Launch of the Friends of St Myllin’s – at St Myllin’s Church, Llanfyllin – on Saturday April 14th 10am -12.30pm – Photo opportunities best after 11am. Contacts: Simon Baynes 07880 786 573 email@example.com or Keith Blacker 07968 095 645 firstname.lastname@example.org
St Myllin’s Church in Llanfyllin may have to close unless a way can be found to help it survive. Congregations are declining and churches and chapels are closing all over the country because the money simply isn’t there to keep them open. Now a group in Llanfyllin have formed the “Friends of St Myllin’s” to try and save this historic building.
Who was Myllin?
The history of St Myllin’s goes way back to the “Age of the Saints” in the 7th century, when an Irish monk called Moling – which in time became “Myllin”– set up his “Llan” in what therefore became Llanfyllin. Although the present church dates from the early 18th century, there are still echoes of much earlier times in the ancient churchyard on its mound above the river. So for nearly fourteen centuries, St Myllin’s has been at the heart of life – and death – in Llanfyllin and the newly formed “Friends of St Myllin’s” are determined that this will continue.
The Revd Hermione Morris, the Rector of St Myllin’s, said “We all want the church to be there when we celebrate the happiest and saddest occasions in our lives, such as weddings, baptisms and funerals.” She also pointed out that “St Myllin’s is also part of our community life as a venue for concerts, especially the Llanfyllin Music Festival with the Allegri Quartet, and we host, alongside the chapels, Mayor’s Sunday, and Remembrance Day commemorations. We’re currently a receiving point for…the Montgomeryshire Family Crisis Centre, and we organise collection points for Welshpool Foodbank across the town. All these things could also be under threat if St Myllin’s were to close.”
St Myllin’s needs Friends
The Friends of St Myllin’s has been formed so that everyone, of all faiths or none, can help St Myllin’s survive, at the very least as a building for community use and special family occasions. The Friends will be launched at St Myllin’s on Saturday April 14th from 10am to 12.30pm and everyone will be welcome. There will be music, refreshments and an exhibition of some of the church’s rarely seen treasures, including precious silver and some interesting old books and furniture. Please come along on April 14th – ST MYLLIN’S NEEDS FRIENDS!
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