Penelope Bourdillon

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Penelope was married to Mervyn and they spent forty years in the family home in Powys, where they brought up four children.  Their son Patrick now lives there with his wife and family, and Penelope has restored an old farmhouse nearby.  It was here that she nursed Mervyn through the final stage of his life in 2002, and it was her trust and belief in the Christian faith that enabled her to be a cornerstone for friends and family throughout this heartrending time.

Her desire to promote Christian virtues is demonstrated by the recent work that she has carried out at her new home in a beautiful remote valley.  She has converted an old stone barn into accommodation where people are welcome to come and stay, on retreat, enjoying the glorious countryside and taking the opportunity to seek or refresh their relationship with God.

Penelope is a trustee of the Christian Centre for Rural Wales, based at the Royal Welsh Showground.  She and Marcia have worked hard for over ten years to raise funds to maintain a permanent presence there, where people of any denomination, or none, can come and seek the Lord's presence, either during the Show or at any other time.

Their latest booklet, entitled Hope in the Valley, is being sold for £5 to raise funds for Beulah Church, Eglwys Oen Duw (The Church of the Lamb of God). It is intended to help and encourage people through their journey of bereavement after the loss of a loved one.  Penelope recognised the need for a book of this nature and felt that she could help others by writing about her own personal experience of loss and loneliness.

Penelope is also deeply  committed to the church at Beulah, Eglwys Oen Duw where she and her family have recently had the beautiful organ restored in memory of her husband Mervyn. The church was built by his great grandmother and he worshipped there for nearly fifty years.

Hope in the Valley is a small book and it has already been of immense comfort to those who have had to travel along the same lonely road of grief that she herself had to face.  It is an excellent gift for someone who has been bereaved.