The 5th Century St Peter’s Church in old Cogan – said to be the oldest place of worship in the Vale of Glamorgan – is to hold this year’s “Open Day” on Saturday July 4th .
As reported by PDN last week (see http://tinyurl.com/o77ukr3) a “Friends of St Peter’s Church” group has been formally inaugurated with the aim of renovating and developing the ancient church (which is a Grade 2 listed building and scheduled Ancient Monument) and providing more facilities for worshipers and members of the public.
The “Friends” have announced that they aim to:-
- improve drainage and stop in the ingress of damp at the church,
- replace the rotting timber flooring,
- provide a car park (The Welsh Church Act Estate Committee has already granted consent to lease a portion of land to St Peter’s Church for use as a car park )
- build a toilet block
- build a separate meeting hall at the site for the use of the congregation and the local community
The chairman of the Friends of St Peter’s, John Fraser, has been spelling out how it’s hoped to bring about these developments.
He says “conservation is a priority, but the provision of parking is important too” and that “in the longer term, the “Friends” would like to construct a small building, sympathetic to the historical surroundings, which would provide necessary facilities”. Mr Fraser says the church could also become a “valuable educational resource”.
A conservation architect – Bob Sandford – is advising the renovation project .The church is the last remaining vestige of the long-deserted mediaeval village of Old Cogan.
Membership of The Friends of St. Peter’s, Old Cogan costs £10.00 (£15.00 for a couple) per annum. Membership details can be obtained from the Secretary, Pat Bartley (firstname.lastname@example.org) or the chairman (email@example.com – tel. (029)20631384).