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:  A very special evening on Wednesday, 3rd May at 7.00 pm at St David’s Church, Llanddewi –

‘The Migration Crisis: A View from Africa’   an illustrated talk by Nigel Clarke, a member of our congregation who has spent over 25 years managing humanitarian programs in Africa. Recently he has been involved in aspects of the migration crises in Libya and Ethiopia, and will show how it affects Europe, Africa and the rest of the world.  Entrance £7.50 includes wine and light refreshments.

We look forward to support from our friends and many people from the greater Gower Deanery.

On the 2nd Sunday of the month the Benefice Service will be at Penrice, St Andrew’s, on 14th May at 10.00am.

Congratulations to Elizabeth and Gary Adams on the birth of a baby girl, Theodora Patricia Leila, a sister to Seren and the 4th grandchild to Marian and Leslie Tucker.

St George’s, Reynoldston: The third Lenten Eucharist took place in St George’s.  A small congregation was present, with faces from around the Benefice.

Our Annual Congregational meeting was held after the morning Eucharist on April 2nd. Ideas are beginning to emerge to celebrate, later in the year, the 150th anniversary of the building of the present Church.

Palm Sunday being the second Sunday, the Benefice service for April was in Reynoldston, with Rev Carol as celebrant.  During Communion Maria Jones sang “God so Loved the World” from Stainer’s Crucifixion.  Afterwards there was coffee and a chance to chat and catch up with friends.

Our good wishes go to Lisa Cameron and Wayne Jenkins, who were married in St George’s on March 26th, also to Angela Hughes and Kenneth Cooke, whose marriage took place on April 8th.  We wish them all happiness in their new life together.

A date for the diary – on Thursday June 1st the annual coffee morning in aid of Church funds will take place at the home of Angela Bending.  There will be a good selection of cakes and savouries as well as plants.

St Cattwg’s, Port Eynon: At our Mothering Sunday service, every member of the congregation received a pot of pretty violas, while sermon, readings and prayers emphasised the role of motherhood.

Afterwards we held the Annual Congregational Meeting, with Rev. Carol presiding, and the Church Committee Meeting, at which there were one or two changes of personnel

.On April 2nd an enjoyable concert was presented by local child singers, the choir of Llanddewi with Knelston Women’s Institute and various instrumentalists young and older, with Mairwen Kirk and Mary Attwell conducting (and performing). The audience seemed delighted by the performances and donations amounting to more than £500 were received, to be divided between Christian Aid and the Tear Fund for famine relief in East Africa.

Senior Citizens were invited to another good lunch in Caffi Cattwg on April 3rd, this time chicken with a huge selection of vegetables, followed by several choices of pudding and coffee or tea.

Our condolences to Kirstine and Hugh Dunthorne on the loss of Kirstine’s mother and to the family of the late Wenda Hancock.

St Mary’s, Rhossili: The Baptism of Isabel Higgs took place on Sunday 9th April, which was a gorgeous sunny day, with many friends and relatives welcoming Isabel into the family of the church.

The wooden Cross in front of the alter was made by Felix Button as part of a school project, the branches and thorns for which were collected at a local beach.

The Benefice service for May will NOT be at St Mary’s 10.00am, Sunday 14th May but at St Andrew’s, Penrice.

On a note of optimism, I saw the first swallows of the year this morning – so summer surely is on its way!

St Andrew’s, Penrice: May is a special month this year at St. Andrew’s as Mrs Phyllis Edwards celebrates her 100th birthday on May 4th.

Phyllis and her husband, George, built their home at Penrice in 1955, having started their married life living at Sanctuary with George’s family.  Since that time Phyllis has been a faithful member of the congregation at St. Andrew’s and is still there every Sunday by 8.15 to ring the bell and prepare for the Service. During that long time Phyllis has had many roles in the Church and, to this day, is Church Treasurer, a post she has held since 1962: is this a record?  We all send her fondest love and many congratulations and wish her many more years of good health and happiness.

As this is being written, Easter is approaching when we hope our small congregation will increase to celebrate such a special day in the Church Calendar.

The Churchyard this Spring has looked particularly pretty with, firstly, a mass of snowdrops, now primroses, and soon bluebells. Several walkers have commented on how pretty it is to walk through to Millwood.

The second lecture this Spring is on Tuesday, May 23rd, when Barry Stewart BSc  is talking on ‘Fifty Shades of Green  –  Mosses and Lichen in Gower.’ Barry is an expert on the natural world ranging from birds to insects and plants and we look forward to welcoming him to St. Andrew’s.


The Migration Crisis:

A View from Africa


An illustrated talk by Nigel Clarke


Nigel Clarke has spent over 25 years managing humanitarian programmes in Africa, and recently has been involved in aspects of the migration crisis in Libya and Ethiopia.  Through an illustrated talk, he’ll attempt to unravel some of the complexities of the current Migration Crisis affecting Europe, Africa and the rest of the world.



Wednesday 3 May at 7 pm


St David’s Church Llanddewi

Gower  (Grid Ref: SS460890)


£7.50 including wine and refreshments


Tickets and further details  390119 or  391175


About our Parish

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