Saturday, 24 July 2010

New Lease of Life, E.C.Thomas and Son

Zoar Chapel - now a Chapel of Rest for E.C.Thomas & Son, Independent Family Funeral Directors & Monumental Masons, established.1956 http://www.ecthomasandson.co.uk/

The following is from their website:

Situated in Llanteg, this former Baptist Chapel surrounded by woodland now
offers families a private chapel with viewing and service facilities



Our new reception area in Zoar Chapel.



We have a 70 seat capacity service Chapel where you may spend some quiet moments with your loved one. If you do not belong to a chapel or church you are most welcome to use this facility for a funeral service



Should you wish to have your loved one interred in a woodland setting we are
privileged to offer a Woodland Garden of Remembrance.
This will feature designated areas for interment amongst the woodland
where you may sit and reflect in a peaceful setting

Friday, 23 July 2010

Zoar Centenary Booklet 1954








Zoar Deacons 1950s
Back Row, L. to R: W. E. Mathias, W. J. V. Davies, W. J. Thomas,
M. R. Raymond, A. G. Phillips.
Front Row, L. to R: G. Wilfred Davies, Rev. Charles Vaughan,
W. E. Harries.


(Missing from picture is Nathaniel Williams of Long Lane)



The following is most of the rest of the booklet which refers mainly to Saundersfoot Baptists
but is also partly relevant to Zoar Llanteg








Wednesday, 14 July 2010

More Renovation Pictures

These photographs were taken by John Lewis-Tunster

The extension behind the porch and round the back of the chapel




Now inside the chapel - this is a feature -
and is the little doorway into the under-seat space




The porch with plaque




My poor enlargement of the plaque
'In loving and greatful memory to
all those who laboured faithfully
for the Lord at Zoar Chapel
1854-1997'






Porch and extension - seating area





Back extension - toilets and kitchen


Side room


Another view of the seating area


Pulpit


View of interior of chapel




The rising gallery of seats




The renovated caretaker's cottage area

Chapel Closure and Renovation


No records such as registers or minute books have been unearthed for the old Baptist Chapel.

According to the Mountain Chapel Minute books they were approached by Zoar members in 1997 about holding funerals there, as Zoar had closed the previous autumn due to floor problems -
ie autumn 1996.


Date stone - Zoar was built in 1854


After remaining empty for some years renovations began:

Summer 2004 - The old lean-to toilets at the back were removed - the small red shape in the wall
is the entrance to the under-seat area of the chapel


Summer 2004 - Building work beginning at rear of chapel


Summer 2004

Summer 2004 - tidied up main gateway


Summer 2004 - rear of chapel


December 2004 - new extension at rear of porch

December 2004 - rear view of porch extension

Summer 2004 - Zoar field at side of chapel being cleared for carpark


Spring 2005 - enlarged side entrance and new gateposts and walls

August 2005 - new gates on side entrance into carpark

December 2004 - not a blank picture -
but a very faint outline found in the main chapel of a coloured frieze

Spring 2005 - work is begun on clearing the overgrown woods
to the north of the chapel

Spring 2007 - the hedge between the two gates is removed



Summer 2007 - a new wall is put up to replace the old hedge


March 2006 - new paths are laid through the cleared woods and flowers planted

March 2006


March 2006


August 2006 - a new path is laid across the graveyard to take people
up to the woodland burial area

March 2006 - new side and read extension


Zoar's official opening by E.C.Thomas & Son was in 2005 -
this was part of their display on the chapel's history



2005 - Zoar's offical opening by E.C.Thomas & Son -
over 50 cars were there - not only in the carpark but
lining the road from tThe Griggs to almost down at Stanwell

2008 - Zoar Chapel viewed from the south - before the garage block was built.
Woods tot he south side had been cleared

2008 - Cremated Remains Section at Zoar Chapel of Rest, Llanteg
This cremated remains section was created in overgrown woodland to the
north of the graveyard at Zoar Chapel of Rest.
It is wonderfully tended and has a marvellous display of daffodils.
Zoar Chapel can be seen through the trees.


Overgrown woodland to the south of the chapel being cleared


Overgrown woodland to the south of the chapel being cleared


New gate on main entrance


2009 - new garage block in the carpark area