Dating from the 1830’s Saron Graveyard is a vital part of the historic fabric of our village which connects the Troedyrhiw of today with its past.
Neglect, lack of maintenance, vandalism, colonisation by weeds and trees and collapse of boundary walls have all taken their toll. Friends of Saron volunteers have been working hard on a shoestring budget to reverse this degradation and restore an important heritage asset to a condition that we can all be proud of.
If our volunteers had not intervened when they did it is likely that Saron Graveyard would have reached the point of no return. We feel a great sense of satisfaction at the difference that our programme of improvement work has made and remain determined to see this project through to a successful conclusion.
Take a look at what our volunteers were doing last Saturday. Very many thanks to Steve C., Simon, Mark, Steve E., Sheila, Andrew, Phil, Brian, Frances, Chris and David for yet another day’s hard but rewarding work.
IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO HELP US IN ANY WAY PLEASE EMAIL email@example.com OR SPEAK TO ANY FRIENDS OF SARON MEMBER.
Over 60 residents attended the second meeting of Troed-y-rhiw Local History Forum which was held last Thursday at Carmel Chapel. David Collier shared a collection of historic images of the village with the audience in a slide show and additional materials were set out as a display. The organisers have been extremely encouraged by the positive feedback received following this and the first Forum meeting and by the large number of people that remained after both presentations to discuss matters of interest. The next meeting will be held on 23rd February when the speaker will be Clive Thomas. More details will follow.
By happy coincidence Troedyrhiw Neighbourhood Watch, as part of their village improvement programme, have set up a permanent display of old photographs of the village on the Square. This is already receiving much interest and will, we are sure, provide a boost to the drive that is under way to increase the level of pride in our village.
Our volunteers are proud of our village, its past and its present. At the recent Volunteer Day held in Saron Graveyard, Troedyrhiw a small but dedicated team took the improvement programme on a few steps further. BUT THEY NEED MORE HELP. Please take a few moments to look at what we have been doing and think about joining us for our next session on Saturday 16 July. WE KNOW THAT YOU CARE AND WOULD REALLY LIKE TO SEE YOU.
Friends of Saron were pleased to take part in the successful ‘Spring Cleanup Day’ in Troedyrhiw recently. 5 village groups including some of our brilliant young people made a real impact on the litter problem today. Over 50 bags of litter were collected together with a variety of other carelessly discarded items. Many thanks are due to Keep Wales Tidy, group leaders and ward councillors for their support. There is much still to be done so please do your bit to help to make Troedyrhiw the best it can be.
Three reminders for those who care about our village of Troedyrhiw and might be willing to give up a little of their time to make us more proud of it:-
THURSDAY 17 MAR 6.30pm – ANGEL INN – Friends of Saron Meeting.
SATURDAY 19 MAR 10am – SARON GRAVEYARD – Volunteer Day
SATURDAY 19 MAR 10am – MEET OPPOSITE FAMILY SHOPPER – Join with village groups to do something about our litter problem.
Following last October’s hugely well attended meeting of concerned residents held at the Willows and chaired by Steve Young a Neighbourhood Watch scheme was set up in Troedyrhiw. The aim has been to work towards making our village the best it can be by tackling anti-social behaviour and fostering pride in our community and environment. A range of initiatives are already under way and more are planned with support from South Wales Police, Keep Wales Tidy, Afon Taf School’s Eco Council and a range of other agencies, organisations and individuals.
Friends of Saron will do whatever we can to support Troedyrhiw Neighbourhood Watch. We would appeal to everyone who lives in and cares about our village to get involved in some way, whether big or small, to make this the success that it deserves to be.
London Olympics 1948 – GB team v Netherlands
Gwyn Manning was an all round sportsman excelling at cricket and golf as well as his first love, football. He played for Troedyrhiw and won the Welsh Amateur Cup with them in 1947, when they beat Llay United 5-0 in the final. The following season Troedyrhiw were runners-up in the Welsh League and lost to Flint Town in the Amateur Cup final. Captain of the Welsh amateur international team Manning played in Wales’ famous 3-2 win over England at Shrewsbury in 1948 which helped gain him his selection for that year’s Great Britain Olympic squad. A full-back, he played only in the opening game against Netherlands at the Olympics. A very humble man, he rarely talked about his Olympic success and nine years after his death his son found his commemorative medal from the Games wrapped up in a wardrobe in the family home at Pentrebach.