A celebration of the history of religion in the former coal mining town of Porth will take place shortly as part of the Open Doors festival.
Throughout September residents and visitors to the area will be able to view the interior of a whole host of fascinating buildings which played important roles in the development of the entire County Borough.
Rhondda Cynon Taf Council, working in partnership with various organizations and individuals, are making this year’s Open Doors event the best yet – with plenty of activities to inspire and educate.
On Saturday September 14th visitors can learn more about the history of the Church of St John the Evangelist in Cymmer. The Grad II listed Victorian building with fine woodwork and timber pillars is associated with the Insole coal mining dynasty.
The church will be open to visitors and will focus on weddings, past and present. The registers will also be viewed and a selection of wedding related photographs will be on display.
Visitors can also see the interior of the United Reformed Church in Porth which was built in 1885 as a typical Welsh chapel building. It has extensive schoolrooms, caretaker’s cottage and an Italianate frontage as well as the Willis organ which is still in use today.
There will be an exhibition of pictures of the chapel and members through the years along with wedding and baptism registers.
Cabinet Member for Culture, Recreation and Tourism, Cllr. Robert Bevan explained, “Open Doors will include a number of churches and chapels being open, historical talks and tours and some rare opportunities to see inside and gain an insight into buildings that are not normally open to the public.
“I’m sure the many activities will entertain, inspire and educate all those who are fortunate enough to learn more about our wonderful County Borough.”
The Church of St John The Evangelist, Cymmer will be open on Saturday September 14th from 10am to 4pm. For further details contact 682219.
The United Reformed Church in Porth will be also be open on Saturday September 14th from 10.30am to 4.30pm. For further details contact 682719.
For further information on the activities taking place as part of the Open Doors project, visit the events sections at www.heritagetrailsrct.co.uk