Father Phillip Gullidge
People's Warden and PCC Secretary
We are fortunate at St. Illtuds Church to have a dedicated bunch of volunteers who undertake all sorts of work to help keep the church grounds in tip top order.
This team, or the "Church Working Party" attend most Tuesdays, and have done so since 2003!
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 unfalling 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."
Thank you Len