What is thought to be the first Sunday Service since October 1876 was held recently at The Old Chapel at Llwynrhydowen near Llandysul when the Chairman of Ceredigion County Council, Councillor Peter Davies MBE held his Civic Service at the Chapel.
The Chapel became famous after the congregation in 1876 were refused access to the Chapel by the Squire of Alltrodyn mansion who locked the Chapel gates. The Squire had been unhappy with what he saw as political sermons preached at the Chapel by the Minister.
The then congregation has links to well-known persons; The Minister, Gwilym Marles was the great uncle of the poet Dylan Thomas. Indeed Thomas’ middle name is Marles, named after his uncle. Frank Lloyd Wright, the world-renowned architect is also a descendant of the congregation. His family emigrated to America after the Chapel was closed.
The collection during the Service was donated to The Welsh Religious Buildings Trust to help with maintaining The Old Chapel.