Chaplains at the Royal Welsh Showground
September 2, 2015Chaplains have been offering pastoral care and support to farmers and visitors at Wales’ premier agricultural show for six years now and they have become a feature of the showground. The chaplaincy scheme was set up in 2009 at the Royal Welsh Show in response to a huge need identified on the showground, which attracts more than 200,000 visitors over the week in July. A dedicated team of lay people and clergy from different church denominations provide care and support on and around the showground. They come under the banner of the Welsh ecumenical body, CYTÛN, and are based at the CYTÛN tent. Members of the Builth Area Ministry team took a central role in the Ecumenical Chaplaincy at the Royal Welsh Show in July this year. Working across the Show’s four days, as part of a team of 24 (from seven different denominations), the chaplains were available to provide people with pastoral care, attention, support and, simply, time just to chat. The scheme has now been expanded to cover every event that takes place on the showground across the entire calendar year.