We are hugely saddened by the death of Lord David Shutt of a sudden illness on 30th October. David was a Trustee of the Blackley Centre and a dear friend who has supported the Centre from its beginning. His wisdom, grace, generosity and positivity have been so important to us and we miss him so much. David’s life has been one of service and commitment to others, and the public obituaries are better placed to list his many many achievements and contributions to Calderdale, Yorkshire and the country as a whole. We just know that we have lost a true friend and source of wisdom and support. Our love and prayers go to all his many friends, but particularly to his wife, Margaret and his family, as for all his many public offices he was first and foremost a very loving and caring husband, father and grandfather.
The Blackley Centre has had to follow Government restrictions and this has inevitably effected the services that we have been able to offer. At this time of anxiety, fear and loss, we have felt it important to keep working in as many ways as we can, offering support and help to others.
In the short term we have developed on line training on conflict and anxiety, offering interpersonal mediations using virtual platforms, and individual coaching for church leaders to help them navigate these strange and troubling times. Increasingly we are developing our links with other faith groups and exploring how we can learn from each other as to how we respond to these new times.
As the restrictions are, hopefully, easing, we are looking to recommence our Peace and Quiet individual retreat days, beginning again in September. Numbers will necessarily be limited, so please contact us as soon as possible if you are interested in joining us for one of these days.