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Seeds of hope 

Each year the retreat team at Minsteracres chooses a new theme for its retreats. Following on from last year’s ‘blessed are the merciful’ is 2017’s ‘seeds of hope’. Aptly using giant redwoods (of which we have a few!) as the source of the seed, the team looked at what is needed to nurture and grow Full Story

Occasional gardeners needed

Parishioner Rosaleen Doonan, the creator of the lovely St Cuthbert’s garden to the side of the church here at Minsteracres, has volunteered (!) to lead a team of occasional helpers to maintain the  gardens around the house. Up until she left  last autumn Sr Therese was the keeper of the flower beds and a regular sight with Full Story

Blessed are the merciful

This year we have had many groups coming in for the “Blessed are the Merciful” retreat. Sometimes they come just for the day. Others come for a weekend and this month (August) we are hosting two week-long retreats. The first group came in on Monday afternoon after considerable time spent in heavy traffic on the Full Story


A time of peace

I spent this New Year in the Sanctuary in the Peace Garden. It was a peaceful time, away from the noise and hubbub of the celebrations. The weather was sunny and I spent time foraging, walking and reading. It was just what I needed. Christmas and New Year are a difficult times for me. I Full Story

Twenty not out!

They say an army marches on its stomach, and it’s a bit like that at Minsteracres. Pretty much everyone who comes to the house will have contact with the kitchen, be it for coffee and homemade biscuits, hearty meals with tasty puddings, or the occasional celebratory meal. So it’s no surprise that one of the Full Story

Therapy in action

Our Peace Garden is a very special space much loved by everyone who uses it. Volunteer Eileen Ewen has been involved with it since before anything was planted and it was just an idea in the head of community member Lya Vollering, the driving force behind the project. As a volunteer with Let’s Get Growing’s Full Story


Life’s box of chocs

Forrest Gump’s Mamma said, ‘Life is like a box of chocolates, you don’t know what you are going to get.’ Well, I always thought that was kinda cute, but untrue.  After all, the box usually includes a list giving you the content of each chocolate. But I agree life itself is a Woolworth’s pic ‘n’ Full Story

Reunited at the cross

We were delighted to welcome Bob and Janice English and their friend Mike when they came to visit recently. Bob’s contribution to our Cross of Hope was crucial in getting the project quite literally off the ground. The design was Minsteracres community member Lya Vollering’s, but getting it from paper to the beautiful glass and Full Story

Salt and light at Minsteracres

Each year new groups find their way to Minsteracres and this year has been no exception. One such this Autumn came from right on our doorstep thanks to retreat organiser Michael Ivey and his wife Kate. Michael, a six foot something Texan, may not be what you would imagine as local, but his wife Kate Full Story


Seeds of Hope

The year of mercy has ended and the holy doors of mercy have been closed. This year we welcomed many people who entered through our doors. These also became doors of mercy, as people received and shared love, compassion and mercy here. Although the holy doors have been closed, the space of mercy is still Full Story