Waldron nuns searching for a new home

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Nuns from the Monastery of the Visitation in Waldron would like somewhere warmer and more comfortable to live.

Reverend Mother Mary Margaret from the Order spoke to the 120-plus residents who attended Heathfield and Waldron’s annual parish meeting on Tuesday night.

She described how there are now only 12 sisters at the monastery and the Victorian building is too large and cold for them.

They would like the opportunity to create more comfortable, eco-friendly and carbon efficient accommodation in the 76 acre grounds.

Craig Noel from land agents Strutt and Parker said the existing building is in two parts – the original was built in 1897 with an addition built in the 1960s ‘in the style of that decade.’

He said although the major building is not listed it is of interest and could possibly be converted for alternative use while the extension could possibly be removed.

Plans are to begin a feasibility study to look at various options for accommodation and funding. Discussions would then begin with planners and local people so that a solution could be found that satisfies everyone involved.