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Rev Bryn Rickards
DAY RETREAT CENTRE This ancient barn at the heart of the beautiful Suffolk village of Monks Eleigh was converted into a chapel in the 19th century and is still in regular use for worship. Recently renovated, it is now also available to groups or individuals as a place for meetings and retreats or as a base for accessing local facilities. FOR INFORMATION & BOOKINGS CONTACT homeretreat.m.e@gmail.com | 01473 310169
Heart Of Monks Eleigh
A space for people to be at HOME  with themselves, with others,   or with their God
THE CENTRE   HOME exists for people to find space—time to reflect, to meet, to talk, to be quiet, to recharge batteries, to just ‘be’. It is a place where people can find the space to be at home with themselves, with others, or with their God.   HOME is available to everyone—of any faith or none.  HOME is for all who need it, regardless of their ability to pay. There is a suggested contribution to cover costs and ongoing improvements, but we are happy to arrange usage according to need and resources.  HOME is housed in a building owned by The Ansell Trust, in which the United Reformed Church continues to worship. It is managed by a team from the United Reformed Church and the Parish Church.
THE FACILITIES Parking for 4 cars at the front of the building and on-street parking in close proximity A main meeting room that seats up to 40 people A small kitchen area for making hot and cold drinks and plating food (previously prepared) with washing up facilities and linen Glasses, crockery and cutlery for 40 people Supplies of tea, coffee and sugar A toilet (wheelchair accessible) An electronic organ & keyboard Audio-visual equipment
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THE QUIET PLACE Within the village—a short walk away from the chapel—is a five acre area of water meadow, preserved as a haven for wildlife by one of the HOME management team. In line with the vision and ethos of HOME , The Quiet Place is also available to individuals and groups on day retreat—a tranquil setting in which to wander and wonder. You can follow a special trail with reflections or just stroll and sit and meditate on the wonders of this world. The distinctive wet meadow ecosystem is a natural home to special species of butterflies, birds and dragonflies. The Quiet Place at Monks Eleigh is affiliated to The Quiet Garden Movement . Whether using HOME or not, any individuals or groups who feel they could benefit from being in this wonderful natural haven should get in touch for more details (email: haven@arisaig.net)
THE VILLAGE Monks Eleigh is an idyllic and historic Suffolk village; some of its thatched houses date back to the sixteenth century. In addition to a network of paths and lanes that provide delightful walks, there are a number of other services and amenities within the village: St Peter’s parish church provides a place for quiet reflection and prayer or, with prior arrangement, organised worship. The Millennium Green is a peaceful space immediately adjacent to HOME . The nearby Community Shop and Post Office can provide for most basic requirements. Bridge Farm Barns is a complex with a delightful tea shop and gift shop, picture gallery, toy shop and vintage wares shop! The village pub and restaurant, The Swan , will give you a warm welcome.
THE LOCATION For Google Maps and Sat Nav, our Postcode is IP7 7AU
1 HOME 2 St Peter’s Parish Church 3 The Millennium Green 4 The Community Shop and Post Office 5 The Swan public house and restaurant 6 Bridge Farm Barns tea and gift shop 7 The Quiet Place