Chapel of Saint Fotini

During 2002 Peter Papapetros and Lionel Topley were in the process of doing some building renovations to their factory, in Foregate Street, Woodstock when they stumbled across the peculiar wooden cross hidden behind a partition erected by the previous owners.

The cross was in excess of three metres in height and was made of an excellent laminated pine. They carefully treated the wood and transported the cross to their property outside Vredenburg.

2003 was an annus horribilis, health wise, for the Papapetros family. Firm in their faith and with the help of a Mightier Power these problems were overcome. Peter and Lionel decided to build a chapel as a reminder to them and others of the wonders of the Lord.

The chapel was constructed along traditional Eastern Orthodox lines and was named after St Fotini – the woman at the well to whom Jesus offered everlasting life (John 4). The wooden cross that was so lovingly restored has been erected alongside the chapel.