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Berea Chapel, Cefnbrynbrain
Cwmllynfell

Berea Chapel was a corrugated building on the borders of Cefnbrynbrain, on the Brynamman side of Cwmllynfell. It was located at the side of the road, but has been demolished some years ago now, and replaced with a memorial stone, marking where it used to stand.


From the Coflein online compendium of local chapels:-

BEREA WELSH INDEPENDENT CHAPEL and SUNDAY SCHOOL CEFNBRYNBRAIN
Berea Independent Chapel is a corrugated zinc-sheeted chapel, known as the "Iron Chapel" and a branch of Cwmllynfell Independent Chapel. Berea closed during the 1980's and in 1997 remained disused.


The website of John Ball states that it was a a branch of Cwmllynfell Independent Chapel and closed in the 1980s, and that it was constructed in 1929, and demolished in 2001. His webpage has a great photograph of the chapel on it. Thank You to John Ball for giving us permission to show the photograph here:-


Wikipedia explains about the name of Berea, thus:-

Berea or Beroea was a city of the Hellenic and Roman era now known as Veria (or Veroia) in Macedonia, northern Greece. It is a small city on the eastern side of the Vermion Mountains north of Mount Olympus. The town is mentioned in the Acts of the Apostles, where the apostles Paul, Silas and Timothy preached the Christian gospel.


I PHOTOGRAPHED THE PLATE ATTACHED TO THE ROCK IN 2007 AFTER THE CORREGATED BUILDING WAS DEMOLISHED. UNFORTUNATELY I NEVER TOOK A PHOTOGRAPH OF THE BUILDING.
Val Trevallion


 

Corner where the corrugated chapel, Berea, once stood

 

The plaque on the rock, reading

Yma sefydlwyd Ysgoldy BEREA
cangen o Eglwys Annibynnol Cwmllynfell
1929-2001

Translated into English as:-

Here BEREA Schoolhouse was established a branch of Cwmllynfell Congregational Church 1929-2001



From the Llais

The Llais newspaper reported on events not just in the Swansea Valley, but also the Amman and Dulais valleys.

The South Wales Voice newspaper, Saturday 16th May 1931 reported on a service at Berea Chapel:-

YOUNG PEOPLE'S SERVICE

Last Sunday evening, the large congregation that assembled at Berea, Cefnbrynbrain, enjoyed an inspiring service, which was given over entirely to the young people and was notable for the number who took part and for the unexpected and striking talent revealed. The service, which was a first of its kind to be held at Berea, was in every way a great success. It is intended to hold a similar service on Sunday 26th July.
The programme, for which Mr A H Colson and Mr Percy Lowe were responsible, was as follows:
Open hymn and prayer Mr Parkhouse; solos by Mrs Parmee, Miss K V Bowen, Miss I Parry, Miss V Davies, Miss Nan Hopkin: Recitations by Mr H Jones and Miss E Lewis. Violin duet Mr George Combs and Mr Percy Lowe; a paper was read by Mr C Jones; an address by Mr Parmee and an item by the children's choir under the conductorship of Mr Percy Lowe. Mr R Elliott conducted the service and his kindly words of encouragement were highly appreciated by those who contributed to the success of a very outstanding service.




 

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