Weekend Away 27th to 29th May 2022

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Due to Covid our Weekend Away which was to have taken place in July 2021 has been postponed again to 27th to 29th May 2022, as Belsey Bridge will now not be open until August this year.

The good news is that prices have not changed since our original booking.  Sarah Nicholas has contacted all involved . We hope that many of those who have booked this year will be happy for their booking to roll over to next year and that more will wish to join us. See booking forms below.  Any concerns contact Sarah Nicholas - 01799 584617 or s.nicholas180@gmail.com

Our theme is ‘Sharing God’s Love: Come and See’ Come and enjoy a weekend of friendship, learning together and fun for all the family.  The weekend offers comfortable accommodation (including many en-suite rooms and delicious fully catered meals from Friday dinner to Sunday afternoon tea. There will be a crèche and activities for under 11s and 11-17 year olds. Cost £140-£170 per person full board, day rates available, under 18s FREE. 

What is it?

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Our Weekend Away is a great opportunity for people of all ages and from all churches in the team to meet together in a relaxed setting.  Whether you are relatively new to the church or an established member you will be able to enjoy getting to know others better.

Alongside the main programme, we are running a youth programme for secondary age children and a children’s programme for the under 11s.  We will all join together for our Sunday worship.

The weekend starts with dinner at about 7.30pm on the Friday night and finishes with afternoon tea at about 3.30pm on the Sunday.

See a selection of photos from our last ~Weekend Away at Belsey Bridge in 2018 here.

Our Speaker

To be confirmed.

Img 9081-800Where is it?

Belsey Bridge  Conference Centre, Ditchingham, Bungay, NR35 2DZ, which is owned and managed by the Christian Conference Trust. It is located on the Norfolk Suffolk border about 1½ hours’ drive from Saffron Walden.  It is set in 20 acres of grounds.  It is well known for its excellent quality of food and provides for special diets.  Find out more about Belsey Bridge here.

Accommodation and facilities

It offers single, twin, double, family and disabled rooms, the majority being en-suite. There are still some family and single ensuite rooms available as well as non-ensuite single rooms.  Contact Sarah Nicholas to check room availability on s.nicholas180@gmail.com or 01799 584617.  Facilities include comfortable lounge areas, bar, sports facilities including an outdoor swimming pool, children’s play area, free Wi-Fi.

Provisional Outline Programme. 

  • Friday evening: Arrival and registration is from 5pm onwards giving you time to settle in your room before dinner at about 7.30pm.  Opening worship will be followed by an informal social evening.
     
  • Saturday: The morning is set aside for our speaker. The children’s and youth programme will run throughout the morning.  The afternoon will be free for walks, games, sport, exploring the local area – with others or just doing your own thing.  In the evening, there will be a social event for all ages and the day will end, for those who wish to come, with hopefully a campfire followed by night prayer.
     
  • Sunday: After an early morning act of worship and breakfast, there will be a variety of workshops for adults and children working towards contributions to the Sunday communion service in the afternoon.  The weekend will close with afternoon tea at about 3.30pm.Img 8914-800
Children’s Programme: Crèche facilities will be available for babies and toddlers. Primary aged children will follow their own

programme on Saturday morning. On Saturday afternoon and in the evening the children will be able to join in activities with their families and friends.  The Sunday workshops will be suitable for all ages.

Youth Programme: will run parallel to the main programme.  We will come together for joint services on both days.
 
NB: please note that all programmed sessions are optional - you are free to participate in as many or as few as you wish

How much will it cost?

Img 9149-800For the whole weekend:
The cost will be £170 per adult for an en-suite room and £140 per adult for a non en-suite room for the weekend full board.  This includes dinner on Friday evening; breakfast, lunch and dinner on Saturday; and breakfast, lunch and afternoon tea on Sunday.
Under 18s are FREE and 11 to 17 year olds may come unaccompanied.

Come for a day:
You are welcome to come just for the day.  The day rate for Saturday or Sunday to include morning coffee, lunch and afternoon tea is £30.  If you wish to stay for the Saturday evening meal the total cost is £37.
The costs have been kept as low as possible but if the price is a problem, help is available.  Please speak in confidence to your vicar.

How do I apply?

Please reserve your place by completing the booking form (Word doc) and returning it, with your deposit to the Parish Office.  We will ask you to pay the balance of the cost by 30th April 2022 or you may pay in two instalments.  You may also pay by bank transfer but please return or email the completed form to the office;  office@stmaryssaffronwalden.org  
If you wish to share with a particular person/people it would help our administration if you could book together on one form.  

Booking for Youth Programme (11-17 years)

Please complete the separate youth application form.  Families with participants on both programmes should complete two forms.

Any Questions – contact Sarah Nicholas - 01799 584617 or s.nicholas180@gmail.com