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A new vision for the future of St Mark’s College

22nd Nov 2019

St Mark’s College, Audley End, residential youth and conference centre has been serving as a resource for children and young people in the Diocese of Chelmsford for over 25 years. It is operated by Trustees of St Mark’s College.

A decline in the size of bookings together with increasing maintenance costs has made running the College a challenge in recent years. Therefore, the trustees of St Mark’s College have decided to launch a new vision for its future.

St Mark’s College will be used to establish a community, enabling young people aged 11-25 years old to live, learn and lead together under a shared rule of life. Drawing on the Benedictine heritage of the buildings, this will be a small residential community and a much wider and larger dispersed community. This will enhance and add value to children’s and youth work across the region and continue to provide opportunity for groups of young people to stay at St Mark’s and experience all that it has to offer. 

In order to make the preparations for this new vision, all existing operations will be suspended as of 1 January 2020 and no new bookings will be taken, although some regular user groups will continue to use the site.

It is expected to take approximately one year to establish the funding for the new vision.

The diocese of Chelmsford is thankful for what has been offered through St Mark’s over the years and supports the Trustees of St Mark’s College with their new vision and work with young people in the diocese.


More information

St Mark’s College

St Mark’s College is a residential youth and conference centre located in Audley End near Saffron Walden in Essex. Find out more at

The Chelmsford Diocesan Board of Finance (CDBF) owns the building, but St Mark’s College itself is a separate independent charity operated by the Trustees of St Mark’s College.

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