When our Director Jeanne met His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales...
Ebenezer Chapel in Cardiff was built in 1855, and is a piece of the city’s shipping history. The Grade II listed chapel was built from stone used as ballast in the coal ships on their return journey. Over the years, the chapel has sadly lost its Welsh-speaking Presbyterian Congregation, and the building started to decline. Located in the heart of Cardiff and now in need of renovation, the chapel is an early example of the Gothic revival, and was purchased by the Catholic Archdiocese of Cardiff in May 2012.
The plan was to transform this architecturally stunning building into a community centre, offering a café, conference facilities and more. Christian Brown OBE KSG, was asked by The Most Revd. George Stack Archbishop of Cardiff to put together a bid for Lottery money to renovate and convert the chapel. They won the bid, and Christian went on to manage the project.
On Friday 16 December His Royal Highness officially opened the newly named Cornerstone the Prince of Wales, and our very own Jeanne Fry-Thomas was invited along. Jeanne is a friend of Christian’s, and also offered suggestions for how the space could be used. Jeanne told us, “It was a lovely event, around 190 people attended, including those who had been involved in the project, from engineers and builders to those who had donated money. Leaders from different faiths were also in attendance, as well as a children’s choir. He took the time to speak to everyone, he was really nice. I was very impressed.”