A more personal view

 In 1934 the Wakely family moved to Everswell Road Fairwater, as there wasn’t a church we went to St. David’s Ely and Sunday School was held in the Old Institute, Norbury Road under Rev.Lloyd Davies. When Fairwater started to expand the Vicar of Llandaff Canon D. Akrill-Jones began exploring the possibilities of opening a Mission Church in Fairwater.

  Mr. Cartwright, after whom Cartwright Lane is named, gave a plot of land and Alderman Frewer added to this land and paid for the conveyancing. The Earl of Plymouth laid the stone on October 3rd 1936 and Bishop Timothy Rees dedicated it. On January 30th 1937 the church was dedicated and the Reverend H.C. Hunlow became curate of Llandaff with special oversight of Fairwater, position he held until 1948. The Reverend W. D Davies was appointed as curate in charge and in 1951 Rev and Mrs. Davies moved into the vicarage. In the same year the Archbishop of Wales John Morgan opened St. Peter’s Hall (a temporary building!) and the choir pew fronts were installed in the church. The church was then licensed for baptisms, marriages and funerals. Before the church hall was built we could draw large wooden doors across the altar and use the church as a hall. We held dances; whist drives, beetle drives and both my sisters had their wedding receptions here. There was a door behind the organ that led to a kitchen which became the boiler room and is the new flower room. The robing room was where the baptistery is now and the choir and clergy would process down the aisle to the altar.

In 1958 the first alterations took place, the church was extended and was reconsecrated by the Archbishop. The pulpit was given by Mr. R.J.Brind and family and the font by Mr.and Mrs. W.H. Morris Jones, and new clergy and choir stalls were dedicated on October 28th.1964.

 . On the 30th January1967 Reverend W.D.Davies was inducted as the first Vicar of the parish of Fairwater. He was succeeded by Reverend M.M.Davies in1969 whom Father Nigel Cahill succeeded on his retirement in 1996. You will all be familiar with the recent improvement, which I am sure we all enjoy.


                          Melba  Giles