What's on in the Parish of South West Gower



Every Wednesday                                  9.30am      Mid-week Eucharist

1st Sunday               5th May                 8.30am      Holy Eucharist

4th Sunday             26th May               10.00am      Morning Worship

 OXWICH                                              10:00am

1st  Sunday              5th  May                                  Morning Worship

3rd Sunday             19th May                                   Holy Eucharist

4th Sunday             26th May                                   Holy Eucharist


PENRICE                                                  8:30am

1st  Sunday              5th  May                                  Morning Worship

3rd Sunday            19th  May                                   Holy Eucharist

4th Sunday            26th  May                                   Holy Eucharist

Ascension Day      30th  May               10.00am      Holy Eucharist


PORT EYNON                                     10.00am

1st  Sunday             5th  May                                   Holy Eucharist

2nd Saturday         11th  May                4.30pm       Iona Community Evening

3rd Sunday            19th May                                   Morning Worship

4th Sunday            26th May                                   Holy Eucharist


REYNOLDSTON                                 10.00am

1st Sunday              5th  May                                  Holy Eucharist

3rd Sunday           19th  May                                   Holy Eucharist

4th Sunday           26th  May                                   Morning Worship


RHOSSILI                                            8:45 or 10:00 am

1st Sunday             5th  May                 8.45am       Holy Eucharist

2nd  Sunday         12th  May               10.00am      United Parish Eucharist

3rd Sunday           19th  May              10.00am       Morning Worship

4th Sunday           26th  May               8.45 am       Holy Eucharist


Rev. Justin writes:


It is easy to think that Easter has passed once the celebrations of the big day have gone. Easter lasts 50 days and in May,  days are set to remember Mark the Evangelist, Philip and James, The Holy Baptism, Matthias the Apostle, Rogation Sunday and Ascension Day. So let's approach these days with interest and vigour seeking to engage and be present in all that happens before it all slips by and we are into the height of summer. There is much to engage with and enjoy, Easter is not just one day but a season - and we are here but for a season.






Saturday 11th May at 4.30pm  Iona Community Worship in Port Eynon.  This has become a well supported gathering for worship at an alternative time of the week.


Sunday 12th May at 10am the United Parish Eucharist will take place in Rhossili.


Sunday 12th May at 9am  Breakfast Church in  Reynoldston Chapel.


Bible Study Group  meets weekly on Wednesdays at Highmead, Overton, starting at 10.15 for 10.30am. Please note new time. Contact Penny Henderson (390119) or Richard Herbert (390300). All welcome.


Saturday  May 11th  PARISH  PLANT  SALE 10.30 am  to 12.30pm        The Plant and Cake Sale will take place at Horton Village Hall.  The Parish will again be supporting the Refugee Council, which offers advice and practical help to refugees in the Swansea area.   Your cakes and plants will be very welcome for sale to raise a good donation to a worthy cause.   Click on the link below to see a poster:







From the Registers

Marriage  :   Sophie Hockeridge and Michael Collins  27.4.19 Reynoldston





St David’s, Llandewi :


We have appreciated the regular mid-week Eucharist services led by Justin every Wednesday at 9.30 am: the services are short and reflective, using a variety of forms including prayers, and ending with a hymn.  People from other churches and parishes have been coming, and their presence has been encouraging.  Anyone who would like time out for spiritual refreshment during the week is most welcome to join us.


We are looking forward to a talk on 11 June about the fight against Ebola, currently rife in the Democratic Republic of Congo, and the challenges the disease presents. The talk will be given by Nigel Clarke, who has experience on the front line of response to emergency situations, particularly in Africa and the Middle East.  His talk two years ago about the migration crisis, including the developing humanitarian disaster in Yemen, was challenging and well-received.  Last year, Prof Moya Jones spoke about issues related to refugees.  These are issues of common concern.




St Illtyd’s, Oxwich:


The outcome of the election of officers, at our Easter Vestry, saw the whole of the Church Committee agreeing to stand for another year.  The Church should be grateful for all these people who work hard to ensure that our little church has an important presence in the Village.

 Our first “ Coffee, Cake and Chat” at the beginning of April made a good start, attracting church members, villagers and passing walkers. This will be a regular feature, each first Saturday of the month and will be held in the Village Hall. 10.30 - 12.00. We look forward to this becoming a useful village meeting place.



St Andrew’s, Penrice:


The congregation of St. Andrew’s entertained  Mrs Phyllis Edwards to lunch at The Britannia in March to thank her for all her hard work at the Church over the last 63 years.  John Tucker (Peoples Warden) presented her with an arrangement of spring flowers and thanked her officially on behalf of us all.  Good company combined with a delicious meal made it a memorable occasion.


The first lecture will be over when this is read and the second is on Tuesday, May 21st when Professor Prys Morgan will speak on ‘A Spy in a Gower Family’, a tale of mystery and intrigue.


 We are fortunate that Prys Morgan, the eminent historian, is returning and will speak on  ‘A Spy in a Gower Family’.   The unlikely connection between Morgan Watkins, Prys’s great uncle and Vladimir Lenin will be revealed.  


It sounds like a story of mystery and intrigue.


Admission is £7.50, payable on the door and this includes refreshments after the talk.


The Church yard is still a mass of primroses and several visitors have commented on it as they walk  through  from Millwood to Oxwich.


St Cattwgs, Port Eynon:


The latest Celtic service was due to be held on April 13th so a report on it will be in next month’s magazine.


The Seniors’ lunch on March 21st attracted a good crowd to enjoy each other’s company and to eat chicken casserole with mash and vegetables, followed by a delicious chocolate cake (with cream), pavlova and fruit crumble. It was good to have Pat Davies as a guest, brought by Cathy from her Heatherslade residence. The next two lunches are scheduled for April 18th and May 16th.


 The last Saturday of March saw what has become an annual event at Caffi Cattwg, a delightful recital by local music students show-casing their impressive talents as polished by their teachers. A large company of proud families listened while enjoying coffee and cake with the regulars.


 Villagers may have noticed the new guttering applied to the south side of the church. It is hoped that less damp will penetrate inside and that we will be able to re-plaster & decorate the deteriorating inner walls in due course.


We received the sad news of the death of Prof. Jim Tatchell, formerly a regular at the Seniors’ lunches and a familiar figure around the village until ill-health removed him to a Nursing Home. We send condolences to all who knew and loved him.


We are also sad to hear of the death of Mrs Piri Zsapka of Overton Lane  and send our condolences to her family.


St George’s, Reynoldston:


At the Annual Congregational meeting we were very appreciative that Sheila Williams agreed to continue once again as one of the two sub-wardens and warmly thank her for all her hard work, in spite of illness, during the past year – and always with a smile.   Helena Wilkinson resigned as sub-warden to become St George’s representative on the young people’s mission which includes Breakfast Church.  We are pleased that she has agreed to do this.  As in many churches we are very fortunate that there seems to be a supply of people who will kindly offer to help in specific tasks but, because of other commitments sometimes, are reluctant to take on named roles.  Because of declining church membership this is not unexpected but is an issue that needs addressing.


However there was a good team of helpers to make sure the church was ‘spring-cleaned’ from top to bottom and we are grateful to them.


St Mary’s, Rhossili:


Springtime lifts the heart as the weather brightens and days lengthen for the growing season. Lent is underway and Revd Justin’s weekly course at the Old Pharmacy, and at Applegrove, is preparing us for Easter. At St Mary’s we have agonised over service patterns that will work for all, and have settled on Sunday 10am Morning Worship whenever there is no United Parish Eucharist in Rhossili. We are also introducing House Communion starting monthly where we will visit each other’s homes for a more intimate regular Communion service with Justin. And reaching out to our visitors and village community we plan to start a 'prayer opportunity' at St Mary's midweek during summer months, and a 'care and share' regular get-together for people living alone in Rhossili, during the winter times.


Concerning the unresolved matter of the desecrated boundary wall at Sailors' Corner, a consistory court hearing took place in the church with the Chancellor of Swansea and Brecon, and villagers in attendance.  It was clear that there is no support in Rhossili for the wall to be rebuilt on the proposed straight line so the Chancellor recommended that a local representation be made to the Representative Body of church trustees to enable agreement to be reached; meanwhile the granting of the faculty was adjourned.

Contact :

Rev Justin Davies

01792 232829

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