It was with great sadness that the College learnt of the death of Lord Pilkington of Oxenford.
Canon Peter Pilkington, who had been a Patron of the College since 2007, died on 14 February. He generously agreed to become a Patron as he already knew of our work and wanted to help make it as widely known as possible.
He was particularly attracted by the fact that, from its earliest days, the College has been home to many who have worked in missionary service in Africa and elsewhere. He himself joined the Universities’ Mission to Central Africa before returning to train for ordination at Westcott House.
As well as visiting the College, Lord Pilkington was an enthusiastic presence at a reception held at the House of Commons in 2009. Sadly, after this his health did not permit him to visit us again, although we remained grateful for his continuing prayers.
We extend our deepest sympathy to his family, and our gratitude for his commitment to the College at the end of his life.
X May he rest in peace and rise in glory.
To read more about Lord Pilkington’s last engagement with the College, click here.
Thanks to the generosity of the many donors who were inspired by the Archbishop of Canterbury’s appeal, and the support of trusts and other sources, Phase 1 of the College Development Project is complete.
|One of the refurbished rooms|
Four Residential Care rooms have been beautifully refurbished and now provide the highest levels of comfort. The contractors were asked to have the project ready to hand over on 1st February and the first Resident moved into one of the rooms of 31st January!
Existing windows have been double glazed, three new windows have been installed and massive amounts of insulation have been incorporated into the ceilings. There is even a facility to draw hot air out of the en suite bathrooms, dry it and deodorise it, and then re-circulate it to keep the corridors warm.
|The restored exterior|
There has been as much care lavished on the exterior. The oldest part of the Central Block has a new roof which, as well as being sound again, looks as good as it must have done when this part of the College was first built in 1900.
At the same time, the chance was taken to complete the other high level repairs that were needed.
“It’s great to see the scaffolding down and the College looking wonderful again,” commented one resident. “The new rooms are a joy to live in – warm, comfortable, light and spacious.”