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Then came the welcome news that the Steel Company of Wales, in response to the Bishop’s ‘New Churches Appeal’, had given a generous donation, with a condition that the money was to be used for a new church in Port Talbot. This £4500 grant from the Bishop’s Fund, along with the £2500 Representative Body Grant and the £4200 raised by the parish, brought the total to £12200.


The following year Mr Caroe was appointed as architect. He prepared plans, consisting of a brick church for 170 worshippers and a hall at the west end, to seat 120 people, with communicating doors between. Messrs’ Bennett Bros tender for the building of the church was accepted in May 1958 and work commenced with Mr William Henry, of Maes y Cwrt Terrace, as Clerk of Works. In August of that year Mr Gwyn Evans carried out soundings of the ground.


It was now decided to call the new church ‘St David’s Church’ because there was once a Mission Church of that name in Morfa. The church of St David’s, Margam started long before the church was built. First there was a Sunday School, in the old Scouts hut in Landore Avenue, taken by Rev Glyn Bowen curate of St Theodores. From there the Sunday School moved to the Community Centre.

A Communion Service was also held at the centre every Sunday morning using a portable Altar.


The laying of the Foundation Stone was carried out on Thursday October 1958 by Mr W. F. Cartwright, Assistant Managing Director and General Manager of the Steel Company of Wales. Bishop Glyn Simon, Vicar David Reece, Canon Richards, Rev Munro Cape of Margam Abbey, Rev Rowland Evans of St Agnes, Rev Hopkins of St Mary’s and Mr William Henry Clerk of Works were also present.


The church was consecrated by the Right Reverend the Lord Bishop of Llandaff Glyn Simon on Wednesday 1st July 1959 at 3:00 p.m. The Rev Eric Roberts vicar of St Margaret’s, Roath, and a former vicar of the Parish of St Theodores, Port Talbot gave the address. The first Church Wardens were

Mr Ralph Hanford (Vicar’s Warden) and Mr Edward Watson (People’s Warden).


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