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Access for all improved at a Valleys church

Access to a Valleys church has been opened up for all, thanks to a major restoration project.

A service of thanksgiving was held at Holy Trinity Church in Ystrad Mynach recently to celebrate the completion of a six year project to improve the Church, the facilities it offers to the community and the means for everyone to take part in worship and other activities.

The work included the construction of a sweeping new stone ramp to allow easy access for wheelchair users to the church and the provision of a disabled toilet.Holy Trinity 1

It also included decorating work inside the church to spruce up the walls and floor, installation of new lighting and heating, plus restoration work on the organ.

A little used room in the crypt was also renovated to transform it into a light, modern meeting room with facilities for making hot drinks. This room has been named the ‘All Saints’ Room’ as it features lit stained glass windows from All Saints Church, Llanbradach – a church in the parish which closed around 20 years ago.

The Venerable Christopher Smith, Archdeacon of Morgannwg said, “The work that has been done here is excellent and reflects the great commitment of the parish of Ystrad Mynach to its mission and ministry. So much is happening here to reach out to the wider community and to ensure that love of God is proclaimed and the restoration and work on the grounds is part of that commitment.  The parish and all those involved deserve to be congratulated.

“The work done to improve access for everyone is superb and should help and encourage other parishes to think about what can be done to meet the needs of everyone who comes, or wants to come, to church.

“The parish is determined not to rest on its laurels but is eagerly exploring new ways to enrich its life and that of the local community.  A stewardship campaign has been launched, study groups and lent lectures, a quiet day and retreat are planned and there are good links with local schools and organisations.”

Money for the project came from the sale of the land on which All Saints Church stood and from various grants. In addition to being used by the parish, the facilities are being used for events in the archdeaconry and the diocese.

The work was overseen by parish priest, Canon Steven Kirk who said, “Everybody supported this restoration project with great enthusiasm and commitment. We are delighted with the result as it means that the church is now fully accessible for everyone who wishes to take part in all that we do. The All Saints’ Room provides a useful resource for meetings and prayer and study groups and it contains a small library of spiritual reading.

“We are also pleased to have a permanent memorial to All Saints Church through the use of its stained glass windows which have been imaginatively incorporated into light boxes in what was formerly an underused part of the Church plant here. Now this space is in regular use for so many of our activities.”Holy Trinity 3

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Pictures show

  1. The new access ramp into Holy Trinity
  2. Canon Steven Kirk and Archdeacon Christopher Smith (left to right) outside Holy Trinity Church with parishioners
  3. Inside the renovated church
  4. Stained glass window in new All Saints Room

For more details, please contact

Alison Young

Diocesan Communications Officer

Tel: 01656 868865; mobile: 07825 337437

Email: alisonyoung@churchinwales.org.uk

Twitter: @LlandaffDio






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