About Us

Situated in the centre of Brecon, the Plough Chapel is an historic church. The present, magnificent building, with a large balcony and excellent acoustics, provides a venue for the many and varied events that are held in the Chapel. The ceiling and woodwork in this Grade 2* listed building are outstanding.

The Plough is a united church, being part of the United Reformed Church and the Undeb yr Annibynwyr. A Welsh service is held on the second Sunday in each month with all other services conducted in English and all being held at

11.00 am. Recently the Chapel hosted the Welsh Television Broadcast Service, S4C, to record 3 religious programmes which were subsequently broadcast and regularly repeated.

The chapel membership is 58 and the average attendance is between 40-50. We use “Rejoice and Sing” and “Caneuon Ffydd” as our main hymnbooks. The Plough has a very active fellowship, well known and well respected in the town. It has a committed congregation and blessed with a good Eldership and Officers. There are two appointed Church Secretaries - one to deal with English matters and one to deal with Welsh. A former Director of Christian Aid, Wales, attends the Plough which has strengthened the Chapel‟s support of Christian Aid activities in the area.

The Chapel relates well to the Brecknock Young Farmers Federation, local primary schools, colleges, community groups and the Military presence in the town, hosting dedicated services and educational projects for them at various times of the year. Each year the Plough participates in the annual “Open Doors” scheme run by CADW and Brecon Museum, welcoming visitors into the Chapel during the day.

In August each year, the Brecon Jazz Festival is held in the town and the Chapel has, for the past 32 years, been the focus of attention for visitor and resident alike to enter the Chapel to see the wonderful floral displays provided by the Brecon Floral Society. In addition, refreshments are provided and music is played throughout the three-day event. A Jazz concert is held in the Chapel on a Saturday evening and on the Sunday evening a “Songs of Praise” (Gymanfa Ganu) sees the Chapel packed with people singing their hearts out in celebration of God‟s goodness.

Substantial repairs and remodelling of the Chapel premises in 2011 created a meeting room which is a popular venue for local groups to hire. These include various WI institutes, Merched Y Wawr, “interest” groups (including craft and gardening) and, most recently, a group from the Military base learning English as a second language. The Plough can also offer disabled access and facilities which allows the Chapel to be used for so much more than an hour a week on a Sunday. Through this programme of repairs and refurbishment the Plough Chapel has been returned to its former glory, providing a place of worship and excellent facilities for

Brecon and the wider community. In the summer of 2014, at his request, HRH The Prince of Wales visited The Plough which again raised the chapel‟s profile.