A Message from Wales – Diolch yn Fawr Iawn!


We apologise that we were unable to send this for publication in March, but it took a couple of weeks to get our internet on-line by which time the deadline had gone.
We were quite overwhelmed and incredibly touched by everyone’s thoughtfulness, kindness, and amazing generosity in all the good wishes and gifts we received on our departure from Devon (with some also greeting us on our arrival in Wales). We currently have cards on numerous doors in our new house reminding us of you all. It was also lovely to see so many of you at our final service, and enjoy your company over the sumptuous tea. Thank you to everyone who gave their time and talents to organise it and contribute to it.

There was not time to open all the gifts with which we were presented, so we thought we would say what some of them were. Thank you to the parish churches for their very thoughtful and incredibly generous gifts. The animals seemed to benefit from the pet calming plug-in whilst the removers were packing up the house, and were certainly calmer than we expected on the journey. Paul’s charming Chef Bear has not yet taken over the cooking, but certainly looks the part, whilst Paul and Ruth are looking forward to using their book vouchers (Paul is currently organising books onto shelves, so we will soon know how much space we have left). The children love their piggy banks (or as Krysty calls hers, her ‘kitty bank’) and have been investigating the local shops to see what they each want to spend their £20 on! Ruth finally found her office last week, so now has a place for her beautiful porcelain tea-light holder. Then, on top of all those, we were given a cheque for £1000 towards a new sofa. We have been into ‘Franks’, our local home furnishers, on the main street in Tywyn, and have also visited their showroom in Aberystwyth to look at possibilities. Another visit to the Tywyn shop and we should be able to decide and put in an order. It will be great, as our present, rather battered and chewed second-hand 3-piece suite is bit large and cumbersome for the shape of our new sitting room. Thank you also to Hatherleigh, Exbourne, and Northlew Methodist Chapels for the lovely Dartington gladioli vase. We have found the perfect place for it, when we manage to clear that particular surface! Hatherleigh Community Church gave us a Gift card, which we plan to use to buy an item for the house, when we’ve figured out what we’re missing.

Amazingly we have now been here for a month, and are slowly getting sorted and settled. We have been very warmly welcomed, mainly in English! The children are coping with school and starting to learn Welsh, so we need to get our skates on and find a Welsh class or they will be plotting all sorts without us understanding them.
With Ruth’s induction on Thursday 22nd March, she is looking forward (with some trepidation) to starting work properly. There are similar challenges and joys to rural mid-Devon, with small and ageing congregations, and limited resources, but friendly communities, and beautiful countryside! Do come and visit us and see for yourselves!

With all our love and prayers,
Ruth, Paul, Brendan, and Krysty Hansford
(also Flynn, Swallow, Eby, Smokey and Bandit, and Gin and Tonic)
Y Ficerdy, Ffynnon Arian, Tywyn, Gwynedd LL36 9BF
Tel: 01654 710 255
Email: maggiethecat@waitrose.com


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