Barry Free Churches Council

The 75th accession for the year of 2014 is a single black & white photograph of members of the Barry Free Churches Council. It is believed to have been taken circa 1945. The Council organised joint meetings with other denominations and promoted spiritual campaigns, such as the 1954 Billy Graham preaching tour. The council also attracted distinguished speakers, as in 1955 when the council was addressed by the Abertillery Member of Parliament the Rev Llewellyn Williams.

Barry Free Churches Council

Barry Free Churches Council

Shown in the photograph are (back row l-r) Mr Len Blake, Miss Susie Adams, Rev Fred Adams, Mrs Bessie Davies (wife of Howard Davies), Mr W. Roberts, Peggy Evans and an unnamed Methodist Minister; (front row l-r) Miss Bertha Worrall, an unnamed women, Rev Lionel Evans, Mr Frank Keeting and another unnamed women.

In 1939 Rev Fred Adams was a member of Holton Road Baptist Church and was approached to become pastor of Mount Pleasant Baptist church. He commenced preaching at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church on the 20th August 1939, and was inducted as pastor in September 1939. He became the secretary of the Transport and General Workers Union, Barry branch in 1945. Rev Adams resigned as pastor of Mount Pleasant in 1951, only to be asked to return in October 1955. He continued in the role until 1961, when he left Mount Pleasant to become full time pastor at Union Street Baptist Church in Crewe.

Glamorgan Archives holds numerous collections of church and chapel records. Details of these items can be found on our catalogue, Canfod and the documents are available for consultation in our searchroom.