Hide Articles List

20 articles on this Page

DEATH OF THE REV. PREBENDARY…

-------_-->---LL \N WNDA.

Advertising

Temperance Meetings at Fishguard.

The New Jabes in the Gwaun.

News
Cite
Share

The New Jabes in the Gwaun. Jabes, blest Bethel of the Gwaun, In Sylvia's lap enthroned. To know the Gwaun valley is to love it. i hesy are words that cannot fail to find an echo in the breast of every lover of Nature for, at the present time, tile luxuriant avenue is clothed in the richest robe of sylvan gran- deur. The Gwaun is one of the wealthy assets of North Pembrokeshire, yet, to the average native its pristine loveliness is of scant value. Visitors, who chance to catch a glimpse of the fine leafy woodland through whica the rippling rills now in cadence sweet, carry away with them thoughts of a scene at unce impressively beautiful. The easy descent to Llanychare bridge brings the sightseer to the foot of a laborious hill, to climb which is the only fee he has to pay in the shape of exercise to reach the hallowed grove, then ith careless joy we tread the woodland ways And reach her broad domain of strength and beauty free as air. A book might be written in praise of this in- teresting spot in the form of a popular guide to one of the grandest hidden charms of the district and as the official publication of the Fishguard Paiish Council—or the future urbau authority. But the obje t in view is to mark the pro- gress of JabeE Baptist church in course of erection about mid-way on the north side of the winding ro :d leading to Newport's frown- ing peak, Cam Ingli, from Fishguard. Rainy weather, during the interval since the laying of the six memoiial stoned has interfered with the building operations. When rain descends in the Gwaun it literally pours the stieaks of mortar and lime down the walls of the new edifice bear evidence to the heavy droppings they have been subjected to during the last few months. Standing on the crest of the hill, partially surrounded by forest giants, the chapel commands a very fine, ex 5 pansive view of the valley to the east, west and south. There is something exquisitely charming in its situation—a situation so serenely beautiful that prayer and praise should pour forth as spontaneously from the lips of human worshippers as the songs of thanksgiving from the throats of tin feathered tribe that find habitation in the surrounding trees. When finished, the chapel promises to form a monument alike to the generosity and faithfulness of members of the cause and to the worthy diligence of the respected pastor, the Rev J. LI. Morris, to whose sti enuousness the bulk of the coat is already in hand. A fairly good idea of what the chapel will be when finished may be gieaned from its present appearance. The original 'ormation has been modified, the present structure being practi- cally Equare, and runs further back into the hill than the old chapel, tho walls of which were entirely removed. Strength and dura- bility characterize the structiiie good sound stone walls carried well up in order to give plenty of room overhead the woodwork is pitchpine throughout; a gallery will occupy three sides—this is strictly in keeping with the many homely Bethels of Pembrokeshire, built many years ago. There is ample pro- vision for light in the four walls of the plain, arch pattern this also applies to the front doorway and the large window immediately above. Tho rcof is ready for slating, and it is hoped to have the chapel ready for opening between this and the autumn. Prominent in the gable is the slab inscribed with the lettering :—"Jabes, Capel y Bedyddwyr, ad- eiladwyd y cyntaf yn 1803 yr ail yn 1842 a'r trydydd yn 1904." Below the roadway is the new God's acre studded here and there with choice evergreens pleasingly set out. As yet, but few head- stones mark the spot, but the few are the acme of neatness. Perhaps a suggestion in regard to the new building will be timely at this juncture. It was noticed that no provision is made for ventilation except by means of the windows at the side. A thorough system of ventilation is inseparable from all modern public build- ings, sacred or secuhr. If evidence were needed in order to show its necessity, Hermon Chapel, Fishguard, and Bethlehem, Newport. may be referred to as examples, these churches having recently adopted special contrivances for ensuring a free circulation of the all essential fresh air through their chapels by ventilators fixed into the roofs. One hale worshipper remarked recently that he had been in chapel on special occasions when the greatest difficulty was experienced in keeping the lamps aglow in consequence of the close- ness of the atmosphere. This is a matter calling for attention before the roof is com- pleted and now is the tima The cause is too strong in North Pembrokeshire to spoil the good ° Ehip for the sake of the proverbial pennyworth of tar. It has been decided, since the contract was placed, to pave the floor of the chapel with wood blocks, a very commendable feature. As the cpeniug cere- mony is likely to prove a big attraction efforts should be made to hold the event before the winter sets in.

Advertising

STORIES OF A CONJUROR.

CRICKET.

Fishguard Drainage Scheme.

SOLVA.

,-----NEVERN.

[No title]

[No title]

Family Notices

Advertising

PENCRUG1AU.

[No title]

Choral Festival at St. Mary's…

Fatality on the Pier Works.

Sabbath-Breaking in Wales.