Rev. Sandra Howells DFO


Award for inter-church and inter-faith development


It was obviously a big disappointment to us all that Sandra retired at the end of October but, on a very positive note, we are delighted to be able to report that Sandra has been honoured as Dame First Class of the Royal Order of Francis I for her contribution towards inter-church and inter-faith development.


She was granted the title by HRH Prince Charles of Bourbon of the Two Sicilies, Duke of Castro and Grand Master of the Dynastic Orders earlier this year. As Grand Master of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of Saint George, he promotes and coordinates the humanitarian and cultural activities of this ancient knightly order.


Sandra’s formal investiture into this internationally recognised order will take place at Westminster Cathedral, London at 11.15 on 8th November. It is fitting that only a few days after retiring from our parish, the investiture takes place at the Mother church for all Roman Catholics in England and Wales.


The Royal Order of Francis I is bestowed upon worthy individuals regardless of nationality or creed who have contributed to public life, science, the arts, agriculture, and commerce. The difference between members of the Royal Order of Francis I and members of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order of St.George is the latter must also be a part of the Roman Catholic faith.


Sandra joins an impressive list of Knights and Dames of the Order, including, amongst others, the Duke of Kent, 14 Heads of State and many more Cardinals on top of the two former Archbishops of Canterbury, the late Baroness Margaret Thatcher, S.E. Ban Ki Moon, David Rockefeller Jr., and three Nobel Peace Prize winners: Rigoberta Menchú, S.E. Former Costa Rican President Oscar Sanchez and Archbishop Desmond Tutu.


Today, the knights and dames of the Royal Order of Francis I, together with the members of the Sacred Military Constantinian Order, support and actively participate in the Order’s national and international inter-church, inter-faith, humanitarian, hospitaller and charity initiatives and projects.

Rev. Sandra's last and very happy wedding was conducted at Old Church, Penallt.

What a really lovely day it was!

Thanks to the Porter family for the picture

The recently completed 'chandelier heating/lighting together with the new lighting in the Chancel.


St Nicholas Church will be a warmer place next winter!

The new fencing and gates at the church entrance and

the two graves where the unsafe tombstones were removed

Solemn High Mass followed by Public Meeting

St Nicholas Church

15th October 2017

Following the Solemn High Mass a open meeting was held to enable the PCC to present the plans for the general re-ordering of St Nicholas Church. This includes a new heating system, kitchen, vestry and re-ordering of the area around the west door. The plans were widely accepted by those present. Timing of the work will be very much dependant on the availability of funds but it is envisaged that certain works can commence immediately the relevant permissions have been obtained

Harvest Lunch

St Nicholas Church

24th September 2017

The service [Matins which means lots of singing!] and the lunch were well attended with food and drink donations from many. Beautiful flowers in the church, meaningful sermon from Sandra and good all round chat afterwards


Annual Pet Service

St Nicholas Church

13th August 2017