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This community project would benefit from your input

FRIENDS OF SARON, TROEDYRHIW will be holding their 82nd committee meeting next Friday. You are warmly invited to attend to discuss the current status and future plans for this project. Details are as follows:-

DATE & TIME: Friday 14 February at 6:30pm

VENUE: Angel inn, Bridge Street, Troedyrhiw.


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?

Saron Project Receives Approval of Wildlife!

One of our volunteers took these pictures last Saturday in Saron Graveyard, Troedyrhiw. This Robin was a very curious little fellow checking out everything that we were doing and possibly being a little upset that we had invaded his territory. Or could it be that he was responding to our appeal for new volunteers? If he can do it then so perhaps can you! We would love to see you at a future volunteer day. You will be made most welcome. Why not send us a message today?

The Saron Graveyard Project, Troedyrhiw makes further progress

It now seems likely that, in the coming months, some extensive structural work will be carried out on the boundaries of SARON GRAVEYARD, TROEDYRHIW. Keep an eye on this page and on the graveyard itself for further details! Our small band of volunteers have made significant improvements to the inside of the graveyard over the past few years as we work towards realising our vision of creating SARON MEMORIAL & WILDLIFE GARDEN as a community asset. If you are able to help in any way then please get in touch.

Friends of Saron plant another tree

This November the Woodland Trust is calling on one million people to pledge to plant a tree to help us fight the climate emergency.

At their recent Volunteer Day Friends of Saron, Troedyrhiw responded to this request by planting a small yew tree in SARON GRAVEYARD, TROEDYRHIW. This adds to the other small ornamental trees that have already been planted.

Our volunteers work hard but could do with some more help

After the atrocious weather earlier in the week FRIENDS of SARON GRAVEYARD, TROEDYRHIW were fortunate in having a largely dry day last Saturday for their latest Volunteer Day in the graveyard. A very small number of volunteers managed to get quite a lot done including resetting and stabilising headstones and cementing back in place some inscribed kerbstones that had become loose. At the same time some further work was carried out to improve the rockery that is being developed in the garden area.

A good omen for the Saron Graveyard Project

The sun beamed down on Saron Graveyard, Troedyrhiw yesterday. This must be a good omen for this project.


If you are interested in the SARON GRAVEYARD PROJECT, TROEDYRHIW then why not pop in to one or both of next week’s events?

Productive volunteer sessions in Saron Graveyard

Volunteers of the Saron Graveyard Project, Troedyrhiw held two productive sessions in the graveyard last week.

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 village.

Other volunteers got stuck in to complete these important tasks:-

  1. Regular 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.
  2. Our volunteers have abilities and experience in many areas and Simon was able to demonstrate, once again, his stone wall building skills.

A sad loss and a grateful community project

Peter 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.

Peter 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.