O Tabor i Bencaer / From Tabor to Strumble Head.

Dyma ddisgrifiad o drip Ysgol Sul Capel Tabor (Bedyddwyr) Dinas i Garn Fawr, Pencaer mewn erthygl o’r County Echo, Gorffennaf 23, 1896. Dau gant a hanner o drigolion y Dinas mas am ddwarnod o hwyl!

This is a description of Tabor Chapel (Baptist) Sunday School trip to Garn Fawr, near Strumble Head from an article in the County Echo, July 23, 1896. Two hundred and fifty Dinas residents had a lot of fun!

DINAS – TABOR SUNDAY SCHOOL TREAT. As it is usual, with this Sunday School, to go for a day’s outing in the month of July (between the hay and grain harvests) the same good custom was followed this year. Last year, Rosebush was the place at which the pleasant day was spent. On that occasion about two hundred children and their friends were conveyed in all sorts of vehicles that the people themselves could supply. This year, Garn Fawr, in the parish of Llanwnda, was selected as the spot on which to give the tea and to enjoy the innocent recreative games, and a better spot could not have been selected.

There is more to be seen from Garn Fawr than any other place in Pembrokeshire, if not more than from any other place in Wales. Garn Fawr stands at the western extremity of Pencaer, and was at one time a British encampment, all the lines of which can be distinctly traced today, and many parts of which are in a good state of preservation. From the summit of this grand old rock, (which at one time offered shelter and protection to from eight to ten thousand men), may be seen nearly the whole of Pembrokeshire, large portions of Carmarthenshire and Cardiganshire, the islands around Milford, the Smalls, the Bishops, Skomar, the coast of Ireland, and the whole of Cardigan Bay up to Bardsey, Aberdaron, and Pwllheli. We could see no less than sixteen parish churches, but failed to see the churches of Llanwnda and Manorowen. A visit to Garn Fawr will surely afford satisfaction to anyone in quest of the beautiful, the awful, and the sublime.

On Friday morning, July 17th, we started from Tabor at nine o’clock in the morning, about two hundred and fifty in number, in twenty-one traps, &c., including two donkey carts drawn by pairs (and which during the whole journey to and fro played their parts as well as any two horses in the procession), and seven of the largest brakes Dinas, Newport, and Fishguard could supply.

The procession, headed by Mr G. Davies, of Garn, went through Fishguard, by Rhosfelen, Ffynon- rhidian, Caerau, Penysgwarne, and Harmony to Garn Fawr. I am happy to state that, not a hitch or an accident of any kind occurred during the whole day, thanks to the exper- ience of the drivers and the able management of the stewards—Messrs Howells, Laugharne, Thomas, and Evans. When we reached Garn Fawr we found a convenient little field had been selected on which to lay yhe cloths and to enjoy the good things provided for us, and also that Mr Thomas Vaughan, Tanymynydd, had lit the fires and boiled the water in readiness to accommodate us. Having done justice to the tea and cake, some enjoyed the scenery and fresh air on Garn Fawr, and others explored this and other Cairns in the neighbourhood. It was soon evident that every one had come to enjoy himself in the best way he could, and also to contribute to the enjoyment of his neighbours. Whatever differences that may have occurred between friends and neighbours since our visit to Rosebush are now forgotten and buried at Garn Fawr, and never be raised to cause any trouble or pain again. There is nothing like a good day’s outing to forget differences, indeed it is a veritable day of jubilee.

During the afternoon Mr and Mrs Llewhelin, Bristgarn, Mr and Mrs Llewhelin Maildy, Rev W. Rees and Mrs Rees, Harmony; Rev J. Phillips, Trefasser; Mrs Crunn, Trehilin; Mrs Vaughan, Tanymynydd, and their families joined us, and did all in their power to make the outing as pleasant as possible. After a second tea, the singing of the old Welsh hymn, “Bydd myrdd o rhyfeddodau,” and some school tunes by the school children (under the leadership of Mr John Harries), and passing a vote of thanks to Mr T. Vaughan and family, we made for home through Goodwick and Fishguard, and reached Dinas safely about half past eight in the evening. It would be invidious perhaps to make a distinction between one lady or a gentleman and another, especially where all contributed all in their power to make things pleasant and successful, but we must in justice mention the leaders. Great praise is due to Mrs Davies, Garn; Mrs Howells, Hescwm Mill; Mrs Maurice, Tabor Villa; Mrs Gronow (the veteran of fifty annual days of the kind), and the host of young lady workers that assisted them so readily and ably; and to Messrs G. Davies, J. Reynolds, S. George, J. Howells, G. Laugharne, David Thomas, Evan Evans, and Mr J. Harries and it is only right to say that the minister of the church was present, and appeared as usual, fond of his people and thoroughly enjoying himself and doing anything he could to make the people happy and the day’s work a grand success.

We are now looking forward to a similar day of enjoyment at some other place next year. May the Lord spare us until then and make us better people. Before we conclude we beg, as Sunday School and Church, to return our most sincere thanks to Dr Perkins, of Newport, for his kindness in sending his horse and trap to carry our dear pastor and his family to and from Garn Fawr. May the Lord bless him and make him a blessing. ONE OF THE PARTY.”

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