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Country retreat more accessible
2:00pm Monday 4th November 2013 in News
A £150,000 refurbishment project at an historic country retreat has been completed.
Holland House, in Cropthorne, near Pershore, hosts religious, spiritual and secular meetings as well as training events for groups, businesses and individuals from across the country The grounds and thatched buildings at Holland House were bequeathed to the Bishop of Worcester in 1946 and the venue is now run as a charitable trust.
Now, staff and volunteers are celebrating the completion of a project to restore the retreat and bring it into line with modern standards; as well as upgrading existing facilities, installing a new wheelchair-accessible bedroom and wet room.
A small “topping out” ceremony was held to mark the completition of the work before an official opening last Friday.
Opening duties were carried out by Professor Kate Thomas, vice dean for student development and support at the University of Birmingham.
But while the new extension at Holland House has been “topped out”, funding for the project still needs to be topped up.
Despite fund-raising efforts and grants from the likes of Wychavon Community Fund and Severn Waste Environment Fund totalling more than £120,000, fundraisers still need to find another £25,000 to balance the books.
They are awaiting the outcome of applications to several charitable foundations and are keen to hear from anyone able to help out. “We have been so fortunate and are so grateful to very many charitable foundations,” said lead fund-raiser Anne Albright.
“But we still hope for positive news from some others before we can really rest.”
Anyone who would like to support the project should visit holl andhouse.org.
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