This weekend was my very first Royal Welsh Spring Fair as Chaplain and what a memorable one it was.
I worked together with six other chaplains, we were dressed in our bright orange chaplains jackets and wandered around the showground talking, listening and laughing with people as they either worked or visited the showground.
The children had great fun with the circus equipment, or learning about different animals, one of which was a snake! I have to say I much preferred the Bagot goats (a rare breed) or the nine-week-old rabbits running about a table, although Petra did seem to take a liking to the snake…
On Sunday the showground holds a service and about 50 people attended. Rev Ian Morris from the Methodist Church officiated and I had the privilege of linking Noah, sheep and shepherd and the Welsh Air Ambulance service together in a ‘short address’. We had a collection for the Welsh Air Ambulance, a very needed service in a rural area where the time taken to get to hospital is critical. I learnt in my research that this charity is self funding, it is not part of the NHS, which really surprised me. It costs £6m to keep their four helicopters in the air. So if you ever get an opportunity to put a £1 in their bucket please do because we never know when we might need them.
Thank you to everyone who stopped us and talked, to the Showground for allowing us to work with them and to the chaplains who worked hard and walked miles over the weekend.