Long Bridge Street Methodist Church (Llanidloes).
The very first church on this site was built in 1802, but the present building was erected in 1874. At the beginning of the 20th Century a large hall was added for a Sunday school and other weekday meetings.
The Church was known as the Wesleyan Chapel for many, many years and is still called this by some of the older members.
My memories date from the mid-twenties. I recall very large congregations at both morning and evening services, Sunday school with nearly 100 children and adults attending. There were prayer meetings, guilds, Band of Hope, socials, rummage sales and Sunday school trips to the seaside.
Over the years congregation numbers decreased greatly, until we wondered how long our church could remain open.
In 1999 Rev Peter Bolt became our minister and persuaded us that we could make things happen. With grants, a very generous legacy from Miss Elsie Jerman and much enthusiasm and hard work from volunteers, so they did! Repairs, redecoration, the schoolroom made smaller so that a new small meeting room could be made, were all accomplished very quickly. The kitchen was also modernised.
Our congregation has increased (but not nearly enough). We have a morning service on Sunday. On weekdays The Wesleyan Singers, The Friendship Club and the Stroke Club use the new meeting room. The Hall is used by an Aerobic and Line Dancing Club and for Church Social and fund raising events.
Sadly, there are no children attending our Church. But we must not only hope but also pray that one-day this will change so that Long Bridge Street Methodist Church has a future.
FRIENDSHIP.... 2nd and 4th Wednesday of month at 2pm at Longbridge Street as per Programme. Contact Val Owen on 01686 412815 for more information.
WESLEY SINGERS Choir Practice ...Most Tuesdays at Longbridge Street at 7.30pm. Newcomers welcome, contact Stella Gratrix 01686 411028.