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An opportunity to find out about this project and influence its direction

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Over 9 years ago a project began in Troedyrhiw with the aim of rescuing the historic Saron graveyard in the village from the effects of many years of neglect. It now looks as if extensive and expensive structural work on the boundary walls will begin next Spring. You are warmly invited to a meeting to discuss our next steps including the best way of securing a lasting legacy for the project.
We hope that you can make it to the ANGEL INN, TROEDYRHIW at 6.30pm on FRIDAY OCT 19.

Graveyard Project needsYour 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.

Troed-y-rhiw & the Great War



At the usual venue of CARMEL CHAPEL in the village a new programme of talks  begins at 7.00PM on THURSDAY 18TH OCTOBER.

This will be the first of two talks scheduled to coincide with the period around the CENTENARY of the WORLD WAR ONE ARMISTICE.

The number of men who served means that there were few families in Britain that weren’t directly affected by the conflict and the effects on their communities and on the country as a whole were far reaching.

Using information obtained from a variety of sources including old newspapers, official records and personal items that have been passed down in families the speakers will explore THE IMPACT THAT THE GREAT WAR HAD ON TROED-Y-RHIW AND OTHER COMMUNITIES ACROSS THE SOUTH WALES COALFIELD.

We hope that you will be able to attend.

Commemorating the Centenary of the World War One Armistice

It’s pleasing to note that the forthcoming centenary of the WW1 armistice will not go unmarked in the Merthyr Borough. There seem to be a number of commemorative events planned by various organisations and groups. For example, Aberfan Library will be holding an exhibition from 11 October until 11 November entitled ‘Our Local Community Remembers’.
TROED-Y-RHIW LOCAL HISTORY FORUM will be holding two talks in the village:-

Thursday 18 October, 7.00pm at Carmel Chapel – ‘Troed-y-rhiw & the Great War’.

Thursday 15 November, 7.00pm at Carmel Chapel – ‘A Coal Community at War 1914-1919’
The Local History Forum is still keen to acquire copies of any WW1 related items that may have been passed down in families for inclusion in a possible ongoing project.
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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




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.


Call in to support us or to join in this worthwhile project

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Want to get involved in a worthwhile community project? Interested in our local heritage and environment? If so, please think about popping into SARON GRAVEYARD, TROEDYRHIW on SAT 14 JULY at any time from 10.00am onwards to see what has been going on and learn what the next stage might be.

Please support this project

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The next meeting to discuss the Saron Graveyard Project will be held at the ANGEL INN, BRIDGE ST., TROEDYRHIW, on THURS 12 JULY at 6.30pm. Further progress is being made so why not come along to find out what has been happening and have your say about the future direction of this project?

Troed-y-rhiw & the Great War

Can you help us with information about those from Troed-y-rhiw who lost their lives in the First World War, served and survived or were affected in other ways?