April 19, 2018
HRH The Princess Royal Officially Opens The Chocolate Quarter
The St Monica Trust’s most recent development, The Chocolate Quarter in Keynsham, was officially opened by Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal on Friday 13 April, 2018.
Princess Anne, who attended as Honorary Member of the Society of Merchant Venturers, enjoyed a tour of the site with Chief Executive of the St Monica Trust, David Williams and Master of the Society of Merchant Venturers, Charles Griffiths. Also in attendance was the Lord Lieutenant of Somerset, High Sheriff of Somerset, Chair of BANES and the Mayor of Bath.
Princess Anne explored the facilities in the new £60 million development including a cinema, restaurants, health spa, pottery studio and Charterhouse – a state-of-the-art 93-bed care home. The Princess joined residents and staff for an afternoon tea, where she unveiled a commemorative plaque.
The Chocolate Quarter is gaining national interest as an inter-generational development that combines retirement living with a range of facilities which are open to the public, alongside modern office space for local businesses. Facilities include a pizzeria, restaurant, health spa, cinema, hairdressers and nail bar.
The Society of Merchant Venturers is responsible for the management of a substantial endowment on behalf of the St Monica Trust as well as providing nominations to the Council of Trustees, which oversees the strategic direction of the Trust.