50 Years in the Ministry

The 21st September will be a very special day for the Reverend Anthony Bailey who for 9 years has ministered in the Churches of Llanfyrnach and Llanglydwen, for he will be celebrating 50years in the Ministry of the Anglican Communion. He was made Deacon in Chelmsford Cathedral on 20th September 1953, and Ordained Priest on 19th September the following year.

His ministry has been varied for he has served in parishes, schools and a cathedral. After he was made Deacon he was assistant curate to the Parish of Holy Trinity, Barkingside for two years. From there he went as Chaplain to West Buckland School in North Devon, a boys’ Direct Grant Grammar School. In 1959 he became Rector of Machen and Vicar of Rudry in the Diocese of Monmouth. In 1966 he was appointed Head of R.K in Bristol Cathedral School and a minor canon of the Cathedral. Two years later he became the Succentor of the Cathedral and in this post he was responsible for the welfare of the choristers and lay clerks. He carried on with his work in the School taking part in many of its outdoor activities one of which was to take, every year, 30 + boys on Canal holidays with the help of other members of staff.

He semi-retired from the School and Cathedral in 1982 and moved to Pembrokeshire. He quickly became involved with the parishes of Maenclochog, Llangolman, Henry’s Moat, and Mynachlogddu, where he ministered to them until 1992 when he retired once more. During his time in those parishes he reopened Mynachlogddu Church which had been closed for some years.

For two years he took services in churches all over Pembrokeshire sometimes straying into Carmarthenshire, but found it was a ministry without a focus. When he was asked in 1994 if he would take on in a part time capacity and temporarily the parishes of Llanfyrnach and Llanglydwen he jumped at the opportunity. Now 9 years later and at the age of 76 he still ministers there.

The Reverend Bailey has spent much of his time researching various aspects of local history, and has written 4 books: The Legend of Saint Teilo’s Skull, In the Steps of Saint Brynach, Stories in Stone, A Preseli Patchwork. At the present time he is researching the redundant Churches of Pembrokeshire and hopes to have an exhibition of the material in the not too distant future

On Sunday 21st he will, at a Sung Eucharist in Llanfyrnach Church, be giving thanks for 50 years of ministry. It will be a very special occasion for many family and friends from away, staff from West Buckland School, ex chorister parents and ex choristers from Bristol Cathedral, a former Headmaster of Bristol Cathedral School. Many from the Maenclochog group of churches and of course parishioners from Llanglydwen and Llanfyrnach will also be present. The congregation will be joined by members from Llanboidy Church, and their Vicar the Reverend Jeffrey Gainer. We shall also be welcoming friends from the chapels in the parishes, and members of the Royal Welch Fusiliers Veterans, a group of which the Reverend Bailey is Chaplain. The Assistant Provincial Bishop, the Right Reverend David Thomas will preach.

Afterwards Lunch is being served at Ysgol Preseli for the guests.

Those from the locality are asked, because of the limited parking space near the Church, to leave their cars at Ysgol Preseli, and use the coach which is being laid on to take them to and from the Church. It will leave at 10.20, in order to give time for a second trip if necessary