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The Mission to Seafarers Flag Day
The grand total of £188.94 was raised, thanks once again to all the collectors.
Christian Aid Collection
The Christian Aid Week collection amounted to £2313.49.
Many thanks to all the House to House collectors for their continued support.
A Day at the Royal Welsh
The Royal Welsh Show is one of the premier Agricultural Shows attracting hundreds of thousands of visitors from Britain and abroad. It is a privilege to be able to volunteer as an Agricultural Chaplain, to be a tiny part of the huge team that ensures the smooth running of the event each year. Hundreds of people, young and old, give their services for free, stewarding, manning the gates and fulfilling any number of diverse tasks. To witness all the good will, reinforces one's faith in human nature!
This year I was asked to be chaplain amongst the cattle exhibitors, to be a presence in the cattle sheds, wearing our RWAS (Royal Welsh Agricultural Society) jackets and clerical collars, and simply talking to who ever wants a chat. The cattle sheds, as well as being hives of activity – cleaning, feeding, watering and preparing the animals, are also places to socialise and even relax. Wandering down the cattle lines would normally be a perilous occupation, but these show cattle are “professionals” - no kicking, only the danger of being assailed by softer, more smelly projectiles.
This year we were asked (by The Church in Wales) to sound farmers out on their response to “Brexit.” I was slightly uncertain about doing this, fearing that farmers, - faced by a stranger wearing a rather officious costume, asking questions about their possible financial futures – might simply clam up, or give only PC answers. “Farmers can't survive without EU / state financial subsidies.” However, I was surprised and pleased by the willingness of all, to not only talk and discuss, but to be completely candid in their answers.
My greatest surprise (because it goes against everything we read in the media) was that well over 80% of farmers were strongly in favour of “Brexit!”
“We need to wean ourselves off our dependency on subsidies, and decide on our own policies.”
Admittedly, most of these were not farmers from the “Less favoured,” mountainous areas of North Wales, (although one farmer was from Orkney!) but their independent, self reliant response was still startling. Only two farmers argued passionately for staying in Europe; one arguing very compellingly that the failure to support farming would result in rural poverty and depopulation, with a resultant loss of Welsh culture and rural community life. The UK and Welsh governments will not be so willing to plough money into agriculture. The other believed that we should stay in the EU as a matter of principle, working constructively with our neighbours, talking as colleagues around the table.
It is always good / healthy to listen to a diversity of opinions, and have our own prejudices challenged, whether in religion, politics or social attitudes. My overall impression was of a farming community, stoical, mature and realistic in its outlook, something I could not help but admire.
Aftrenoon Tea 14th July 2016
Afternoon Tea at Trefeddian Hotel Aberdyfi organised by the Pastoral Team
Muriel would like to thank everyone for the cards, gifts, flowers and telephone calls she received after her recent operation. She would also like to thank those who visited her at home. It was very much appreciated. Diolch yn fawr.
Croeso y Cymru
Over the years millions of visitors must have seen the signs at the Severn Bridge: ‘Croeso y Cymru’ It takes a bit of the sting out of having to pay to get in, but at least it costs nothing to get out! For anyone it is always a joyful sight as you make your way back.
When the journey was made back in the early sixties, there was no Severn Bridge. Entry into Wales from southern England involved a detour via Monmouth and the A40. In fact, the journey took so long that you needed to stop half-way overnight.
The Bridge changed everything. It was opened by the Queen fifty years ago, on September 8th 1966. So popular was this new fast route to the delights of the Gower, the Brecon Beacons and the beaches of Pembrokeshire that a second bridge was built to meet the demand, and the Queen returned to open it twenty years ago.
There’s still ‘a welcome in the hillsides’, but those two magnificent bridges have made it much easier to respond to it!