Unfortunately on the evening of Sunday 9th August we had a serious fire here at Wistaston Hall. Thankfully no one was injured but there is significant damage done to parts of the property.
Therefore we have had to close the centre at this time.
We appreciate your understanding as this was a difficult but unavoidable decision, especially having spent recent months putting all the safety measures in place in accordance with the Covid guidelines.
At present we hope to re-open the centre at some point in mid-November.
Thank you for your continued support at this time and we look forward to welcoming you back to the Hall in hopefully the not too distant future.
Fr Lorcan and Rachel.
At Wistaston Hall we welcome all people who are searching. We strive to offer a place where you will find peace, rest, and an opportunity for prayer away from the stresses of daily life. Coming from the Catholic tradition we sponsor a range of events throughout the year. We also host a wide variety of groups from different faith and social backgrounds.
The beautiful Cheshire plain is within a short traveling distance with its many walks and other attractions. Crewe is ideally situated, with Chester, Liverpool, Manchester, and Birmingham all 30 minutes to an hour away. The town is also well connected by train.
Following a temporary closure due to the ongoing health crisis we are now preparing the centre to reopen for retreats in early September. We are following the advice of the government and realise this could be subject to changes. Each day the Oblates are offering a daily reflection and the celebration of Mass through our website www.oblates.co.uk and also through our Facebook page. Please join us there. We pray that you all stay safe and we look forward to welcoming you back to the Centre in the near future.
Our Commitment to the Environment
Pope Francis said in Laudato Si “Our common home is like a sister with whom we share our life and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us… We have forgotten that we ourselves are dust of the earth (cf. Gen 2:7); our very bodies are made up of her elements, we breathe her air and we receive life and refreshment from her waters.”
In keeping with our commitment to our common home Wistaston Hall strives to be as environmentally friendly as possible. We locally source as much of our food as we can to reduce the impact had on the environment. All our tea and coffee is sourced from Fairtrade suppliers.
The entire building has been fitted with solar panels so that we can produce our own electricity to run the centre on and during 2021 we plan to install electrical charging sockets in our car park so that our guests can charge their cars. We are cultivating wildflower areas in the gardens to encourage bees and other wildlife. We encourage all people to enjoy the extensive grounds we have here at the Centre