A LLANELLI Chapel which was forced to close its doors after being targeted by burglars earlier this year reopened for services on Sunday (Sept 2).
A number of items were taken from Tabernacl Chapel, including many religious artefacts, silverware, the Christening font and a 143 year old clock.
However, thanks to prompt action by Dyfed Powys Police, most of the items were recovered.
Llanelli born BBC broadcaster Huw Edwards in his book ‘Capeli Llanelli Our Rich Heritage’ commented that Tabernacl’s fabric ‘conveys solidity and strength’.
“There is no building in Llanelli to match its imposing grandeur,” he added. “In my view, it is even more impressive than the Town Hall which stands a few yards away.
“This is one of the best Nonconformist buildings in Wales, and for many it is without question the most impressive chapel in the county, with its rich decoration and superb craftsmanship.”
Tabernacl Chapel is a Grade 2* listed building with a Roman, Romanesque, Gothic, Greek façade. It had amongst its members people of great musical and literary ability, with the Rev Gwylfa Roberts a leading hymn writer, and the Rev Gwyndaf Evans a past Archdruid of the National Eisteddfod Gorsedd amongst its gwenidogion (ministers).
“Tabernacl was always able to pick the best of a good bunch”. Indeed Lord Elwyn Jones served with distinction as Lord Chancellor, the highest judicial post in Britain.
As with most chapels in Wales the membership number at Tabernacl Chapel, Llanelli has declined. By the end of 1875 there were over 500 members and half the construction loan had been repaid. Not so now, though it has seating for a thousand.
Capel y Tabernacl opened on Easter Sunday, 1875; designed by John Humphrey and built at a cost of £5,000 – in present day terms £2.5m – all funded from the incomes of its members and fund raising events and lectures.
As an independent (Annibynwyr in Welsh) chapel, it is owned by its congregation but has close links with its ‘mother chapel’ Capel Als.
New ward extension opens at Werndale Hospital
WERNDALE Hospital opens its £1millon ward extension, featuring a suite of new spacious patient en-suite rooms and additional light and airy ward space for new nurses’ stations, new technology and medical equipment, in pleasant and comfortable spaces.
Werndale is part of Circle Health Group, the UK’s largest provider of private healthcare. The group is carrying out a £125 million redevelopment programme across its 50 hospitals in the UK.
Werndale has a strong history in the village of Bancyfelin, where is has been serving the local communities of Wales for over 32 years.
James Davies, Wales and Scarlets rugby player, from Bancyfelin, cut the ribbon to mark the official opening on Monday 1st August. His nickname “Cubby”, is reference to his brother’s nickname, “Fox”; this refers to the Fox & Hounds pub their parents ran in Bancyfelin, the village where they grew up. Staff and consultants were given the chance to view the new extension, with a small gathering to mark the occasion and celebrate all the hard work that has gone into this project over the last 12 months.
Jacky Jones, Executive Director of Werndale Hospital said: “The investment programme is an exciting opportunity to expand what we can offer to patients at Werndale. Our staff and consultants are delighted with this expansion which will allow us to meet the private healthcare needs of patients and families in Wales and will decrease waiting times which will positively impact the patient’s experience. Having the new patient rooms here increases our ward capacity by 20%, it is a great investment”.
Gaynor Llewellyn, Director of Clinical Services said: “At Werndale we are committed to continuous improvement of clinical facilities and services. We continually invest in the hospital so that we can offer our patients and consultants reassurance when they visit us for treatments”.
Werndale Hospital is seeing increased demand for its services across all specialities particularly orthopaedic surgery, ophthalmology, and general surgery. Nearly 4,000 patients had surgery at Werndale Hospital, Bancyfelin during 2021 and the new investment will enable ward capacity to be increased by 25 per cent.
M4 closed westbound following lorry fire near Swansea
A SECTION of the M4 near Swansea was shut on Monday (Aug 8) due to a vehicle fire.
The westbound section of the motorway, between junction 47 at Penllergaer and junction 48 at Hendy closed.
Emergency services were called to the scene, and there was queuing traffic in the area.
Traffic monitoring service Inrix reported: “M4 Westbound closed, queueing traffic due to vehicle fire between J47 A48 (Penllergaer / Swansea West Services) and J48 A4138 Pontardulais Road”
Police appeal after Llanelli assault: victim required hospital treatment
DYFED POWYS POLICE is investigating an assault which occurred on Regalia Terrace, Llanelli, Carmarthenshire at about 12.05am, Sunday 3rd July.
The victim required hospital treatment.
Officers have carried out all possible lines of enquiry, and are now appealing for help from the public.
They would like to identify the person in the CCTV image, who may have information that could help the investigation.
Anyone who knows who the person is, or if you believe you are pictured, contact Dyfed-Powys Police.
This can also be done either online at: https://bit.ly/DPPContactOnline, by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org or phoning 101.
If you are deaf, hard of hearing, or speech impaired text the non-emergency number on 07811 311 908.
Please quote reference DP-20220703-011
Alternatively, contact the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously by calling 0800 555111, or visiting crimestoppers-uk.org.