I haven’ quite finished my current series on Church-Planting Lessons yet, but I’ve decided to start another little series of posts about one of the most intriguing, captivating and forsaken areas of the UK – the South Wales Valleys. Obviously the Valleys are very close to my heart as I was born here, I live here and I’m planting a church here. But I’m curious to know how the South Wales Valleys are perceived from those outside, especially those from the larger Welsh towns and cities.
Many seem to associate the Valleys with poverty, crime and social disorder akin to the inner-city (with good reason). Some are more prone to focus on the countryside, the breath-taking views (and of course the sheep), and therefore consider the valleys to be more of a rural area. A third opinion regarding this region is that it is a unique blend of urbanised squalor and rural beauty – a bizzare paradox of deep despair and strong, community, marking it as a region perhaps unlike any other in the UK.
So what are the valleys?
I’m asking for a little bit of audience participation from you lot out there in blogville!
Basically how do you percieve the Valleys?
Feel free to comment and add your own thoughts…