that's it, folks. The end. Except - not quite ...
Saturday the 8th of March we are opening our doors to the public
for one last time. In keeping with the slightly shambolic way the
Centre has always operated, (Look - it worked for 25 years,
so don't knock it ...) we're inviting friends, well-wishers
and passing strangers with nothing better to do to come along between
10.00am and 4.00pm and remember and celebrate our twenty-five historic,
remarkable and deeply unlikely years in West Cumbria. Cake and tea
will feature prominently.
star attraction is raffle for just about the poshest, swishest and
far-too-good-for-the-likes-of-us prize we have ever sported. It's
a magnificent Fortnum and Mason hamper containing 17 bottles of
first class wine. It's been donated to the Centre by the lovely
people at Gen II – even though they know we're closing.
The proceeds from the raffle will help us to cover the costs of
closure ... both financial and human: fulfilling our legal and moral
obligations to suppliers and employees and taking care of our clients,
many of whom will, at least initially, find life difficult without
us. We need to make the parting as gentle and non-traumatic for
them as we possibly can.
at the end, as a special bonus, you'll have the opportunity to take
home a filing cabinet, or a bookcase, or a stationery cupboard ...
because everything must go. We have to clear the Centre of all equipment,
stationery, furniture, junk and stray dogs. It's all for sale (well,
except the dog ...). Bring a trailer. Bring two.
if you really have absolutely nothing better to do, read
Centre Manager's Blog.)
BBC Look North's beautiful tribute to Paula
Roberts ... filmed at the Centre in January 2013.