The St Peter’s Ladies Fellowship started over 20 years ago for women who worked during the day and were unable to attend the Mothers’ Union meetings.
Their meetings were also monthly on the 2nd Tuesday evening of each month from September until April. This year meetings have been moved to 1.30 in the afternoons.
Ladies Fellowship members are also very busy in the Parish supporting all events and services. They arrange a very successful Harvest Supper on the 2nd Tuesday of October which is enjoyed by the whole community and help with the arranging of the Christingle Service in January.
Muriel Evans opened our meeting with a short service with Ann Armstrong reading the lesson. Thank you letters have been received from the Archbishop of Wales Fund for Children and Christian Aid for our annual donations.
Muriel introduced Mrs Hefin Birch who gave a very interesting talk on “Old Aberdyfi”. Aberdyfi saw its heyday from 1840-1880 when there were seven ship building yards in the village making a total of 81 ships over the years. It was a thriving port with ships importing coal, lime, peat, salt, cod and Baltic wood and exporting slate, oak bark, wool and cattle. Farming in the area provided a very poor living and many of the young farmers left the land to become sailors in a very hard and dangerous life. With the coming of steam and the railway to the Cambrian Coast the ship building industry and the port declined.
Our annual trip will be on May 3rd leaving from outside the Chemist at 11am travelling to the Talyllyn Railway, with a ride on the train to Abergynolwyn and a meal at the Railway Inn.
All are warmly welcomed to join us, there is a list in St Peter’s for those wishing to come.
Our March meeting opened with a short service led by Muriel Evans with Llinos Davies reading the lesson. A short business meeting followed. Congratulations were expressed to Llinos Davies on becoming a Great grandmother and to Emyr and Lis Rowlands on the birth of their grandson. This year’s trip in May will be to Tywyn to join the Talyllyn Railway to Abergynolwyn for a meal.
The speaker this month was Dilys Williams who gave a very interesting talk on the use of Magic Lanterns as a form of storytelling. They were very popular in the 19th century especially with the Temperance Movement. Alice Hughes gave the vote of thanks. The Tea Hostesses were Bronwen Jones and Llinos Davies.
Mrs Muriel Evans led a short service to open our February meeting, Margaret Searson read the lesson. A short business meeting followed where our outing in May was discussed with several venues being suggested.
Muriel welcomed Mr Elfyn Pugh who gave a very interesting talk on his trip to Antartica showing a slide show of the beautiful wild life and islands that make up the Antartic Continent. Mrs Sylvia Williams gave the vote of thanks for a very enjoyable and interesting afternoon.
The tea hostesses were Muriel Evans and Elizabeth Jones.
Our next meeting will be on the 11th March when the guest speaker will be Dilys Williams talking about “Magic Lanterns”