‘Navigators of Faith’ visit Porthcawl on their Celtic mission

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

– Local People

by Philip IrwinGEM Reporter

On Saturday, May 12, the yacht Rival Star called in to Porthcawl on day two of a voyage around Great Britain by the Navigators of Faith’.

Howard Worsley and Andy Carnegie are doing the trip to discover the Celtic Past and to learn how we could use it to enhance modern life.

They met people from Porthcawl and heard their stories and experiences.

Howard is vice-principal of a theological college in Bristol and Andy is a businessman with a love of sailing. The boat is crewed by Howard, Andy and five others.

A large crowd greeted them as they arrived at Porthcawl Marina, and they sailed in to the sound of ‘Amazing Grace’ – sung by supporters on the quayside.

Howard and Andy stepped ashore to a welcome by Porthcawl Sea Cadets and the newly-elected mayor of Porthcawl, Cllr Norah Clarke and her consort and fellow councillor, Mike Clarke.

They visited St Cein’s church at Llangeinor where the Rev Roger Pitman and the local historian Gerald Jarvis gave them a tour of the church and an account of the life of St Cein.

In the evening they were guests at Porthcawl YMCA where they related stories, sang songs and engaged in a lively exchange with local people of all faiths and no faith.

The mayor presented the crew with Porthcawl mugs as a momento of their visit.

Andy and Howard presented her with a bible signed by all the crew together with a small St Bridget cross.

They invited her to arrange for the cross to be taken to York Minster for Good Friday 2019. The challenge is to link with other churches on the 266-mile route so it can be carried on foot in relays.

The Rival Star sailed on the morning tide on the next leg of the journey.


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