Church Life

                   The Benefice of South West Gower

Comprising Port Eynon, Rhossili and Llanddewi with Oxwich and Reynoldston with Penrice

Cleric with Pastoral Responsibility for South West Gower: Revd Carol Davies

The Rectory, Knelston SA3 1AR; Tel 01792 390 456; e-mail


St David’s, Llandewi: Our very sincere thanks to Nigel Clarke for giving us such an informative evening about the migrations through many parts of Africa to Libya. The evening was very enjoyable and we were pleased to see many new faces as well as our regular friends.

On Tuesday, 27th June our usual Summer Evening will take place at Briarwood Barn, Knelston, at 6.00pm. £7.00 with wine and light refreshments. Neil Barry, who did a traineeship at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew, then Horticultural College and, in the past 10 years, lecturer based at the National Botanic Gardens of Wales will answer general queries relating to gardening, in a walk around the garden, and talk about some of the plants. Please bring your questions with you.

On the 2nd Sunday of the month, 11th June, the United Benefice Service will take place at Rhossili, St Mary’s Church.

It was with sadness we learned of the death of Audrey Jones, who lived for many years in Knelston before living in Reynoldston. May she rest in Peace.

St George’s, Reynoldston:  St George’s would like to send our greetings to Phyllis Edwards on reaching her 100th birthday on 4th May. A remarkable achievement, as is her life-long service to St Andrew’s .Those who travelled to Penrice for the Benefice service on the 14th May much enjoyed some of her birthday cake. Congratulations and thank you!

Sadly one of Reynoldston’s oldest inhabitants had not quite reached 98 years when she passed away recently.  Audrey Jones lived most of her life in Knelston, apart from a short time teaching away, before moving to Reynoldston nearly thirty years ago and then finally spending the last six years in Bloomfield.  Her great passions were Knelston Chapel and Gower and her knowledge of the peninsula and its families was encyclopaedic. Her amazing memory made conversations fascinating – and long!  She was a Life member of the Gower Society, belonged to two WI’s as well as other organisations and was seen at many local events.  Strongly independent, above all she was kind, generous and supportive of her relatives, friends and many others in the community.

We wish Joab and Emilie Woodger-Smith, who married in St George’s on 13th May, every blessing for a long and happy life together.


St Cattwg’s, Port Eynon:  Following our April concert it was good to receive a grateful letter of thanks from the Tear Fund for the donation sent to famine relief.

Senior Citizens were invited to another fine lunch in Caffi Cattwg on May 4th; we had slightly depleted numbers as some were unavoidably away and both Jim Tatchell and Pat Davies were in hospital. We send best wishes to both of them for a swift recovery and return home.

It was sad to hear of the death of Mrs Pat Evans of Overton, whose cheerful presence enlivened many village events in the past. We send condolences to her daughter Marie and son-in-law Ken Jones. The funeral took place on May 9th in Llanelli.

Great to see some of our regular summer visitors joining us in church, though there is little sign of the feathered variety this year. There used often to be a swallows’ nest in the porch by this time.

St Illtyd’s, Oxwich:   After the deeply spiritual time of Lent and the joyous time of Easter, it is time for us who are so blessed to live in such a beautiful place as Gower to look to those less fortunate than ourselves.

Christian Aid focuses our minds on all those living in war torn or drought stricken places without adequate food, shelter or medical facilities.

At the time of going to print, Bishop John will start Christian Aid Week by coming to lead a Ministry Area service in Reynoldston Village Hall. For the first time a small choir has been formed from the Area Churches, to sing an anthem and lead the congregational singing.  Thanks to Alan Tregelles-Williams for giving his time to train the choir which we hope can sing at future Ministry Area services.

The Benefice of SW Gower will hold its annual plant sale at the Rectory on 20th May, to raise funds for charity, this year supporting the Disaster Emergency Committee’s E. African appeal as famine and disease sweeps that area. We look forward to next month’s report on the outcome, but meanwhile would like to thank Cathy for offering a generous supply of plants.

Nearer to home, at this time of year, we start to welcome visitors to our ancient churches, where they are able to find spiritual food in their time of rest and relaxation.

St Mary’s, Rhossili:    We continue to receive a significant number of visitors to St Mary’s, folk do appreciate the church being open,  Many are drawn by the connection with Edgar Evans and the Antarctic Expedition.  From the comments in the visitor book people find solace, peace, a place to sit and quietly reflect.  In a busy, hurried world, here is a safe haven.

St Andrew’s, Penrice:  This has been an exciting time for all at St. Andrew’s as we have been enjoying the celebrations for Mrs Phyllis Edwards 100th birthday.  On May 4th, the actual birthday, Phyllis’s family had a party for her at Fairyhill and on May 7th the Church Committee, Rev. Carol and the congregation celebrated her birthday with a lunch, which with the bonus of a beautifully warm day, was a happy and relaxed occasion.  Phyllis has received over  90 cards including one from HM the Queen, numerous bouquets and presents and a card and flowers from Bishop John.  This has been a very happy celebration in which we have all taken part and Phyllis would like to thank everyone for their kindness and good wishes which she very much appreciates.

We look forward to welcoming  other members of the Benefice to St. Andrew’s on Ascension day.

The first lecture this Spring, given by Andrew Dulley, was well attended. It was a successful and convivial evening. Barry Stewart is speaking on ‘Lichen and Mosses in Gower’ on May 23rd, and on Tuesday 20th June Richard Daugherty will speak on ‘Gower’s Lost Lanes’. Many will remember his very successful talk last summer on turnpikes.

We continue to be grateful to the Worship Leaders who visit us and to the Rev. Carol for her help and support.

 “Thank you for all your support, If you’ve not yet been, please plan to join us over the summer or in September. We would love to welcome you!”


About our Parish

The Benefice of South West Gower Comprising Port Eynon, Rhossili and Llanddewi with Oxwich …