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LLANFIHANGEL YN NGWYNFA. OPENING OF THE NEW CHURCH. On Tuesday last, the new church recently DUIIC m this secluded parish was opened for divine service. The day was most auspicious as to weather, and the beautiful little church was thronged during the three services held there. The new church is built on the site of the old one, and is situated on the top of one of those conspicuous hills which abound in this parish. The architect is Mr. Ley, of Welshpool, who had many valuable suggestions given him in his progress by the Rev. R. Williams, of Llanfyllin. It is a most elegant little church, constructed to hold about 180 persons. Its beauty is much enhanced by a memorial window presented to the memory of their mother by two na- tives of this pariah, Mr. W. Jones, of London, and Mr. J. E. Jones, now of Erw Wen Villa, Llangollen. This window is most chastly and artistically made, and con- tains figures of the nativity, crucifixion, and ascension of our Saviour; underneath those respectively are- "Trwy dy enedigaeth, trwy dy ddyoddefaint, trwy dy adgyfodiad." Gwared ni Arglwydd daionus." And at the bottom is inscribed- Er cof am Margaret Jones, gynt o Frwynog, yn y plwyf hwn, yr hon a fu farw Rhagfyr I, loii. Oed 76." The morning service was in English read by the es- teemed rector, the Rev. E. Evans. The sermon was preached by the Yen. Archdeacon Ffoulkes, from the Psalm cxvi. 15, and a moat elegant, impressive, appro- priate, and extempore sermon it was. The afternoon service was in Welsh, and was read by the late rector, the Rev. R. Wynn Edwards. The sermon, ail excellent one, by the Rev. R. Williams, Llanfyllin, from Haggai ii. 9. The evening service was read by the Rev. W. Richardson, and the sermon was preached by the Kev. R. W. Edwards, from Isairh lviii. 12. He drew strik- ing comparisons between the new and the old church there, and preached a very excellent sermon. After the morning service a cold collation was pre- pared for those who attended by the worthy rector. There were present most of those whose names are givenbelow. 81 After the usual loyal toasts had been drank, Mr. W. Jones got up and proposed the health of Mr. and Mrs. Evans. In doing so he paid to both merited compliments, dwelling on the efficiency of union of 0.0- tion of husband and wife in any undertaking. { Mrs. ETWI VM • most valuable help-meet for their friend, < all heart and head. The faithful-dutiful wife cheered the husband on in every duty of life—her smiles creat- ing a sunshine round his path in the darkest hour. Their friend had laboured hard in effecting the good work he had completed there; but he had succeeded in building one of the most elegant structures to the ser- vice of Almighty God he had ever seen. He thanked him most heartily, and begged they would join in drinking "the health of Mr. and Mrs. Evans, and wish- ing them long life, happiness, aud prosperity." Mr. Evans responded to the toast, and said that he was indeed proud of that day, and his triumph. He had bad faithful friends itnd parishioners to co-operate with him, and he had ultimately succeeded to his heart's content. He was gratified to find that all con- curred in deeming his new church a model church. It shewed how little they knew in London about such matters, for he had applied to the Church Building So- ciety there for a grant, and in doing so had sent n plan of his intended church. Thoy returned it, with the ob- servation that it was unecclesiastical in its appearance and proportion, that they could not think of giving a single shilling towards it. (Laughter.) The church had grown to its present beautiful appearance in a great ex- tent owing so the memorial window presented by the two brothers, natives of the parish, who he was proud to see present that day. He had to work up the interior to harmonize with that beautiful window, and in doing so had to expend more money than was first contem- plated. However, the work was done, and he was glad it met with such universal approval. (Cheers.) He would ask them to join him in drinking the healths of the two brothers he had referred to, and who were an honour to the parish, and he would also give the name of Mrs. I ones, who he was glad to see for the first time at Llanfihangel. He would give the trio juneto in uno. Mr. W. Jones, after unsuccessful endeavouring to get his brother to return thanks, said it was then as of old, for when they were lads at Brwynog he had to do aU the talk, and his brother did all the work. (Laughter.) He thanked them in the name of the trio. The little aid they had given to the good cause they had that day met to celebrate its triumph, was very inadequate to the prosperity God had blessed* them with. The win- dow was a grateful acknowledgement of the work and early paining of a beloved and excellent mother. It was the mother that bent the twig to form the tree. (Hear.) The great maxim of their mother's early training was — Be truthful, my children, and fear not." Those les- sons of truthfulness she had early taught they had never forgotten. Truth ii," ever charming. The beautiful goddess could walk the earth in the majesty of her own strength, looking up to heaven from whence she came, and whither she would return—no blush on her cheek —no falter on her tongue—and no shame to cause her to hide her face frem those around her; falsehood on the other hand had a down-cast look—trembled at the presence of right—and stumbled at every step it took,- prop it up as they would, down it ultimately fell. (Cheers.) He remembered once their mother was going to apply the rod to his brother for some fault he (Mr. W. Jones) had committed. He thought it not exactly fair that his brother should be punished for his crime— so he rushed to the rescue and said, mother, I did it." She dropped the rod instantly, and both got off, he with a pat on the head for telling the truth. They had pleasure in being present that day to witness the good work done in their native parish, and he thanked them heartily for receiving them so cordially. (Cheers.) The health of Archdeacon Ffoulkes," and thanks for his excellent sermon, was then given. Sir W. W. Wynn, Bart. the owner of almost the entire parish, was given in enlogistic terms, and drank. The health of Mr. Ley, the architect," to which he responded in appropriate terms. His church was admit- ted to be the gem of Montgomeryshire. The collections amounted to £ 30 8i1 5.d, The following were among those present on the oc- casion The Ven. Archdeacon Ffoulkes, Rev. R. and Mrs. Williams, Llanfyllin; R, v. J. and Mrs. McIntosh, and party Rev. Ilr. Mrs. and Miss Jones, Garth- beibio Rev. Mr. and Mrs. James, Pontrobert; Revds. R. Wynne Edwards, Meifod Edwards, Llangad- van; J. Hughe, Llanwddyn; R. H. M. Hughes, Llan- santffraid; Robinson, Darddw; W. Richardson, Llwydiarth; W. E. Williams; Owen, Hirnant; Rowlands, Hwlch y cihe; Davies, Penybont; E. Kichards, liettws; Mrs. Dugdale, Llwyn; Mrs. Royle, Mr. and Mrs. W. Jones, London; Mr. J. E Jones, Erw Wen Villa, Llangollen; Mr. W. A. Pughe, Miss Pughe, and Mr. J. Pughe, Manor House, Llanfyilin; Mr. J. Pugh and Mrs. Pugh, Llanfyllin; Mr. B. Lay, architect; Mrs. and Misses Thomas, Llanfyllin Miss Kvans, Marey; Mr. W. Jones, Bwlchyllan; Richards, Green Hall; R. Edwards, Llwydiarth, &c &c.









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