the rectorial benefice of neath

 

ORGANISATIONS


The Church has a number of Societies and associated groups, brief details of which are as follows:-

Church Choir:
Main Practice – (Thursday) - 7.00pm-8.30pm

Sunday Practice: 7.00pm-7.30pm

New members are always welcome.

THE CHURCH OF ST. DAVID



 

SERVICES


Sundays:

8.30 am Said Eucharist

11.00 am Sung Eucharist & Sunday School

6.00 pm Sung Evensong


Weekdays:

Wednesday: 10.00am Holy Eucharist

(Held in Alderman Davies C in W Primary School, next door to the church, during term time.)

Friday: 10.00am Holy Eucharist

Saturday 10.00am Holy Eucharist


The church is open for private prayer/meditation:
Friday 10.30 -12 noon.
Saturday 10.30 -12.30pm.

GIFT SHOP


The Gift Shop is open 10.30am to 12 noon on Fridays
and on Saturdays from 10.30 -12.30pm)

WHO’S WHO


Rector's Sub Warden:

Clare Evans

People's Sub Warden:

Helen Bennett

PCC Members:
Denise Jones, Mark Ritzmann

Organist & Choirmaster:

Mark Ritzmann


Sunday School Leader:

Mary Jones

Entering through the South Porch (1), and the oak screen and doors, you will pass the font on your left and the Gift Shop (2). Standing   below the glorious Great West Window (3), and looking Eastwards, you begin to appreciate the fine timberwork of the Nave roof. The   window was given in memory of R.H.Morgan in 1912 and depicts amongst others, St.David and St. Deiniol.


Turning eastwards towards the High Altar, one will see a number of smaller stained glass windows among which are those dedicated to former worshippers  of the Church. Particular examples are those given in memory of Graham Lawrence (4) and  Arthur Salter (5).


On the wall of the recently completed choir vestry extension (6), you will see an oil painting “The Three Magi” again painted by Will Roberts.


The marble embellished pulpit can now be seen as you approach the Chancel with its richly decorated stone walls and tiled floor. Originally, the Church was gas-lit and the remains of the gas mantle holders are now hidden by two wooden caps on the pillars on either side of the steps.

Immediately to each side of the Chancel can be seen the choir stalls, while behind on the walls are mounted the Decalogue Tablets (7).


The Sanctuary, separated by brass rails, contains a number of memorial tablets, including one to a former Rector of the Parish.  (8). The two fine hand carved Priest Desks are each decorated with a pair of angels. The magnificent brass eagle lectern is now a permanent feature following the 2006-7 reordering of the Nave worship area. The Candle-lit Aumbry to the left of the High Altar was given in memory of a former worshipper.


To the right of the Chancel, you will see the pipe organ built by E.H.I. Salter (9). Arthur Salter, his son, was organist and Choirmaster of the Church for over 50 years.

 
On returning to the Nave, and in front of the West facing organ case, you will see the Lady Chapel
(10), which was provided by generous bequest in 1925, now a place of quiet prayer. The coloured Reredos was added in 1958 and depicts the four Gospel writers together with St. David and St. Illtud.

The large South Window (11) above the Lady Chapel was donated in memory of Mr T.E.C.Molland a long serving chorister in the Church and a prominent figure in the civic life of the town.

As you move back towards the South Porch, please take time to look at the other stained glass windows in the South Aisle. (12)


If you would like further information on the Church, a guide is available for purchase in the Gift Shop.

A SHORT HISTORY AND GUIDE TO THE CHURCH


Built in the "Victorian Gothic" or "Pointed" style, in 1866, Saint David’s Church stands as a focal point for the centre of the town of Neath.

Designed by John Norton, it is a fine example of blue and red brick decoration reminiscent of the style found in Keble College, Oxford, and which was prevalent during the late 19th Century.

RESTORATION & RE-ORDERING WORK


The Appeal to restore and re-order the Church was launched in 2003 and thanks to Heritage Lottery Fund, CADW and Local Authority Grants, work started in January 2006 on the external cleaning of the building starting with the South Porch. This work involved the overhaul and replacement of various roofs and gutters that were in need of repair. Much of the decaying stone work was to replaced and renewed. The carving of St David over the South Porch has been cleaned.

Thanks to a generous bequest and the work of the “Friends of St David’s”, further work to the interior of the building has now been completed with a re-ordering of the Nave with more flexible use for both worship and community use. New toilet facilities and a kitchen are now part of the scheme with a purpose built vestry/meeting room which is independently heated. The building allows for full disabled access for public use, including ramped access, hearing induction loop and disabled toilet facilities. The reordered church was rededicated by the Archbishop of Wales Dr Barry Morgan on Advent Sunday 2007.

In 2009 work was undertaken on St David’s lighting system this has been replaced and upgraded thanks to a £50,000 grant through the Landfill Communities Fund of Waste Recycling Group (WRG) administered by the Environmental Body WREN.

The new computer controlled lighting system – which includes 12 3ft wide suspended bronze pendants – can create a range of theatre style effects, for use during plays, concerts and other events.

Meleri Jones WREN’s Wales Project Manager, “The new lighting system will enhance the Church's use as a venue that is already popular for concerts and dramatics as well as being used by choirs, schools and many other groups. The new lights will also highlight the fantastic features of this historic listed building'. (Taken from press release 30th SEPTEMBER 2009)

As with all historic buildings, however, there is always lots more work that needs to be done... work is ongoing but not complete!

We have now started to raise money to restore and make safe our iconic church tower...

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The building is used for concerts and public events as well as regular worship.

The building can be hired and details can be obtained from the Rectory.

Organisations and community groups requiring funding for beneficial projects should visit www.wren.org.uk or contact WREN on 01953 717165

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