The Friends of St Julitta's
WHAT WE DO
In 1996 the two church buildings in Capel Curig were advertised for sale by the Church in Wales. Two local residents, Jill Tunstall and Harvey Lloyd, were concerned about the future of the old church, St Julitta’s, and as a result of local support, the Friends of St. Julitta’s was formed as a registered charity, which in 1998 took responsibility for the preservation of the church and maintenance of the old churchyard on a 99-year lease subject to a peppercorn rent.
Initially an architect was employed to examine the building and draw up a plan for repairs. By 2001 the Bier house had been rebuilt to provide a store, all the windows had been replaced, new cast-iron rainwater goods fitted, the outside stonework repointed with lime mortar, the bell cote reconstructed, and repairs undertaken inside the building to the oak roof beams and plasterwork. A disabled access was provided to both church and churchyard. The expansion of activities in the church has brought about a problem with the storage of equipment and resources. We now have a wooden store to the rear of the bier house.
Regular working parties are held to maintain the churchyard.
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Future plans include the installation of mains electricity, and the replacement of the existing floor with slate slabs more in keeping with a medieval building and returning the pulpit to its original site
The church moves forward, we have still many more challenges to go, not the least of which is to connect to mains electricity; the use of the portable generator is expensive and inconvenient.
Yes, the in-tray is very full; in fact, it has had a major overflow! The maintenance of the church and church yard together with research of local and family social history of Capel Curig is a huge undertaking. The future progress of the project is largely dependent on the enthusiasm and support of the Friends and others such as The Snowdonia Society. From past response this has always been generously given and the committee thanks all who have contributed to what is there today. Remember it is the Friends who are involved; a relaxed friendly group who contribute, learn and perhaps have some fun!