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The Mary Jones 28 Mile Fund Raising Walk - Saturday 24th June 2017

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The Walk: Looking for sponsors. :-) 28.95 mile sponsored walk from llanfihangel y Pennant to Bala. Saturday 24th of June 2017

The Purpose: To raise money for "Love in Action", to raise money to build outside latrines and shower blocks for all six widows in Kenya. This charity is run by the humblest couple you could meet and EVERY PENNY goes directly to help the most under privileged people.

EVERY POUND AND EVERY PENNY COUNTS.

Please help, Thankyou and bless you in advance.

Walter

 

Who was Mary Jones?

Mary Jones was from a poor family, the daughter of a weaver, who lived at Llanfihangel-y-pennant, Abergynolwyn, at the foot of Cader Idris near Dolgellau. She was born in December 1784. Her parents were devout Calvinistic Methodists, and she herself professed the Christian faith at eight years of age. Having learned to read in the circulating schools organised by Thomas Charles, it became her burning desire to possess a Bible of her own. The nearest copy was at a farm two miles distant from her little cottage, and there was no copy on sale nearer than Bala – 26 miles (42 km) away; and it was not certain that a copy could be obtained there. Welsh Bibles were scarce in those days. Having saved for six years until she had enough money to pay for a copy, she started one morning in 1800 for Bala, and walked the 26 miles over mountainous terrain, barefoot as usual, to obtain a copy from Rev. Thomas Charles, the only individual with Bibles for sale in the area. According to one version of the story, Mr. Charles told her that all of the copies which he had received were sold or already spoken for. Mary was so distraught that Charles spared her one of the copies which was already promised to another. In another version, she had to wait two days for a supply of Bibles to arrive, and was able to purchase a copy for herself and two other copies for members of her family. According to tradition, it was the impression that this visit by Mary Jones left upon him that impelled Charles to propose to the Council of the Religious Tract Society the formation of a Society to supply Wales with Bibles.

Mary later married a weaver of Bryn-crug named Thomas Lewis. She died in 1864 and was buried at the graveyard of Bryn-crug Calvinistic Methodist Chapel.

A "Mary Jones Walk" was held in the year 2000 to commemorate Mary's journey, and has been repeated several times.

Source: Wikipedia - Mary Jones and her Bible

 

Pre Walk - 11th June 2017

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Walk - 24th June 2017

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