Flower Festival 2017

Once again, our Flower Festival has been a great success! This year’s theme ‘My Favourite Things’ was fun to interpret and the arrangements varied from ‘A Garden Party at Buckingham Palace’ to ‘A Chinese Takeaway’ and from ‘Wimbledon’ to ‘Chocolate!’ We have had so many positive comments from visitors. Here are just a few describing the 31 arrangements, from our Visitors’ Book:

Imaginative        Never disappoints         Fantastic         Ardderchog        Fabulous                   Very impressive!       Absolutely beautiful       Marvellous displays & scrumptious cream horns! Amazing displays      Brilliant, as usual       Wonderful displays arranged with love and care

Enjoying a cup of tea and a chat

The arrangement sponsored by Pontardawe Town Council, arranged by Wendy Davies

Christmas, by Gary Green

‘My Favourite Things’, by Sue James

A Picnic in the Countryside, by Sue James

Wimbledon, by Rhian Jones

A Day at the Spa, by Janice Thompson

Garden Party at Buckingham Palace, by Wendy Davies and Sue Dyke, Friends of Alltwen MacMillan

The Seaside, by Christine Biston

Flower Arranging and Art, by Sue James

Baking, by Joy Jagoe-Williams

Chocolate, by Sue James


Music, by Ann Newman

Afternoon Tea, by Christine Biston

A Chinese Takeaway, by Rhian Jones and Christine Davies

Gardening, by Joy Jagoe-Williams

Holidays, by Malcolm Carroll

Faith, Hope and Love, by Sue James

Dementia Friendly Pontardawe, by Marcia Vale

In addition to the themed arrangements, there were a number of Memorial Arrangements, including this beautiful one, arranged by Rhian Jones, in memory of our Ministry Area Curate, the Reverend Dorothy Lewis, who was laid to rest 2 days before the Festival opened.

Arranged by Christine Davies

Arranged by Rhian Jones

Arranged by Ann Newman

Arranged by Janice Thompson            Arranged by Sue James

Thanks are due to so many people, but we would like to thank in particular:

  • each and every one of our flower arrangers: St. Peter’s Flower Guild members, Rhian, Chris B, Malcolm, Chris D, Gary, Joy, Janice, Shirley and Sue J; Ann from St. Michael’s Church, Trebanos; Wendy and Sue from Friends of Alltwen Macmillan and Marcia from Dementia Friendly Pontardawe.

  • Rhian Jones, who as Chair of the Flower Festival Committee, led our small team – even though her wrist was in a cast!

  • the volunteers who cleaned the church, manned the door, welcomed guests, baked cakes (and cream horns – thank you Avril!), made jams and marmalades and served refreshments.

  • Our Town Mayor, Cllr. Andrew Nicholson, who officially opened the Flower Festival, pictured below with churchwardens Sue and Rhian and our Vicar, Gary

  • The Nemeth family for their wonderful music








Coffee Morning in aid of Ty Olwen

The Coffee Morning held in church on Saturday, September 24th in aid of Tŷ Olwen Hospice, raised the magnificent sum of £550 and on Sunday, October 23rd, Mrs Helen Murray the Chairman of the Tŷ Olwen Trust and her daughter Kate, came to our service at St. Peter’s. Our lead organiser, Chris B. presented a cheque for £550 to Helen.


Helen explained that the Trust has an annual financial commitment to the Tŷ Olwen Service of £420,000 and although perhaps £550 seems to be a drop in the ocean in that huge amount, all these small amounts add up. Tŷ Olwen couldn’t offer the fantastic service it does without these ‘small’ donations. Thank you to everyone who made this possible and to the staff and fundraisers at Tŷ Olwen.

St. Peter’s Flower Festival, 2016

Some photos from this year’s Flower Festival, held between August 19th – 21st. The title was “21 Centuries of Martyrs – The White-Robed Army of Martyrs Praise Thee” which wasn’t the easiest theme we’d been given, but our hard-working flower arrangers surpassed themselves, under Rhian’s expert guidance.


Official opening: Churchwardens Sue James and Rhian Jones with Pontardawe Town Mayor, Cllr. Rebeca Phillips


St. Agatha, 3rd Century, patron saint of breast cancer sufferers and bell makers.

IMG_6782St. Edmund, 9th century

FullSizeRenderSt. Wenceslas, 10th century

IMG_6799St. Joan of Arc, 15th century

IMG_6813The Nag Hammed Martyrs, 21st century






On Sunday, 20 December 2015, our baptismal charities for 2015 – namely the Romanian Aid Foundation and the Noak’s Ark Appeal, which raises money for items needed in the purpose built hospital for sick children in Cardiff – each collected a cheque for £373.  The money came from the loose money put on the collection plate during our baptismal  services.


IMG_0444One of our parishioners was involved in an accident in July of this year, and it is almost certain that he would have died, had the Air Ambulance not been there to fly him to the University of Wales Hospital in Cardiff. As a result of their sterling work, Rhys is with us and making steady progress back to good health.  Rhys’ family presented the WAA representative with a cheque for £600.



Our fourth annual Christmas Tree Festival was held between Saturday, 12th December and Sunday 20th December.

Local charities, organisations and schools were invited them to bring a Christmas Tree into church and decorate it, either with a Christmas theme or to reflect the work of their organisation,giving them an opportunity to tell the rest of the community about their activities and achievements. Visitors supported their chosen charity / charities by putting money in the collecting tins next to each tree

Christmas Tree Festival 2012, St. Peter's Pontardawe, Memorial Tree, 13-12-12The church was beautifully decorated with 22 Christmas trees, including our Memorial Tree which was decorated with Memorial Baubles which had a tag listing the name of a loved one who is no longer with us.

The Festival got off to a great start with a concert given by the Ospreys Supporters Choir with soloist, Sean Lewis. The programme included many Christmas Carols, old and new, and was thoroughly enjoyed by everyone who attended.

Setting up the Memorial Tree, 2012


On November 29, 2015, St Peter’s Church hosted 2 concerts given by a young drama group, Class Act Theatre School (CATS) in aid of charity.  The youngsters, many of whom are from the Pontardawe and Neath area, performed songs from various West End shows along with Christmas carols.  Along with 2 concerts in Swansea, CATS raised over £5,000 which they donated to the Swansea Lions Club, who are raising money for our local hospice, Ty Olwen; and for Blood Bikes Wales, whose volunteers transport blood, plasma and other emergency items between hospitals, usually during the ‘out of hours’ periods.

CIVIC SERVICE 2015                                                                                                             

On Sunday, October 11th, St Peter’s Church hosted the Mayor’s Civic Service for the Pontardawe Town Council.  This year, the Mayor and Mayoress, Councillor and Mrs Brian Thomas, have chosen the Alzheimer’s Society as their charity.  The collection taken during the service, which amounted to over £400 was donated to the Mayor’s charity.  During the service, the children of Ysgol Gynradd Gymraeg Trebannws sang, and members of the Mayor’s family took part in the readings and prayers.


On Saturday, September 5th, a Coffee Morning was held in church in aid of our local Hospice, Tŷ Olwen. It was a wonderful occasion and everyone gave generously. We are delighted to announce that we raised the amazing sum of:
Tŷ Olwen opened its doors to the first patients on the 1st October 1981. The Unit was officially opened by HRH Duchess of Kent in May 1982. We all hope that we will never need to use the Hospice, but of course, many of our families and friends have been patients and because of this, Tŷ Olwen is very close to many peoples’ hearts.
On October 4th, Harvest Sunday, we welcomed two trustees of the Tŷ Olwen Trust, Paul and Helen Murray, to our service, where they accepted a cheque from us. Helen is the chairman of the Trust and Paul is the Vice-Chairman.

                            Ty Olwen cheque, Oct 2015

Presentation of the cheque: Rhian Jones (People’s Warden), Helen Murray, Chairman of the Ty Olwen Trust, Rev’d Gary Green, Sue James (Vicar’s Warden)

Thank You to everyone who helped in any way, cleaning and decorating the church, setting up the tables, baking, welcoming visitors, serving Refreshments, clearing away afterwards and to everyone who gave one of the 14 prizes for the Raffle.


On Saturday, 25th of April, 2015, Nepal suffered a massive earthquake. It is estimated that over 8 million people have been affected by this devastating earthquake with many thousands loosing their lives.  Families have been torn apart  –  the people have lost everything!  Barry and I were so moved by their plight that I mentioned after the service in Church that we would host a fund-raising coffee morning at our house in aid of the earthquake appeal.

‘Our Team’ at St Peter’s sprang into action.  Together they baked, served, washed dishes, sold raffle tickets and, besides all the work, enjoyed being together. Donations and the raffle raised the staggering amount of £573!

Well done, ‘Our Team’ and all the friends, neighbours and members of our Church congregation who came along to support this event.’

Ena and Barry



The 35th Flower Festival was opened on Friday 15th August by the Deputy Mayor of Pontardawe Town Council, Councillor Brian Thomas, who welcomed everyone and thanked the members of St. Peter’s Flower Guild for all their hard work in preparing the many floral arrangements.


Jonah (Ena & Barry Niedergang)








Samuel (Rev’d Gary photo-10Green)









On Saturday, May 10th, 2014, we held our first Craft Fayre. Nine local crafters each had a stall in church to sell their wares which ranged from cushions & cupcakes to floral arrangements & flower pots; from bags & cards to wooden plaques & fairy costumes, all of which were beautifully made. In addition Chendore of Cento Angelli tempted our taste buds with delicious Turkish and Mediterranean foods. We also had our own stalls for Crafts, Home-made Cakes, Preserves and Ready Meals, Plants and Wooden items and of course we offered refreshments. We raised £542 and considering the atrocious weather (we offered visitors a towel to dry off as they came in!), everyone – crafters, visitors and church members, felt that the day had been a success.


From September 2013, the Parish has been sponsoring 2 children’s charities:

  • Ty Hafan Children’s Hospice, near Penarth and
  • The Butterfly Children’s Hospice in China.

During every Baptism, the loose collection is donated to these 2 charities. On Sunday, 22nd December, 2013 a cheque for £207.45 was presented to representatives of each of the two charities. A member of our congregation, Barry Niedergang, accepted the cheque on behalf of Ty Hafan and Hannah and her parents accepted the cheque on behalf of the Butterfly Hospice.

In addition, 3 of our members, Christine B, Ena & Barry, decorated 2 Christmas Trees in our Christmas Tree Festival to raise money.

On every Wednesday during Lent, we have held Lent lunches.  Twelve members of the congregation made batches of home-made soup and the goodwill donations were added to the collections taken during the Baptisms.

Amount donated at Christmas 2014:           £1,731.51