06 September 2013


Canon Idris Thomas writes:
Further to your obituary of the Rt Revd Roy Davies (Gazette, 23 August), last year, with other students, I attended the 200th anniversary of St John's College, Ystrad Meurig, in the middle of Cardiganshire. The college is no more, but is a splendid modern village hall. The guest preacher at the main anniversary eucharist was Bishop Davies; and he mentioned in his sermon that it was because I arrived in the mid 1960s, to do A level Welsh, that he came to teach at the school. During that period, he was the incumbent of Llanafan and Gwnws nearby. Most students at Ystrad Meurig, throughout its history, left for theological colleges or universities. Bishop Davies thought the world of this establishment, and he always reminded everyone how poor the life of the Church in Wales would have been (clergy-wise) without it, and how the Church was enriched by them. His friendship with everyone lasted a lifetime, owing to his excep- tional fondness for people and their families.

Sir Idris Foster, a boyhood member of Christ Church, Glanogwen in Bethesda (where I officiate in retirement) was Bishop Davies's inspiration and mentor at Jesus College, Oxford.

Sadly for us Welsh speakers in the Church in Wales, our monthly paper Y Llan has ceased to be; otherwise no doubt one edition of it would be about the passing of Bishop Davies, and his personal influence on many. Nevertheless, I have written about him under Ystrad Meurig news in the Welsh community paper Y Barcud, which includes also a splendid poem by Canon Geraint Wyn Edwards, which would have delighted Bishop Davies; Canon Edwards was also at Ystrad Meurig.

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