So, that’s it! We have decamped and the house is now empty. Well, nearly so. Those residents who are still working here – the gardeners and maintenance staff – have set up facilities to the south of the main building. The project works, to date, have been surveys and investigative and so there is no visible alteration to the building yet. I’m sure that, in a few months’ time, the front courtyard will be home to portakabins, skips, building materials and such like.
The garden team has spent more time on the grounds than perhaps at any time in the last 15 years. The result is that the gardens do look quite stunning, at present.
As there is no Reception to report to, the grounds are open to people to come in and enjoy, throughout the week. We would request that, should you visit, that you don’t bring picnics or alcohol on site. Please be aware that we do close the gates at 6 pm and so don’t find yourself locked in the car park!
As we mentioned before, we are still committed to supporting your spiritual journey in whatever way we can. Do keep an eye on the website to see what is happening locally and, if you are in Oxford, why not drop in to the Inner Space facility, on Broad Street. They run regular meditation sessions and talks. Just check the website for timings here.
Okay, have a lovely summer and hopefully see you at one event or another, in the coming months.
We will be adding ongoing updates here about the refurbishment project and plans for events and meetings as opportunities arise. Please feel free to contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org or on the contact form below if you have any questions or suggestions on how you would like to see us continue our work locally.
From the GRC Team
As you know, we are closing for an extended period of time in order to carry out refurbishment works here at GRC. If you have already booked onto an event between now and the end of February, that event will still be taking place with all the services usually offered with that event available.
Throughout March, the house will be cleared of furniture, fixture and fittings, with a view to work starting in April. As with all properties of this size and age, an asbestos survey is the first task to ensure that all subsequent works are safe to proceed.
It is anticipated that the replacement works for the electrics and plumbing will begin in July and will take 12 to 15 months. Once that is completed, the task of bringing everything back into the house and setting up again will take a little time as well. Difficult to be precise but we would anticipate opening again sometime in the late autumn of 2019.
Much of the focus at present is on ‘decamping,’ however, thought is beginning to be given to how we can support you on your spiritual journey during the next phase.
During the refurbishment work, most of the residents will be staying locally. That being the case, you can expect to see programmes continuing in our Inner Space facility in Broad Street, a certain amount of other programmes at other venues or even within the grounds of the Retreat Centre. The grounds themselves will continue to be maintained by a skeleton staff and so will remain open to visitors throughout the year.
We are also considering outreach work. By that we mean going out to places, within a certain radius of Oxford, to hold programmes in other venues; maybe village halls, business premises, or hotels. If you feel that you know of a space that can hold an appropriate size group, and you feel that you can help in promoting that event in its locality, we would like to hear from you.
Finally, if you wish to keep up to date both with what programmes are available and to the progress of the works within the house, please subscribe to the mailing list via the small form in the footer of this website ‘Join our Newsletter’.
When are you closing and when is the last event?
We’re closing on 26th February 2018 and the last event is Positive Thinking on 25th Feb – which is quite appropriate considering the circumstances.
Are you continuing events at another venue?
We will not be able to run any events in the house during the refurbishment but intend to keep the gardens available. We are currently exploring options of local venues for workshops etc and will let you know via the mailing list.
How do I make a donation towards the refurbishment project?
There are several ways you can donate, all detailed here on the donations page of this site.