Much of the information contained on this website has been drawn from the excellent guidebook to St Cynllo's written by Rev. Brian Whatmore - this lovingly written and scholarly guide is highly recommended for those who would like to learn more about the history of this beautiful Church.
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On Sunday 3rd and Monday 4th August St Cynllos Church, Llangynllo Ceredigion, was proud to host a successful two day event to mark the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of WW1.
Inside the Church, decorated with commemorative flags and poppies at every window, individual works of art specially created on the theme of “War and Peace” by members of the Christian Wild Goose Arts group, were displayed alongside poems and paintings submitted by the public as part of a competition organized by the Church in advance of the event. A number of these very moving entries were read in public by their authors before the winners were announced by the Rev Gareth Reid.
In the Nave visitors listened to the Imperial War Museum’s “Forgotten Voices” : a series of deeply moving accounts of the war and it’s terrible aftermath as told by men and women directly involved, whilst the Chancel hosted video exhibitions by the Royal British Legion produced and designed to reflect their commitment to promoting Remembrance to younger people.
Another heart rending photographic display was that entitled “Animals in War” using materials supplied by the Blue Cross. Founded originally in 1897 as the “League of Dumb Friends”, by the war’s end over 50,000 sick and injured horses and 18,000 dogs had been treated, funded entirely by donations from the British public. Veterinary supplies to over 3,500 units of the British and allied armies all over the world to treat horses had also been dispatched.
Undoubtedly the most poignant exhibit nestled amidst notable memorabilia lent for the occasion by local people and Hanes Plwyf Emlyn, was the official Commemorative Book compiled by Sue Wright. Begun as an ongoing centenary project two years ago, Sue is delighted that local people have been able to contribute to missing local life stories. The book will be kept in the Church as a lasting tribute to all those who were prepared to give their all for “King and Country”.
Outside in the churchyard, amongst poppies specially grown for the occasion and colourful bunting supplied by the local craft group, stalls erected by Emlyn Country Markets to reflect WW1 slogans such as “Grow your Own” and Make do and Mend” added to the theme, whilst the WW1 teashop featured amongst its many delights, “Trench cake” made to an authentic recipe. Gulf war veteran Jan Steer entertained all in the sunshine.
Day 2 featured a moving and memorable service led by the Rev. Gareth Reid. Members of the Newcastle Emlyn Scouts and Royal British Legion participated whilst the haunting strains of a lone bugler reminded all of the solemnity of the occasion. This was followed by a Concert by pianist Jenny Frost featuring the music of 6 Great War composers. Local author John Franks read a specially written story and after more tea and cakes accompanied by rousing war time songs delivered by the ladies of Newcastle Emlyn’s Holy Trinity Church, the two day event was rounded off with a fly-past by two light aircraft.
Profits from the event are to be shared with Combat Stress. Founded in 1919, Combat Stress is the leading UK charity specializing in the care of veteran’s mental health.
St Cynllo’s Church would like to offer sincere thanks to all those who lent their precious artifacts and gave freely of their time and effort.
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