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In line with government guidance around the outbreak of coronavirus we have taken the decision to close the Asheldham Centre with immediate effect opposed to our original closure date of the 3rd August.
All bookings have been informed of this decision.
Statement from the Diocese of Chelmsford regarding The Asheldham Centre
The Asheldham Centre (formerly the church of St Lawrence) has served as a resource for children and young people in the Diocese of Chelmsford for last 45 years. It is owned by the Chelmsford Diocesan Board of Finance (CDBF) and operated by Hunter Outdoor Ltd.
A decline in bookings from parish youth groups and church schools together with increasing maintenance costs has made running the centre a challenge in recent years. It has become clear that the centre no longer serves our ministry with children and young people in the way it once did and that resources could be used to support children and youth ministry more effectively in other ways. Therefore, the trustees of the CDBF recently took a decision to dispose of the property and it will close on 3 August 2020. All bookings up until this date will be honoured.
Our trustees remain committed to serving children and young people and they wish to use the funds the CDBF receive from the sale to support children and youth work across the diocese.
We are thankful for what has been offered through Asheldham over the last 45 years. Throughout its history as a residential centre young people from across Essex, and beyond, have been able to deepen relationships and grow in their faith. In particular, we want to acknowledge those who have been involved in the in the day to day running of the centre, especially those from Hunter Outdoor Ltd under the management by Barry Howard and the team of volunteers.
Details of a Thanksgiving Service will be publicised in due course.
Welcome to the Asheldham Residential centre website, a 1000 year-old centre providing an outstanding facility for churches, youth groups, businesses and outdoor pursuits.
All groups using the Asheldham Centre should have their own safeguarding policies and procedures in place and ensure that their leaders are aware of and compliant with these.
The management group of Asheldham are committed to Safeguarding Children, Young People, Victims/perpetrators of Domestic Abuse and Vulnerable Adults.
The management group of Asheldham have adopted the Church of England's Policies and best practice on safeguarding which may be found on the Church of England website.