St Davids Diocese

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Mrs Hazel Jones-Olszewski, who grew up in the Amman Valley and attended church in Saron, left £2.6 million pounds to the St Davids Diocesan Board of Finance (DBF) in her Will to be used “for charitable church purposes”.

She died in January 2013, four days before her 85th birthday, and is buried in Gunnersbury Cemetery, west London. A plaque commemorating Mrs Jones-Olszewski will be erected at St David’s Church in Saron, her home parish.

In consultation with her executors, the Diocesan Board of Finance invited parishes, organisations and individuals to submit suggestions as to how the money should be used for the benefit of the diocese as a whole and in order to make a lasting memorial to its surprise benefactor.

Children and Youth Work

The legacy will enable the diocese to invest nearly £1 million in its ministry to children and young people over the next three years, by match funding the annual £167,000 received     from the Representative Body of the Church in Wales. The funding will be project-based and parishes are being invited to submit proposals;

Parish Finance

The DBF have opted to allocate £1.5 million to a reserved Designated Fund, from which both capital and interest accumulation will be used to keep increases in ministry share to a minimum. It’s estimated that in 2015 this will be worth £210,00 resulting in a Ministry Share reduction of 6.4


£150,000 is to be invested next year in training for both clergy and lay ministers as part of the diocesan strategy Growing Hope which will lead to a major restructuring of diocesan organisation and ministry over the next five years.

In addition, £100,000 has been set aside to make improvements to the diocesan Housing Association’s portfolio of accommodation for retired clergy, clergy widows and lay workers.

 In memory of Hazel, a family tribute

Margaret Hazel Hughes was born on 23 January 1928 to Margaret ‘Mag’ Ann and James ‘Jim’ Hughes of 3 Blaenau Lodge, Pantyblodau Road, Saron, Llandebie, Carmarthenshire.

She was the seventh of eight children with three elder sisters, Doris, Annie Gwen and Maisie and three elder brothers Melvin, Dennis and Ben. The eigth child a younger sister Iris May died at the age of 3 months...

Click here to read Hazels full obituary


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