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A quiet new year

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

Preparing for ‘seeds of hope’ retreats

  In the second half of last year the decision was reached that the Minsteracres theme for the parish retreats in 2017 would be ‘seeds of hope’. This caused me to start focusing on what hope means for me personally, and how it has worked in my (faith) life. I had gone through a difficult Full Story

Towards a sustainable future

One of Minsteracres’ three key aims is conservation of the environment, both our own and the earth’s. It may sound a bit grand to put it that way but a quick look at our different departments shows how embedded that aspiration is here. The biggest single investment we have made towards that aim is the Full Story


Cross of Hope

As I am writing these words I find myself at the threshold of the season of Lent, the 40 days of preparation for Easter. With our retreat theme ‘seeds of hope’ in mind I am reminded of the Cross of Hope that was erected in the grounds of Minsteracres in 2009. Lya Vollering’s contemporary expression Full Story

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