Eight churches in Llandaff Diocese have been named among 50 of the most beautiful and historic churches and chapels in Wales – and you have two weeks left to vote for your favourite.
To celebrate and raise awareness of Wales’ religious heritage, the National Churches Trust, the UK’s church building support charity, launched ‘Sacred Wales’ – ‘Cymru Sanctaidd’ by giving people a chance to choose Wales’ favourite church or chapel.
You can pick from a list of 50 buildings nominated by religious and heritage organisations, including the Church in Wales.They include Llandaff Cathedral; St Illtyd’s, Neath; St Illtyd’s, Llantwit Major; St Augustine’s, Penarth, Margam Abbey; St Cadoc’s, Llancarfan; St German’s, Roath and St Bleddian, St Lythans.
You can vote online at www.sacredwales.org.uk until 31 August 2017. The winning church or chapel will be announced on 28 September 2017 and will receive a ‘SacredWales’ – ‘Cymru Sanctaidd’ trophy, together with a cheque for £500.
The importance of preserving Wales’ religious heritage for future generations was emphasised by the broadcaster Huw Edwards at the launch of Sacred Wales – Cymru Sanctaidd. He said, “We should all care about the heritage of churches and chapels which help tell the story of Wales. So let’s work together to keep them alive.
“If you’re looking for a venue to hold an event of a concert or community activity, why not pick one of your local churches or chapels. If you’re any good at DIY, why not volunteer with some repair work. Or if you’re simply looking for a day out in another part of Wales, why not pop into a church or chapel and discover the fascinating history. The religious heritage of Wales belongs to all of us. So, let’s celebrate it.”
Claire Walker, CEO of the National Churches Trust, said, “As the UK’s church support charity, in the last five years the National Churches Trust has made 37 awards worth more than £450,000 to churches and chapels in Wales to help pay for urgent repairs and the installation of community facilities.
“In the near future, we hope to extend our new ‘MaintenanceBooker’ (www.maintenancebooker.org.uk) service to Wales, which makes it easier for churches and chapels to carry out essential tasks such as drain and gutter clearances and lightning rod inspections.
“Churches and chapels are historic buildings. With the help of government, heritage bodies such as CADW and the Heritage Lottery Fund and local people, they can be part of our future, too.”
Picture shows St Illtyd’s Church, Neath.