The Woolf Institute is shortly to be moving on. After four years of fundraising, we are delighted to be moving to purpose built building this September but will be sorry to leave our current offices.
For the past three years though it has been very happy to make our home within the welcoming corridors of the Margaret Beaufort Institute at 12-14 Grange Road. These buildings began in the 1930s as an educational and spiritual home for Catholic women studying in the University of Cambridge, before, in 1993, developing into the Margaret Beaufort Institute: an academic institution that works within the Roman Catholic Church to offer preparation for lay ministry and pastoral practice.
The Institute has been a place of great welcome and easy co-existence. From chatting waiting for the kettle to boil to Woolf Institute staff speaking at Thursday evening study groups, it has been a great pleasure to get to know the work of Margaret Beaufort better.
I think one of the abiding memories of our time here though will be the huge sense of calm that surrounds the buildings and its gardens. Set back from the road, near Newnham village and surrounded by flowers and birdsong, it has been a place of quiet restfulness.
Our heartfelt thanks go to the current Principal, Anna Abram, former Principal, Oonagh O’Brien, and colleagues Amy Daughton, Anne Francis, Ela Wolbek, Lynda Turner and Neil Warmsley for the warm welcome and support in our time here: thank you for letting us share in the peace of Margaret Beaufort and we hope that you will visit us in our future home this coming Autumn.