A service of thanksgiving with a difference has been organised in memory of John Charles Williams, the man who back in 1929 gifted Parc Williams to the people of Loughor.
The service, which will take place at St Michael’s church in Loughor on Friday, September 27 at 10am, will be part of a packed weekend of events in Loughor.
Children from Casllwchwr Primary School and Tre Uchaf Primary will be singing and then will be taking part in a question and answer session with local man Rod Lewis playing the part of JC Williams and local Lower Loughor Labour councillor Christine Richards playing his housekeeper.
The schoolchildren will be able to go to see the family grave, which has recently been professionally cleaned for free by local businesses – Tree & Gubb monumental stonemasons and Inkin & Deans funeral directors.
They will then go into the park to see the special information panel about JC Williams, and finally into the pavilion to see a collection of paintings by a local artist Uriel Phillips depicting Loughor in bygone times.
“This is a great opportunity to inform local children about their locality and about the person who founded Parc Williams” said Cllr Richards.
“The same weekend, St Michael’s Church will be holding a coffee morning to raise funds for Macmillan. We’ll also be litter-picking the Foreshore as part of Keep Wales Tidy’s Clean Coasts weekend and on Friday evening there’ll be music at Loughor Boating Club courtesy of Captain Cat and the Sailors.
“Loughor Town Band will be holding their annual concert at Loughor Welfare Hall on Saturday 28th and on Sunday 29th and we’ll be celebrating the 50th anniversary of Loughor Inshore Rescue.
“As in previous years, we’ll be bringing the lifeboat to St Michael’s Church for a blessing. Lord Mayor Peter Black and Llwchwr Town Council Mayor Will Evans will be visiting the lifeboat station and just before 5pm will lead the procession from the lifeboat station to St Michael’s. We hope people will come along to support the lifeboat and celebrate its 50th birthday.”
Added Cllr Richards: “It’s going to be a packed weekend of events – a variety of activities where local community groups and community leaders come together.”
MAIN CAPTION : L to R back row – front blue shirt Jordan Sibley (Tree & Gubb), James Deans (funeral director), behind Jonathan Williams (Tree & Gubb) Gavin Sibley (monumental mason, Tree & Gubb),, John Butler (in the shades)St Michael’s Church – designing the service; front – Cllr Christine Richards (John Charles Williams’ housekeeper) and Roddy Lewis (as John Charles Williams