Diocesan press releases

St Augustine’s celebrates Open Doors and much more

It’s all going on at St Augustine’s Church, Rumney, this weekend as it celebrates the national Open Doors event.

As the oldest building in Rumney and one of the oldest churches in the Cardiff area, there is plenty to see when St Augustine’s opens its doors between 10am-5pm on Saturday 24 September.

Fr John Connell, says: “Visitors will be able to come and discover the beauty of this ancient parish church which has stood at the top of Rumney Hill, looking down over Rumney, the Bristol Channel and Cardiff and has been at the heart of our community for over 908 years.”

During the Open Day, visitors will be able to see the oldest door and stone staircase in Rumney; discover the fascinating stories revealed by its stained glass windows; enjoy home-made cakes and fresh coffee and tea, and see and hear the famous ring of six bells being rung (from 1pm until 5pm).

Plans for the redevelopment of this ancient church: to renew heating, lighting and sound systems; provide disabled access toilet facilities and introduce new and flexible seating in the nave, will also be on display. St Augustine's

Fr Connell, says: “Our hope is to make St Augustine’s a focal point not just for those who come to church for our services, but enable the church to once again be a warm and welcoming focus for community life here in Rumney.

“We will also be launching our 1,000 Years of Service Appeal to ensure our church is here to serve the people of Rumney for generations to come”.

To add to the celebrations, there will also be special services held at the church on Sunday 25 September with Back to Church Sunday at 10am and Songs of Praise at 6.30pm


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Notes to Editors:

  • For more information contact Fr John Connell, Parish Priest

029 2241 5848 or 07798 586811



  • For more information, please contact:

Debra Goddard, Diocesan Communications Officer

Email: debragoddard@churchinwales.org.uk

Tel: 01633 267490