Club Chaplain and Memorial Garden

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Club Chaplain and Memorial Garden

Post  hirwaunman on Fri Oct 13, 2017 12:19 pm

As an owner of the club, I should like to know more about the decision to appoint a ‘Club Chaplain’ and to hold a religious ceremony to ‘bless’ the new Memorial Garden. Was this a board decision? I don’t remember seeing a mention of it in any Board minutes. What are the role and duties of the chaplain and why is that role considered necessary? The club is not a religious organisation and, according to the 2011 census, 42% of the population of Merthyr have no religion. Also, only 4.8% of the population of Wales are regular churchgoers. Anyone connected with the club who is religious is free to consult their own spiritual or pastoral advisor should they feel it necessary.

I fully support the concept of a Memorial Garden, but if an opening event is required, it would be perfectly possible to hold a meaningful and respectful secular ceremony acceptable to supporters of all faiths and none, and, in the interests of inclusivity, that is what should be arranged.


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Post  Solihull Martyr on Sat Oct 14, 2017 5:51 am

I think it is a magnificent gesture.
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Post  Boz1964 on Sun Oct 15, 2017 2:15 am

Big strong for the normally mild-mannered Hirwaunman isn't?

I appreciate that your guys still haven't forgiven the squad for that Eden Gig but I think the idea of having a Memorial Garden is a good call....besides the Llwydcoed Taffia have had the monopoly on smoking in public for a long time now.

Whatever your belief or lack of belief -I think it is a wonderful community gesture.

Boz Note: I hope this Club Chaplain proves better than the Charlie Applin we had at the club in seasons past.

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Post  Mr Men 1969 on Tue Oct 17, 2017 12:34 pm

I agree with the above. Whether it is your belief or not, it is a common position at a lot of professional clubs.

I also like the idea of the memorial garden. I have noticed some social media criticism about it's location at PP although, we have one! Not many clubs can boast such a thing.

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