Jul 27, 2010

History of 1960s-built, listed Catholic church recalled

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 Fanfare For a Church Gorseinon front cover detailIf you can remember the 60s, you weren’t there! Yet in the 1960s, a singular and beautiful church was built in the unassuming town of Gorseinon. This church is the only one of its kind in Wales and one of only three in the UK. The church was built entirely from funds raised by the parish. The story of how a tiny Welsh parish of only 200 could raise the money to pull off such a remarkable feat and the meaning behind the rare design, is told in a new book called Fanfare for a Church. A book to rival Dan Brown’s – except that this is a true story!

One of the authors, Paul Robinson says, “We wrote the book to preserve a little bit of history – nothing momentous like a war or a coronation – but something about real, ordinary people who made a difference and left something tangible behind them.”

Paul Robinson, a graduate of Manchester University spent ten years teaching and fifteen years as a journalist. Robert Robinson, an architect of more than thirty years standing, designed the church and oversaw its construction.

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