Now open – new Church House, Daresbury

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undefinedBishop Peter and Diocesan Secretary George Colville raise the diocesan flag at the new Church House in Daresbury Park, near Runcorn. Staff took to their desks there today (27 August 2013) after packing and removals went fairly smoothly over the bank holiday weekend.

The diocesan flag (combining St George’s cross with the diocesan crest) was raised just ahead of the staff moving in.

Staff – including  the Diocesan Secretary and people working in HR,  property management, surveying, finance, ministry, parish development, social responsibility, education, communication, plus those working with young people and children – moved to the new Church House (pictured below) from the old one at Aldford, south of Chester, where they had been located since 1999.

All parts of the new Church House are fully accessible. The ground floor has a meeting room, a chapel, a staff room and a resources area.

The first floor has offices for both archdeacons and an open plan workspace for the various diocesan departments.

Daresbury was been chosen for its central location within our diocese and its good communication links.

A formal opening ceremony is due to be held at the new Church House on Friday 4 October. After a short service, the former Archdeacon of Chester, Christopher Hewetson, will speak, and the building will be declared open by the former Bishop of Chester, Michael Baughen.

The new Church House address: 5500 Daresbury Park, Daresbury, Cheshire, WA4 4GE.