There is Hope…

What a time we have all been through over this last 2 or 3 years. COVID (which continues…) and the lock-downs, the pain and suffering through those days as well as the lose of loved ones in exceptional times and circumstances. We then, mid 2021, saw the light at the end of the tunnel, lock-downs eased, ‘normal’ life was slowly returning.

Then this year we witness the war in Ukraine, increasing prices across the board, a serious economic/cost of living issue for many, the shenanigans within parliament (all round!) and I’m sure you can highlight many more instances. Where will it end?

In John 16:33 we read;

“I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world
you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

I trust you are encouraged by this, there is hope, it doesn’t mean things will get easier immediately but we need to hold on to the truth of Jesus and His promise to us.


We continue to be greatly encouraged by the number of enquiries and bookings we are receiving and look froward to what is to come.

In these weeks we have been able to welcome 2 new members of staff as well as a couple of volunteers. We are still looking to fill a position or two and more details can be found by clicking on this link – Vacancies & Volunteers.


So what do we have happening in the coming weeks?
As well as continuing to be here for individuals and groups/churches to use us for personal/group Quiet Days and Retreats, we have programmed in some events to offer something a little different.

  • Saturday 16th JulyHouse Open Day – a day for everyone to come and enjoy St Katharine’s, Parmoor and The Lady Ryder Memorial Garden.
  • Midweek SabbathMonday 1st to Thursday 4th August – a led retreat with Revd Vanessa Appleton – come for a day, a night or longer – a time to recharge and relax in the beautiful surroundings of St Katharine’s, Parmoor.
  • Sunday 28th August – after the success of last years event, OperaAnywhere will be presenting Pirates of Penzance – bring your picnics, chairs & blankets and enjoy an afternoon at the opera! This is an outdoor event.
  • Friday 9th to Sunday 11th September – a Making Melody weekend with Dave & Pat Bilbrough.

Please click on the links for further details.


And finally…

Are you a qualified or experienced Spiritual Director?
We are creating a team of Chaplains at St Katharine’s, Parmoor allowing us to offer pastoral ministry to those on retreat as well as for the staff and volunteers working here.
Further details are available from Stewart McCredie (Director) – or 01494 881037


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