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-Welcome to

-the last programme in the series...

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-..looking back

-over this year's highlights.

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-Welcome to

-Dechrau Canu Dechrau Canmol.

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-# Soli Deo gloria

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-# Soli Deo gloria

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-# Soli Deo gloria #

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-One of the joys

-of journeying around Wales...

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-..visiting various congregations...

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-..is meeting local people...

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-..and hearing about

-their lives and their faith.

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-Tonight, we will look back

-at some of the series' contributors.

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-We will also hear hymns...

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-..and performances

-from the current series.

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-Our first hymn comes from Alltwen

-Chapel in the Swansea valley.

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-Tyred Iesu I'r Anialwch

-At Bechadur Gwael Ei Lun.

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-One of the most memorable locations

-was the church at Llandinorwig...

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-..on the outskirts of Deiniolen.

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-I went there

-to meet Canon Idris Thomas...

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-..to hear about the communities who

-lived in the shadow of the quarries.

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-We're on very high ground here.

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-It's a very dramatic backdrop

-with the slate heap up ahead.

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-Were you born and raised here?

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-Were you born and raised here?

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-Yes, I was born just behind us...

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-..in the community of Pendraw.

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-The only way out of Pendraw...

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-..was along the path through

-Padarn Country Park to Llanberis.

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-Behind us

-is the community of Dinorwig.

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-The Presbyterian chapel

-can be seen clearly from here.

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-John Jones was the minister

-at the time of the tragedy.

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-What exactly happened?

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-The first of July 1899...

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-..was the day of

-the Peris Valley Sunday school trip.

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-750 people went on that trip.

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-It was the only day of the year...

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-..when people from quarrying

-backgrounds could enjoy themselves.

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-But it ended in tragedy.

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-After reaching Pwllheli,

-some went shopping...

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-..while others went to

-what was known as South Beach.

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-Nine children and three adults

-ventured out in a rowing boat.

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-They'd rowed a mile out to sea

-when the boat capsized.

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-12 of them drowned, but the rower,

-Robert Thomas, was rescued...

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-..because he was a strong swimmer.

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-On the following Thursday

-after the tragedy...

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-..a large-scale funeral took place

-with 4,500 mourners.

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-You've written a book about the

-tragedy entitled Pel Goch Ar Y Dwr.

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-What's the significance

-of the red ball?

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-A girl from the quarrying community

-wasn't going on the trip.

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-She went to

-her cousin's house to tell her...

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-..that she wouldn't be going

-on the trip the following day.

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-She asked her cousin to bring her

-back a red ball from Pwllheli.

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-When I read in the newspapers...

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-..about the bodies floating

-in the sea after the tragedy...

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-..there were references

-to people's clothes...

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-..their personal effects and so on.

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-In one newspaper report,

-it mentioned the red ball.

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-There is a memorial stone

-in the church to remember them.

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-The names of the 12

-have been inscribed...

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-..as well as

-these poignant words from Proverbs.

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-"Do not boast about tomorrow...

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-"..for you do not know

-what a day may bring forth."

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-Mid Wales

-has a rich Christian history.

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-The area is often associated

-with the hymnist Ann Griffiths.

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-During our programme from

-Ann Griffiths' memorial chapel...

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-..Luned Aaron met Nia Rhosier,

-a woman who's been instrumental...

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-..in restoring

-John Hughes's chapel in Pontrobert.

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-The building is very unusual, Nia.

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-Tell us a little about its history.

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-John Hughes's former chapel

-was built in 1800...

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-..as a Calvinistic Methodist chapel.

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-When it closed in 1865...

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-..the wheelwright who lived next

-door took it over as a workshop.

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-Tell us a little about John Hughes.

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-He was a very interesting character.

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-He was one of

-Thomas Charles's contemporaries...

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-..and a lay preacher

-who preached in North and Mid Wales.

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-He first came to Dolwar Fach,

-Ann Griffiths's home, as a lodger.

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-That's how

-he got to know Ann and her family.

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-How central was John Hughes

-to Ann Griffiths's life?

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-He was very significant.

-He was her spiritual father.

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-She would turn to him

-when she needed an explanation...

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-..for the strange things that

-were happening to her spiritually.

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-Ruth, who was

-Ann Griffiths's maid...

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-..later became John's wife.

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-It was Ruth

-who remembered Ann's hymns...

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-..and learnt them from memory

-because she couldn't write.

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-She narrated them to John,

-and aided by Thomas Charles...

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-..they made sure

-the hymns were published.

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-That's the reason

-we're able to sing them today.

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-You obviously feel strongly

-about maintaining this heritage.

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-Yes.

-I feel it's part of my vocation.

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-But as well

-as remembering the past...

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-..and paying tribute

-to John Hughes...

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-..and those

-who were involved with the chapel...

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-..it's important that we're open

-and prepared to move forward.

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-That's why it has become...

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-..the Centre for Christian Unity

-and Renewal rather than a chapel.

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-There are majestic places of worship

-situated across Wales.

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-One of the most

-striking features of our churches...

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-..are the stained glass windows.

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-I recently

-visited Llandaff Cathedral...

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-..and found out more

-about its intricate windows...

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-..with

-stained glass artist Ruth Shelley.

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-What was the original purpose of

-stained glass windows in churches?

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-The original purpose was

-to depict stories from the Bible...

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-..since people couldn't read

-or they didn't own a Bible.

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-Stories were depicted in pictures

-for people to view and enjoy.

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-Has much changed in terms of the way

-stained glass is manufactured?

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-The technique of cutting stained

-glass and assembling it when cold...

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-..hasn't changed for centuries.

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-The tools

-and the method are the same.

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-But different methods

-have since been introduced...

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-..using warm glass by blowing it.

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-That technique was used centuries

-ago, but it was developed...

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-..during the 1960s, when it took

-precedence over archaic methods.

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-When did

-your interest in glass begin?

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-I studied textiles at college.

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-I've always loved colour.

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-I travelled

-to India and eastern Asia...

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-..as part of my project

-on Asian materials and colours.

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-When I came back,

-I was out of work...

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-..so I attended

-stained glass workshops...

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-..and adored the way

-glass transfers light...

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-..and glimmers in the shade.

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-I fell in love with glass.

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-In what way does religion

-play a part in your creative work?

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-You attend church on Sundays.

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-Yes, I'm a Christian and I'd like

-to bring my faith into my work...

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-..but at the moment...

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-..I think God the Creator is the

-best designer there has ever been.

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-When I have trouble

-coming up with designs...

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-..I often ask God

-for inspiration to design.

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-I say, "Use me as your servant

-so that I may design."

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-So you pray at work?

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-So you pray at work?

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-Yes. I pray regularly.

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-# Alleluia, alleluia

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-# Alleluia, alleluia

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-# Alleluia, alleluia

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-# Alleluia, alleluia

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-# Alleluia

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-# Alleluia

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-# Alleluia, alleluia

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-# Alleluia, alleluia

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-# Alleluia

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-# Alleluia

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-# Alleluia, alleluia

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-# Alleluia, alleluia

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-# Alleluia

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-# Alleluia, alleluia

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-# Alleluia

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-# Alleluia

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-# Alleluia

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-# Alleluia, alleluia

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-# Alleluia, alleluia

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-# Alleluia

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-# Alleluia, alleluia

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-# Alleluia

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-# Alleluia #

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-That was Gwawr Edwards singing

-Mozart's masterpiece, Alleluia.

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-Each year, Remembrance Sunday is an

-important programme in the series.

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-This year we met soldier

-Sion Melfyn Hunt from Aberystwyth.

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-He's currently serving

-with the Navy.

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-He described

-the nature of his work...

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-..and the importance

-of having spiritual guidance.

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-I joined a ship

-stationed in the Gulf...

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-..and I served as part of the crew

-for about four months.

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-I came back to Britain...

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-..and was then sent to Afghanistan.

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-I was stationed out there.

-It was a tough experience.

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-I knew I was going to see and hear

-a lot of distressing scenes.

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-But I really enjoyed

-my duties out there.

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-I found it very rewarding.

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-I felt as though I was

-helping the situation out there...

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-..and the people of Afghanistan.

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-When I was stationed in Scotland,

-a friend of mine committed suicide.

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-It was a very difficult time.

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-The chaplains

-were a source of comfort.

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-They were there for the lads...

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-..and helped raise morale.

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-They were a big help.

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-We were a family...

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-..and we were strong.

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-Everybody comes together when

-something tragic like that happens.

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-The chapel was our solace.

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-I hope you've enjoyed

-our highlights programme...

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-..and been blessed

-by the current series.

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-The new series

-will return in September...

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-..when we will join the congregation

-of Bethany, Ammanford...

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-..for the proclamation service

-of the National Eisteddfod.

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-We end this evening

-with a hymn that was recorded...

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-..at the Ruthin Eisteddfod's

-proclamation cymanfa.

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-Arglwydd Iesu Arwain F'enaid

-At Y Graig Sydd Uwch Na Mi.

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-Until next time, goodbye.

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Alwyn Humphreys sy'n cofio rhai o uchafbwyntiau cyfres 2012. Alwyn Humphreys reviews some of the highlights of the 2012 series featuring congregational singing and interviews.


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