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Halloween treats £1 each
Advent calendars £3.99 each


The Meaningful Treat pouch contains a bag of Fairtrade chocolate buttons and an activity poster with 8 challenges on the theme of being a hero and a light in the world. They are a wholesome gift to give to your neighbours when they call on Halloween.
The Advent calendar also has a new design for this year. There is a Fairtrade chocolate and a line of the real Christmas story behind each window. The booklet has a page for every day of Advent, expanding on the Christmas story and includes fun challenges.
Revd Miriam is selling both (at no profit!) so please contact her to buy


It’s hard to be a Christian
by Pat Williams from Corris

My second job in Australia was as the typist in the ‘Repair and Service’ office in the hanger at Melbourne Airport. When the office manager left, a man named Rex was placed as manager. As he knew nothing about the running of the office, he asked me to help him. Everything in the office went smoothly, but in time Rex had to leave due to ill-health. I applied for the position of office manager, pointing out that I had taught Rex his job. I was told that as I was female, I was not able to hold a managerial position.

Frank then became the office manager. It was obvious that he had been told that he was not to give me any information nor to ask me any questions. When I did enquire about a new procedure, he told me that I did not need to know the details. He also told me that he was paid to tell me what do do and that I was paid to do as he told me.

A short time later Frank told me the incorrect way to fill in a certain form. I knew if was wrong, due to my several years’ experience, but I filled in the form as Frank ordered.

A couple of days later, the Manager of the Department arrived on the scene; he was very angry that the form was incorrectly filled in. Frank was not leased when I told him that I had known that the form was incorrect when I typed it. When he asked me why I had typed it incorrectly, I said that I was paid to do as he told me, and he was paid to tell me what to do.

I am ashamed to say that it was a long time before I realised I had broken two commandments: I had not loved my neighbour as myself, and I had stolen time and materials from my employer.

Yes, it’s hard to be a Christian.



On the 30th and 31st July the church was bustling with ladies and gentlemen very busy arranging flowers and accessories under the guidance of Mrs Ann Parry in preparation for the opening of the flower festival on Wednesday the 1st of August which was the end of the months of planning and the opening of the Festival. The festival was opened with a Service of Holy Eucharist fittingly presided over by Revd Canon Kathleen who then formally opened the festival with prayers and blessing.

The festival then opened daily until Monday 6th August. On Sunday evening there was a Songs of Praise with the bilingual hymn singing conducted by Alwyn Evans who was also the soloist, with Mrs Margaret Hughes the Organist and accompanist, there were also instrumental items by Matt and Anna Swan. This evening really was a splendid addition to the festival and enjoyed immensely by all who attended.

St Peter’s Church is indebted to all that helped in any way to make the Festival a success but especially to Mrs Ann Parry who co-ordinated and planned the arrangements.
We also wish to thank our sponsors
W.LL Williams, Brunton & Co, J.B.Roberts& Son, Janet and Gwyn Evans, Travis Perkins and Machynlleth Rotary Club

The proceeds to St Peter’s Church over the six days was £1270.11

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Holy Trinity Corris held its commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of the founding of the RAF on Saturday 22nd September. The Service was led by Reader, Christina Miller together with the Reverends George and Mary Bolt who are the RAFA Chaplains to Tywyn Branch.

The service was well attended, including by the RAFA members who paraded their Standards. The tens of thousands of RAF personnel who died in the two World Wars and who are still suffering in various combat situations right up to the present day, were remembered together with the irony that fighting is often necessary in order to achieve peace and to protect the freedoms we enjoy in this country.

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Acknowledgement - Martin Riley

I would like to thank all of you who sent cards and messages to me and the family after Martin's death and also for the get well messages sent to him when he was ill.
I didn't realise before just how much support and comfort all this gives. We had so many cards and each one had it's own personal message expressed in each person's way.

Thank you also to so many of you who came all the way to the funeral service in the cathedral.

Also many thanks for the very generous donations which totalled over £800. These will be divided between the British Heart Foundation, Bangor Cathedral and the fund to provide a defibrillator for the village of Rhiwlas where Martin and I moved to.

I'm sure Martin would have been very happy in joining me thanking you all for welcoming us in all your churches and I know he felt privileged to take services after his retirement.
Diolch yn fawr i bawb Beryl a'r teulu.