Art Appreciation I

Cartoonery:  English Attitudes Tutor:  Tim Stimson Many artists discovered that humour is the key to winning the hearts of the English! Caricature, satire and the cartoon have given pleasure, satisfaction, amusement and relief, whilst drawing down censure and puncturing pomposity across class divides since the 18th century. From the witty and genteel to the vicious


Open Quiet Day II

Leader:  Lynn Parker Spring into Prayer is the theme for the April Open Quiet Day. Lynn is a Reader in the Church of England and was previously a teacher in Business Studies & IT. She has led many Fellowship of Contemplative Prayer and Bible Study retreats, and has a long and active association with the

Building Resilience

Tutor:  Dr Cathy Brown  Life can be stressful but, whilst we can't eliminate stress completely, we can change how we respond to it. During this two-night retreat you will learn about our human stress response and how to begin to develop habits to help build your physical, mental and emotional resilience to such stress. It


Julian of Norwich

‘within listening distance of the silence we call God’ A Study Day with Joyce Simpson ‘What seek ye?’, or ‘What do you want?’ are the first words Jesus utters in St John’s Gospel. Julian’s reply is direct and firm: ‘God of your goodness give me yourself’. How does Julian, an anchorite in 14th century Norwich,


Beginner’s Birdwatching & the Dawn Chorus

Leader: Chris Bradshaw  Join us on a relaxed birdwatching break aimed at people new to birdwatching, or those just wishing to enjoy commoner birds in a tranquil location.  We will have a programme of short birdwatching walks which focus on learning how to identify and understand more about the life histories of the commoner resident


Fellowship of Contemplative Prayer Retreat I

A silent ‘listening’ retreat. Contemplative life is the expression of the desire to seek stillness amid the rush of life, to hear ‘the still small voice’ amid today’s clamour; to search for and listen to God. Experienced with others in a group, silence is deeper and more powerful than when alone. By making a space


Recorder Players’ Workshop II

Tutor: Mary Tyers  Ensemble playing in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, this workshop is aimed at experienced adult players who ideally offer two instruments and are able to swap between them.  The ability to hold your own part in a group and good sight-reading skills are key.  Expect a wide variety of interesting music and


For the Peace of the City: Christian-Muslim relations in Britain today

Tutor:  Dr Phil Lewis This retreat presupposes no knowledge of Islam. After a brief introduction, there are four sessions: the first will look at ‘Worship in Islam’ where worship will be the lens through which we see how the Islamic tradition developed over time. It is appropriate to begin with a focus on worship since


Heart & Soul Singing Retreat II

Tutor:  Keely Hodgson Combine singing in harmony with rest, nurture and inspiration.  No previous singing experience, or the ability to read music, is required.  A varied repertoire of songs and rounds are sensitively taught using call and response. Keely Hodgson is a composer and natural voice practitioner.  She has worked as a music specialist in


Friends of Parcevall Hall Annual Gathering & AGM

The Friends of Parcevall Hall meet for a time of fellowship and sharing together at the Hall.  The AGM takes place on Wednesday 3rd July.   Full gathering : £158 Day guest – AGM & lunch only: £25 Day guest – AGM, lunch & dinner: £41


Art Appreciation II – Victorian narrative painting

Every picture tells a story Tutor:  Tim Stimson Entertaining, thought-provoking and historically significant; the visual equivalent of chapters by Dickens, Eliot, Thackeray - these pictures provide a fascinating insight into the minds and hearts of our forefathers. We will also find that Sherlock Holmes’ deductive reasoning works with these pictures, and we learn to `read`