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PostPosted: Fri Feb 28, 2014 6:16 am    Post subject: Religion  Reply with quote

Abertillery Orpheus Choir in Rome 1982.
Trevor Wilde shakes hands with his holiness.
Also pictured Martin Budd, father Patrick Coleman, Glyn Andrews and Ron Protheroe.



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PostPosted: Tue Mar 04, 2014 6:55 pm    Post subject: religious events Reply with quote

Stoob, this is a lovely photo.
I take it that it's Fr. Coleman in his previous incarnation as a Catholic priest?
I must find something of Father Oscroft-Jones to put up. It will be his 50th Anniversary of death in May (it was Whit Monday 1964). As I think you know, he is still much remembered and loved in Six Bells - specially down in Arael Street and Griffin Street. I expect there will be a memorial Mass for him at St. John's. Fr. Julian Meek will let me know.
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PostPosted: Fri Mar 14, 2014 1:35 pm    Post subject: Religion Reply with quote

Christchurch, Aberbeeg, pictured in it's final days of construction.
Built using Aberbeeg stone and imported Austrian oak.
Believe the Reverend Daniel Felix may have been the first incumbent in 1895.



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PostPosted: Fri Mar 14, 2014 1:37 pm    Post subject: Religion Reply with quote

Christchurch.



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Christchurch.



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Christchurch.



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Christchurch.



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PostPosted: Sat Mar 15, 2014 11:22 am    Post subject: religion Reply with quote

These are really nice, Stoob.
I wonder whether you can find even one of St. Johns, Six Bells - the old corrugated iron church which was demolished in 1968?
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 16, 2014 7:40 am    Post subject: Religion Reply with quote

St. Johns in 1905.
It was only built as a temporary measure but stood until declared unsafe in 1966. The new building was completed and consecrated in 1969.



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PostPosted: Sun Mar 16, 2014 12:05 pm    Post subject: Religion Reply with quote

It brings back so many memories. I was an altar boy in the time of Father Oscroft-Jones (1938 - 1964).  This Whitsun will be his 50th Anniversary of death.
St. Johns was in the parish of St. Michaels till 1921 when it became a Conventional District till 1925. Then it became a Parish in its own right with Father W.M. Davies as first Vicar. It was during Father Davies' time that St. Johns developed an advanced Anglo-Catholic Liturgy. It was the first church in the North Western valleys of Monmouthshire to offer High Mass since the Reformation.
I have some more photos, but unfortunately don't know how to upload them.
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PostPosted: Sun Mar 16, 2014 12:08 pm    Post subject: Religion Reply with quote

Believe there's modern ones on the tillery churches site.
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 18, 2014 10:31 pm    Post subject: Christchurch in the snow Reply with quote

The picture of the church with snow everywhere - we lived in the 3rd house on the left. Great photo.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2014 7:18 am    Post subject: Religion Reply with quote

Believe the Friends of Christchurch are still fighting that 2012 decision of the Bishop of Monmouth to close it.



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2014 7:20 am    Post subject: Religion Reply with quote

Christchurch.



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PostPosted: Thu Mar 20, 2014 11:45 am    Post subject: Religion Reply with quote

But how many of The Friends of Christchurch, let alone the people of Aberbeeg, actually went regularly to the church for services when it was open? A lot of money is needed to maintain the fabric of any church building!
It is no use moaning about the closure now, if you didn't support the church when you had the chance!!
As the Government is now giving money (yesterday's Budget) for the upkeep of historic cathedrals and churches, perhaps the Friends of Christchurch should apply for a grant. But they would have to do this in cooperation with the Diocesan authorities.
The photos are really nice, Stoob. It looks almost rural, Liz, where you lived.
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