We’ve had the great pleasure of training at the Endlsleigh Centre on several occasions over the last 18 months.
As part of a larger project we delivered a series of customer service training programs to large groups of technicians.
The Endsleigh Centre, just a 10 minute drive from the city centre of Hull, is in an idyllic venue with delightful and extensive gardens with a secluded feel that takes you away from the hustle and bustle of the city streets. Perfect as a training retreat.
We often sat for breakfast before a training session or evening tea afterwards watching the birds drinking in the water feature, while we reflected on the days training. We even saw squirrels darting around between trees and the local fox wandering through the grounds one night.
During the winter of 2011 extensive work on the gardens, to combat serious flooding in previous years, went ahead and was completed in time for an outdoor theatre presentation of Pride and Prejudice in August 2012.
Apart from the great building, what’s different about the centre, and it greatest asset, are those that work there. We have had the honour of working with Sister Catherine and her team during the program delivery. Everyone is very helpful, doing all they can to make sure our working days go ahead without a hitch and our stay over in between is relaxing.
Sister Catherine is a absolute gem, and a great warm up artist for any training session! Her introduction to delegates, telling them about the services and facilities available, never fails to raise a smile and even a chuckle. As Sister Catherine explains, “there are three nuns that run the centre, though they no longer wear the “penguin” outfits, we are always looking for new nuns”. So far we haven’t found any volunteers! You can meet Sister Catherine on Youtube, as they recently posted an introductory video for the centre, check it out here.
The centre has very comfortable bed and breakfast to offer, the rooms are nicely kept and more than adequate for a couple of nights stay.
The conference rooms for delivering training are well suited to the job, our favorite is the Function room, light and airy, a view out into the extensive gardens, with plenty of room for group work and breakout areas.
We genuinely enjoy both delivering training here and staying overnight. There’s a hard to distinguish good feeling about the place, perhaps it’s a combination of the lovely grounds, the good facilities, the friendly helpful staff and of course the wonderful nuns.
If you are looking for a place to stay, a conference venue or a training facility in the Hull area, then I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending you choose the Endsleigh Centre.
When we visited Sister Catherine in early spring this year, she told us she was looking for a donation of a couple of computers to help with the running of the centre’s reception areas. Something that could run a calendar and check event listings for visitors.
We knew a man that could (that’s the power of Networking The Firm ) and spoke to the fantastic Mr Foster at Fix-My-PC
He was extremely generous in supplying two reconditioned units for the centre. “I’m more than happy to help a good cause” said John. True to his word, John handed them over to us and we organised delivery.
Sister Catherine and the team were delighted. “We can now go ahead with the reception upgrade, thank you so much and a big thank you to Mr Foster”
Many thanks to Fix-My-PC John for his kind donation.
We look forward to returning to the centre in the coming weeks and working with the KWL team.