Wednesday, 25 November 2009

"Sponsor A Slate" at St Tudno's Church

St. Tudno's Church, Great Orme, Llandudno (Photo Credit)

In the sixth century the Celtic monk Tudno (pronounced “Tidno”) left the monastery of Bangor Is Coed and brought the message of Christianity to the people living on the Great Orme and farming the windswept hillside. God has been worshipped at this site ever since St. Tudno’s time and St. Tudno’s Day is celebrated on 5th June. Nothing remains of St. Tudno’s original church but it is likely to have been a small, wooden building with a few dwellings nearby and all surrounded by an enclosure – a typical Welsh llan. The present church was built in stone in the 12th century in the Celtic style of a double square but was enlarged to its present size in the 15th century, after which there was probably little change to the building until a severe storm destroyed part of the roof in 1839. In 1855, the ancient church was re-roofed and restored thanks to the generosity of one benefactor, Mr. William Henry Reece.

Time and the exposed position of the church have taken their toll and St. Tudno's Church once again needs to be re-roofed. It is estimated that 1000 new slates will be required and there is an exciting opportunity for anyone to be a benefactor by sponsoring a slate. Sponsor-a-Slate is being organised by the Friends of St. Tudno's Church and was launched at the Friends' Fair on the 5th September 2009. For £10.00 you can sponsor a slate and have your name, or that of someone whom you would like to remember, engraved on a slate when the roof is repaired.

The names will be engraved on the under sides of the slates, and so protected from the weather, but whenever a future generation repairs the roof the names will be clear to see. All sponsors are invited to enter their names, and any messages, on the application form which will become part of the parish archive and will thus be a more accessible record of contributors.

More information on this very worthy project is available here.

Historical information courtesy Parish of Llandudno


Stan said...

Thank you for highlighting this appeal.

You can imagine that in its exposed position, the Church needs to have a good solid roof to withstand the elements. I am sure the last couple of days have been a very testing time especially.

As the story states, people have worshipped here since the 6th century, and so it is a very worthwhile cause.

From the Church website and the visitors' book in the church, you will see that people find great peace and solace here. I personally enjoy visiting on a pleasant summer evening when I consider it to almost be "Utopia" or "paradise", because it is such a peaceful place, the blue sky, the sea, the boats, the views, the wildlife - I could just continue to "wax lyrical".

I urge you to please help if you can.

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