Everlasting Hope in 2021

Everlasting Hope as we move into 2021

What a year 2020 was! A year none of us could have possibly anticipated what we would experience. Our prayer is that you have kept well throughout this time. We know that not many have escaped the effects of Covid-19 in one way or another and that so many have been and remain unwell as a result, lost loved ones, jobs, income – the list goes on…

The vaccines that are now available are giving hope to so many as the programme is rolled out with many of the most vulnerable having already been offered theirs.

Of course, we know of the Everlasting Hope that there is in Jesus – and we look to Him, particularly at this time and by His grace we will get through these tough days.

We are now over half way through January – and many will be wondering what the rest of this year holds?

There is light at the end of the tunnel with the vaccine programme and we can start to plan ahead – something that was so so difficult to do last year.

What we have to offer at St Katharine’s, Parmoor

For those that don’t know where we are, we are situated between Marlow, Henley on Thames and High Wycombe being easily accessible from both the M4 and M40.

  • We currently have 22 bedrooms (accommodating up to 36 people) split between the main house and St Joseph’s annexe. The majority of rooms in the main house are en-suite – St Joseph’s are shared facilities.
  • Individuals as well as groups (parish, cell, friendship, leadership teams, etc) are all welcome. Whether for a day, overnight or longer.
  • We have various meeting spaces, the largest being the Chapel which can accommodate around 80 people.
  • We are able to cater/feed up to 80 people – the majority of the produce we use is grown in our very own Lady Ryder Memorial Garden – a 1 acre walled garden on site.
  • We are in the process of putting together a programme of events for the rest of 2021 and these Retreats and Quiet Days will be shown on our website in due course. We are hoping to be able to hold the first of these in Holy Week – subject to relevant guidance applicable at the time.
  • We also have access to 3 bursary schemes which might be able to assist with the cost of a retreat for individuals (conditions apply).

Please visit our website for more information or invite me to come* and ‘present’ to any group you think appropriate and talk through what we offer and the benefits of retreats/time-out. My fee is only a couple of mugs of tea/coffee and biscuits (preferably chocolate).
*once restrictions allow

Can we ask you to consider the following:

  • making contact with us to find out a little bit more;
  • taking some time out on personal retreat – whether for just a few hours, a day or more;
  • forward this email on to any colleague(s) who may be thinking of a retreat;
  • pray for us in these challenging days.


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.


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