Open Door Events

Community Events

Start your evening in Dolgellau with an early evening ‘Open Door’ entertainment in the beautiful surroundings of our Dolgellau Parish church. We will be running around 20 events, one each week over next Summer. Each event will last one and a quarter hours, including a fifteen minute break. A free glass of wine or a soft drink will be served in the break. The menu is very varied and includes topics relating to music, art, local history and more and are loosely linked with the theme of ‘inspiration’ and ‘passion’. We would love to see you there and you are guaranteed an entertaining and inspiring interlude and a warm welcome.

‘Open Door’ events are part of our voluntary donation programme, designed to help us keep this beautiful church open and available to all, locals and visitors alike.

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People and Personality

Location Our Lady Of Sorrows Catholic Church, Meyrick St, Dolgellau

Everyone has a different, complex and unique personality; it can be difficult to truly understand yourself, never mind the complexities of other people. This short session is designed to introduce you to some of the fundamentals of understanding both yourself and other people.

RSVP Now £0.00 19 spots left

An Hour of Popular Classics

Location Our Lady Of Sorrows Catholic Church, Meyrick St, Dolgellau

“I believe people love popular music because it stirs the emotions and reignites memories in a unique and powerful way”. Enjoy Martin Michelle’s selection of popular classics. Don’t miss the chance to enjoy an hour of musical reminiscence with Martin at the keyboard.

RSVP Now £0.00 26 spots left

When the Railway Came to Dolgellau and the Coast

Location Our Lady Of Sorrows Catholic Church, Meyrick St, Dolgellau

It is hard to imagine this area before the arrival of the railway… join us to hear the fascinating story of how the arrival of the railway changed this place forever. Illustrated by the voices of those affected, heard through their diaries and other accounts.

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Pleasure and Peril in Snowdonia

Location Our Lady Of Sorrows Catholic Church, Meyrick St, Dolgellau

A plaque on the church wall in Llanaber commemorates ten young people who lost their lives on a rowing excursion upriver from Barmouth on an August evening in 1895. It seemed they had been forgotten. Paula Burnett wanted to know who they were and what had gone so horribly wrong, so that they could be remembered as individuals today.

RSVP Now £0.00 27 spots left

Jackie Chips’ Wars: Gallipoli, Palestine and Harlech

Location Our Lady Of Sorrows Catholic Church, Meyrick St, Dolgellau

John Williams (Jackie Chips) served as a soldier in WW1. Back home in Harlech he gradually embraced pacifism, experiencing many of the dilemmas we must face today. There were many hostile local reactions to his stance in WW2 so he experienced the two wars from very different perspectives, as revealed from his memoir and interviews with his daughter.

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Four Fields, Five Gates

Location Our Lady Of Sorrows Catholic Church, Meyrick St, Dolgellau

In the run up to the Second World War two young teachers from Oxfordshire were inspired to take on a run-down cottage not far from Dolgellau. This is a story of their jaw-dropping adventures, and which explores their motivation and the passion for the house which inspired them.

RSVP Now £0.00 19 spots left

Arthog, Mawddach Crescent and the Holiday Resort That Never Was

Location Our Lady Of Sorrows Catholic Church, Meyrick St, Dolgellau

Across the estuary from Barmouth you will see a row of terraced houses on the waterside. That’s Mawddach Crescent, initial phase of a substantial new holiday resort. This talk by a one-time resident delves into the character of the entrepreneur whose bold conception failed and ups and downs of the Crescent’s subsequent fascinating history.

RSVP Now £0.00 26 spots left

The Prayers of Leonard Cohen

Location Our Lady Of Sorrows Catholic Church, Meyrick St, Dolgellau

If you are a Cohen fan come and share your story and insights. If you are new to Leonard Cohen take the opportunity to find out more about someone who ranks alongside only Bob Dylan as one of the iconic singer-songwriters of the last fifty years.

RSVP Now £0.00 28 spots left
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