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St Michael's & All Angels Church, Mitchel Troy

St Michael and All Angels church is the only church in Mitchel Troy and its members include those from Methodist, Roman Catholic and Quaker backgrounds. The church seeks to hold services and activities that support Christians of all denominations and there are many joint activities organised with the Baptist, Methodist, Roman Catholic and independent evangelical churches in the area under the ‘Churches Together in Monmouth’ banner. Dating back to 1208 with a history linked to the Beaufort family, it has many important heritage features, but it was not deemed fit for purpose as a welcoming church and community-focused building. The members decided therefore to remove the old pews and replace with new seating, repair damaged flooring, install new toilets with access for the disabled, install a proper kitchen, buy a moveable altar and produce interpretation boards for the inside and outside of the church.

This work was completed on 6th August 2021, the day before a wedding so it was instantly put to good use with guests appreciating the toilet facilities. Normal pattern of services has been resumed following Covid restrictions and many activities and events already planned. These include Tree Tots nursery twice a week during term time, the local Dementia Support group, weekly Open Coffee Mornings, a celebratory Harvest Festival and barbecue, a Climate Emergency Service to which an invitation will be sent to local leaders, and a memorial concert in aid of charity.

The church is open daily during day light hours and although there is no people counter as yet, many people do visit the church and appreciate the facilities. The members are in the process of working with members of the community to develop information boards both in the church and in the adjacent car park. There has been a great deal of positive feedback on the completed work, and the church members are “immensely grateful to the James Pantyfedwen Foundation for their support”.