The Inaugural Concert at the newly adapted 

All Saints Church

 was held on Saturday October 29th 2016

 

Members of Morriston Orpheus Choir

 

The new, purpose built dais accommodated  the internationally acclaimed Morriston Orpheus Choir under their musical director Joy Amman Davies and the Welsh award winning choir Cȏr Lleisiau’r Cwm under musical director Catrin Hughes. The accompanist for both choirs was Llŷr Simon.

Côr Lleisiau'r Cwm

 

The celebrated pianist and organist, Gerald Jones gave a recital on the newly acquired grand piano, which was funded by grant awards from James Pantyfedwen Fund, Garfield Weston and CCC Welsh Church Fund.

Gerald Jones

 The packed audience enjoyed wonderful performances enhanced by the church's superb acoustics. Altogether, this was a wonderful celebration.

Gerald Jones, Desna Pemberton, Joy Amman Davies and behind the piano Llŷr Simon

Catrin Hughes and Peter Pemberton

Members of Morriston Orpheus Choir donated the Commemorative Programme from the

 Somme  Centenary Ceremony at the Thiepval Memorial where the choir performed.

The programme and other items including soldiers' letters will be added to the World War I Exhibition at All Saints

 

Repair and Regeneration of

All Saints Church Ammanford

Grants Officer / Project Manager: Peter Pemberton  

Secretary: Desna Pemberton

Amanwy, 6 Waunfawr

Penybanc, Ammanford

SA183TQ

e.mail:bdp320@btinternet.com

Tel: 01269 596371

Mobile: 07887841201

Service of Re-dedication

24th May 2016

After four years of fund raising and renovation a Service of Re-dedication was held at All Saints.

Project Team Donors and Supporters

 

Archdeacon of Carmarthen The Venerable W. Roger Hughes at the West door

 

 

The grand piano on the new staging area

Archdeacon of Carmarthen The Venerable W. Roger Hughes, Canon Sian Jones with Peter and Desna Pemberton

Architects

Builder

New War Memorial Window

Window Designers

 

 

Update December 2015

The Project Team visited All Sainrs on Friday 11th December to view work in progress.

       

Update August 2015

 

Work will begin on September 7th 2015

 

More publicity to come!

 

 

Ministry

Canon Michael Rees has retired as our Incumbent.

We are now preparing our Profile for All Saints Church . We look forward, in anticipation, to receiving a person who is as enthusiastic as we are. A person who will support us to realize our Mission Statement and help us to meet our target areas and beneficiaries Exciting times!

Read our Profile under the Vision Section

 

Progress Report.  

 June 2015

 

Repair & Regeneration of All Saints Church Ammanford

 

WE HAVE MADE IT !!!!

 

The Project Team for All Saints Church wish to announce that after 3 yrs of dedicated fund raising and Grant Applications, 

the final figure of

£500,000

has been achieved.

 

Tenders were sent to 8 contractors that were suitable for repairing a listed building. The chosen contractor is:

 

Welsh Heritage Construction Ltd.

 

Work will start shortly.

All being well, it should be near completion for our Centenary Celebrations in November.

We hope, services will be resumed at All Saints Church January 2016

Our thanks and appreciation go to the following Grant Funders:

 

Communities Facilities Programme, Welsh Assembly.

Heritage Lottery.

WREN / Grantscape

CWM Environmental

Mynydd Y Betws Wind Farm

County Collaboration Fund.

Church In Wales

 

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Also, a big thank you to the small grants awarded at the beginning of the Project. These gave us the cash flow to begin:

 

Julian Hodge Charitable Trust Fund.

JT Morgan Trust Fund

CWM Environmental

 

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We are also indebted to the following for their support and encouragement throughout :

 

Mark James CEO Carmarthenshire County Council.

Jayne Pritchard, Regeneration Dept. CCC

County Councillor Kevin Madge

Rhodri Glyn Thomas A.M

Jonathan Edwards M.P

 

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During the community consultation period it was obvious that the town of Ammanford wished to preserve All Saints Church. A big thank you must go to the many local organisations and personnel that have supported us by letter. These strengthened our Grant Applications.

 

Local Media have given the project prime coverage.

 

Diolch yn fawr.

 

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The Church will now be repaired and also adapted for full community use.

When the work is finished,the community will be invited to come along and appreciate this iconic building in the town, that will have been preserved for future generations. Its Open Door Policy will welcome all to use it and be a part of it.

 

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January 2015

A great deal of activity has taken place in the last 6 months.

Passers by will have noticed architects,surveyors and engineers measuring and evaluating at the Church and the presence of a Cherry Picker stretched to the limit! It has been very exciting to see progress at last.

  1. Grant funding available at present is £309,000.
  2. HLF allocated £100,000 for the Delivery Stage and £17,000 for surveys and Specification Plans and Drawings for the Tower repair. Theses have been completed and presented for the Final Faculty approval in February 2015.

  3. Fund raising has continued. Money raised has enabled us to pay for the Specification Plans and Drawings for the Development Phase of the Project. These have been presented for the Final Faculty approval.
  4. We still need £188,000. An application for this amount is being prepared for submission.

 

May 18th 2014

 

Another summer season is approaching and once again All Saints Church will be open for weekly services. The first service will be Sunday, June 1st Holy Communion at 10.15 a.m.

 

Through the winter months the Project Team has been busy submitting grant applications and fund raising. The grant application processes is long and drawn out. Response to the various stages of application is positive and encouraging. Several grants have already been successful .

 

During the winter months the railings were painted by the Probation Service Community Scheme. We thank them for their involvement and also thanks to the local businesses for donating the paint.

 

A special thanks also go the volunteer efforts of Mr & Mrs Robert Davies, Brynmawr Lane. for maintaining the lawns surrounding the church and placing attractive pots of flowers at the entrance.

 

This year we commemorate the beginning of World War 1.

As our Clock Tower was built in commemoration of the fallen of the Great War, a vigil service will take place in All Saints, where the community and various organisations in the town will have the opportunity to pay their respects. The Remembrance Board in the Tower entrance will be on view, but the entrance will not be accessible as the repair work to the Tower needs to be done. A date is yet to be decided.

 

January 2014

 
A good start to the New Year.
Our fundraising, donations and grant applications are progressing well.

Peter Pemberton Louisa, Tak, and Christine of the Hen Bont (Bridge Chinese Restaurant) and Marion Jones Following their auction. 

A very big thank you to all who have contributed so generously.
 
Further grant applications are being prepared for submission in Spring 2014.

 

All Saints as A Wedding Venue

May 2013 – September 2013
 
The Project is progressing well.
 
Fundraising has continued, generous donations have been received and a grant application for £50,000 successful.
 
3 other grant applications have been submitted. The outcome of these applications will be known in November
 
In the meantime, the project Team took on the responsibility of repairing the church clock.
Smith’s of Derby, the original clock maker were approached. An estimate was given and accepted by the Project Team.
A grant application for 80% of the cost was submitted and we were successful. Eric & Hywel continue to maintain the clock.
The town is relieved to see it keeping correct time again!
 
While waiting for the large Grant Holders contribution towards the project, it was  decided to renovate the church gates and railings.
The East gate was repaired. The Hammerite paint and materials were donated by local businesses.
The work of rubbing down and painting is being done by the Probationary Service Community Workers on a weekly basis.
 
 
 

January 2013 – April 2013

 

During the first 4 months of 2013. The Project Team has been pro- active.

 

Church Life:

 

The highlight of the year, so far, has been the Induction of our new Vicar, Canon Michael Rees .Area Dean, which was held on February 12th 2013 .

To mark this occasion a Celebration Concert was held at the Miner’s Theatre, Ammanford.

The Venerable W Roger Hughes, Archdeacon of Carmarthen, was President of the evening and welcomed everyone.

During the concert, Cor Merched Tybie sang a varied programme of music, under the leadership and accompaniment of their Musical Director Mrs Desna Pemberton.

Guest artists were Mr Gerald Jones who played classical and popular music on the Theatre’s newly refurbished Bechstein Piano.

Classical Soprano soloist, Miss Frances Morgan, a year eleven pupil at Ysgol Maes-yr-Yrfa and Miss Melody Meadows, Flute.

The Choir ended the evening appropriately with ‘How lovely Are Thy Dwellings’  based on Psalm 54 by Samuel Liddle and ‘The Lord Bless You And Keep You’ by John Rutter.

 

Progress report for January 2013

 

Since All Saints closed for worship at the end of September, the project team has been very busy and financially productive.

Several Fund Raising events have taken place – a Chinese Meal, two Concerts and the Sunday School Sponsored Walk.

Generous cheque donations have also been received.

 

The Architects drawings have been on public display at Ammanford Library and the plans have been agreed by the Regeneration Committee. We are now ready for estimated costs to be provided and Grant Applications will then be completed.

 

The parish are delighted to announce the Induction of our new Vicar, Canon Michael Rees, Rural Dean, on February 12th 2013 .

 

 

The Current Position

 

An inspection of the church fabric in 2010 revealed:

 

This resulted in:

 

The Church being closed for Health and Safety reasons.

Services were now to be held temporarily in another church.

Services would be held in All Saints during the summer months.

 

In 2011 an application was made for grant funding to repair the building. During this time, it came to light that since 1994, All Saints Church had been identified by CADW as a Grade II listed building. This came as a surprise to the church authorities and the parish. Its listed status now dictated the way forward.

The Parochial Church Council agreed that if repair work was needed to preserve this iconic building in Ammanford, then they should take the development a step further and make the building more adaptable for community use.

Peter Pemberton had been appointed as Grants Officer and was given the authority to lead the project forward. A Project Team, made up of members of All Saints,was elected.

 

The priority was to raise community awareness and support for the project.

This has been done and a successful Open Day was held at the Church.

Eric Hill and Hywel Evans who have been responsible for the clock

Hywel Evans winding up the weight which powers the clock mechanism

 

 

The Interior of the clock which has now been restarted

Damp in the tower has caused the steel joists to corrode

From the right, Mark James M.B.E. Chief Executive Carmarthenshire County Council, Council Leader County Councillor Kevin Madge, And County Councillor Colin Evans inspecting the condition of the church and learning of the plans for the regeneration.

 

 

Notices for a Petition for a Faculty posted on the church gates

Contact Peter Pemberton

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