Official opening of Diocese of Carlisle’s new administrative offices

The new administrative office of the Diocese of Carlisle – the Church of England in Cumbria – will be officially opened next week.

The Bishop of Carlisle, The Rt Rev’d James Newcome, and the Bishop of Penrith, the Rt Rev’d Robert Freeman will join Church House staff, invited guests and ecumenical leaders to mark the office relocation from Carlisle to Penrith.

The change follows a decision taken last July by the trustees of the Carlisle Diocesan Board of Finance (DBF) to move from the diocese’s previous office on West Walls in Carlisle to Friargate in Penrith.

The Rev’d Martin Jayne, Chair of the Carlisle Diocesan Board of Finance, said: “The Board greatly appreciates the hard work and effort that has gone into the relocation of the diocese’s central administrative offices.

“Detailed research and inspections of the old Church House in Carlisle had shown there would have had to be significant outlay merely to maintain that building for our purposes.

“I was able to tour the new offices on its first working day and was delighted to see that we have provided a modern, comfortable working environment for our staff.

“We are talking to Carlisle Cathedral about helping old Church House to continue as a centre of mission in the city. However we have a more accessible hub from which our staff can support the richly varied work of the Church all over Cumbria.”

Work to upgrade the Penrith building – which was already owned by the diocese - began at the start of the year, with the office accommodating all diocesan departments including finance, property, education, HR, communications, the Lancashire and Cumbria Theological Partnership/Cumbria Christian Learning, The Good Shepherd Multi Academy Trust and the God for All Reach team.

Church House will be officially opened on Wednesday 8 June at 2pm, with a ribbon cutting ceremony and Bishop James blessing the building. Invited guests will also have the opportunity to tour the new offices.

The new address for the Diocese of Carlisle’s administrative offices is:

Church House, 19-24 Friargate, Penrith, Cumbria, CA11 7XR.
Tel: 01768 807777, Fax: 01768 868918

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If you wish to attend the opening ceremony for a photo opportunity or require further information please contact Dave Roberts, Diocesan Communications Manager, on 07469 153658, 01768 807764 or at communications@carlislediocese.org.uk.