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Midweek Sabbath

1 August, 2022 @ 9:00 am - 4 August, 2022 @ 9:30 am

Sabbath…what does it mean to you?

Not the word, but the action of making space and taking time out with God?

Do you have a regular sabbath but you find it hard to rest and to ignore the sprinkling of guilt for taking time out?

Or do you struggle with all the demands that bombard you on a daily basis which prevent you from having a sabbath regularly?

In our time together, we will explore what Sabbath really is, the benefits of it, and how to create this sacred space in your life on a regular basis.

During this gently guided retreat there will be reflections, various creative ways to engage with God, and the opportunity to rest and receive.

God rested, Jesus rested. Here’s a wonderful invitation for you to rest too. Come for a day, or for a few days, to be refreshed, to bathe in peace and delight in the presence of God.

“The Sabbath was made to serve us; we weren’t made to serve the Sabbath.’    The Message translation.


Come for a day, a night or longer.

The retreat will be led by Revd Vanessa Appleton – who will be heading up our ‘soon to be’ team of chaplains.


£89 per 24hrs to include and ensuite bedroom and all meals.

£35 for day visitors to include lunch.

To book or ask any questions about the retreat – please email office@srpf.org.uk or call 01494 881037.

You can download a copy of the poster here – Poster



Since being ordained, I have served in the church and as a chaplain in the Police Force, the HM Prison Service and the National Health Service.  I understand the importance, need and joy in spending time with God, which has led me to facilitate quiet days to gently guide people into the space and presence of God to receive His rest, refreshment and peace.

I have a very compassionate heart, blessed with the gift of creativity and a passion for connecting with nature which is echoed in the quiet days that I lead.

Reverend Vanessa Appleton


1 August, 2022 @ 9:00 am
4 August, 2022 @ 9:30 am
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Revd Vanessa Appleton
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.


Just wanted to thank you for the lovely day we spent on Saturday. I felt very welcome, the food was delicious and the grounds were so peaceful. It was really good to get away from the hustle and bustle for a few hours. Please convey my thanks to all who were involved. May God bless you all

J.K. London 2022

Stunning house and gardens both are beautifully cared for. Staff were wonderful and vegan food was delicious. Thank you for a wonderful day.

Melissa - Sept 2022

Just a short note of thanks for my wonderful day at St. Katherine's yesterday. It was such a fruitful and blessed time with God. Please pass on my thanks for the warmth of the welcome. I look forward to booking another day with you in the future and will be in touch then.

Sheila - April 2022

I just wanted to say thank you to you and your staff for a wonderful retreat weekend. Everything was just lovely - the location, the accommodation and the food. It was a truly refreshing time and having everything arranged so perfectly meant that there were no distractions to relaxing and hearing from God

Rachel - April 2022

Just wanted to thank you for the lovely day we spent on Saturday. I felt very welcome, the food was delicious and the grounds were so peaceful. It was really good to get away from the hustle and bustle for a few hours.

Jenny - March 2022

Many thanks to all those who made our retreat such a success. Peaceful surroundings with ideal facilities and great hospitality made for a memorable time.

VW - Nov 22

We had a marvellous time last week. The house is so clean and tidy and beautifully supportive of quiet yet productive prayer. It is a credit to you all.

LD - Nov 22

I was with you today for the Deanery Retreat Day and it was so lovely to be there, and we were so well looked after – thank you so much!

JD - Nov 22

It was a WONDERFUL venue and we very much enjoyed meeting you, and were blessed by the amazing hospitality by you and your team. Thank you so much.

DH - Dec 2022

Please pass on my thanks and appreciation for my two day stay last week. The meals were all great and my stay was a real help to me and I hope to be coming back again in the next few months.

TP - Feb 2023

Thanks for letting us use St Katherine's this last couple of days. We had a lovely time and were very well looked after. The ladies really loved being there and felt very much that they had got away from the stresses of everyday life.

RM - March 2023

Thank you for a super day on Saturday. There has only been positive feedback from everyone. We were well looked after by your catering team. The Prayer Room worked well - and the sun came out in the afternoon, so the team up top also doing marvellous work.

LW - March 2023

A huge thanks for a WONDERFUL time at our men's weekend away.

SB - March 2023

We had a wonderful day in so many ways. Loved the food and the setting, the sense of space and peace there is so tangible.

SW - May 2023