Parish of Llandudno


Events in 2012

Carols by Candlelight

Carols by Candlelight at St. Tudno's Church

The services were held on Sunday 23 December, and were attended by about 120 people at 3.00 pm, including the Holy Trinity Choir, and about 60 at 5.00 pm.  This photograph was taken at the first service and shows the choir performing a carol. 
There are some more photographs on the Holy Trinity events 2012 and Friends of St. Tudno's archive pages.

Remembrance Service
There was a short Service of Remembrance at 9.00 am on Saturday 10 November, for those who lost their lives in the Boer War.  Wreaths were laid at the Boer War memorial in the churchyard by the Mayor of Llandudno, Cllr Mrs Myra Wigzell, and by the Lions Club of Llandudno.  There is another photograph on the Holy Trinity events 2012 page.

Boer War remembrance

Winter service season
The new winter service season got off to a good start with a well attended "All Saintstide" service on Sunday 4 November.  In the beautiful weather it was almost tempting to have an open air service!  The service was followed by hot drinks and home made cakes. 

Autumn Working Party
This was on Saturday 13 October.  There was a good turnout on a lovely day and we were able to clean the church, tidy the sheds and churchyard, put away the benches and check the tombstones, as shown below.  There is another photo on the Friends of St. Tudno's archive page.

Working party

Harvest Thanksgiving Evening Service
This year we revived an old tradition of Harvest Thanksgiving services at St. Tudno's - the last service was in 1988.  The service was at 4.00 pm on Sunday 30 September and this was the last service of the summer season.  During the service there was a collection of packets and tins of food for Conwy Food Share and the service was followed by tea and cakes.  The Friends of St. Tudno's Church decorated the church and provided the refreshments and there are more photographs on the Holy Trinity events 2012 and Friends of St. Tudno's archive pages.

Harvest Festival

Harvest refreshments

Service for International Day of Peace
On Sunday 23 September we were delighted to welcome to St. Tudno's members of Soropotomists International, Llandudno, for an afternoon service to celebrate the International Day of Peace.

Rector of Llandudno and Bishop of BangorEucharist for the Friends of St. Tudno's Church
The Friends' AGM was held on Saturday 22 August and began with a Eucharist service at St. Tudno's at 11.00 am, at which the celebrant and preacher was Bishop Andrew of Bangor. 

The photograph shows the Rector and Bishop Andrew (right) after the service.

Church open day
On Saturday 15 September the Friends of St. Tudno's Church "manned" the church for an open day.  This included refreshments, stalls, a slideshow of old pictures of St. Tudno's and tours of the church and churchyard.  There are more more photographs on the Holy Trinity events 2012 and Friends of St. Tudno's archive pages.

Open church day 2012

Open Air Songs of Praise
The annual service was held on Sunday 26 August at 4.00 pm.  Following the success of last year's service, members of the congregation again chose and introduced a favourite hymn.

Bumblebee nest
August:  we were delighted that a bumblebee nest had been found in the churchyard. 

Concelebrated Eucharist
On Tuesday 10 July St. Tudno's was pleased to welcome members of the Bangor and St. Asaph branches of the Society of Catholic Priests (SCP), who held their annual Concelebrated Eucharist at the church.  The photograph shows SCP members and the organist after the service. 

SCP members at St. Tudno's

Service of Thanksgiving and Rededication
On Sunday 1 July at 3.00 pm there was a special Service of Thanksgiving and Rededication to celebrate the completion of renovation work at St. Tudno’s Church on the Great Orme.  The church was founded in the 6th century by Llandudno’s patron saint, with the present building dating from the 12th – 15th centuries.  Major restoration work, including re-roofing, was carried out in 1855 but by 2009 time and the exposed position of the church had taken their toll and the roof needed to be replaced again. 

In September 2009 the Friends of St. Tudno’s Church launched Sponsor-a-Slate as part of the fundraising, with the aim of finding sponsors for 1000 slates.  In the end, 1071 slates were sponsored, with “landmark” slates sponsored by The Right Revd Andrew John, Bishop of Bangor (number 500); Mr. Guto Bebb, MP for Aberconwy (number 750); and the Most Revd Barry Morgan, Archbishop of Wales (number 1000). 

The work began at the end of February 2012, when the roof was stripped back to the timbers.  The sponsored slates were all labelled and fixed to the roof on the south side of the church.  The labels are not visible, due to the overlapping slates, but the forms recording sponsors and their messages have been bound into four Books of Sponsors which will form part of the Parish Archive.  The work on the roof was completed with a traditional lime plaster on the under surface and other work included stonework repairs and renovation of the bell turret.  The total cost of the work was £69,000 and this was achieved by fundraising and from St. Tudno’s Church funds, without any grant aid. 

At the service the preacher was the Very Revd Alun Hawkins, Dean Emeritus of Bangor and Patron Emeritus of the Friends of St. Tudno’s Church, while Llandudno Town Council was represented by the Deputy Mayor of Llandudno, Cllr Garry Burchett.  Refreshments were provided after the service by the Friends of St. Tudno's Church, when there was also an opportunity to view the Books of Sponsors.  These books will be kept at St. Tudno’s during the summer, and so will be available for viewing after services, before being transferred to the Parish Archive at Holy Trinity Church.  Many of the supporters of Sponsor-a-Slate attended the service, which began outside with a procession around the church.  We apologise to anyone who was unable to enter the church for the service, due to the number of people who attended. 

There are more photographs on the Friends of St. Tudno's and Sponsor-a-Slate archive pages.

Service of Thanksgiving and Rededication

Working Parties
There have been two working parties at St. Tudno's this spring and summer:
Friday 25 May at 6.00 pm, to set out the benches for the open air services;
Saturday 23 June at 9.30 am, to return the church to normal use after the restoration work. 
There are some photographs on the
Friends of St. Tudno's archive page.

St. Tudno's Day - Tuesday 5 June
Each year on St. Tudno's Day there is a Pilgrimage Walk up the Great Orme, from Holy Trinity Church to St. Tudno's.  This year the Pilgrimage began with a Eucharist service at Holy Trinity at 11.00 am.  The walk began from Holy Trinity at 12.00 noon and on the way to St. Tudno's there were pauses for prayers and to say some of the Psalms of Ascent. Packed lunches were eaten in St. Tudno's churchyard at the end of the walk.  There is another photograph on the Holy Trinity events 2012 page.

St. Tudno's Day pilgrimage

Service in the Shed
The renovation work was not completed until just after the start of the 2012 season of open air services, so alternative arrangements had to be made for bad weather.  One of the sheds was therefore turned into a temporary chapel and was used for the service on Sunday 3 June.

Service in the shed                Service in the shed

Friends of St. Tudno's Church Spring Fair
This was held at Holy Trinity on Saturday 14 April, in aid of the current restoration work at St. Tudno's.  There are more photographs on the Holy Trinity events 2012 and Friends of St. Tudno's archive pages.

Friends of St. Tudno's fair

Preparation for re-roofing

St. Tudno's Church

The final service before St. Tudno's was closed for re-roofing was Morning Prayer on Saturday 18 February.  The Friends of St. Tudno's Church then held a working party to clear the church in preparation for the work, which will include replacement of the roof lime plaster, in addition to re-slating. 

Carols by Candlelight 2011
The annual services of Carols by Candlelight were held on Sunday 18 December at 3.00 pm and at 5.00 pm.  The Friends of St Tudno's Church prepared the church but it was not possbile to set out the path lights due to the squally weather.  However the weather did not put people off and we were delighted to welcome 120 to the first service (first photo) and 55 to the second (second photo).  There are more photographs on the Holy Trinity events 2012 and Friends of St. Tudno's archive pages.

Carols by Candlelight at 3 pm

Carols by Candlelight at 5pm

Photographs © C. Jones
Last updated: June 2013.  Archived: January 2016.