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Platinum Jubilee Project

Details of our plans to renovate a number of key areas in and around the Main Hall.

THE VISION

We look back with incredible gratitude for all that the Lord has done – and is doing – in and through this beautiful place: He is the one changing lives and He uses what we have to offer. That means we are fully dependent upon Him, but also have a responsibility to be good stewards of the facilities we have been entrusted with.

So much has been achieved at Capernwray over the past 70 years in terms of improving the premises, including the new Conference Hall, which is proving to be such a blessing. At the same time, there are a number of key areas in real need of renovation, particularly in and around the Main Hall. For this reason, a project with the name “Platinum Jubilee” (which can mean either 70 or 75 years) resonates with us.

Below are listed the specific areas we are improving with anticipated costs. In addition there are also ongoing improvements to bedrooms in the Main Hall, as well as a considerable volume of tree planting that we need to undertake in the next few years.

We will be regularly updating this page with details and photos of the work as it progresses.

How you can help

  • Prayer – we would value your prayers for wisdom as we plan, prepare and deliver these projects. Please also pray for protection for those working directly on them.
  • Give – if you would like to give financially to these projects please use our giving form.
  • Volunteer – if you have specific skills which would be of help and you would like to get involved, please email us.
BEEHIVE AREA

The bedrooms in this area need upgrading and further bathroom and shower facilities are required, but critical to this is the need to have underpinning work undertaken. At some point in the past (probably back in the 1970’s), there has been some movement in the outer wall that faces the car park. Once the underpinning work has been completed (planned for Spring 2019) then the intention is for the rooms on both floors to be refurbished in 2020.

Anticipated cost: £240,000

LATEST UPDATE – Friday 31 May 2019
Over the last few weeks a team of contractors have been working on the Beehive and Stable exterior wall. In the first phase of development on this aspect of the project they have removed the grassy banking and underpinned the wall with concrete to prevent any further movement. Now that this work has been completed we can now move onto the next phases which will be upgrade the bedroom facilities of the Beehive in Spring 2020. 

FRONT DRIVE

The intention is to show off the front of the Hall whilst making the area vehicle-free to be enjoyed particularly in the Spring and Summer. Currently we have the problem of it being a dust bowl in Summer, full of puddles in Autumn and sometimes an ice rink in Winter! Plans have been drawn up and we are currently consulting with Historic England, who are required to approve changes to all listed buildings. There will still be some spaces for parking access for disabled guests, but we will also create further areas to compensate for what will be lost from in front of the Hall.

It was a pure delight to be at Capernwray, to be surrounded by God’s presence and with beauty all around. I had time to relax and be fed both spiritually and physically.

Anticipated cost: £105,000

FRONT OFFICE / RECEPTION

Although many of us are familiar with the current Reception, first time guests frequently cannot find it and when they do, they feel it is a rather impersonal experience. The plan is to provide a light, open and contemporary Reception where guests feel welcome. As you come through the main entrance you will be naturally led to the right to the new Reception.

The first stage in this project has been to move the Bookshop to what was once Dining Room 3. The new Bookshop opened in February 2019 and we are really happy with the result. Being nearer to the Beehive also makes it more accessible for guests and students. Work on the new Reception also started in February 2019, with the intention of it being completed for the start of the Summer programme. The final stage will be to refurbish the current office.

Anticipated cost: £25,000

LATEST UPDATE – Friday 14 June 2019
With the old telephone booths removed the new Office/Reception area is now starting to take shape. A dividing wall has been constructed and plastered, leaving an outer reception area and an inner office area. Construction on the inner office has started with specially designed wooden aspects and the first layer of paint having been applied.

We are conscious of the need to improve the heating in the ground floor public rooms. Historic England have indicated they would now be open to the installation of secondary double glazing, but this would need to be in keeping with the design of the existing windows. One company that specialises in such work in listed buildings has quoted for the Library, Main Lounge and Quiet Room.

Anticipated cost: £97,000

Capernwray has given me time to deeply nourish my Christian faith and it has reminded me of the excitement of having a relationship with God.

How you can help

  • Prayer – we would value your prayers for wisdom as we plan, prepare and deliver these projects. Please also pray for protection for those working directly on them.
  • Give – if you would like to give financially to these projects please use our giving form.
  • Volunteer – if you have specific skills which would be of help and you would like to get involved, please email us.

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