ST Cadoc’s Church, Raglan, was packed on Sunday for a special Eucharist and Service of Dedication by the Bishop of Monmouth, the Rt Rev Richard Pain.
The service was a culmination of a four year campaign to raise the £400,000 needed to repair the roof of the Grade II listed church and was described by the Bishop as “the icing on the cake” with so many coming together from the local community and beyond to celebrate the work that had been carried out.
“We are very grateful to all who have worked so hard to make this possible,” he said.
After dedicating a new nave carpet in memory of Lavinia Spencer, the Bishop walked to the tower vestry to bless the kitchenette and then outside to bless the resurfaced porch floor and re-laid paths, before finally rededicating the refurbished church roof.
Earlier, the congregation were welcomed by the vicar of St Cadoc’s, Rev Canon Tim Clement who said a special “thank you” to those who had worked so hard and tirelessly to “put our church back together again.” He then invited the congregation to sing “Happy Birthday” to the church’s Associate Priest, the Rev Sheila Toms.
Lessons were read by Roy Bradly and Beverley Jones and the Gospel was proclaimed by the former vicar of Raglan, Rev Joan Wakeling during whose ministry the Raise the Roof campaign was launched. “How glad I was” was sung by the choir and the organist was Mrs Connie Warwick.
In a special prayer she had written for the occasion, Mary Davies commended the project team whose expertise had been invaluable throughout; those who had organised events, helping to raise the vast amount of money needed to compete the work; all who had given so generously of their time and gifts; the builders who had overcome so many snags and the whole community for their massive support
The service was followed by a light lunch at The Beaufort Hotel, where two cakes, beautifully decorated with the Church in Wales Standard, were cut and distributed to guests.
Monmouth AM Nick Ramsay, who has hosted a number of fundraising quizzes for the church, said afterwards: “It was a truly memorable and joyous occasion. The success of the fund raising campaign and the presence of so many people on Sunday was testament to the central role this much loved church plays in our local community.”