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Welcome to Tynedale Horticultural Service

On a sunny afternoon on Sunday 9th June roughly 130 people celebrated the formal opening of Tynedale Horticultural Service’s (THS) new offices in the Old Laundry at Minsteracres Retreat Centre.  This was the culmination of months of hard work to refurbish the Old Laundry building using funds provided by Northumberland County Council to create a Full Story

Best wishes for a Happy Retirement

by Fr. Jeroen Hoogland CP On 21 June a party was held to mark the retirement of Margaret O’Brien as our Catering Manager. There was a shared table and a ceilidh but the evening started with a mass of thanksgiving for the more than twenty two years of Margaret’s dedication and faithful service to Minsteracres. Full Story

Sister Cecilia

In Memory of Beloved Friends

In memory of beloved friends Following the death of Brian Alderson in January, in recent months we mourned the loss of more dear friends: Sr. Cecilia Wilkinson CP, Teresa Wall and Monty Burton. Sr. Cecilia died peacefully on Holy Thursday, 18 April, after a period of failing health. She was 85 years old and 65 Full Story


Help us to Improve our Drive

by Geoff Bockett One of the features of Minsteracres is the mile-long drive that connects the centre with the A68 trunk road.  It leads past rhododendrons and through an avenue of Sequoias and parkland before arriving at the Retreat Centre. Visitors will have noticed the gradual decline in the condition of the drive.  6,000 visitors Full Story

In grateful memory to Brian Alderson

On 25 January we received the sad news of the death of our dear friend and community member Brian Alderson. Although he hadn’t been well for a while, his death came as a great shock. Brian first came to Minsteracres as a retreatant many years ago and didn’t like it! But he came back and Full Story

Tree planting day, 21 February 2019

On a glorious and unusually warm February day (15°C plus,) 25 of us; community, staff, volunteers, friends and Tynedale Horticulture Services gathered to plant 30 oak trees.  Each tree is approximately 4 years old and has been planted in the parkland at Minsteracres.  Each year we aim to plant as many new trees as we Full Story


Time to say ‘Thank you and goodbye’ to Andy Pennington

Andy Pennington our conservation consultant is moving on to pastures new and in this article we wanted to say ‘Thank you’ to him and all the conservation volunteers who have worked so hard in all weathers to make the estate at Minsteracres a better place for all to visit and enjoy. Sitting in 110 acres, Full Story

Passionist Jubilee Icon

By Fr Jeroen Hoogland cp, Rector In 2020 we will celebrate the 300th anniversary of the foundation of the Passionist Congregation. November 22nd 1720 is considered to be the moment when it began. On that day St. Paul of the Cross was clothed in a black habit to mark the start of his life as Full Story

Daring Disciples are taking off…

By Elisabeth van Dijl During the first weekend of March we welcomed about 25 Friends of Minsteracres to our first ‘Daring Disciples’ retreat of the year. With this theme we want to connect with the missionary discipleship initiatives in the Hexham & Newcastle Diocese. The word ‘daring’ was added both as a dare to all Full Story


We are recruiting…

Our current Head Cook is retiring and we are seeking her replacement for this key role in our management team. We are also looking for a general assistant to help our catering and housekeeping teams. If you are interested in either of these roles please visit our Vacancies page where you can find further information Full Story