Autumn Retreat is a time for folk to enjoy the company of others in a relaxed, informal environment. Dunfield is home to so many people regardless of whether it is their first or one of many visits.
Along with meals served with love and a good nights sleep the programme has been varied and stimulating.
The theme of Sense the Spirit through taste, hearing, seeing, smell and touch has provided a varied programme that has included devotions, a daily prayer for peace, parable drama’s [including the 'dunfield house choir' performing opera], video discussions, worship, preaching, and testimony campfire where it was almost impossible to sing because we were laughing so much to name just some of the activities – and its only wednesday…………………….
The retreat runs twice yearly – in the Spring and Autumn
from Peter Roberts……………first visit to Dunfield at a family camp:
fantastic place: the group had lots of very young children and the absolutely loved the whole of the week. The house and grounds were a huge playground for them and the parents felt relaxed that their children were in fairly safe environment for them to explore.
from Sarah James…………….lots of visits to Dunfield as a camper and as a staff member
Thank you for being so friendly and accommodating, its been a good atmosphere and Dunfield has helped make these last few days memorable.
from James Rathbone…………lots of visits to Dunfield as a camper and as a staff member
Great few days, very good food and helpful friendly staff. We’ve had a fun and energetic holiday. Dunfield is a lovely place to be come rain or shine:)
from James, a guest at Dunfield………..his first visit
Ed and James are very good at football, love to come back one day
From Georgia, a guest at Dunfield……..her first visit
all the staff were very helpful and kind. I would love to come back next year
It has been a busy summer and we haven’t stopped to catch our breath yet. We are however delighted with our visit britain grading visit for 2010 which includes the following statement………………
this very well managed and most attractive hostel is well presented and clearly meets the demands and expectations of its guests. It is most encouraging to hear of the steadily increasing level of occupation in “The Stables” block and the continuing high occupancy rates in the main house.
Since the end of July we have enjoyed the company of a school activity week, a cello choir, a 40th birthday celebration weekend, a church family camp/reunion [details on last blog] a local community led group working with young people from several different countries and now Stream of Sound are practicing this week for a concert in Derbyshire on Friday. We are preparing for a family camp to arrive tomorrow in the main house.
Fitted into this busy programme was a wonderful celebration meal yesterday for a lady who is 90 today. Surrounded by family and friends the sun shone, the sweet pea theme ensured that the dining room looked bright, fresh and delicate for such a special ocassion, it was a beautiful day.
Finally, a group of young adults from South Wales gave up a weekend of their time to come and work at Dunfield creating a quiet garden area where a tree has had to be felled. A bench and bird table compliment this area and will provide many happy hours of quiet contemplation for all of our guests who want some space or time out. Please take a moment to enjoy the view and the wildlife from this very special area when you are next at Dunfield and give thanks for the good work of young people across the country that seldom hits the headlines
It has been a busy 2 weeks with over 350 guests visiting and 130 young people and staff members arriving for a Christian youth rally tomorrow.
Today we have parents arriving to attend a performance their children have been working on over the past 4 days. Children from 4 schools in Solihull have worked hard together learning lines and chorus’s, making scenery, learning new peices to play on instruments along with treasure hunts, campfires and lots of free time to enjoy the grounds.
Previous group programmes have been varied including an infant course with music awareness, music & drama workshops, a celebration day and one group visiting the Elan Valley, boat building and sailing, nature studies and walks.
On the 12th June the Trustees of Dunfield House, Paul and myself met to discuss the ongoing opprotunities we have to share the facilities primarily with young people but increasingly with church and family groups of all ages who appreciate the service we offer.
The Trustee’s give of their time in a voluntary capacity which enables us to remain committed to providing an affordable residential experience primarily for young people.