St. Aelhaearn News





Summer Fair

Will take place on Tuesday 18th July at 6:30 , on the playing field and community centre. Admission £1.


Annual General Meeting

Was held recently after the Morning Service. The vicar, the Rev Lloyd Jones thanked everybody for all their hard work during the past year. Special thanks to Mrs Edwina Lloyd Hughes who will be retiring from her post of treasurer at the end of the year. Mrs Lloyd Hughes has been keeping the church funds in order for over 50 years. Also to Mrs Lis James for her work as Warden. Mrs Helen Williams Ellis will be the new treasurer. The other officials remain the same.


Bishop Andrew is pleased to announce that the Rev’d Lloyd Jones has been appointed as the Vicar of Beuno Sant Uwch Gwyrfai Ministry Area (which is the area around Clynnog, Llanaelhaearn, Penygroes and Llanwnda / Llandwrog). Lloyd will finish in Felinheli (Port Dinorwic) on Easter Day, before he and the family move to live in Clynnog. Lloyd will be taking a sabbatical before his induction on Thursday 11 July, at 7pm in St. Beuno’s Church, Clynnog.




The Bishop Bangor will meet with the Parochial Church Councils of St Aelhaearn, St Beuno, Llandwrog, Llanwnda and Nantlle Vale ( these being the churches in our group) at Clynnog on the 31/5/12 to discuss the way forward.


During 2010/2011 around £200,000 was spent on refurbishing the church both inside and out. This was probably the largest scale of work ever undertaken on this ancient building. The architect was Alun Merion Jones from the ap Thomas Patnership, Bangor and the builders were L Sturrs and Son, Bethesda. During the internal work the congregation worshipped at the Babell Community Centre. While working on the path around the church the builders came accross a large amount of bones, some of which were sent away for analysis and were found to be over 100 years old. They were reburied in a simple service devised by the vicar Canon Idris Thomas.

Canon Idris Thomas and some of the builders outside the church March 2010 Jeff Sturrs on the right, Hywel Gwynfryn at the back
L to R Alun Meirion Jones, Pat Sturrs, Jeff Sturrs, Mike Atkin, Keri Williams at the burial service for the bones
The burial of the bones


It was with great sadness that a large congregation gathered at the church on Sunday 25th September to celebrate the ministry of Canon Idris Thomas. Canon Thomas was retiring after thirty six and a half years of service here in the parish, he was presented with a cheque on behalf of the congregation. Afterwards everybody moved to the Babell Community Centre for light refreshments.

LtoR Mrs Rose Williams, Mrs Ann THomas, Canon Idris Thomas, Mr Mike Atkin

Canon and Mrs Thomas with a paining presented to them by well known local artist Mr John Baum


During this period the area Dean the Rev Lloyd Jones will be in charge of the parish. Anyone wishing to marry in the church, have a child christened or for funerals are to contact him on 01248 670212 or by contacting the church secretary Mrs Lynda Cox 01758 750474 or one of the wardens-Mr Mike Atkin or Mrs Rose Williams.

During a meeting with the Archdeacon of Bangor, the Ven. Paul Davies the Parochial Church Council were informed that a new vicar will not be appointed to the parish of Llanaelhaearn. The diocese are looking at groups of churches joining together. Our group will probably consist of Clynnog Fawr, Llanwnda, Llandwrog and Dyffryn Nantlle and of course Llanaelhaearn. The PCC have the Bishop’s assurance that the new incumbent will be able to both speak and write in Welsh. This is especially important for us here as this is probably one of the strongest Welsh speaking areas of Gwynedd. The PCC have been working on the Parish Profile which will be put together with the other chuches in the group and sent to any interested applicants for the new parish which will be called the Parish of Clynnog Fawr.