Penrhos Village News

Can you sketch? Do get involved…

As part of our Heritage Lottery Fund application for the restoration of our church in Penrhos we need to create a space in the church for events, other than the usual faith based services that are currently held there.

There is to be constructed in the arch between the chancel and the nave, a glazed screen with large double doors. This will assist in making the church a multi-functional space. With the doors closed the chancel can be used for small services in a more intimate environment, whereas the nave can be used for functions, such as coffee mornings, yoga classes or any other community uses you can think of which are not necessarily faith based. When the doors are open the whole church can be used for weddings, carol services and other services with larger congregations.

We are running a small village competition for the design of the screen within the arch. Let your imagination run wild. Print off the template for the arch (a scale drawing) which can be downloaded here. There are also three photos of the arch below (taken from both sides and one with dimensions) to help you visualise how the screen might look.

The basic criteria are as follows:

  • All entries should be capable of being printed on an A4 piece of paper using the attached template;
  • All entries must be delivered to Pip Rumsey by post, hand or email at by not later than Sunday, 7 January 2018;
  • The screen must fit within the arch between the nave and the chancel, without needing any alterations to the fabric of the church. The width of the arch is 310cm and the height to the apex of the arch is 360cm (the total width of the chancel is 550cm);
  • The construction will be in wood and toughened glass;
  • The screen should enable the nave to be visible from the chancel and the chancel visible from the nave when the screen doors are closed;
  • When the screen doors are open, there should be an unrestricted view of the altar from all parts of the nave (existing columns allowing);
  • The doors should be able to open fully without causing any blockage within the nave or chancel.

All entries will be displayed on the village website. The entries will be judged by a small committee including Georgina Herrmann, as the screen will be dedicated to the memory of her late husband, Professor Luke Herrmann, who now rests in the churchyard.

The prize will be the glory of being selected as the preferred design, although there will be a further prize for the best entry from a budding designer who is aged 15 years or under.

Any design will ultimately need to be approved by the PCC and the Diocesan Committee and furthermore a Faculty will need to be obtained for the works from the Church in Wales. If changes need to be made to the winning design, please don’t blame the restoration committee…

The arch from the nave looking to the chancel

The arch from the chancel looking to the nave

Internal dimensions of the arch and chancel width in centimetres

Posted on: Monday, 27 November 2017

Penrhos BBQ success

Despite the dreary weather on Sunday, the Penrhos BBQ was a great success. We had over 100 visitors, great food and drink, brilliant entertainment and lots of fun activities for kids.

A huge thank you to Craig and Charles for all of their hard work and providing the amazing venue, without which a BBQ on a rainy day would have been a very different proposition!

Thanks also to Jo Stephenson for her great performance and to Emma, Melissa, Clare, Teresa, Kevin, Gregory and everyone else who helped!

Posted on: Tuesday, 5 September 2017


The Penrhos BIG BBQ


Woodlands Farm Barns
Sunday, 3rd September from 12.30

All four parishes, family and friends most welcome.

This event is principally about community fun and any funds raised will be put towards a village defibrillator and repairing our church.

Ticket includes:
• BBQ food (locally sourced where possible) • Wine • Beer • Soft drinks • Kids entertainment • Woodlands Farm gardens open to view • Music courtesy of the BBC radio and Edinburgh Fringe star Jo Stephenson –

Adults – £15
Under 16yrs – £7.50
Under 10yrs – free

Tickets bought in advance will be entered into a prize draw to win a piece of pottery from the Woodlands Farm Pottery.

For tickets please speak with • Emma Manchand • Craig Loane • Pip Rumsey • Clare Adams • Teresa Cash • Mat Burhouse • call Emma on 01600 780174 • email

Naming ceremony for Monty and Hattie

On 25th June Heidi led a wonderful naming ceremony for Monty and Hattie Manchand.

It was a great fun ceremony with children in fancy dress, bubbles blowing in the churchyard and an eclectic selection of musical instruments to help lift the rafters during the songs! Emma and Kevin Manchand are extremely grateful to Heidi for leading this non traditional event and it was wonderful to have the church filled with such colour and noise.

A great time was had by all followed by tea at Woodlands Barns afterwards with scrummy sausage rolls and pasties courtesy of The Parsons Nose.

Thanks also to Charlie and Craig for the use of their wonderful party barns.

Posted on: Monday, 7 August 2017

Llantilio village walk on Sunday 23rd July

On Sunday 23rd July there will be a Llantilio village walk starting at 2pm in the church car park.  All details are on the enclosed poster.


Posted on: Wednesday, 19 July 2017