Parish Weekend 2016

The next church weekend will be at Belsey Bridge Conference Centre from Friday 29 April to Sunday 1 May 2016 (Bank Holiday weekend). Our guest speaker is Canon Linda Church, Director of Ministry for the Diocese of Ely. Booking forms are included in the Parish Weekend 2016 brochure. Please book now – the earlier you book the more likely it is that we’ll be able to give you your ideal room!

We have enjoyed several weekends away now, most recently with members of St George’s, and have found them immensely valuable as an opportunity to ‘be church’ in the round: eating together, laughing together, learning together and relaxing together without the pressure of other commitments. We have included the whole of the age range from 0 to 90 and, whilst we have had separate learning programmes for the children, there has also been a tremendous sense of looking out for each other and enjoying company across the generations. And not everybody is high octane in their faith and church commitment—all are welcome and no-one is compelled to attend anything!

Belsey Bridge is in Ditchingham, on the Norfolk/Suffolk border, 12 miles south of Norwich. With over 20 acres of grounds the venue is designed to support quiet reflection and there are many delightful walks in the surrounding countryside. It is well known for the excellent quality of the food and provision of special diets. All fresh food is sourced locally and many groups return year after year because of the food alone.

Facilities include:

  • 85 bedrooms – standard and en-suite rooms available
  • 3 main meeting rooms, with a range of smaller meeting rooms across the Centre
  • free wireless internet provided across the majority of the Centre
  • outdoor swimming pool (availability in October will be weather dependent), tennis court, play area, football field and table tennis table

Previous years

Photos from previous weekends, and some recordings of sessions, can be found below: