What is happening at All Hallows House?
Over the past week scaffolding has enveloped All Hallows House next to St Julian’s Church, an outward sign of the continuing major refurbishment of the house, which has long been well-known to many of our Friends and Companions.
Built in 1965 by the Community of All Hallows as the base for their work in Norwich and their care for St Julian’s, the last resident Sister at All Hallows House was Sister Pamela CAH, who departed with our warmest appreciation in February 2018 for a new ministry on Mull.
Thanks to generous funding from the Community of All Hallows and the Friends of Julian of Norwich, the house is now being refurbished to enable it continue to receive guests and pilgrims, to be a focus of life for a revitalised community around the Julian Cell, and to be a transformative presence in its own local area.
Under the auspices of the newly-created Julian of Norwich Partnership, a Resident Steward will be appointed to live and work at All Hallows from this autumn, sharing with the Priest Director, Curate, Trustees and volunteers in enabling hospitality, education, pilgrimage and community life, continuing the vital work performed there by the Community of All Hallows over many years.
Inside the house, structural alterations have been made to rearrange some of the space on the ground floor. A bedroom suitable for use by a disabled person or a family has been created, together with an accessible bathroom. A new flat has been created upstairs for the Resident Steward, together with refurbished bedrooms. A complete electrical rewiring, new windows, new heating, a new kitchen, improved access, widened doorways, exterior repairs, improved drainage and a host of other improvements will mean that from this autumn we will be able to offer visitors a warm welcome to a simple, smart and rejuvenated All Hallows.
As we prepare to reopen the house this autumn, we’d love to hear your memories of All Hallows in years gone by. Leave a comment below, or drop a line to the Priest Director at email@example.com...
…and watch this space for more news, and pray for us!