Having spent almost 12 months working on the old Ebenezer chapel, contractors John Weaver Construction handed the keys to Archbishop George Stack this afternoon, 18th October 2016.
Located in the heart of Cardiff City Centre, the Cornerstone is a new and exciting facility for both the Archdiocese and City of Cardiff.
The Cornerstone project has turned the Grade II former Ebeneser Chapel in Charles Street, built in 1855, into a centre for community activities, business conferences and events as well as social events, art, weddings and heritage learning. In the largest single award to the Catholic Church in Wales, the Archdiocese of Cardiff is received a £1.2million Heritage Lottery Grant to transform the disused chapel into a multi-use hub for the community.
Bookings for Cardiff City Centre’s newest venue are coming in fast with local firm Admiral Insurance and the WRU already booked in to make use of the facility. Some lucky couples have already booked their wedding receptions.
The first major event is being held tomorrow evening with a Gala Dinner and performances by Rebecca Evans and friends for an excellent charity called ’Music in Hospitals’. This charity is based at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. It aims to improve the quality of life of adults and children with all kinds of illness and disability through the joy and therapeutic benefits of live music professionally performed in hospitals, hospices, Day Care Centres, Special Schools, and nursing and residential homes throughout Wales. The work of the charity provides an invaluable support for both patients and families,friends and carers as they face the implications of sometimes long term if not terminal illness.
The Banquet/Conference Centre and Community Hall are now open. The Cafe will open next month.