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The Warp and Weft of Creation – Friday 4th to Sunday 6th May

4 May @ 6:00 pm - 6 May @ 2:00 pm

As we learn how to weave baskets using local wood we also encounter how we are inter-woven with our immediate environment: Being deeply interconnected with both nature and people around us we face the challenging question how we contribute to the fragile balance of our ecology. How can we be fully part of this world without joining in the destructive patterns of our society? The Revd. Jonathan Herbert will teach us the skills of basket weaving and facilitate our reflections and discussions about ecology. At the end of this weekend we hope you will take some inspiring insights with you – in addition to a wonderful basket! The suggested donation for the weekend is £150 which includes meals, accommodation and materials. We are willing to accept less if this figure is not possible for you. Please contact Suzi who will be happy to help you with your booking in confidence.  We ask people to Gift Aid their donation wherever possible. We do not make a charge for guests to stay with us but any donation towards our life and ministry is gratefully received. Our ministry includes our work with the poor and marginalised in our country, as well as promoting Franciscan values of justice, peace and integrity of creation. We estimate that it costs £40 to host a guest per day but all your contributions enable our work to go on. Thank you for all your support and encouragement in many ways, however much you are able to give it is important to us that you come and share in our community life.

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Hilfield Secret Garden NGS Open Days – Saturday 5th and Sunday 6th May

5 May @ 2:00 pm - 6 May @ 5:00 pm

Over this weekend the Secret Garden will be open under the National Gardens Scheme from 2pm to 5pm each day. Come and enjoy our Secret Garden with its unique selection of Rhododendron, Magnolia and Camellia – gathered from all parts of the world, planted and cared for here at Hilfield by Br. Vincent. Other choice shrubs include bamboo, azalea and many more. In spring you can admire a growing collection of loderi hybrids. Almost 30 years ago Br Vincent began his work of transformation of this hidden scrap of ancient woodland. With much dedication and love he turned it into a hidden gem, a refuge of quiet and beauty: Small paths and bridges lead you along and across many streams. Several benches along the paths invite you to sit and relax – allowing your soul to be touched and nourished by nature. The Friary grounds also comprehend meadows with livestock and woods. Both the main areas of the Friary and the private road are wheelchair accessible. Tea, coffee and a good choice of friary-made cakes are awaiting you in the refectory – free of charge. Stout shoes are recommended for your walk through the Secret Garden. The Entrance Fee of £5 will be donated to charities.

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