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Paint me a picture

Can you describe a typical volunteer? Are they male, female, young or old? Are they brunette, blonde or even follicly challenged? Are they tall, short, jolly or serious? Do they live close by or far away, do they come to Minsteracres weekly, monthly, quarterly or annually? Do they live alone or with family, do they Full Story

Easter journey

As you read these words, Spring has hopefully arrived after the long winter. During Spring we welcome new life and growth. In the Christian tradition it connects with Easter, the celebration of the resurrection of Christ from the dead. In the gospels we don’t hear anything about the resurrection itself. We only find stories about Full Story

My new kneeler

That’s it, now I know I am old! I have just bought one of those kneelers that help you do the weeding. I do find it hard to bend and the kneeler means I can creak down to the earth and heave myself up again without the aid of a crane. I can also sit Full Story


Gardening as therapy

Any of the regular visitors to the Peace Garden at Minsteracres will tell you how transformational their time there can be. For two in particular, the difference it makes for them is profound. Bryan Green and Ray Warner have both retired from the armed services and each has suffered enduring mental health problems as a Full Story

A regular boost

We launched our regular giving scheme recently to help us secure the future of the retreat centre with a regular, reliable income stream. So far, more than a dozen retreatants, parishioners, volunteers and trustees have signed up and pledged between them around £1,400 per year. We hope this steady flow will increase as more people Full Story

Passionately protecting

Sitting as it does in 110 acres, the estate at Minsteracres takes some managing. Over the last few years conservation consultant Andrew Pennington and his small band of conservation volunteers (nicknamed the volcons, with a nod to Star Trek) have made quite an impact. The volcons and visiting groups of volunteers take on the hard Full Story


Volunteering rejuvenates!

  Daniela Lazin has been a volunteer at Minsteracres since 2002 and her story is interesting because it is so interconnected with other volunteers at Minsteracres. “I first came to Minsteracres in 2001 on a parish retreat from St Bede’s in Washington,” she says. “In those days it was a big group of around 70 Full Story

Passionist Partners

Last October Minsteracres hosted the second gathering of the Passionist Partners. This group was initiated last year by the Passionists of St. Joseph’s Province. It followed the awareness that the number of professed Passionists in this country is decreasing. At the same time we are aware that there are individuals and organisations who connect with Full Story

Blue Sky returns

The Blue Sky Trust, which works with people affected by HIV and AIDS, is among the groups which have become the outreach team’s regular visitors. The BST’s role is specifically to promote the health and wellbeing of people living with HIV, to empower young people to make safe and healthy relationship choices and to challenge stigma and raise awareness of Full Story


Sacred journey

‘The joys and the hopes, the griefs and the anxieties of the people of this age, especially those who are poor or in any way afflicted, these are the joys and hopes, the griefs and anxieties of the followers of Christ.’ These words mark the beginning of the document of the Second Vatican Council about Full Story