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Outdoor Learning in the South & Channel Islands

The Southern Region includes the beautiful coast, lakes, rivers, downs, open countryside, city centres and two National parks spread across the counties of Hampshire, West and East Sussex, Kent, Surrey, London, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire along with the Isle of Wight and Channel Islands. We have a great array of environments used by our members, from rural open spaces, dramatic coastlines, to open country and city centre provision. The region has a strong outdoor learning community with many centres and freelancers operating in the very diverse and active region.

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Grendon Hall to close
/ Categories: IOL Midlands

Grendon Hall to close

Historic hall-cum-activity centre will close because a council "cannot afford" to subsidise the running costs

The historic hall-cum-activity centre will close because a council "cannot afford" to subsidise its running costs.

The 16th Century listed hall has been owned by the county council since shortly after World War Two.

Thousands of children have used it over the years for residential sports and music courses.

It is not known how much money the sale of the facility will save the council.

The authority sold off its Longtown Outdoor Education Centre in Herefordshire in August.


The Conservative-run county council had been searching for a buyer for the hall since December 2017, but wanted it to operate it as outdoor learning centre.

Mr Griffiths, who is Conservative leader of the borough council and took part in activities at Grendon as a child, said he was "stunned by the response" to his petition.

He was concerned the land might be developed, but has now been reassured it will not be by the county council's chief executive Theresa Grant, and they would be visiting the hall in the next couple of weeks.

"I have now got an assurance that I and [Wellingborough] council will be consulted moving forward. The building is so well kept that we must be able to find a suitable use for it."

A county council statement said the authority "cannot afford to maintain its subsidy for this centre" adding the decision had been made with "much regret".

The council said it will contact local schools and groups which have booked courses at Grendon Hall to inform them that they will no longer take place.

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Secretary - Martin Robinson

Treasurer -  TBC

Committee: Sam Kendall, Mike King, Gary Palmer, Chris Rinaldi, Denea Wright


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