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Archbishop lectures in hamlet
Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Rowan Williams
Dr Williams will speak to a packed church in the small community
A tiny hamlet with a population of just 75 has hosted a lecture by the Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams.

St Mary Magdalene Church, in Bleddfa, near Knighton, in Powys, was the venue for the second annual Bleddfa Lecture.

Two-hundred people gathered to listen to Dr Williams on Saturday.

The former Archbishop of Wales gave his lecture, entitled Creation, Art and Love, before taking questions from the audience.

Dr Williams was invited to the mid Wales hamlet by the Bleddfa Centre - an arts organisation founded 30 years ago when the future of tiny Bleddfa was in doubt following plans to close the village church.

I visited the Archbishop, well I ambushed him really, at Lambeth Palace last year and asked him to speak at out second annual lecture and he agreed
Nicholas Colloff, Bleddfa Centre

Nicholas Colloff, of the centre, which invited the Dr Williams, said: "I know the Archbishop and nearly became a student of his a few years ago.

"I visited the Archbishop, well I ambushed him really, at Lambeth Palace last year and asked him to speak at our second annual lecture and he agreed.

"His lecture was on the relationship between creativity and spirituality.

"He talked for 45 minutes and then took questions from the audience.

"It's exciting that such a small community has managed to attract some one like the Archbishop of Canterbury."

The Archbishop arrived in Bleddfa at 1030 GMT before delivering his lecture at 1100 GMT.

He remained in the hamlet for lunch before returning to London.




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