At the beginning of 2018 the members and friends of City URC began to reflect on their shared history and thoughts for the future. Their stories were collected and presented as a ‘timeline’ on the wall in the main Church, excerpts from which will be serialised here.
I first came to United Reform during the 1984 – 85 Miners Strike. I was with my Union Nalgo at a big meeting in Cardiff. Along with all the other important Union speakers at the platform was Doug Bale. I asked which Church he was from and I went home to tell David (Morris) how good his speech had been. So he said ‘well, we’ll go along next Sunday’. We went in the evening for quite a while to hear Doug and Peter Scotland. But David went to Brussels and had new grandchildren and we drifted away. But some years later David met Tom Arthur and became a regular. I think he became a Member. I came to Cardiff often with him. Politically we did a lot together and I felt that he should have something for himself, he did not need to have me with him all the time.
So I grew to know many
people in URC and liked them. But when David died so suddenly then friendship
and kindness was so important that I kept on coming.
I came on the bus for a
while, but my friends Ann and John Hopkins were Quakers. So for a long time
they brought me. Now it is just Ann.
So after 11 or so years I am
still here. I love the way the Church and its people act. They show me that the
only way is ‘love one another’. So just like politics I fail but have to keep