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Mrs L.G. Lewis
Adulam Baptist Chapel, Pontardawe

Maud Evans married Lewis Goronwy Lewis in 1913, and as Mrs L.G. Lewis played an important part in the life of Adulam Church, Pontardawe, 1917 to 1930.

Maud was the daughter of David and Sarah Evans, of Farmer's House, Llanedi. She married the Rev Lewis Goronwy Lewis in 1913 while he was minister of Bethlehem, Ogmore Vale. As Mrs L.G. Lewis, she was an ideal helpmeet and their home became renowned for its hospitality.

The Rev Lewis Goronwy Lewis accepted a call from Adulam Church, Pontardawe in October 1916, and the Rev and Mrs L.G. Lewis moved there for him to take up his pastoral duties in January 1917.

From the Labour Voice newspaper, 20th September 1919 came the news of the death of Mrs L.G. Davies' mother, Mrs Sarah Evans, who had been living with them:-

It is with regret that we note the death of Mrs Sarah Evans, widow of the late Mr David Evans of Western Road and mother of Mrs L G Lewis, Adulam. Deceased had lived with the Rev and Mrs L. G. Lewis at Avallon but a little while prior to her death had gone to Llwynon Tycroes, where she passed away.
The funeral takes place today, Friday, at 3.00 for Sardis Llanedy.

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Adulam Young People's Guild (Y.P.G.)

The Reverend Lewis Goronwy Lewis' wife, born Maud Evans, but only referred to in newspapers in the style typical of the time as "Mrs L.G. Lewis" was president of Adulam's Young People's Guild, and of the Adulam Girls' Guild.

From the Labour Voice newspaper, January 12th 1924:-


The re-opening of the Young People's Guild at Adulam, after the Christmas holidays, was excellently attended on Tuesday evening. During the evening, Mrs L.G. Lewis, president of the Guild, made a short but very appropriate address, choosing for her subject "Resolutions" - especially New Year's resolutions. Afterwards some of the younger children entertained the company with a very enjoyable programme of songs and recitations.

Later Life & Death

The Obituary for Rev Lewis Goronwy Lewis in the 1967 Baptist Handbook contains the following information on his life after leaving Pontardawe:-

In 1917 he moved to Pontardawe; in 1930 to Newport, Pembrokeshire; and in 1936 to Bethel, Holyhead, where he laboured with conspicuous success, combining with his pastoral duties service as Officiating Chaplain to the Royal Air Force. On retirement in 1951 he returned to Newport.

The remaining years were not spent in inactivity. The Pembrokeshire Association appointed him Superintendent of the Sustenation Fund and honoured him with its presidency, a distinction also conferred on him by the Anglesey Association.

Following the death of Mrs Lewis in 1961 his health deteriorated and he returned to the old home at Ammanford where a niece gave him affectionate care. He passed over to the other side on 15th January, 1966.

From the above Obituary, we can infer that the Rev and Mrs L.G. Lewis lived in retirement in Newport probably from 1951 until her death ten years later in 1961.



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