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After its summer break the fellowship will begin a new season of meetings on Monday 10th September when there will be a free fish and chips supper in the Churchrooms. As usual, please give your names to Merlys, Brenda or Anne so we can order them from Dick Barton's in West Cross.
There is always a welcome to anyone who might come along and join us - we meet on the second Monday of every month at 7.30pm in the Churchrooms.
This month the Fellowship will sponsor one of the events of the Mumbles Festival of Music and the Arts.
On Tuesday 18th September at 7pm four 'Gentlemen of Mumbles' will entertain us through word and music. Hywel Evans will play the magnificent Steinway grand piano, Luke Spencer will play the harpsichord, local Undertaker and baritone, James Murray, will sing for us, and Grafton Maggs will read two of his short stories [one of them a new composition].
We very much hope to see a full house and there will be refreshments on offer after the concert. Tickets are £5 and are available at the door [the profits of this year's festival will go towards much needed work to the organ]
The members of the fellowship are encouraged to come along, especially to support Grafton, who has been our secretary for over two decades.
The Parochial Church Council met on Monday 16th July in the Churchrooms.
Parking: This remains an issue for Church and hall users, especially since the opening of the new restaurants at Oyster Wharf. It will be our intention to lock the car park gates from 6pm to 9am, and occasionally prior to services and events in Church.
Ministry Area: The executive will meet September. On Sunday 19th August there will be a Songs of Praise service as a shared Ministry Area venture. In October there will be another 'Vicar swap' which will include the retired priests.
Finance: The Vicar reported that we had sent a further £15,000 more towards our quota, bringing the total paid this year to £30,000. It was also unanimously agreed to draw down £20,000 from the School Fund to help fund our music ministry and other outreach costs.
Restoration: Roger Beynon reported that the tower roof had been 'signed off' earlier that morning and that the Church clock had been re-installed. The hands on the face on the north side had been removed for repairs and should be returned by the end of the summer. The meeting thanked those who had supported the clock appeal, especially Mumbles Community Council, Grafton Maggs' book, the 'minute' handouts, private donations and a single substantial donation.
Ostreme: The Vicar reported that there had been a productive meeting earlier in the month, including representatives from Police. It is hoped that plans for the redevelopment of the site and the rebuilding of a new community hall could be now explored further
Christians Aqainst Poverty [CAP1 The PCC had already agreed to support the work of CAP, as a Ministry Area project, with a possible presence in West Cross for those who find themselves trapped in debt. It was agreed to delay signing up from this until we have received a response from Newton and Llwynderw parishes.
Mumbles Festival of Music Members of the PCC were encouraged to give the September Festival their enthusiastic support..
Safeguardinq: Katherine Williams will meet with the Vicar in September to check that the relevant volunteers had up to date DBS clearance. It was hoped that Daniel Rogers will recruit for the Junior Choir in September from local schools.
Curate's House: The Vicar reported that the former tenant had vacated the property and had left it in very good repair. The meeting discussed the option of putting the house up for let or for sale. It was agreed to defer a decision until the next PCC meeting.
Next Meeting : Monday 10th September 2018 at 1 0.3Oam in the Churchrooms.
Thank you so much Hywel for a phenomenal evening, a fabulous time was had by all. You will be more than welcome anytime. It was an outstanding evening.
I am glad to welcome Barbara back after her accident while on holiday. We now have our Summer Recess during July and August. We next meet 10th September, with a "Free" fish and chip Supper. Names as usual
before that date, to Merlys Anne or Brenda I
It is with sadness I have to inform you of the passing of one of our faithful members Val Brent, we will miss her friendly chatter and support. We extend our sympathy to Carolyn and family.
I wish you all a Happy Summer and sincerely hope the sun will shine for you.
Looking forward to seeing you all refreshed after your summer holidays in September.
The Fellowship met in the lower Church Room on Tuesdayl9th June 2018. In spite of early parking problems in the Church grounds, the biggest turnout of the year assembled, on time, for the evening's meeting. And why was there such a record attendance? Two reasons: The calibre of the speaker... and... a free fish and chip supper, paid for out of Fellowship funds. It was the guest speaker himself who sportingly raised the debatable point as to which of the two attractions really drew the crowd.
This meeting was the last of the season before the summer break. Chairman Les after his welcoming speech pointed out that the next series of meetings begins on the 18th September 2018, details of which would be in the coming Church Magazines and newssheets. Les apologised for the absence of his very good friend the Archbishop John who obviously had not been informed of the free fish and chip supper.
Then he introduced the speaker for the evening, Mr. Brian Richards from Penllergaer. Brian had spurned the offer of a projector and screen and within minutes it was easy to see why.
He relied entirely on his expertise on the subject, his personality and his smile. Proudly flaunting the logo of the John Dillwyn Llewellyn project on his green sweater, he sailed into his lecture and how his pride shone through!
In stages he took us through the history of this once illustrious estate and its privileged owners. He described how its slide into neglect came about and how a body of dedicated Penllergaer folk got together to bring about its restoration. Self funding this majestic project, they have achieved near miracles. So far, lakes have been cleared and water of pristine quality now circulates from one picturesque level to another but it is an ongoing venture of some magnitude which, gradually, they are winning. The first orchid growing glasshouse in Europe has been restored and the observatory, where the earliest of photography development took place, is now back to its former glory. Gardens have been reclaimed from the wilderness and a car park has been created. For the visitor, with legs weary after the garden exploration, a professionally staffed café offers the most delightful of goodies.
However, in spite of all this listing of achievements, what impressed most was Brian's proud statement that over 200,000 people had visited the Gardens in the last year and the projected figure was expected to rise to over 400,000 within the next few years! Obviously, the revenue generated by the café and car park, plus the unpaid volunteer work, goes a long way to funding the project.
Brian was a wonderful ambassador. With his delightful sense of humour and his tremendous dedication, he got his message across - loud and clear! The Penllergaer Gardens Restoration is a magnificent achievement and a beautiful piece of historic Wales has been preserved for the likes of you and me. It must be visited!
The Fellowship showed its appreciation for Brian's efforts, and kindness in coming from so far away, with warm applause.
The evening drew to a close with the arrival of freshly cooked fish and chips from Dick Barton's. Piping hot, it was of superb quality and was thoroughly enjoyed by one and all!
See you all again on Tuesday 18th September! Grafton
The Parochial Church Council met on Monday 19th March in the Upper Churchrooms.
Ministry Area The Vicar reported on the recent Mumbles Ministry Area Executive. He was pleased to inform the meeting that the combined services for Ash Wednesday and Lent were well attended.
Finance It was reported that the parish had been able to mee A total of £80,803 had been paid to the diocese during the year. It were unable to pay off any of the historic arrears.
The Vicar informed the meeting that there would be a 5% redu at £76,608, a welcome reduction of £4,195.
Restoration Appeal Roger Beynon reported that he had b architect and contractors about resolving outstanding issues to work that and repairs to the copings above the Lady Chapel arch will begin i
The meeting was informed that the clock mechanism had b Derby and should be restored and working again by the summe overseeing these projects.
Ostreme A decision on the future of Mumbles Police Station is
Parking Concern was again expressed about the number of u Church car park, especially since the opening of the restaurants at 0 to notify users that the car park would be locked overnight, most days,
Christians Aqainst Poverty Jane Peters reported on the rec Executive which was addressed by members of the Swansea Christi [CAP]. The charity helps people in debt and it was unanimously agr looking into extending its work in the Ministry Area.
Next Meeting The next meeting would be at 10.30am on Churchrooms.
The Fellowship met on Tuesday 20' March in the main body of the Church.
There was an excellent turnout despite it being a bitterly cold night. No doubt the attendance figure was influenced by the lecturer's subject for the night- the life of the charismatic, and Revered Ryan Davies whose untimely death, forty years ago, shocked the nation.
Mike Evans was one of Ryan's close friends and part of the well drilled organisation behind the show business side of Ryan's life. As a result, he was able to lecture with authority, his knowledge of Ryan being first hand.
In chronological order he took his audience through Ryan's early life, his musical training in voice and instrument. With the help of first class audio equipment, Mike went back to the early days, with Ryan's association with Ronnie. All his shows were entirely in Welsh, which of course restricted the size of his audience. With the break into the English speaking media and his decision to go alone, success grew at incredible rate. Soon, he was starring in cabaret, theatre and pantomime. Perhaps he was at his best with such mega productions as the solo performances in Top Rank Stadia. There was none better than that great night forty years ago in the Swansea Top Rank.
Mike played comedy sketches which were as funny now as at the time recorded and excerpts from his piano playing act which, in skill, was comparable to that of a Victor Borge act. Finally, he left us with moist eyes, wanting more, after Ryan's superb, 'Myfanwy'. A night of great entertainment by an artiste whose appeal is undiminished, though he died forty years ago!
Mike Evans did his job well and it was obvious that not only did he appreciate the multi talents of his subject, but he housed a tremendous respect and affection for the lovely person that Ryan Davies was.
Chairman, Les Harrris thanked the speaker and the Fellowship demonstrated their appreciation with a long applause. The evening finished with a delightful buffet shared with the speaker and our visitors.
Next Meeting: Tuesday 17th April 2018 - in the Church Rooms.
"Speaker of the Year".
Each speaker talks for six minutes on the same subject. This year's subject is: "Something I Read” The following have accepted an invitation to speak: Judge Stuart Batcup. Dr. Richard Maggs. Tyrone O'Sullivan. Canon Keith Evans. Grafton Maggs. Canon Robert Jones. Winner decided by written secret vote from the floor.
In the past, these events have always found themselves to be most entertaining. Without mentioning any names, one competitor [with a South American title] is already practising coercion with veiled hints and threats. Please be on your guard. Bring a friend. Enjoy the fun! Grafton
We had an excellent evening with Rev. Keith when we had an inspiring Stations of the Cross Service, thank you Keith.
We meet next month on 9th April, when we welcome as our speaker Mike Evans who will be talking about 'Memories of the Late, Great Ryan Davies" this I can assure you is most interesting. So please ladies show your support, and you are welcome to bring a friend.
I would like to give advance notice of our Meg Annual Summer Supper at the Langland Bay Golf Club, when we will be entertained by our own Luke, and can assure you of a great evening. Please put the da te in your diaries: Saturday 2nd June.
Thanking you all once again for your support. Brenda Harris
I hope you all had a good holiday, we now start our new year. We met at PA'S for our yearly lunch, and a good time was had by all, good company and food, and plenty of conversation, which goes without saying.
Our next meeting is February 12th, when we welcome Kate Jones as our speaker. Her talk is entitled "History of The Mumbles Lifeboat".
This should be very interesting, so please come our in force ladies, and you are welcome to bring a friend. We shall be grateful of your support. Looking forward to seeing you.
Happy new year everybody and welcome to our new members, Nicky, Karen, April and Dinah [better late than never'].
Thank you all for the lovely Christmas display. The church looked really beautiful and we had lots of compliments. I hope I'll be feeling a lot better by Easter and able to contribute more.
I'm sure you will join me in sending our very best wishes to Kathryn Williams who has just undergone a very serious operation at the Heath hospital in Cardiff. Our thoughts and prayers are with you Kathryn and also with Mum, Jan and all the family.
We had several very welcome donations over the Christmas period - thank you all so much. See you all soon.
The seasons of Advent, Christmas and Epiphany are among the busiest for the Church Choir.
Our choristers joined forces with singers from the Cardiff Bach and Tabernacle Morriston choirs to present a spectacular performance of Handel's Messiah - in its entirety! We are most grateful to Luke Spencer
[Director of Music], Glenn Crooks [organ], Sally Tarton [harpsichord], ,'
Claire Watkins [soprano], James Davies [countertenor], Gareth Morris
[tenor] Stephen Hammett [bass] and to members of the Festival Orchestra of Wales. It was good to see a full house for the performance and we are also grateful to Mumbles Community Council for sponsoring the orchestra. It was one of the most memorable musical evenings we have had at All Saints' in many years.
The Choir also led the very moving 'Carol Service of Remembrance' for those who had been bereaved; the Annual Lifeboat Carol Service; The Vigil Mass of Christmas Eve and the Epiphany Carol Service.
Music over the festive season included part of the Vivaldi Gloria, '0 Holy Night' [Adams] and the 'Star Carol' [Rutter].
One of the priorities for our music ministry team is to build up the Junior Choir again. It's hoped that this month we will go into local schools to recruit new choristers.
The Choir will soon be rehearsing music for Lent and Holy Week. We are always happy to welcome new choristers. Why not come along to rehearsals on a Wednesday evening.
The Annual Fellowship Dinner was celebrated on Tuesday 16th January 2018 at the Bristol Channel Yacht Club. Regrettably I was stricken with one of those strange exotically named strains of 'flu
and confined to my couch. From all reports received, it sounds as if this very special evening was, as ever, enjoyed by one and all.
It is the highlight of the Men's Fellowship year, an evening when members from all levels of the Church get together, sit around a table and break bread.
It is indeed an evening of true fellowship.
Chairman Les Harris, as ever, played the low key, genial host, guiding the proceedings along with a barely perceptible tug of a string here and there. Following his warm welcome, he introduced Father Keith who blessed the assembly and gave Grace.
The meal was excellent and enjoyed by one and all. Les thanked Tony Roberts for the amount of time and care he had spent in organising this fine function.. As ever, Les was prolific in his praise for the efforts of his committee; for the fine work done by the backroom boys - so necessary for every meeting. How little is seen of these efforts! Raffle tickets do not sell themselves! Church flags have to be changed with frequent regularity - not an easy task for our untiring David Silvey! Then there are the efforts of such people as Michael Charles, and his team, who operated the Daffodil Fund for the Fellowship last year, bringing in, not only a handsome donation for the Church but joy to those who had daffodils planted in memory of loved ones. How privileged the Fellowship is to have such people aboard!
I gather from Les, that next year's venue has yet to be confirmed.
Next Fellowship meeting is on Tuesday, 20th February 2018, 7.00pm for 7.30.
There is a change from that published in the last issue of the Church Magazine. Unfortunately, our scheduled speaker, Graham Lewis, has had no option other than to cancel his talk for February, something done with much regret, but, with the promise of coming back to us later. This, of course, we understand fully.
Speaker for Tuesday 20th February will now be John Powell Esq.
John will give an illustrated talk on "Cinema!" - with special emphasis on that most hallowed of old village haunts - the Old Tivoli Cinema.
This will be the first routine meeting of the year and looks like a fair old belter with which to kick off. There will be the usual buffet to wind up the evening.
So! Please bring a friend, swell the throng and enjoy an evening of warm, shared fellowship!!!
The Parochial Church Council met on Monday 19th January in the Upper Churchrooms. For the first time it met during the day rather than in the evening.
Members extended their good wishes for a speedy recovery to Katherine Williams, following her recent operation.
Ministry Area The Vicar reported that there would be a number of combined services and events during Lent, Holy Week and Easter. It was hoped that the first clergy swap would be held on Passion Sunday, 18th March, and combined services would be held on Ash Wednesday, Palm Sunday and Easter Eve. The Ministry Area Executive would also meet during February to look at developing this new model of ministry and areas where we can work together in our shared outreach to the community of Mumbles.
Finance It was reported that the parish had been able to meet its parish share for 2017. A total of £80,803 had been paid to the diocese during the year. It was also reported that we were unable to pay off any of the historic arrears.
The Vicar informed the meeting that there would be a 5% reduction in the 2018 share, set at £76,608, a welcome reduction of £4,195.
Restoration Appeal Roger Beynon reported that he had been in discussion with the architect and contractors about resolving outstanding issues to work on the tower roof. It will now be re-clad when the weather improves in the Spring.
The clerestory and tower windows had been replaced at a cost of £4,482 and it was hoped that repairs to the lead flashing above the Lady Chapel and the widening of the soak away pipe in the valley buttress will be carried in February or March.
Parish Report The meeting considered ways of making the Parish Report more interesting. The Annual General Meeting would be held at 6pm on Sunday 29th April in the Lady Chapel.
Signaqe The Vicar would look into getting quotes to replace signage boards around the Church and will oversee an application to the Diocesan Mission Fund for a grant towards this work.
8 o'clock Sunday Service The Vicar told the meeting that he had been approached by a number of regulars at the 8 o'clock Holy Eucharist on Sundays who had suggested that it be held later at 8.30am. The PCC agreed that any decision to have a later start should be taken by the two dozen or so regulars who attend this service.
Parking Concern was expressed about the number of unauthorised cars using the Church car park, especially since the opening of the restaurants at Oyster Wharf. The presence of several vehicles parked without permission was having an impact on Sunday services. It was agreed to notify users that the car park would be locked overnight, most days, between 6pm and 9am.
Ordinand It was unanimously agreed to support Jordan Spencer as he begins the discernment process for ordained ministry within the diocese and Church in Wales.
Next Meeting The next meeting would be at 10.30am on Monday 19th March 2018 in the Churchrooms.
We are now in a position to begin work to restore the historic Municipal Clock in the Church tower. It's hoped that this can start soon, so that we can get the clock Ml working and chiming again by the early summer.
If and when some better weather comes contractors will begin to replace the lead flashings above the Lady Chapel arch. They will also install another drainage pipe through the buttress in the valley between the south aisle and nave. The present soak away pipe is not large enough to cope with heavy rain. We will also investigate some damp coming through the south wall, prior to painting the south aisle.
The roofing contractors will replace the covering on the tower which has been found to be unsatisfactory and leaking in parts. This will be completed at no extra cost to the parish.
We thank Roger Beynon [Project Leader] for overseeing this work for us, which has been quite a commitment for him these last few years.
During October The Churches Together in Mumbles Group set up an exhibition in All Saints Church.
After discussions regarding 2017 - 500 years after the beginning of the Reformation - the single churches looked into the history of their own church here in the Mumbles area, and display boards were exhibited around the church, depicting the history of the various churches and the life of the churches today.
We welcomed Brian Davies as our speaker this evening, who gave us an insight on "Mumbles and Cower Through Time", it was an excellent talk.
November 13th is the date for our next meeting when we will be having a
talk by Paul Channing from the Air Ambulance, this should be a most
interesting evening, please ladies show your support. Friends are welcome also.
It was with sadness that we heard of the passing of Jean Williams, one of our faithful members, and we extend our sincere sympathy to Jean's family.
The Fellowship met on Tuesday, 17th October 2017. Chairman Les Harris welcomed the large assembly in his usual affable way and, with the help of Tony Roberts, managed to completely bewilder those present with his discourse on the coming Annual Dinner. The date, the venue, was understood but the choice of menu was the source of confusion; however, by the time the application forms are distributed [next meeting] surely all this will be resolved.
Les then went on to introduce the speaker for the night, Mr, Adrian Davies.
Mr. Davies has recently been discharged from the Royal Navy after a very long career which started at the age of 18. Via training establishments, HMS Raleigh and Collinwood, Adrian eventually was trained to serve in HM Submarine Service. Over the years, he rose steadily through the ranks to become a Chief Petty Officer Artificer in nuclear submarines - a most prestigious rank in this elite corps.
With tremendous enthusiasm and verve, Adrian gave us a wonderful insight into the life of a submariner in these gigantic vessels. He spoke with awe of its striking power and its incredible range. He spoke of the underwater tours and how their duration is limited only by the need for restocking food supplies. Well illustrated by slides, we saw the restricted size of the sleeping accommodation and the ship's galley which had to feed 160 men. He spoke of the reliability and incredible performance of the Rolls Royce nuclear reactors and, when asked afterwards, stated that he was unaware of any crew member ever having suffered from any form of radiation.
Adrian has retained his RN connection in that he is now employed in the Royal Navy recruiting establishment in Swansea. There could be no better man in this job.
Tony Cottle, Roger Beynon and Michael Charles have signed on for 22 years. We shall miss them, but the Fellowship will send food parcels.
At the end of what was a spellbinding discourse, the Fellowship responded with prolonged applause. The evening concluded with a top class, carefully prepared buffet. A truly wonderful evening.
Next meeting which is the last before Christmas, will be held on:
Tuesday 21st November. The speaker is Mr. Stuart Eley. Bring a friend!
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