Yesterday, the Welsh-Norwegian Society welcomed the Norwegian Ambassador for the UK, his excellency Wegger Christian Strømmen, Reverend Cecilie Jorgensen Strømmen and Councillor of Domestic Affairs Stein Paul Rosenberg.
We enjoyed a short film on Cardiff bays amazing transformation throughout it's history, including the regeneration of Cardiff Bay. It was in the late 80s, the Norwegian Church Preservation Trust was formed to find money to save the derelict Norwegian Church from demolition when the new link road was to be built. The Norwegian Church Arts Centre, would never have been possible without the funding and help from the Norwegian County Councils Hordaland and Sogn and Fjordane and of course, the passionate supporter of the Norwegian Church Roald Dahl. He was even the very first president of the Norwegian Church Preservation Trust
With the traditional coffee and cake we were able to chat about Wales, Norway and Cardiffs twinning links to Hordaland County Council (now joined with Sogn and Fjordane to be called Vestland Fylkeskommune). We talked about the exchange program with Atlantic College and the Ambassador had a pleasure to talk to three Hordaland College exchange students about their experience living in Wales and the need for a continued strong friendship and co-operation between us all. They were even able to take in the delights of The Gallery Gift Shop at The Norwegian Church which has a wonderful showcase of hand made items by various local artists and designers.
We look forward to welcoming them back at Norwegian Church Arts Centre 150th Anniversary in December this year and hope they enjoyed their visit to not only Wales, but Cardiff Bay and the wonderful piece of Norway we have for all to enjoy, the Norwegian Church.🇳🇴🏴
Photos by PhotoMan Johan