Churches host ‘un­seen he­roes’

Cynon Valley - - FRONT PAGE - MAR­CUS HUGHES mar­cus.hughes@waleson­line.co.uk

Churches will host a series of “stir­ring” art pieces to com­mem­o­rate the cen­te­nary an­niver­sary of Ar­mistice Day.

CHURCHES will host a series of “stir­ring” art pieces to com­mem­o­rate the cen­te­nary an­niver­sary of Ar­mistice Day.

Sil­hou­ettes of First World War soldiers made of per­spex have been in­stalled at St Mary Mag­da­lene’s Church in Cwm­bach and St El­van’s in Aber­dare.

The pieces have been in­stalled as part of the There But Not There cam­paign, re­mem­ber­ing First World War ca­su­al­ties around the cen­te­nary of the end of the con­flict.

The churches are among a num­ber of Dio­cese of Llandaff churches host­ing the sil­hou­ettes and hold­ing spe­cial com­mem­o­ra­tive events.

Archdea­con of Mor­gan­nwg and priest-in-charge of Cwm­bach Christo­pher Smith said: “To some peo­ple, 100 years seems a long time, but many peo­ple will have strong fam­ily links to those who lost their lives in World War One or those who sur­vived but car­ried the scars of that con­flict for the rest of their lives.

“In re­mem­ber­ing them, we are com­mit­ting our­selves to a fu­ture of peace, for­give­ness and hope.

“Those who gave their lives did so that we might live in peace; we must do all we can to work for that peace, for our­selves and for those who come af­ter us.”

At the out­break of the First World War, Cwm­bach was still a small min­ing and farm­ing vil­lage out­side Aber­dare.

The war memo­rial in St Mary Mag­da­lene’s Church lists the names of 40 men who were killed in ac­tion dur­ing that con­flict, dev­as­tat­ing that com­mu­nity.

Archdea­con Smith said: “Those peo­ple have never been for­got­ten, and along­side those who lost their lives in the Sec­ond World War and the Falk­lands Con­flict, they will be re­mem­bered on Novem­ber 11, 2018.

“The parish has sup­ported the There But Not There cam­paign as part of this act of re­mem­brance. Mem­bers of the con­gre­ga­tion have been seek­ing the descen­dants of those named on the me­mo­ri­als to in­vite them to join this act of re­mem­brance.”

Other churches in the Llandaff Dio­cese sup­port­ing the There But Not There cam­paign in­clude St Ill­tud’s Church, in Llantwit Fardre, which has eight sil­hou­ettes, St El­van’s in Aber­dare, which has four and St Mary’s, Whitchurch, which has two.

Rec­tor of Whitchurch, the Rev­erend John Davis said: “I think that re­mem­brance is some­thing that we do at ev­ery Eucharist, but this act of re­mem­brance re­ally touches the heart of our so­ci­ety and con­nects us with the wider com­mu­nity.

“As a church we need to go out and en­gage with the com­mu­nity rather than wait for peo­ple to come to us and this is us do­ing just that.”

Sil­hou­ettes of First World War soldiers at St Mary Mag­da­lene’s Church in Cwm­bach

A sil­hou­ette at St El­van’s Church, Aber­dare

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