St Mary's Church in Kidwelly boosted by generous donation after spate of thefts
ST Mary's Church in Kidwelly, which fell victim to a spate of thefts, has been boosted by a generous donation from a former town mayor.
Jeanette Gilasbey, who has been a member of the church all her life, even being christened there, is busy distributing money raised from the mayor's charity fund collected during her time in office.
And she said after hearing the shocking news that the church had been raided of some of its prized possessions back in May, she wanted to step in and help by donating a new hymn board.
"Having heard of the items that had been taken from St Mary's Church I was a bit disheartened," she said.
"I felt if I could help in any way with me donating money back into organisations and chapels, I could donate money to St Mary's Church for what they needed.
"This is replacing some of what has been taken away from them and I feel in my heart that the church is having something which they really need from the money.
"Roger (the Reverend Morley-Jones) is very pleased and he is going to bless the board and put it in a place of its own at the first service.
"It is lovely that they have got certain items coming back after an incident in these circumstances."
A Dyfed-Powys Police spokeswoman said the force was continuing its efforts to track down information about the incident, which saw two six-foot ebony staffs with silver crowns on the top, and a wooden hymn book stand also stolen from St Mary's Church.
Reverend Morley-Jones felt that the crime, which took place some time between 8am and 12.30pm on Thursday, May 23, "desecrated the church" and has spoken of his hopes that the culprits will be brought to justice.
Once the new hymn board is erected, a plaque will also be made up stating that the board was donated by Mrs Gilasbey.
"We have been overwhelmed by the response of people following the theft," Mr Morley-Jones said.
"This particular donation is very much valued and we are extremely grateful for it."