A summer full of activity - part 1

What a last six months it has been! Sorry I've not posted anything on here for a good while, but so much has happened and time has just flown by.

The main event during that time has been the closing of our community in Southampton and Bro. Francis and myself moving back to Liverpool. Francis and I had spent many years there at our school St Francis Xavier's College, Francis being Head there for 25 years. He came down to our school in Southampton when he retired in 2004, though he was obliged to take over as temporary Head in Southampton for a couple of years. I came down to my home town and my old school 4 years ago.

We will continue to support the school there St. Mary's College + Charlton House, of which we remain the owners and trustees. The College has moved into the ground floor of our former community house, turning some of the rooms into offices and creating a new reception for the school. We are delighted that the school can make use of what is a marvellous old building, but it has required a lot of transformation work which is still ongoing, even though the new school year has started. It's a listed building and required a lot of repair to the exterior walls, removing all the white rendering, exposing the old bare redbrick (which looks quite wonderful and it's a shame that it has to be covered up) and apply new rendering over the bricks.

Taking the rendering off the outside of our (former) community house - 2

Taking the rendering off the outside of our (former) community house - 1

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