Open Doors - Tondu Methodist Church, Bridgend

22 September 2017, 23 September 2017

Tondu Methodist Church was built in 1868 by the Brogden family who, at the time, were the ironmasters in Tondu. In 1872 the Brogdens installed a fine stained glass window in the church and also provided a pipe organ, which is still in original working condition and is listed on the National Pipe Organ Register. Substantial grant funding has enabled a major programme of redevelopment to be carried out on the building and the new Wesley Centre offers excellent community activities and provides a focus for reclaiming Tondu's industrial and cultral heritage through activities, exhibitions. etc. On Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd September 2017, Wesley Church Centre Tondu (formerly Tondu Methodist Church) will be celebrating 'The Railway Heritage of Tondu'. There will be an exhibition of photographs, maps and artefacts that tell the story of Tondu Junction which, in its heyday, was one of the largest railway junctions in Wales with an extensive infrastructure of marshalling yards, signal boxes, engine sheds and wagon works. There will be model railways on display, both finished and in progress, which will help bring to life the railway history of the area. Refreshments will be available on both days. Address: Tondu Methodist church, Maesteg Road, Tondu, CF32 9BT Tondu Methodist Church is situated on the main road between Bridgend and Maesteg. There is a bus stop near to the church and there is a railway station in Tondu on the Bridgend to Maesteg branch line. There are some car parking spaces at the church with other parking available on the road nearby. For disabled visitors a car can be brought near to the main entrance and then there is a level approach to the door. There is a lift available to the first floor and there are toilets with full access.

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