Since previous decisions of Conference the College community and activity has become increasingly diverse, and a student I met who has lived through the changes in the last few years commented on how much the community life had improved as a result. Currently
There is a particularly strong link with the
The importance of heritage is reflected in the world class Methodist archive that is carefully looked after at the College. They have over 20,000 items in the archive which, added to the 38,000 books in the library, (also home to the large library of the Catholic Diocese of Clifton), makes this an important resource for Methodist scholars around the world. The College had planned to build a visitors centre in order to better display some of the important items they look after.
The College is also a busy conference centre and is a favourite venue for a number of health and social care professional groups. Today a group of counsellors and psychotherapists from
It is also the place that members of the local community may come for lunch or, as I found out this morning, even breakfast. The catering staff look out for some of the most vulnerable regulars and they clearly offer them a welcomed pastoral care.
Staff and students were clearly hurt and upset by the decision of the Methodist Council to recommend to the Conference that
It will clearly be an important and difficult debate at the Methodist Conference in