Saron Chapel, Treoes
Update August 2020
Saron Trustees have been busy undertaking a risk assessment and planning for the re-opening of the Chapel as soon as Welsh government allows. Please be assured we are adopting new cleaning regimes, planning new ways of entering and offering distanced seating to ensure your safety at all times. When we are allowed to hold our first service we will let you know.
We are pleased to advise the restart of the 2020 village lottery. We apologise that due to covid regulations we have not been able to visit you this year to collect or been able to hold any draws. However we hope to remedy this very soon and hold three draws – October, November and December. If you would like to participate you can:-
(a) place funds into an envelope with your name and address on and give to any Trustee (Jill Ham, Joan Thomas, Janet Day, Barbara Grigg), or
(b) place your envelope into the post box fixed to the Heritage Hub and
(c) Trustees will collect around the village in September.
WE WOULD LIKE TO THANK YOU IN ADVANCE FOR YOUR CONTINUED SUPPORT, ESPECIALLY DURING THIS DIFFICULT TIME.
Saron Chapel was founded in 1831, initially in a barn, as an Independent Welsh Nonconformist Chapel. It took the residents of Treoes almost 10 years to raise the funds to build the present day Grade II listed building which held its first recorded service on 14th or 15th February 1842.
Saron Chapel has had a number of renovations over the years most recently in 2017/18 when, following a great fundraising effort by the local community, it was substantially renovated. The old grey render was removed, repointed and repainted, and a new roof, new doors and windows were installed, returning it to its former glory. Modern additions of an external toilet, new carpeting and under-seat electric heating were also been added.
There are currently four Saron Chapel Trustees from within the village who, with a small management committee, manage the day to day care of the Chapel, its graveyard and arrange services twice a month.
Details of forthcoming services and events will be posted on this page.
Much work has been undertaken in recent years by the Treoes History Group in gathering historical information about Saron Chapel, about the important emergence of the nonconformist movement at the time and especially of The Rev. Dr Rees Saron Jones. The Minister was ordained in the Chapel in 1868, and married in the Chapel on 26th December 1871 to a local Cowbridge girl, Elivira, and later later emigrated to the USA . Much more information, photos of his wife and children, of his major achievements in Scranton, Pennsylvania and an amazing existing window dedicated to him can be seen by visiting the Friends of Saron website.