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St Martin’s Church Re-ordering

St Martin’s church has changed over time, as all churches do, and especially as congregations wax and wane.

The first phase of the present church was built in 1878-79. It was erected alongside the old “Capel Martin”, dated 1822, which was demolished in 1882 – the site can still be seen (just) in the churchyard to the west of the present church

In 1905, to accommodate the growing population of Caerphilly, the church was extended by two bays to the west (now the rear nave). The tower was added in 1910 - erected in Commemoration of the visit of King Edward VII and Queen Alexandra to the town on July 13th, 1907. The South Aisle was added in 1938, to mark the occasion of the 50th Jubilee of St Martin’s Church in 1929.

The Parish was given land in Park Lane in December 1867 for the purposes of building a church school – now known as the Parish Hall. This hall has had a somewhat colourful history; first as a National School; then retained by the parish after a battle through the courts from 1905 to 1913, when the local authority wished to make it a Council School; extended in 1920 to provide more space for the Sunday School; and used every since then by the church and by a number of local organizations providing wider aspects of education and training for young people.

The final chapter of the history of this hall is now being played out – it has been sold to Caerphilly County Borough for redevelopment purposes, and we are allowed to retain it for a while until they are ready to progress.

As time has gone on, congregations in St Martin’s have fallen, as they have done all across the whole of Christendom. Whereas we once needed to accommodate 400 people at major festivals, now we only need to find space for 160.

When we finally lose the hall – when it is claimed back by the council - we will have nowhere to house our vital extended mission to the community. This includes Rainbows, Brownies, Guides, Zumba Dancing, Aikido, Kick Boxing, Tai Kwando, Dancing Classes, Youth Club, Ladies Fellowship, Mother’s Union, Street Pastors and, of course, our own Parish Social Events. So we now have to set up a project to replace this community space – using the back of the church – the extension of 1905.

We are issuing newsletters on progress of this project – please click on the dates below, to get the latest updates.

St Martins Church Redevelopment Documents


Celebration of the new toilets and car park - Phase 2 of the development completed !


The long awaited start of Phase 2 of the development


Re-ordering update July 2014


No real news at present on the Redevelopment - we are waiting for various things to come to fruition before we can make progress again.
In the meantime, we have to be out of the Parish hall by the end of March - see notes attached


Latest news - and report from the congregational meeting on 17th November


August 2013 - Latest news - the development has been APPROVED by the church in Wales, so now we need to get things moving to make it happen!!


Update on Re-ordering - August 2012


More news on progress on the re-ordering project - see attached


This has been a busy time for the teams working on re-ordering. Please see details of who is doing what, and how the plans are looking at the moment.


On Sunday 12th February I decided to incorporate in my sermon the ideas we have for the back of St. Martin’s Church. I wanted to do this for those people who were not able to join us on the two parish trips we had to Neath/Llandeilo and Brecon to see how other churches have managed similar projects.


First congregational meeting


One of the things which we need to think about in the “not too distant” future, is the “Re-Ordering of St Martin’s”. We know that we need to do something – if only to make space for the activities currently carried out in the Parish Hall, after we lose it to Caerphilly County Borough.