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:    In June, the top two classes of Knelston School were invited to St David’s Church, Llanddewi. They were told about the church building and the graveyard. Some children were able to take photographs on their tablets. They were also told about farming in Gower- today and in the past. The Rev. Hilary showed them the robes which a priest wears, and they were able to ring the Church bell. A very enjoyable morning was had by all.

We are indebted to Neil Barry for giving us the benefit of his knowledge and experience, in answering questions and walking everyone around the garden on the Summer Evening at Knelston, and discussing the shrubs and plants. Our thanks to him for giving up his time.

The United Benefice Service for July took place at St David’s, when we were pleased to welcome the Area Dean, Rev. Peter Brooks, who preached the sermon, with the Rev. Carol Davies celebrating Eucharist.

The Family Fun Bingo Evenings begin on Tuesday, 25th July, followed by Tuesdays 1st August, 8th August and 15thAugust at 7.00pm for 7.30pm, at Port Eynon Village Hall. We look forward to seeing holidaymakers, and local friends, old and new.

The United Benefice Service for August (2nd Sunday) is 13th August at Oxwich at 10.00am.

We are pleased to know that John Henderson is back home from hospital.


St George’s, Reynoldston   were very pleased to welcome the recently priested Revd. Justin Davies and to give him our congratulations and prayers for his future ministry. He gave a charming address linked to Paddington Bear which gave much to reflect on about human nature and our relationships  with others.  We look forward to his working with us in St George’s and in South West Gower.

As part of the Gower Festival, St George’s was packed for a concert  by a remarkable 24 year old Turkish cellist, Jamal Aliyev.  As an encore after his varied programme he played the very moving  ‘The Swan’ by Saint Saens. It was a magical touch.  On 20th July he was playing at the Royal Albert Hall in one of the Prom concerts.  We are very fortunate to hear such talent in Gower and especially in our village church!

We are now beginning to look forward and plan for our 150th Birthday celebrations on the 3rd November.  This date in 1867 was when St George’s was re-opened after being totally rebuilt from its original mediaeval foundations. More news later.

St Cattwg’s, Port Eynon:   Caffi CattwgOur popular Saturday morning cafe is taking a break from July 8th until the beginning of September. Please look out for notices about the re-opening, which will probably be September 9th.

During the last session, as well as the anticipated delicious cakes, real coffee and tea, we enjoyed a recital featuring four young pianists, all of them accomplished and confident; then their teacher Mags Attwell and her mama, Mary, played several entertaining duets. It was a delightful close to the season.

The Senior Citizens, rather depleted in number for various reasons, had a lunch on July 6th and this will also be the last until September. Hopefully, the next date will be Monday, September 4th with confirmation nearer the time.

St. Cattwg’s had no service on the first two Sundays of July, but we hope to be worshipping there for the remainder of the month and look forward to meeting summer visitors.

St Illtyd’s, Oxwich:  The holiday season is with us again and we begin to think how we can provide spiritual food for visitors to the area.

After the Songs of Praise, at the Gower Show, St Illtyd’s will be holding 3 services of hymn singing on Sunday evenings at 6 pm: August 13th, 20th and 27th. We hope to be joined not only by visitors but people from other congregations of the Ministry Area. These are always uplifting and joyous occasions so do come and join us. The service on Aug 13th will again be led by Father Tim Ardouin and our own Di Workman. A similar service last year was much appreciated and quite special so do come.

August 13th, at 10a.m, is our turn to host the Benefice Service to be conducted by Rev. Carol Davies. This will be a “Pet Service”, without Eucharist, so bring along your cats, dogs, mice and guinea pigs – or whatever happens to be your animal friend – for a blessing. This will be a first first at St. Illtyd’s !

During the month of August we will be endeavouring to keep the church open as long as we have volunteers to be there. Visitors are delighted when they are able to gain access to our ancient place  of  worship and appreciate this added dimension to their summer holiday. Any help with church ‘sitting’ would be very welcome indeed.

St Mary’s, Rhossili:  On a sunny afternoon in June we welcomed a group of ladies from Bishopston Mothers Union. Mr Roger Button met them and showed them around the church answering any questions, and relating to them the link with the Polar expedition . Coincidently one of the ladies had been to Martinsart War Cemetery in the Somme where William Gibbs is buried, and where she was also in search of a Great War casualty.

It is some time since Rhossili hosted a concert  as part of the Gower Festival   Those who attended the performance by the renowned Wihan Quartet from Prague were treated to a spellbinding performance, and not an empty seat in the house .

Our visiting celebrant on the first Sunday in July was Rev Michael Walters, as well as congregation from St Cattwg’s as there was no service there.  Michael is renowned for his inspiring sermons and we suspect he is also a bit of a Rugby fan!!!!!

The recent benefice service at St David’s was well attended and the Area Dean, Rev Peter Brooks, addressed those gathered there.  He spoke about our shortcomings regarding being able to pray or not, and how everyone’s approach is different. The service was followed by lots of coffee, tea and biscuits.

St Andrew’s, Penrice:   July was a quiet month at St. Andrew’s but much goes on behind the scenes as we prepare for the Gower Festival Concert on August 4th. The tickets are nearly all sold and we hope for a warm dry weekend for it and the very special Gower Show this year as it celebrates its 100th anniversary.

David and Ann Pope returned as Worship Leaders for the first time this year but it was a shame there were so few people in Church that day to welcome them back. They prepare for the Service so meticulously  and always make it a joyous and thoughtful occasion.

Several members of the congregation were at Llandewi to enjoy hearing Canon Peter Brooks preach at the United Benefice Service.

The third talk for this Summer was given by Richard Daugherty on ‘The Lost Lanes of Gower’.  Despite hitches with the projector, Richard showed great patience and gave a most interesting and successful talk to an audience of 110, most of whom stayed on afterwards for refreshments.   We are very grateful to Andy Barraclough of Horton who rescued us with the correct part for the projector so that Richard’s illustrations could be shown at the end of the talk. The final talk, on Alfred Parkman the local artist, is on Tuesday, September 12th at 7 pm.


From The Registers


29th July:  Alun Brace to Catryn Williams, at St Mary’s, Rhossili



About our Parish

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