Spring Newsletter

Newsletter No.3                                                                                                Spring 2017


Hello, everyone. Here is our third occasional newsletter about the former St Lawrence Church, Lavernock and what is happenening there.

Bringing you up to date

Some disappointing news first; the bid made by the Representative Body of the Church in Wales for a grant from the Heritage Lottery Fund was not successful. The Trust received the news in early March. The HLF’s explanation was that we were competing with churches across Wales that, unlike St Lawrence, were open every Sunday and there was massive demand for grants; their priority was to give money to open churches in use as regular places of worship. To have given money to us would have set a precedent, thus possibly opening the floodgates to more and more applications from closed churches like ours. The HLF were also concerned that we didn’t have a formal lease arrangement with the Church in Wales which would have demonstrated greater commitment on our part, and also that we weren’t applying as a community group. They advised against any further application.

There has since been a meeting of Trustees who agreed that the way ahead was to take a more phased approach; the Trust would seek to deal with the various repairs etc. separately and look for funds in smaller amounts from other grant-giving bodies. The possibility of asking the Representative Body for a leasehold or freehold interest in the former church would be considered.

Peter Leech (1924-2017)

We are sorry to have to tell you of the death on 3rd March of our much loved friend and Trustee, Peter Leech; he was 93. Peter was well known in Penarth as the former Head of English at Stanwell School and as an excellent and popular teacher. He wrote a seminal work on the local sculptor, Frank Roper, and was a longstanding member of the Diocesan Advisory Council.  Peter was an artist himself and was always full of ideas; as well as his great learning he had a sense of mischief and often a twinkle in his eye. His passing is a great loss to many and especially to us at St Lawrence.

Open Day on 20th May


Do call in and have a look round; we are planning to illustrate the development of many types of communication through the 120 years since Guglielmo Marconi sent the first wireless message over open water from Flat Holm to Lavernock Point on 13th May 1897.

Admission will be free, knowledgeable people will be on hand to provide information, and hot and cold drinks will be available.

Services in 2017

Sea Sunday (July 9th), St Lawrence (August 13th), Harvest (September 24th), Remembrance Sunday (November 12th), Christmas Lessons & Carols (December 3rd); all at 3 pm.

 If you wish to contact us

   Carole Alexander (Secretary to Trustees)

   Revd Margaret Stark (Hon.Trustee and Chaplain)
  029 20701303   stark545@btinternet.com

   Registered Charity No: 1138257