The following day we drove through mid-Wales. The weather was sunny and the scenery spectacular. For lunch we stopped at Pentre Llifior, a chapel with a fascinating history where a lot of work is being done to make it available for wider use. It's well worth a visit. I tried out the pulpit and would have tried out the harmonium if mice hadn't beaten me to it!
Our day ended at a Circuit Celebration at St John's, Llandudno. The worship began in the church premises, but ended on the promenade - with the lighting and launching of a sky candle. I've never been involved with such a thing before and it was a bit questionable as to whether we'd get it lighted. But once it was well and truly going it sailed gently heavenwards and we (and many other people on the promenade) watched it until it was almost out of sight. By this time the candle had gone out so it drifted slowly back to earth.
Saturday night was spent with Trevor and Mal Pratt, and Sunday morning at Buckley Cross. This was a most enjoyable service, attended by the Mayor and representatives of the Council. We lunched at a country house restaurant, where the other party was a group of Rolls Royce enthusiasts (hence my attempt to drive away in the wrong car!).
From lunch we went to a thanksgiving service led by the minister, Rosemarie Clarke, to mark the completion of the refurbishment of the 'Community Room' at Northop Hall Methodist Church for community use. The room looks great and has been renovated in such a way as to reduce its carbon footprint by something like 80%. So it's good for the planet. But it's also quite clearly good for the community, and is a very imaginative development of Methodist resources in a way that responds to the needs of the wider community. A celebration cake was cut by the oldest and youngest members of Northop Hall. Mrs Lilian Edgington and Libby Smith.