Summer Happenings at St Gwenfaen’s, Rhoscolyn

A big thank to everyone who supported our fundraising events in August.  As well as being able to raise a great deal of money for our church, it was lovely to see so many of our friends.

The church was full and everyone enjoyed the lovely concert by The Rotherhurst Quintet on 16 August.  We’ve already been asked if they will be coming again next year.  We do hope so. This event raised £565 towards the running costs of our church.

Over 20 very talented local craftspeople took part in our Rhoscolyn Art & Craft Weekend this year.  In spite of rain and at times strong winds, the event was well attended by both locals and holidaymakers, who were treated to an array of beautiful artwork and hand crafted items for sale. The café was also popular with lots of cakes and cream teas served.  It was a successful event, raising £1,712 for our Improved Access Appeal.

We hope to write to you again shortly about how our plans are progressing for Improved Access.  The Diocesan Advisory Committee and Anglesey County Council are now considering our revised plans.

It was lovely to see the church full of flowers during our Flower Festival, with so many memories and celebrations featured by lots of local people. Thank you to everyone who took part.  On the opening day we were pleased to welcome the Dean of Bangor, The Very Revd Kathy Jones to our Songs of Praise Service.

The Summer Coffee morning was held on a Saturday this year – 27 August and it was again a well attended happy village event raising £406 for church funds

Thank you to everyone who helped with stewarding during our August Open Church. And a special thank you to Humphrey and Sheila who organised the rota.  The total number of visitors was 362 and the total included people from Germany, South Africa, Switzerland, Taiwan, Norway and France.  Many visitors had previous family connections with the church. The money box collected £249 towards the running costs of our church. £158 was also received in donations during the summer.

Joan Willows has arranged a Bridge Tea on Tuesday afternoon, 20 September.  The afternoon was enjoyed by everyone who attended and £230 was raised for Church Funds.

Our organist – Mrs Cynthia Capon
After nearly 20 years playing the organ at St Gwenfaen’s our organist Cynthia played her last service, before moving to Llandaff, on the 21 August.  We have been very blessed to have her play for us for such a long time.  We wish Cynthia and Robert every happiness in their new life in south Wales.

The search is on for a new organist.  In the short term we have been fortunate to find cover for some Sundays.  We are also experimenting with downloadable organ music via a computer.  Our organ is electric so if you know someone who can play the piano I understand the organ is easy to get used to and it is not necessary to use the pedals to produce a lovely sound. Please do contact either Susan or Edna if you know of anyone who might be interested.

Thank you for your continued support with all that we do !

With best wishes
Edna & Susan (Churchwardens)
on behalf of St Gwenfaen’s Church Committee – September 2016

Services - Our weekly service continued to be held at 9.15 every Sunday.  Please note that on the 5th Sunday we usually have a joint Ministry Area service.

PLEASE NOTE:  We are holding our service at The Ucheldre Centre on Sunday 30 August.  Do please come to celebrate ALL SAINTS with us at 10.30 am.  Do contact us if you would like a lift into Holyhead.


Flower Festival at St Gwenfaen’s Church - 26, 27, 28 and 29 August

It is 12 years since St Gwenfaen’s held a Flower Festival and we are looking forward to holding one this year. The theme will be ‘CELEBRATION’ and we hope that as many of you as possible will take part.

We know there are some excellent flower arrangers among you (we’ve seen some of your creations at weddings !) and hope the dates work for you so you can take part – simple flower arrangements can also be included.  Arrangements of flowers can be for any occasion – to celebrate a life, a birthday, a wedding or whatever is special to you!  If you would like to take part or can contribute money towards flowers please get in touch. 


We have gathered people together to SING !  Not to join a serious choir. But to have fun and a happy time singing some popular songs.  EVERYONE CAN SING !

If you are interested in joining such a group of people please come along to Rhoscolyn Church Hall on Monday evenings at 7 pm.

This is a wonderful opportunity for those of us who have always wanted to sing with others but never quite had the courage to approach a ‘Proper’ choir. Everyone, male, female, young and old are all welcome, regardless of ability.  If you are interested in hearing more about it please contact:

Here are details of events we have held during last year.  We hope to include a Barn Dance before the end of 2016.

We held a successful BARN DANCE on Saturday 21 November.  There was just enough space for everyone to get up to dance and it was a lovely social occasion.  Thanks to Maureen Davies for ‘calling’ for us again.  We tried hard to follow her instructions, but it wasn’t always possible – and we were a bit noisy!  We raised just over £400.  Thanks also to everyone who helped in any way to ‘get the show on the road’ and most of all thanks for coming and supporting this fundraising event.


Our Ministry Area Christmas Fair is to be held inside St Cybi’s Church on Saturday 5 December 11 – 3 pm.  St Gwenfaen’s will have a Craft Stall at this event.  There will be another Craft Stall, Tombola, Pottery, Christmas Cake raffle, other raffles, games and craft for children, Cake Stall, Tombola, etc etc.   Cakes and other items very welcome – please let us know if need items collected.  Look forward to seeing you at the Fair if you are in Anglesey.  All proceeds are for the Ministry Area funds and all four churches will be contributing in different ways to the event.

Summer Serenade, Thursday 6 August
It was a perfect summer’s evening in Rhoscolyn – the view from the Church across the bay was stunning – a truly idyllic setting for a Summer Serenade.

Summer Serenade

The six piece string ensemble from Hampshire ‘The Rotherhurst” comprising three mothers and their daughters, including Wendy Lowe who began learning cello at Rhoscolyn School.  They played a selection of music by Schubert, Dvorak and Mozart together with a traditional Welsh piece Dafydd y Garreg Wen.  It was absolutely delightful.

On behalf of everyone The Rev. Dr. Kevin Ellis thanked these talented musicians for giving of their time to play at St Gwenfaen’s – proceeds for St Gwenfaen’s Church funds.

At the end of the programme the audience were treated to Prosecco and canapés and everyone agreed it had been an occasion to remember.


Thank you to everyone who came to our Rhoscolyn Art and Crafts Weekend. It was great to see the hall full of people at both the Preview and on Saturday and Sunday.  There were certainly lots of wonderful items to see and to buy.  It’s amazing how much talent we have on our island and close by.

The weekend was also the venue for the launch of Pat Kaye’s beautiful book entitled ‘Anglesey and my paint box’. Pat’s Book contains 90 full colour pages of watercolours and drawings of our beautiful, historic and varied Island of Anglesey.  We still have some books available and they cost £29.50 - please contact Edna if you would like one.

The Crafty Café also did good business.  Sunday was one of the wettest days of the ‘summer’ and I’m sure people enjoyed sitting down and enjoying a cup of tea or coffee with cake, scones or toasted teacakes.

We’re pleased to tell you the profit for St Gwenfaen’s Church is just over £3,000.  The money raised is for our fund to provide Improved Access to our beautiful church.  We hope to write to you again shortly with further details.

Many thanks to those who came to the event or who helped in any way.


We held our Summer Coffee Morning on Thursday 27 August.  It was a well-attended happy morning, and a good chance to catch up with lots of friends.  We raised £400 towards the upkeep of St Gwenfaen’s Church.  Again, many thanks to those who came on the day or who helped in any way.


Rhoscolyn Songs of Praise was held on Rhoscolyn beach on Saturday, 29 August at 3.00 pm.  40+ people came to sing unaccompanied.  We sang some well known hymns and everyone enjoyed singing in such a wonderful setting.


Sunday 30 August was the 5th Sunday in the month so there was one joint service of Holy Communion, held this time at St Gwenfaen’s Church, Rhoscolyn, at 10.30 am.  It was lovely welcoming members of other churches and with a full church the singing was great.  Coffee was served in the hall after the service.

St Gwenfaen’s is one of four churches in the Holy Island Ministry Area – Bro Cybi and we will be taking part in the following Ministry Area fundraising events during the summer:

25 July
Ministry Area Summer Fair
 was held in Holyhead on the 25 July – in and around St Cybi’s Church, Holyhead. St Gwenfaen’s had a Craft Stall at this Fair.  The event raised £500.  The MA raffle was drawn at the end of the Fair.

20 July – 2 August
We rented a Charity Shop in Holyhead for Ministry Area funds 20 July – 2 August. Volunteers from all four churches manned the shop during the fortnight it was open.  It was organised by Betty Abbit, one of the Church Wardens at St Cybi’s.

For further details of any of the above events please contact:

Email: -
Telephone: 01407 861388

Pilates (Monday at 2 pm) and Yoga (Thursday at 7 pm) classes, held at the hall, continue to be well attended.

St Gwenfaen’s Church holds regular services of Holy Communion on the 1st and 3rd Sundays in the month at 9.15 am.  Morning Prayer is held on the 2nd and 4th Sunday, also at 9.15 am.  When there is a 5th Sunday in the month the service moves around between the four churches in the Ministry Area – please check the Church notice board.

Messy Church -  The next Messy Church will be held at Ysgol Gwenfaen Rhoscolyn on Tuesday 21 September 2015 at 3.30 pm.  

A BIG thank you to everyone who supports our fundraising efforts. We are holding our committee meetings shortly when we will be planning our forthcoming fundraising events for the remainder of 2015 and 2016.  If you have any ideas of new things we might do please do get in touch with us.

Edna Aldred – Tel: 01407 861388 or

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