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Parish of Llangynwyd with Maesteg Plwyf
St Cynwyd
Worship Times
Events
History
Churchyard
Hire of Church
Guided Tours



Worship Times:

Sunday:      1st of the month             Holy Eucharist      8.30am
                                                      Hwyrol Weddi       4th
                                                      Evening Prayer     6pm

                  2nd of the month           Cymun Bendigaid     4th
                                                      Evening Prayer        6pm

                  3rd of the month            Hwyrol Weddi        4th
                                                      Holy Eucharist       6pm

                  4th of the month            Cymun Bendigaid     4th
                                                      Evening Prayer        6pm

                  5th of the month            Hwyrol Weddi        4th
                                                      Holy Eucharist       6pm


 Events:
You are invited to

Vintage Afternoon Tea

in

The Schoolroom Llangynwyd

2pm to 4pm

Saturday 23rd September

An afternoon of cakes and delight

Tickets £5:00


History:









Churchyard

The Churchyard in the Parish of Llangynwyd with Maesteg, is reputed to be the largest private graveyard in the whole of Europe. It covers two areas - the old yard encircling the church of St Cynwyd and t
he new yard across the road; the main path of which rises gradually and from the top the views of the surrounding countryside are stunning. The churchyard contains many graves important to the history of Wales, including that of Samuel Jones (the founder of the Annibynwyr), Will Hopkin, (the writer of Bugeilio'r Gwenith Gwyn) and many others. We are very fortunate at this present time that the Community Services Department in Swansea sends teams to cut the grass of the churchyard because the responsibility for its upkeep lies entirely with the parish. Even so, huge costs are involved in maintaining the walls and the trees etc. There is a 'Friends of the Churchyard' - people who are willing on an annual basis to give a small donation towards the upkeep.
If you are interested in 'becoming a 'Friend' please contact the Vicar.

The church burial records go back to the 18th century and many people utilise these records t
o trace their family history. 
If you would like further information on tracing Church graves or looking into family history, please initially contact the Vicar who will then find the appropriate person to help you.

                                                    

                                                     
 
 
 

Hire of church


Guided Tours:

Llangynwyd is a famous hill top village in Wales. It comprises of the church, two public houses (The Old House and The Corner House), a few private houses and what is reputed to be the largest private graveyard in the whole of Europe. The Mari Lwyd still visits the village on a New Year's Eve. The charming story of the 'Maid of Cefn Ydfa' gives the village renown throughout Wales. Will Hopkin the poet and author of Bugeilio'r Gwenyth Gwyn is buried under an ancient yew tree in the old churchyard, whilst Ann Thomas (the maid of Cefn Ydfa), is buried under the chancel of the church.

To hear this tale told by the present Vicar click the following link:
  
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rz7Xr31mOW0&noredirect=1

Both the Church and the Churchyard have interesting historical monuments and combined with a coffee or a meal at one of the local hostelries would provide an interesting half day outing.

To book a tour please contact:

Rev Geraldine Blyth - tel: 01656 716020
                               email: gerblyth@sky.com 


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