150th Anniversary - Holy Trinity Church, Llandudno

On Sunday 5th July 2015, Holy Trinity Church, Llandudno celebrated its 150th Anniversary with a service led by Officiating Priest the Reverend Prebendary John Nice, Rector of Llandudno. The Sermon was delivered by the Most Reverend Barry Morgan, Archbishop of Wales who also dedicated a new plaque for the Corner Stone of the building, replacing the original plaque which has now been re-positioned within one of the Church entrances.

The land for the church was originally donated by Lady Augusta Mostyn who had also provided land for the construction of many ecclesiastical buildings serving a number of denominations in the area. Members of the St Tudno Lodge of Freemasons were instrumental in the foundation of the Church, the first Rector, the Rev. John Morgan was the first initiate of St Tudno Lodge. Foremost amongst the Lodge members was the architect of the original Church, Bro. George Felton who had worked tirelessly with the fundraising committee as well as preparing the drawings.

In 1865 the basic groundworks for the church had reached the point where the cornerstone- rather than the foundation stone – could be laid. In Masonic terms, the Corner Stone is regarded as the most important and is laid in the northeast corner of the building. Due to the illness of Lady Augusta Mostyn, the cornerstone was laid by Katherine Morgan (wife of Rev John Morgan) with Masonic ceremony by the Provincial Grand Master of North Wales and Shropshire Sir Watkin Williams Wyn, Bart, M.P. on the fifth of July 1865.

In view of the Masonic connection with the church, it was considered fitting that the current Provincial Grand Master of North Wales, R.W. Bro. Ieuan Redvers Jones be invited to read the prayer originally prayed at the laying of the Corner Stone and to read in Welsh the First Reading during the service.

Inside the Church was a display of Masonic memorabilia connected with the foundation of the Church including the Gavels used at the laying of the Foundation Cornerstone.

Also present at the ceremony were; former Rectors and Curates and their families, members of the Masonic Province of North Wales Executive together with the Worshipful Master of the Lodge of St Tudno, Bro. Richard S. Billings, supported by a number of Lodge members including the great, great grandson, of Bro. George Felton, Bro. Christopher M. Brigg a Past Master of the St Tudno Lodge.

The Provincial Grand Master presented a cheque for £500.00 to the Rector Rev. John Nice as a donation towards the ongoing project to repair and renovate the windows and stonework at the east end of the church and the south transept windows.

A children’s choir drawn from the three Llandudno Primary Schools under the direction of Mr. Dilwyn Price sang a number of songs during the service.

Also in attendance were, the Member of Parliament for Aberconwy, Guto Bebb, M.P., the Welsh Assembly member for Aberconwy, Janet Finch-Saunders A.M. and the Deputy Mayor of Llandudno, Cllr Miss Carol Marubbi and other civic leaders. Other Christian Churches and denominations were also represented.

150th Anniversary - Holy Trinity Church, Llandudno

On Sunday 5th July 2015, Holy Trinity Church, Llandudno celebrated its 150th Anniversary with a service led by Officiating Priest the Reverend Prebendary John Nice, Rector of Llandudno. The Sermon was delivered by the Most Reverend Barry Morgan, Archbishop of Wales who also dedicated a new plaque for the Corner Stone of the building, replacing the original plaque which has now been re-positioned within one of the Church entrances.

The land for the church was originally donated by Lady Augusta Mostyn who had also provided land for the construction of many ecclesiastical buildings serving a number of denominations in the area. Members of the St Tudno Lodge of Freemasons were instrumental in the foundation of the Church, the first Rector, the Rev. John Morgan was the first initiate of St Tudno Lodge. Foremost amongst the Lodge members was the architect of the original Church, Bro. George Felton who had worked tirelessly with the fundraising committee as well as preparing the drawings.

In 1865 the basic groundworks for the church had reached the point where the cornerstone- rather than the foundation stone – could be laid. In Masonic terms, the Corner Stone is regarded as the most important and is laid in the northeast corner of the building. Due to the illness of Lady Augusta Mostyn, the cornerstone was laid by Katherine Morgan (wife of Rev John Morgan) with Masonic ceremony by the Provincial Grand Master of North Wales and Shropshire Sir Watkin Williams Wyn, Bart, M.P. on the fifth of July 1865.

In view of the Masonic connection with the church, it was considered fitting that the current Provincial Grand Master of North Wales, R.W. Bro. Ieuan Redvers Jones be invited to read the prayer originally prayed at the laying of the Corner Stone and to read in Welsh the First Reading during the service.

Inside the Church was a display of Masonic memorabilia connected with the foundation of the Church including the Gavels used at the laying of the Foundation Cornerstone.

Also present at the ceremony were; former Rectors and Curates and their families, members of the Masonic Province of North Wales Executive together with the Worshipful Master of the Lodge of St Tudno, Bro. Richard S. Billings, supported by a number of Lodge members including the great, great grandson, of Bro. George Felton, Bro. Christopher M. Brigg a Past Master of the St Tudno Lodge.

The Provincial Grand Master presented a cheque for £500.00 to the Rector Rev. John Nice as a donation towards the ongoing project to repair and renovate the windows and stonework at the east end of the church and the south transept windows.

A children’s choir drawn from the three Llandudno Primary Schools under the direction of Mr. Dilwyn Price sang a number of songs during the service.

Also in attendance were, the Member of Parliament for Aberconwy, Guto Bebb, M.P., the Welsh Assembly member for Aberconwy, Janet Finch-Saunders A.M. and the Deputy Mayor of Llandudno, Cllr Miss Carol Marubbi and other civic leaders. Other Christian Churches and denominations were also represented.

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