The Trust was able to celebrate the Welsh Baptist history and tradition in the Bridgend area, by having a successful exhibition day at Bethania Chapel, Maesteg on 1st September. In addition to the ‘Chapel China’ exhibition, which contained examples of chapel china from across Wales, some belonging to the artist Cefyn Burgess and others belonging to Cwm Garw Heritage Society and the Trust itself, the day included interesting talks and a musical interlude from Côr Meibion Maesteg a’r Cylch male voice choir. Sue Fielding, Architectural Investigator from the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales spoke about the architectural development of Nonconformist Meeting Houses, and Alun Adams from the Chapels Heritage Society, drew attention to the rich variety of stained glass windows that were to be found in chapels across Wales. In addition to the Chapel China, there were exhibition stands from the Cwm Garw Heritage Society, the Chapels Heritage Society, the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales and the Wesley Church Centre, Tondu. Among other items on display were old photographs of the chapel itself and some of the individuals who had attended or ministered there over the years. Around 50 – 60 people attended throughout the day, coming from far and wide to see the chapel with its new roof – some from the next street and one former member who had travelled all the way from Hereford. The day was such a success, it was decided to hold further events at the chapel in the near future. Watch this space! The Trust extended its gratitude to the Heritage Lottery Fund for making this event possible.


1st September 2018


Bethania Chapel, Bethania Street, Maesteg, CF34 9EX

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