Thursday, 9 August 2012

New Team Lead Diocesan Retreat and Meeting Centre

New Directors in front of lake at St Cuthmans
L-R:Anna and Mary-Jane
St. Cuthmans, the beautiful lakeside 24 bed retreat centre and group meeting venue near Billingshurst, has welcomed Anna Hayward and Mary-Jane Burkett as Co-Directors.

Anna has most recently worked at Sacred Heart, Hove and has many years’ experience growing and developing businesses. Mary-Jane brings her skills as founder of the refugee charity Brighton Voices in Exile, a retreat leader and Inter Faith adviser. Together, in this innovative job share, they plan to make St.Cuthmans more accessible as a resource for all within the Diocese, for the loyal guest base and a wide range of groups.

“For many it comes as a surprise to learn that here is this wonderful hidden gem of a setting where you can come for a Quiet Day or stay for a couple of nights or longer.” says Anna. “The overwhelming response from guests, is the sense of peace and renewal they achieve. For some this comes from joining prayer or Mass; others simply enjoy relaxing in the library, walking in the 20 acre grounds and good homecooking”.

“St.Cuthmans is well appreciated by groups for good meeting spaces and a chance to get away from it all,” says Mary-Jane. “In our first month we have welcomed a group of Missionaries from around the world, Bishop Kieran, and several clergy and Parish groups. What they all value is the tranquillity and chance to reflect”.

For more information on Quiet Days, residential stays and group meeting facilities: tel 01403 741220

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