In recent days the UK government has issued instructions that people should avoid all non-essential travel and contact with others to help prevent the spread of coronavirus. As a result of this St Katharine’s Parmoor is temporarily closed to groups and individual guests from Monday 23rd March.
We don’t know how long this situation will continue, so we will review the situation continuously and if not before, will give an update on Friday 24th April. Please check in to our website, Facebook page and Twitter account for updated information.
As you will appreciate, the House programme of Quiet Days and Retreats up to the end of May have been cancelled. If you have booked on to one of these events, we will be in touch shortly.
We do have other events throughout the year and currently these are still planned to go ahead. Please visit the above social media options to see what we have planned.
If you have a group or individual booking up to the 31st May:
You’ll understand that this closure will have a significant impact on our income. We’d like to invite you to prayerfully consider the following options regarding your booking:
If you need to contact St Katharine’s Parmoor to discuss your booking, please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have a booking later than the 31st May:
We would ask you not to contact us at this stage; we will have a further update on Friday 24th April. If you feel you need to cancel your booking before that time then our normal cancellation terms apply (including the loss of deposits and any liability for cancellation charges). Do contact us using the email address above if you want to do this, but we would strongly encourage you to wait until nearer the time of your visit before making a decision.
Thank you for your understanding, support and if you pray, your prayers.
Be safe and keep well.
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