CANON PATRICK’S 70th LETTER

Dear friends,
The oldest member of Christ Church, Mrs Joan Davies (formerly of Parcmaen Street, and
more recently of Erw Hir Residential Home), has died at the age of 100. Our sincere
sympathy goes to her daughter Jackie and her family. Joan was very proud of her Lancashire
roots. She met her husband during the Second World War, and when peace came, they
settled in his home town of Welshpool. Mr Davies became an AA man, back in the days
when they wore a smart uniform. His patch included Buttington, the village where I spent
the first few years of my life.

At that time the only telephone in Buttington was the one in the AA box. People who
wanted to communicate with the outside world therefore had to join the AA. This made Mr
Davies an extremely important person in our small community. For my elder sister and I, he
represented an authority figure, rather as a village policeman might have done elsewhere.
Our home, Maes Hafren, was near the River Severn, which regularly burst its banks. From a
safe vantage point, my sister and I would watch in awe as Mr Davies the AA man guided the
traffic safely through the floodwaters. In 2001, while getting to know my new parish, I called
on Mrs Davies in Parcmaen Street. As we were chatting cheerfully, she mentioned that she
used to live in Welshpool, where she was a pillar of St Mary’s Church (the church where I
was christened by a rather vague old Canon – only to end up as a rather vague old Canon
myself). I noticed a little model of an AA man on her shelf, and began to wonder if her
husband had been the Mr Davies of my early childhood. It turned out that he had been.
Mae’r byd yn fach…. It’s a small world!

There will be a retiring collection at all our services up to and including Christmas Day and
the following Sunday. This year’s Christmas Appeal will be divided between our neighbours
at the Salvation Army, and an Armenian charity supported by our Welsh Armenian friends
helping refugees and other victims of the recent conflict in Nagorno-Karabakh (the winters
are desperately cold in Armenia and Karabakh, and the old and the children are suffering).

SERVICES: Wednesday 9 December 10.30am EUCHARIST in Church; SUNDAY 13 December
9.15am NATIVITY EUCHARIST in Church; 11am ZOOM EUCHARIST; Wednesday 16
December 10.30am EUCHARIST in Church; SUNDAY 20 December 9.15am ANGEL
EUCHARIST in Church; 11am ZOOM EUCHARIST; 5pm ZOOM 9 LESSONS & CAROLS;
Wednesday 23 December 10.30am EUCHARIST in Church; CHRISTMAS EVE 5pm CRIB
SERVICE in Church; 11.30pm ZOOM MIDNIGHT MASS; CHRISTMAS DAY 8am CYMUN Y
WAWR/DAWN EUCHARIST in Church; SUNDAY 27 December 9.15am HOLY EUCHARIST. To
book seats (first come, first served) and in case of Zoom difficulties please get in touch
with Delyth, Kristie, Rosemary Bowen, Malcolm Jones, or myself.

Canon Patrick

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