St. Dyfrig’s Catholic Church Treforest – Urgent High Level Structural and Roof Repairs
St. Dyfrig’s Catholic Church, Treforest, has received a confirmed National Lottery grant of £68,100 for the urgent structural and roof repairs heritage project.
Thanks to money raised by National Lottery players, the project aims to ensure St. Dyfrig’s continues to be used for religious services and community events and secure its future as a church of historical interest and community asset. The project will deliver an improved facility for the whole community and ensure the church’s heritage is preserved for future generations.
This historic ‘ Mother’ Catholic Church with its outstanding architecture is located at the centre of the South Wales Valleys and stands in a prime location in Treforest, a landmark on entering the town from the south. The church on its current site was built in 1927 as the previous building became too small due to a growing population.
Changes have been made to the building during the last 90 years and the parish has also changed as it has welcomed people from other parts of the UK and across the World, including students from the University of South Wales (USW).
Supported through the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF), the project aims to carry out essential repairs, research and record the history of St. Dyfrig’s Church and its place in the local community over the past 90 years.
St. Dyfrig’s history will be exhibited in the church and parish community hall and uploaded to the church website and social media, allowing online public access. Mobile exhibition banners will be used on Community Engagement Days in various local venues, enabling the heritage of the church to be shared with a wider audience.
St. Dyfrig’s benefits from a diverse parish community, so those involved in the project would like to talk to a number of people about why they or their families came to Treforest and record their memories as oral history. Their recorded stories will be uploaded to the People’s Collection Wales in the National Library.
The project will be achieved with support from the History Department at USW and Pontypridd Museum. Volunteers from across the local community will help to deliver the project. They will receive training for all these activities, enabling them to widen their knowledge of local history, develop new skills and enhance self-esteem. Visits to the church by local schools and community groups will be encouraged through CADW Open Door events.
The project will create links on the church website and Facebook page with the Taff Trail, Pontypridd Canal Restoration group and the Cistercian Way enabling St. Dyfrig’s to strengthen links with the local and wider community.
The church has good acoustics so is used by Cor Meibion and other choirs for concerts. It is hoped that the project will encourage other community groups to use the church for concerts.
Parish Priest, Fr Allan Davies-Hale, said: “I am delighted that the Heritage Lottery Fund has awarded our Parish of St. Dyfrig’s, Treforest a substantial grant of £68,100. I am delighted and most grateful to the Fund.
“The grant will enable us to restore the fabric of the church building so that the church will continue to be a beacon of faith to the whole of the community in Treforest and the Valleys.”
The Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) said it is delighted to support these much-needed repairs, preserving this Grade 2 place of worship for generations to come. The associated community heritage activities will enable more people and a wider range of people to engage with their local heritage through this wonderful building.
HLF funding is continuing to transform communities across the UK, making a positive and lasting difference to people’s lives. This is only possible thanks to National Lottery players.
Parishioners have been assisted with the project by Interlink RCT, the County Voluntary Council for Rhondda Cynon Taf, which supports individuals, communities and organisations to work together to make a positive impact on the life of people who live and work in the county borough.
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