hour or two or just to see what is being done? You will be made most welcome.

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Troedyrhiw – Its Heritage & Environment

Saron Heritage Plaque

If you are interested in the local history of TROEDYRHIW and the quality of the environment in the village then please think about attending the next meeting of FRIENDS OF SARON. This will be held in the ANGEL INN in Bridge Street at 6.30pm on Friday 16 November.

It would be good to see you there.

Amongst the topics on the agenda are:-

  • Securing a lasting legacy for the SARON GRAVEYARD POJECT following leaseholder funded repairs to the graveyard boundary and the completion of the volunteer led improvement programme.
  • Unlocking modest levels of funding for certain aspects of the improvement programme as it works towards the creation of SARON MEMORIAL & WILDLIFE GARDEN as a community asset.

Poppies on family headstones of world war casualties

During this WW1 Centenary period we have been motivated to mark, with poppies, headstones in Saron Graveyard, Troedyrhiw to indicate where families have inscribed the names of members who died in the two world wars. These are:-
JOHN WILLIAM DAVIES, b. 1894, Killed in Action, Belgium 10 Apr 1918.
GODFREY MARSDEN WILLIAMS, b. 1893, Died, Egypt 26 Apr 1918.
REES DAVIES, b. 1889, Died, France 07 Dec 1914.
DAVID GLYNDWYR DAVIES, b. 1919, Died on Active Service 10 Oct 1942.

The work goes on

Recent activity in the Saron Graveyard Project, Troedyrhiw has included volunteer work to reset headstones, remove tree stumps and plant primroses, cowslips and red campion as part of the habitat improvement programme. We are grateful to Tom Bramley and Gillian Hampson of Merthyr Council for their invaluable advice and support.
There has been additional on-site work by contractors acting for the leaseholder who have been testing the ground in preparation for repair and rebuilding of boundary walls which we expect to begin next Spring.

Graveyard Project needsYour Support

Levelling
WE NEED YOUR HELP & SUPPORT!
By 2009 the historic GRAVEYARD of the former SARON CHAPEL in TROEDYRHIW was neglected and abandoned and in a truly appalling condition. Since then our small band of volunteers have done amazing work in beginning to transform it into something that we can all be proud of rather than embarrassed by.
Please drop in to our next VOLUNTEER DAY on Sat 20 OCTOBER at any time from 10.00am until dusk. We will be very pleased to see you.

Will you help this community project?

 

The abandoned, crumbling and decaying graveyard of the former Saron Chapel in Troedyrhiw had almost reached the point of no return when, in 2009, a group of residents and former residents decided that something should be done. Since then our volunteers have been working hard, with the help of other community groups, to restore this marker of our local history to a condition that we can all be proud of. We are very pleased to report that the leaseholder has been prevailed upon to carry out urgently necessary structural work to the boundary walls which we expect to begin next Spring. In the meantime our volunteers will continue the programme of improvement work within the graveyard. Our most recent  session was held last Saturday.  This is extremely rewarding work not all of which is as strenuous as some of our photos show. . If you think that you would like to get involved please contact us, without making any commitment, on friendsofsaron@gmail.com


HELP NEEDED TO PRESERVE YOUR HERITAGE

 

1SARON GRAVEYARD PROJECT, TROEDYRHIW

At long last, after 9 years of effort and numerous disappointments, it seems that urgently necessary and expensive work on the boundary walls of the Saron site is finally going to take place. Realistically this can be expected to begin next Spring.

We are now appealing for input from everyone that cares about the conservation of the historic environment of our village. We would be extremely pleased to see you at one or both of the following events:-

  • THURSDAY 30TH AUGUST, 6.30pm, ANGEL INNMEETING to discuss, amongst other things, the next steps for this project following the excellent news described above.
  • SATURDAY 1ST SEPTEMBER, 10.00am onwards, SARON GRAVEYARD – VOLUNTEER DAY to continue  the programme of site improvement work. Why not pop in to see what we have been doing and have a chat about our plans?

It’s never too hot for Saron volunteers

Our intrepid band of volunteers braved the searing heat last Saturday to continue the improvement work in Saron Graveyard, Troedyrhiw. This included:-

  • Lopping branches off a tree that has grown far to large for this space.
  • Watering the small ornamental tree and shrubs which were planted last month.
  • Tidying up, watering and mulching the stumpery with ferns etc that were planted last  month.
  • Completing the setting up of a small ‘pond in an old kitchen sink’.
  • Expanding the ‘bug hotel’ which had been set up by Willows Youth as luxury accomodation for a range of small creatures.

Many thanks for your input and support to Steve C., Simon, Sheila, Andrew, Steve E., Chris, Frances, David, Phil and John.

 


A rewarding day’s work

The usual small but dedicated team of volunteers made another real difference in the historic Saron Graveyard, Troedyrhiw last Saturday. While some worked on the stumpery described in another post others completed the improvement work in an area containing many graves by (a) resetting headstones; (b) levelling uneven ground and (c) planting shrubs and a small cherry tree. There was even time to give the restored iron gates a bit of a spring clean!
Our volunteers worked from 10.00am to 8.30pm with few breaks and ended the day shattered but extremely satisfied with what had been achieved.
Many thanks are due to Steve C., Mark, Simon, Sheila, Steve E., Andrew, David and Tony for their efforts and support.

An important resident!

Yellow or Netted Slug

One of the residents of the new stumpery at the historic Saron graveyard, Troedyrhiw takes a close look at its new home! This is, we think, a yellow or netted slug. It feeds on fungi and decaying plant material and so has an important job to perform in the recycling processes that are so important in maintaining a healthy and balanced ecosystem. We are very pleased to see him or her!