A CHRISTIAN retreat and conference centre was re-opened by the Archbishop of York John Sentamu following a £1.25m refurbishment.
Foxhill country house, Tarvin Road, Frodsham, was visited by the Ugandan born Archbishop – the second most senior cleric in the Church of England – on Friday.
Now re-branded as a Diocesan Retreat and Conference Centre, the house has been a Christian base since 1969 after it was bequeathed to the Diocese of Chester by Dr Lawrence Pilkington, a descendant of the glass-making family.
Following the refurbishment all the bedrooms at Foxhill are now en-suite, the octagonal chapel has been completely renovated and improved and now has disabled access and banked seating.
There is disabled access to all conference and worship areas. Bedrooms are available for guests with disabilities and their carers.
A new cross has been installed, made from left-over materials used in the refurbishment project.
Modern audio-visual facilities, including an interactive whiteboard and a media wall have been installed. It is now possible to host conferences for up to 100 people in one room. All rooms have free Wi-Fi access, and Foxhill now has nine meeting rooms of various sizes.
A new lift, which can accommodate wheelchairs, has been installed, and also a goods lift.
Over 40 years, Foxhill has been visited by a Korean missionary church, Episcopalians from the US and a Working Party on Race Relations, which included Dr John Sentamu.