TY BRYNGWYN HOSPICE TRUST – FESTIVAL OF LIGHT SERVICE 24 NOVEMBER 2023 – GREENFIELD CHAPEL, LLANELLI
On Friday 24 November 2023 the 22nd Festival of Light Service took place in Greenfield Chapel, Llanelli. This popular annual event attracted a congregation of over 300 people who were welcomed by music from the Salvation Army Band who also accompanied the enthusiastic communal singing.
The Rev David Jones presided eloquently over the Service along with the Rev Euryl Howells, Senior Chaplain Hywel Dda University Health Board, who gave an informative overview of the Hospice and the recent celebrations of the 20th anniversary of the opening of the In Patient Beds.
Performances from Côr Curiad Ladies Choir and the Philharmonics Rock & Pop Choir supported by some members of Côr Y Scarlets, Meibion Elli and Côr Meibion Llanelli tenors and basses, received many compliments and the young choristers from Ysgol Gymraeg Llangennech, enthralled the congregation with their angelic voices.
Cllr Gwyneth Thomas, Cyngor Cymuned Llangenneth, and Mr David Craddock, Chairman and Trustee Tŷ Bryngwyn Hospice Trust, read the Lesson in Welsh and English respectively. Cllr Stephen Bowen, Llanelli Rural Council, read a poem he had composed dedicated to all the staff at Tŷ Bryngwyn Hospice about the high calibre of care given to a dear friend who had recently passed away and Mrs Audrey Jenkins, Trustee Tŷ Bryngwyn Hospice Trust, read a reflective poem from a Children’s Hospice in Minsk.
Towards the end of the Service, during the Light Ceremony, two members of Tŷ Bryngwyn Hospice Staff, Marlene Thomas Specialist Palliative Care Clinical Service Improvement Nurse, and David Rogers, Senior Charge Nurse, walked slowly up the aisle of the chapel carrying lanterns while the choirs sang You’ll Never Walk Alone. Finally everyone joined together to sing the rousing hymn Cwm Rhondda – a fitting conclusion to what had been a very emotional and reflective Service.
Tŷ Bryngwyn Hospice Trust and Fundraising Committee wish to express their grateful thanks to the Minister, Deacons and Volunteers of Greenfield Chapel for their support and technical assistance and to Mr Byron Williams who photographed and videoed the event.
Finally thanks to all those who attended – many who return year after year, those who have come for the first time and the parents and grandparents of the children’s choir. The offering raised £1,570.17 – our thanks to everyone for their generous support.