In the heart of Treforest, on the edge of the historic town of Pontypridd, stands the Bassilican style church dedicated to St. Dyfrig. The Catholic presence in Treforest began with Irish immigrants fleeing the Great Famine (1840) that eventually founded the parish in Treforest. The present church is the second church dedicated to the saint following the need for expansion in the 1920s. One of the unique architectural designs of this church in the Welsh valleys are the two semi-domes at either end of the building. Over the years the building has deteriorated and is in need of urgent high level structural and roof repairs.
Following nearly three years of dedicated work Fr. Allan Davies-Hale and his team of hard working of parishioners have secured £68,100 of funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund for work to begin. On hearing of the news Archbishop George Stack said:
“This is an outstanding achievement as the quality of the application and the monitoring of the work is very demanding”.
On announcing the award the Heritage Lottery Fund said:
“The historic and diverse places of worship in Wales are so often at the heart of our communities. Thanks to National Lottery players, funds distributed through the National Lottery Fund have enabled beautiful buildings to address structural repairs, improve facilities, record local history and improve visitor information. St Dyfrig’s is an excellent example of how HLF can help conserve a much loved building so that it can continue to serve its local community”
The parish celebrated the joyous news with a tea party following the Sunday Mass on February 3rd. The award marked the fourth project in the Archdiocese of Cardiff to have received a significant grant for repairs and renovation.