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Retreat in push for cash to finish work
11:00am Friday 16th August 2013 in News
AN HISTORIC retreat has launched a final push to raise the £32,000 needed to complete a £150,000 refurbishment project.
Holland House, in Cropthorne, near Pershore, hosts religious, spiritual and secular meetings as well as training events for groups, businesses and individuals across Worcestershire.
The venue is in the middle of a development project to upgrade existing facilities and provide extra accommodation, including a new disabled- friendly room to make the venue accessible to all.
The grounds and thatched buildings at Holland House were gifted to the Bishop of Worcester in 1946. It is now run as a charitable trust.
Donations from Wychavon Community Fund, Severn Waste Environment Fund and other charitable trusts and foundations have helped raise £120,000 so far.
But Jem Teal, community development manager at Wychavon District Council, hopes others will offer support to help Holland House raise the outstanding funds.
“Holland House is a fantastic and unique project and was justly rewarded with a successful grant application,”he said.
“The project offers a truly remarkable example of what can be achieved by dedicated and passionate members of the community. It offers a unique experience of tranquillity in beautiful Wychavon, all set in such a truly historic setting. It also works in partnership with the wider Wychavon community at every possibility, especially by promoting locally sourced food and drink, using local tradespeople for repairs and maintenance and by engaging people with special needs in positive and constructive activities.”
Once the development is complete, the venue will offer a specially equipped, ground-floor bedroom and wet room designed to be accessible for people in wheelchairs. It is hoped the work will be completed by October, with plans for an opening ceremony.
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