What’s your favourite Welsh church?

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Mem­bers of the pub­lic have un­til Au­gust 31 to vote for Wales’s favourite church or chapel. sa­cred Wales—cymru sanc­taidd has been launched by the Na­tional Churches Trust both to cel­e­brate the coun­try’s re­li­gious her­itage and raise aware­ness of the dan­ger that a short­age of vol­un­teers, skilled work­ers and fund­ing poses to these his­toric build­ings.

Of the 4,500 churches and chapels in Wales, 45% are listed, ‘how­ever, with de­clin­ing con­gre­ga­tions, their fu­ture is not guar­an­teed,’ says Na­tional Churches Trust CEO Claire Walker. A new sur­vey shows that 60% of churches and chapels in Wales need ex­ter­nal fund­ing for re­pair and main­te­nance, but 28% have no ex­pe­ri­ence at all of mak­ing fund­ing ap­pli­ca­tions and 54% very lit­tle.

she con­tin­ues: ‘In the past five years, the Na­tional Churches Trust has made 37 awards worth more than £450,000 to churches and chapels in Wales. In the near fu­ture, we hope to ex­tend our new main­te­nance­booker (www.main­te­nance booker.org.uk) ser­vice to Wales.’

Choose from the 50 nom­i­nated houses of wor­ship—in­clud­ing John Nash’s st Davids Cathe­dral, Pem­brokeshire, Llandaff Cathe­dral in Cardiff (above) and st Wine­fride’s Well, Flintshire, a shrine mark­ing the spot where st Wine­fride’s head was chopped off in the 7th cen­tury (she was mirac­u­lously re­stored to life thanks to the prayers of her un­cle), one of the old­est con­tin­ual pil­grim­age sites in bri­tain—and cast your vote at www.sa­cred­wales.org.uk

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