Chaplaincy Launch

  • SVP Community Shop
    L to R - Janet Hughes, Audrey Sherrington (Steering Group/Project Coordinator), Member of Staff.
  • L to R - Janet Hughes, Councillor Brian Cossey (Conwy Borough Coucil), Pam Gilmour, Councillor Val Smith (Colwyn Bay Council), Revd Tecwyn Ifan.
  • L to R - Revd Tecwyn Ifan, Pam Gilmour, Revd Sally Thomas (Ecumenical Officer, Cytun Wales), Councillor Val Smith (Colwyn Bay Council), Janet Hughes.

The Bayview Centre was buzzing on Monday, 16 March 2015 when Colwyn Bay became the first town in Wales to launch a town centre Retail Chaplaincy.

The Mayor and other representatives from the town, including local churches were present to welcome and support Lead Chaplain, Tecwyn Ifan and Lay Chaplains Janet Hughes and Pam Gilmour.

Within two months of the launch 120 businesses had been visited – some more than once or twice, and contacts made with managers and human resources personnel.

The Chaplaincy is a Cytun (Churches Together in Colwyn Bay & Rhos) initiative. It has been made possible through the generosity of people from St John’s Uniting Church (Methodist, URC, Baptist) in Colwyn Bay which closed in May 2013. The members of that church wanted to leave an ecumenical legacy to the town in the form of a chaplaincy. They agreed sufficient funds to start-up the project. A steering group consisting of people from different churches in the town was appointed by Cytun to manage the project.

  • Chaplains
    L to R - Revd Tecwyn Ifan, Pam Gilmour, Janet Hughes.
  • Back Row - Revd Tecwyn Ifan, Pam Gilmour, Revd Rob Beamish (Steering Group). Front Row - Audrey Sherrington (Steering Group/Project Coordinator), Carol Hewitt (Steering Group), Janet Hughes, Iona Williams (Stering Group/Cytun Chair).
  • Chaplains
    L to R - Revd Tecwyn Ifan, Janet Hughes, Pam Gilmour, L to R - Revd Tecwyn Ifan, Pam Gilmour, Janet Hughes, Audrey Sherrington (Steering Group/Project Coordinator).