Special Service of Thanksgiving July 2013



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The Bishop of Bangor, The Right Reverend Andrew John, joined the Church of St Michael’s, Llanfihangel-y-Pennant, for a special thanksgiving service on Sunday 21 July 2013 at 2pm. 


The service was held to say thank you to those people and organizations who have helped fund the restoration of the church after flooding last year, and the general renovation needed to maintain such an ancient building.

Among the generosity of local people was sponsorship of nearly £1,400 for the Race the Train challenge run last year by Richard Vroom, Vicar of the Tywyn Group of Churches.   The church has also been given a harmonium to replace its organ which was damaged in the flooding.

Richard Vroom said:  “I was very touched that so many local people and groups supported me in my Race the Train challenge last year.   With the money I raised we were able to make up the shortfall in funding needed following the flood damage.”


He added:   “I am running in Race the Train again this year, on 17 August.   My hope this time is to raise enough money to renovate the bell tower at St Michael’s.’

St Michael’s has also received recent funding from the Llanfihangel-y-Pennant Community Council, The Inner Wheel Club of Tywyn, the Geoff Hill Charitable Trust, the Peter Saunders Trust and the Church in Wales.

St Michael’s Church has strong associations with Mary Jones and the foundation of the Bible Society. It is believed to date back to the 13th century and is visited by people from all over the world.  

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However, its survival in modern times is proving difficult to ensure.   Wendy Whitby, Vicar’s Warden of the Church of St David’s, Abergynolwyn, which has responsibility for looking after St Michael’s, said:   “While we are very grateful for the support we receive from the Church in Wales, we could not keep St Michael’s going without the help of local people, and this has been a particularly hard year because of the flood damage.   We are very grateful to everyone who has come to our aid.”

© Richard Vroom 2013