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Remembrance 2021

Festival of Remembrance 2021              

Neath Port Talbot's ‘Festival of Remembrance' 2021

Each year on Remembrance Day and Armistice Day we pay our respects to those who have defended our country in the past and at present. These days are very important in our national calendar and by now events are usually well underway. However as we continue to live during the pandemic to ensure the safety of everyone involved we have decided to mark these special days virtually once again this year.

To mark the occasion we have a message from the Mayor of Neath Port Talbot, Councillor John Warman, and our Armed Forces Champion, Councillor Chris James, information about local Remembrance services, and an online ‘bookshelf’ available from NPT Libraries. Also, on the evening of Remembrance Sunday there will be a special performance from the ‘Forces Sweetheart’ Kirsten Orsborn.

We would like to thank everyone who has contributed to the Festival of Remembrance this year and look forward to returning to our usual celebrations in the near future.

The Mayor of Neath Port Talbot, Cllr. John Warman invites you to take part in our virtual Festival of Remembrance 2021.

This year marks 100 years of the Royal British Legion’s National Poppy Appeal 2021.

The Poppy Appeal continues to make a difference to the lives of our Armed Forces community.

Your support is as vital as ever and you can help by volunteering or buying a poppy. There are a number of ways you can get involved including this year’s My Poppy Run, where you can run, walk or jog, any distance, in your own time, at your own pace and a location to suit you.

Every person, every donation and every poppy counts.

https://www.britishlegion.org.uk/get-involved/poppy-appeal

This year our amazing Libraries Team have put together an online ‘bookshelf’ on the Borrowbox app full of books and stories relating to World War 1 & 2 and more.

Titles include;

  • War Horse by Michael Morpurgo
  • Desert Rats at War by George Forty
  • Britain’s Wartime Evacuees by Gillian Mawson
  • And more….

Full information on how to access the digital library and Borrowbox app.

This year, the Bulldogs were the winners of the 'Health and Wellbeing Award' at the 2021 Wales Veterans Awards. The Bulldogs have been recognised for the excellent work they do to promote, encourage and maintain healthy lifestyles and positive wellbeing for their veteran members. All Veterans that register with the Bulldogs receive free gym membership and access to classes. And recently the Bulldogs opened the Veterans' allotments in Baglan.

Phone: 01639 820103

Email: hello@bulldogsbca.org

Bulldogs Boxing Club

The Hub at Briton Ferry welcomes veterans every Tuesday and Thursday in a safe place for a chat and banter. Members take part in coffee mornings, woodwork and rugby sessions run by ‘Ospreys in the Community’ and ‘Swansea AFC Foundation’

Email: reorghub@gmail.com

Phone: 07594192853

The Veterans Hub is open every Tuesday & Thursday from 10:00 - 14:30

Briton Ferry Veterans Hub Briton Ferry Veterans Hub 2

Port Talbot

The Parade begins outside the Grand Hotel, Port Talbot, and leads on to the Cenotaph in the Memorial Park, Taibach. The Parade will start at 10:15am.

Neath

A service will be held in St David’s Church, Neath commencing at 11 am (seated by 10.50 am).

Numbers in the church are limited and seats must be booked in advance with the Parish Office.  If you would like to attend please phone the Rectory on 01639 644612 between 10 am – 1 pm in order to reserve a seat. Masks will be worn throughout the service including during the singing of hymns and all seating will be socially distanced.

Pontardawe

Meet at the War Memorial on Herbert Street from 10.30 am. Silence at 11 am followed by the laying of wreaths.

Glyncorrwg

A service will be held on Sunday 14th November at 11am on the Village Green, Glyncorrwg

Glynneath

The service will begin at 10:40am but attendees are asked to gather for 10:30am at the Welfare Park, Glynneath

In 2018 Margam Country Park received a National Lottery Grant for a community heritage project to mark the centenary of the ending of the First World War.

The results of project titled ‘Lest We Forget’ were displayed at the park back in November 2018. As well as the Flower Festival and Poppy Tribute Wall, the project also featured a ‘Gallery of Local Heroes’ in Margam Castle.

Produced by Neath Port Talbot Libraries service it was a unique and precious tribute to men and women who served the country in the First World War. For this online Festival of Remembrance, we are proud to feature this ‘Gallery of Local Heroes’ as a document to look through at home.

It would not have been possible without the help and input of the people of Neath Port Talbot and surrounding areas. Also, a big thank you to Jonathan Skidmore, Port Talbot Historical Society and the Friends of Margam Park for their contributions.

NPT Heroes Gallery Exhibition 2020

Deborah John - Training & Development Officer, NPT Council

In Memory of Corporal Dean Thomas John R.E.M.E

After growing up together on Pen-y-Cae Hill, Port Talbot, Will Thomas, Steve Harris and Jack Baglow were three ‘ordinary’ lads that joined up to serve their country in World War II and came back heroes. Each was drafted into different regiments, and served until the end of the war before, thankfully, returning home to their families.

It’s a story not unfamiliar to thousands of men and women across Britain, but what is unusual is that all three men were awarded the Military Medal for outstanding bravery.  Their stories are recollected below by two of their sons, David Harris and Brian Thomas.

Many thanks to NPT Heritage Education Officer, Harriet Eaton for producing this short video.

The wonderful Kirsten Orsborn will be performing on Sunday November 14th at 7pm via Facebook Live as part of this year’s festival.

Find out more about the Armed Forces Covenant in NPT