R S Thomas poet  Vicar 1954 -1967
The church has a special historical literary interest through its association with the poet R S Thomas who was vicar of the parish between 1954 and 1967. He and his wife, the artist M. E. Eldridge left their mark on the church by painting the pews and all other woodwork black and commissioning a crucifix, two candlesticks and two hanging corona lights by Alan Knight.

We are sorry to announce the death in 2016 of Gwydion, the son of Rev. and Mrs R.S. Thomas.

In Church

Often I try
To analyse the quality
Of its silences. Is this where God hides
From my searching? I have stopped to listen,
After the few people have gone,
To the air recomposing itself
For vigil. It has waited like this
Since the stones grouped themselves about it.
These are the hard ribs
Of a body that our prayers have failed
To animate. Shadows advance
From their corners to take possession
Of places the light held
For an  hour. The bats resume
Their business. The uneasiness of the pews
Ceases. There is no other sound
In the darkness but the sound of a man
Breathing, testing his faith
On emptiness, nailing his questions
One by one to an untenanted cross.


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