AS the longest-serving parish priest in St Davids Diocese, a fluent Welsh speaker and a former member of the statutory Welsh Language Board, I feel compelled to respond to the remarks about our new bishop made by a sidesman
from Llandaff Cathedral and reported in the Western Mail.
In a letter to the Church Times, Llandaff Cathedral sidesman
John Pockett says the Bench's collective knowledge of Welsh is less than it has been since the Church in Wales was disestablished in 1920.
A lady rose from her seat and slipped to the back to point this out to a sidesman
As I paused in some confusion, a sidesman
took pity on me since I was clearly not a regular attendant, and ushered me forward.
The memorial service was held in the bombed ruins of St Michael's Church in Albany Road, Cardiff, where the petty officer had been a server in the choir and his father was a sidesman
He was the long-serving treasurer of Prestatyn Cricket Club as well as taking a leading role in the financial affairs of the Parish of Rhyl, as honorary auditor, particularly St Thomas's Church where he was a regular worshipper and senior sidesman
He became sidesman
, treasurer and later churchwarden at Coleshill Parish Church where one of the church bells carries his name.
My mother did some caretaking at the church and my father was a sidesman
LAST week after a funeral service at the Cathedral where he had been a sidesman
, Stanley Airey, Lord Mayor of Liverpool 198283, was cremated.
Mr Bate was a sidesman
and lesson reader at St Mary's until his death in 1994.
Hilary Livingstone read the lessons, Jacqueline France led the prayers and Peter Pearson was sidesman
A regular worshipper at St Thomas' Church, he was church warden for a number of years under the late Canon Herbert Lloyd and remained a reader and sidesman