Friday, June 15, 2012
Seems to be final- Urchfont Closure
I had a meeting at Urchfont this afternoon, and I was really looking forward to visiting this wonderful learning facility before it closes in September.
It was only a short meeting of the Urchfont Embroiderers ( I am a member) and we had to decide .... what next.... as it is the end of Urchfont as we know it.
I was so surprised. There is a decidedly empty feel around the place..... many things have disappeared, such as the hanging baskets and the beautiful flowers. In the past the summer blooms have been spectacular. I suppose the staff are not bothering this year. The planned Open day in July has been cancelled too.. and the walls of the manor house have been "minimalised" and look quite sterile and now, in my opinion, show a corporate image. All in preparation to be sold I suspect.
I spoke to some of the staff there, whom I have got to know quite well over the years... many are talking of retirement.
Felt very sad when it was time to say goodbye. However on the drive home, I suddenly realised how lucky I had been to have had the opportunity to be part of Urchfont Manor for so many years. So sad that future generations will not have the same opportunity.
For me... time to move on.... I have written to the council and signed petitions, but have been ignored by the local politicians and decision makers. I can do no more!