A picture that

is not Christmas tide like in any way but very optimistic – it is a building that I first knew in 1989 when it was the citizens advice bureau in Ashley Terrace Chester le Street. It stopped being this about 17 years ago – there’s a new office near the parish church now. For about 17 years it gradually became a rotting, empty shell that all those who worked there as volunteers really were sad about and I’m sure the other residents in the street felt more strongly about. Well this past summer at last a builder has taken it on and it’s almost ready for its new occupants and lives will continue within the walls again. Buildings are inanimate and yet  when they are cold and empty – that’s when their ability to be part of our lives becomes most apparent.