2017-02-16-Fairtrade Fortnight Facebook-Profile-Background 2Fairtrade Fortnight 2017  :  Ready for a Fairtrade Break? 

Fairtrade Fortnight is from 27 February to 12 March. Fairtrade Fortnight is a yearly, fun filled and awareness raising of Fairtrade.

The vast majority of churches in the Bangor Diocese and the Church in Wales have pledged themselves to do all that they can to support, promote and shop Fair Trade.  Goods that carry the Fairtrade mark ensure that farmers and communities all over the world get fair pay, decent working conditions, and proper facilities – like schools, clinics, roads and toilets.

The Fairtrade Fortnight’s campaign this year is ‘It’s Time to put Fairtrade in your Break’. 

This is an opportunity to celebrate and have fun whilst reminding ourselves about the importance of Fair Trade. You might like to have a get together after church and serve Fair Trade food and/or a Fair Trade drink (you are probably already doing this if you are reading this!) or serve cakes made from Fairtrade and locally produced ingredients. Shove Tuesday  – Tuesday 28th February falls within Fair Trade Fortnight – so you could use Fairtrade ingredients to turn a pancake gathering into a Fair Trade Break!

There are many resources, including leaflets, sermon ideas and prayers, available on the Fairtrade Foundation and Fairtrade Wales websites at:



Here are some prayers relating to Fair Trade and trade justice that you may like to use.

Andy Hawkins and Lis Perkins, Fair Trade Champions, Diocese of Bangor.






Bishop Andy thanks Archbishop Barry

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Today – his 70th birthday – marks the retirement of the Archbishop of Wales, the Most Reverend Dr. Barry Morgan.

He has been Archbishop of Wales for almost 14 years and is the longest serving Archbishop in the Anglican Communion. He has been a bishop for 24 years, being Bishop of Bangor for 7 years, before his translation to the Diocese of Llandaff.

Commenting on Archbishop Barry’s retirement, the Bishop of Bangor, the Right Reverend Andy John, said, “The Church in Wales is today saying farewell to the person who has been at its heart, proclaiming the Gospel and Jesus’ love, for so many years.

Before becoming bishop of this Diocese, Archbishop Barry, had served here as Warden of Church Hostel (Bangor University Chaplain), Archdeacon of Meirionnydd and Rector of Cricieth.

Throughout his ministry he valued honesty from himself and others. Despite the challenges and pressures of the important offices he held, he always retained the pastoral heart of a caring and loving priest, even when he disagreed with people theologically.

The way in which he lovingly cared for his wife Hilary during her illness until her untimely death last year, and yet continued to minister Christ’s love throughout is an example to us all.

On behalf of the Diocese of Bangor, I wish to thank Archbishop Barry for his ministry and we shall be praying that his retirement will be long and fulfilled.”


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At Bishop Andy’s election in 2008





Ysgol Cybi

If all goes to plan, in September there will be a new Church school in Holyhead. Ysgol Cybi is presently being built and will take pupils from our existing Church School, Ysgol y Parchedig Thomas Ellis, Ysgol y Parc and Ysgol Llaingoch. Last Thursday Wales’ First Minister, Carwyn Jones, called by to have a look at how the work is progressing, and three pupils – (l-r) Caitlin Owen (Ysgol Llaingoch), Layla Pritchard (Ysgol y Parchedig Thomas Ellis) and Carwyn Lewis (Ysgol y Parc)  and had the opportunity to show the First Minister around a very busy building site! There are some other photos here, and even more here!





Aberdovey Beach yesterday (8.12.16) where Bishop Andy welcomed the Christian Aid walkers on their 'Escape to Egypt' journey to the Diocese of Bangor
Aberdovey Beach yesterday (8.12.16) where Bishop Andy welcomed the Christian Aid walkers on their ‘Escape to Egypt’ journey to the Diocese of Bangor


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Church Hostel Trust – looking back with thanks and forward with expectation

With a lecture and worship, there will be a mixture of looking back with thanks and forward with expectation from 4.30pm on Monday 5th December at Bangor Cathedral.

An event is being held to give thanks for the ministry and contribution of the Church Hostel Trust, whose work has recently come to an end.



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Snowdonia Marathon and Caroline Gregory

Thank you so much to everybody who supported BIshop Andy with his marathon effort for Caroline Gregory. The total raised was £1,755.35 which  has been transferred to her. Caroline is still in the Calais area supporting unaccompanied children and other refugees who have now dispersed into the countryside. She is working from a caravan on a campsite. If you would like to continue to support her, she welcomes any financial contributions via the NatWest account in her name (60-70-03 50097040). You can also follow her work via Facebook.

Anglesey Show 2016

Sioe Mon 2015 87 lrTuesday and Wednesday of this week (9 and 10 August) sees the annual Anglesey Show at the Mona Showground.

People from the Anglesey Synod will be helping with the Diocese’s tent at the show. There will be displays about Church Buildings for Mission, the History of Christianity in the Diocese as well as a variety of activities for children and refreshments provided by the Diocesan Mothers’ Union.

Looking forward, the Archdeacon of Bangor and Anglesey, the Venerable Paul Davies, commented, ‘The Anglesey Show is always a great event, and our presence is part of our mission to be at the heart of the community and to show God’s love for all. Do call in to see us!’

The Diocese’s location is C68 (the same as last year) which at at the opposite end of the street to the Food Hall. If you’re coming to the Anglsey Show, please do drop by!