The above phrase is one that many of us will have heard from the back-seat of the car on long journeys!! The eagerness and anticipation of getting to a destination but the need for patience and enjoying the moment! Then when nearly there, heavy traffic, roadworks and diversions slow things down or divert a different route. We certainly appear to be a long way into our journey but despite the eagerness and anticipation, we do need to be patient.
However, we are really pleased to be able to announce that we will start to open our doors once again. From the 1st August we will be in a position to consider taking individuals, or people from the same household or pre-existing ‘support/social bubble’.
We are doing everything we can to ensure that during your visit to St Katharine’s Parmoor you are safe, secure and protected. Please follow this link to see our Be Safe Be Well guidance. If you have any questions about being safe and well during your stay at St Katharine’s please get in touch and we will gladly help.
Prior to the lock-down, we had managed to build a good momentum with regards to the life of the House and spreading the word about what we have to offer alongside our Programme of Events. This hit a brick wall on the 24th March.
Can we now ask and encourage you to ‘spread the word’ again of what St Katharine’s, Parmoor has to offer.
This has been a tough period for the house and changes have had to be made but we are here, ready to go and we look forward to welcoming many of you across the doorstep again in the near future.
We have a programme of Quiet Days and Retreats for the rest of the year and would encourage you to consider booking on to one or some of these. Further details are available on our Events page on this website.
One event not previously detailed is a 48 hour Christmas Retreat. It will run from the 24th to the 26th December. It is not a traditional silent retreat but nor is it a house party. There will be some time for reflection but also singing round the Christmas tree amongst other activities. This is mainly, but not exclusively, for those who might spend Christmas on their own or away from extended family. Further details will be available in September.
We continue to wish you well and that you keep safe in these changing days. For any further questions please don’t hesitate to contact us.
With very best wishes
Stewart McCredie – Director
We have been working hard behind the scenes putting together a programme of retreats and quiet days for 2020.
At my previous house, and indeed many retreat houses across the country, these are wonderfully uplifting events. We have attempted to get a good variety of topics for this first year. we pray that there is something there for everyone.
If you follow this link, 2020 Retreats and Quiet Days, you will find a list of all our events for this year.
As we finalise titles and finer detail we are releasing this information now so that people are able to consider what they might like to ‘sign up’ for. Please click here to open our 2020 Programme Booklet.
Booking forms and further information can be obtained by contacting the office.
This programme does not prevent parishes, staff teams, individuals etc from booking retreats and quiet days as previously.
Through December 2019, we served 111 of our delightful Christmas Dinners. Mary & Julie put together a lovely menu, making use of a lot of produce that was grown in our very own Lady Ryder Memorial Garden.
We are so please to have received so much complimentary feedback and are already looking forward to being able to host groups in December 2020.
Please do bear us in mind next year. Lucy will be able to provide further details later in 2020.
As a ‘taster’ for anyone wondering what the menu choices might be for next year, the 2019 menu can be found by clicking on this link – 2019 Christmas Menu
We try and hold 3 or 4 talks a year. We had 3 very successful and interesting evenings in 2019. We are currently looking at dates and speakers for 2020 and will publicise these in due course.
The usual format for these evenings are as follows.
Previous events in 2019;
14th November 2019 – Carole Petipher gave a talk around “Monet’s Paradise on Earth”. In it she looked at the Artist together with his creation at Giverny which is truly a Garden for all seasons. He was to find both inspiration and sanctuary there and today it is one of the most visited gardens in the world.
Carole lives locally and has worked for the last twenty years as a guide in France often using as her base, converted barges or petrol tankers!
18th July 2019 – Jill Eyres gave a talk entitled ‘Life and Death in a Roman Villa – the Hambleden Story‘. There have been some amazing discoveries in the Hambleden Valley and Jill spoke about what was happening there in Roman Britain.
Jill is well known locally and has worked on archaeological sites in the UK as well as abroad.
4th April 2019 – Timothy Walker spoke on ‘The Healing Power of Plants‘. It was a wonderful evening all round. 80 people enjoyed some good food and a wonderful and informative talk from Timothy.
Timothy is an eloquent, knowledgeable and entertaining speaker, who came highly recommended.
The Lady Ryder Memorial Garden, the one acre walled garden attached to St Katharine’s, opened their doors on Saturday 27th July 2019 to visitors.
It was a wonderful day, although the weather was a little mixed. In excess of £660 was raised through the selling of plants and produce – all grown within the garden.
The garden team (all volunteers themselves) are always looking for others to assist with the work they are undertaking. If you have even just a handful of hours you can spare a week or month – please make contact through St Katharine’s office – Tel: 01494 881037 or email.
See more about the garden by visiting their website at lrmg.co.uk
St Katharine’s apple juice is now available to buy £3.30 a bottle, 3 bottles for £9 or a case of 12 for £33.
Thank you for a wonderful afternoon tea. ”
Oasis, Christ Church - Jul 2018
Thank you for having us! Great stay, lovely garden and helpful staff. See you again next year. ”
Vacation Project, Lincoln College Oxford - Aug 2018
The success of the weekend was helped ... by the quality of the accommodation ... the generous provision of our food but perhaps most of all the staff ”
Bereaved dads' weekend Nov 2018
This has been a wonderful caring time. Thank you St Katharine's staff team. ”
NW & JT, Marlow - Oct 2018
Thank you so much for everything that you and your team did for our family yesterday. Everything went so smoothly and everyone said what a wonderful venue St Katharine's was both in terms of food and venue.
Your team were absolutely outstanding and made the day very easy for us. ”
CM - Feb 2020
Thank you for a wonderful stay. It was perfect. The memorial garden is wonderful and so good to have time to sit and appreciate the atmosphere. ”