Chapel Closes After More Than Century
On Saturday, October 10th, 1908, the article (right) under the heading “New Wesleyan Chapel at St. Asaph” appeared in the Rhyl Journal and a packed congregation celebrated the success of their fund raising efforts.
At the end of September this year the chapel closed after 109 years as a centre of Welsh worship with a final service led by the Rev. Tudur Rowlands and attended by some of the previous ministers.
Following the countrywide trend the St. Asaph Wesleyan Chapel has seen numbers declining over the past years until the regular attendance at services fell to around six members, although their reputation for music remained strong, with four members accomplished organists and several good voices ensuring excellent four part hymn singing on well attended occasions.
Recently the St. Asaph congregation have joined with the Denbigh Chapel and exchanged regular visits for services.
No decision has yet been announced as to the future of the building on Lower Denbigh Road.
A routine trip to Tweedmill Shopping Outlet recently led to an unexpected brush with the law when Barbara Charlesworth travelled along the Upper Denbigh Road from St. Asaph in her electric wheelchair.
“I make the trip lawfully and quite regularly”, said Barbara, “but a problem arose when I couldn’t negotiate the footpath because of the overgrown hedge and brambles crossing the path. There was also a large piece of wood—an old door or something, blocking my route, so my only alternative was to take to the road.”
Once on the road it is impossible for Barbara to return to the path until she can find a kerb low enough for her chair to make the transition..
“Imagine my concern when a police car stopped and I was told I was breaking the law by taking my chair onto the road,” she told the City Times.
Barbara explained her problem to the “very nice young police officer” and he said he had received information from a concerned motorist who felt she may be in danger on the road.
Thankfully Barbara was able to make a safe return home to St. Asaph with a promise from the Police Officer that he would notify the authorities of the need to cut back the hedges to allow her safe passage.
“I would like to thank the police officer and the car driver for their concern and I hope that I can make any future trips along the Upper Denbigh Road without the risk of being arrested!!” said Barbara
A welcome visitor to the garden of local wildlife photographer, Steve Morris brought breakfast benefits to both when this Great Spotted Woodpecker dropped in for an early nutty feast.
You can distinguish between the Great Spotted and Lesser Spotted varieties of woodpecker by the red under tail patch which does not exists in the smaller Lesser Spotted bird.