Reverend Vincent Gardner
Tel: 07709 589924; email: Rector@llan.org.uk
Reverend David Jones
Several years ago, Len wrote a short historical account of the Parish of Llantwit Fardre. Most of the information used in this website came from that history and subsequent presentations produced by Len. By way of a foreward to Len's account, the then Parish Priest The Rev Canon Melville K. Jones wrote an introduction:
"When I arrived in the Parish following my induction as Parish Priest one of the first things I looked for was a history of the Parish. To my dismay I found no such publication existed. Naturally, we were frequently asked for a copy and it was always my intention to provide one. Various people were approached with a view to researching, collating and publishing such a book. Unfortunately, the book never materialised though we continued to live in hope.
Some months ago Mr Len Tarr took it upon himself to write a brief account of the Parish Church for the Mothers' Union. This was so well received that he was urged to make it available to a wider circle. Len being the man he is took up the challenge but further decided to expand and refine the article. This involved a great deal of research and a tremendous amount of work before arriving at what we have here before us today. I admire his patience and perseverance. He has sifted his evidence very carefully and taken pains to examine every source available, documentary and living. The result is a readable and a reliable account of St Illtud's which will I am sure satisfy a widely-felt need. It will also serve to expose the fallacy that the Church is only 400 years old. I hope, too, that this little book will stimulate our ecclesiastical pride. It is as we appreciate our great heritage that we may likely to show responsibility in our use of it. If I might end on a personal note, it would be to thank Mr Tarr for his unfailing courtesy to me at all times and to say how great a privilege it has been to be associated with him in this story of a church which has been my dear care for so many years."