Last week we had the pleasure of officially opening the Central Lodge after its extensive renovation. Our wonderful guests included the Heritage Lottery Fund, Askham Bryan College staff, Middlesbrough Councillors and all of the amazing people who have helped us with the project along the way.
The building was opened by Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland MP, Simon Clarke. Not only did we get some great photographs of Simon opening the archway doors and unveiling the plaque, he also met some of our scaly sidekicks – Patsy the tortoise and Simon the skink!
Food and drink was happily consumed by all after some words from the Director of our Regional Centres, Nick Barnes, CEO Catherine Dixon and the Head of the North East Heritage Lottery Fund, Ivor Crowther. Their speeches expressed the excitement felt by all in the room, regarding the wonderful renovation which allows Askham Bryan College students to learn in such a historical environment.
After the speeches the tours commenced. Andrew, Phil, Bryony, Steph and Catherine from our academic team all led our guests through the Central Lodge to give them a glimpse into a building which many had never seen before. Slideshows projected onto the restored dairy’s wall showed the history of the park as well as images from each week of the restoration.
A great day was had by all and it was fantastic to be able to celebrate the history of the Central Lodge and fully appreciate the restoration, now that the work is complete.
Don’t worry if you feel like you missed out – our second opening event will take place on the third of December and you’re all invited! Come and enjoy the festive fancies of the Frost Fayre in Stewart Park and wander over to the Central Lodge, where we’ll be conducting tours.
For more information please email CentralLodge@askham-bryan.ac.uk or call 01642 304900.
Thank you to everyone who attended our opening event – we hope you all enjoyed it as much as we did!