Below are activities consistent with the Community’s objectives that are supported by us both financially and spiritually. Many of the works have at some stage operated under the Community of All Hallows charity umbrella and have been passed onto new owners. These services are still supplied from our buildings but under different management. In many cases it has been decided not to charge a market rent for their leases. Our aim is to see these works succeed and flourish in new ownership.
The Benjamin Foundation: In July 2011 it was agreed to transfer Ditchingham Day Nursery as a going concern to The Benjamin Foundation. (www.benjaminfoundation.co.uk) The nursery provides care and early years education for local children and enjoys a good reputation with parents and professionals alike. This was confirmed by the rating of ‘Good’ received in an unannounced OFSTED inspection in January 2010.
The nursery has been granted a further 7 year lease by CCT, who now own the building. It is hoped that new premises will be sought in the local area by the Benjamin Foundation to continue this activity after 2018.
Christian conference Trust (CCT): From November 2009 the conference centre, formally known as St Gabriel’s was taken over by the Christian Conference Trust (www.cct.org.uk) following a review of the Centre’s operation and the prospects for its future. CCT have considerable experience and expertise in operating conference facilities, and the newly renamed Belsey Bridge Conference Centre complements their existing centres at the Hayes in Derbyshire and High Leigh in Hertfordshire.
Friends of Julian of Norwich: The Friends of Julian of Norwich is an association of people who have been inspired by the spiritual legacy of the medieval mystic and writer Julian of Norwich.
Its purpose is to encourage interest in Julian’s life and work. We do this through facilitating a prayer network, carrying out educational initiatives, and by offering guidance and resources for visitors to the Julian Shrine. We have a special links with the Friends of Julian, and operate a retreat house adjacent to the shrine. The Friends of Julian run their activities from our building All Hallows Hall. Sister Pamela is a Trustee of this charity, and regularly gives talks in the local community about Julian of Norwich, and her life and work. www.friendsofjulian.org
St Matthew Housing/Springboard: St Anne’s, our property in Station Road, Ditchingham is let to Springboard to assist in the work providing space for supported housing associations.
Emmaus Norwich: A new local charity to support homeless people in the Norwich, Norfolk area. As from August 2011 Emmaus has leased the old Convent building, Holy Cross House and St Mary’s Lodge guesthouse.
For more information: emmausnorwich.org