Temporary road closure of Load Lane, Hilfield starting 20th November 2017

Wessex Water are closing the road from Church Farm Junction To Road Junction 350 Yards Below Hilfield Friary from today. They anticipate that the work will be completed by 8th December 2017. For more details visit: https://mapping.dorsetforyou.gov.uk/TravelDorset/…/Roadworks

You can easily reach the Friary by turning off the A352, approximately half a mile north of Minterne Magna, where the signpost includes ‘Evershot’, ‘The Friary’ and ‘Fishing’. Proceed along the lane approximately 2 miles then take the first right turn where there are signposts for ‘The Friary’ and ‘Fishing’.

Clarissa the contemplative cow

Clarissa, one of our Hilfield herd, looking contemplative and beautiful in our field yesterday, 13th November 2017.clarrissaws

A new arrival

A beautiful little heifer was born on Saturday 11th November.  The little one and her mother Anna are both doing well.  Little one is as yet unnamed.novcalf

Franciscan Peacemaking weekend

The Franciscan Peacemaking weekend from 3rd to 5th November was well attended.  We looked at Francis’ way of making peace and how we might use our insights to make peace in our own communities.


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Annabelle visits Hilfield

This is a photograph of Annabelle and her good friend Br Vincent.  Annabelle used to be a volunteer at Hilfield.  It was lovely to see her again.AnnabelleandVincentOct2017

Br Hugh is Hilfield's Green Champion

The Church Times Green Awards ceremony was on 16th October 2017 in Lambeth Palace. Br Hugh here at Hilfield was nominated. The judges declared that all the 5 on the short list for the Green Champion award were winners so split the award equally.

Here is a link to the Church Times Facebook page where you can see all the photos: https://www.facebook.com/pg/churchtimes/photos/?tab=album&album_id=1575186865879810


Br Vincent celebrates the diamond anniversary of his Profession - 60 years today 17th October 2017

Br Vincent’s favourite cake is lardy so Suzi made one especially for him to celebrate this special day.  Also a very special Wollemi Pine sapling arrived today; a gift from some of his friends.vinnieday1

Changes at Hilfield - Br Samuel moves on from Hilfield

Brother Sam moved on from Hilfield this month. He has been based here for 33 of his 43 years in SSF, as the Guardian for two separate periods, this time since 2005. Under his leadership the Community has changed and developed hugely.  From being a mainly First Order Brothers SSF Community, Hilfield has evolved into a mixed Community of Brothers and lay people together living out a Franciscan vision; not always easy, but a forward-looking model for religious communities.  He has led our emphasis on integral ecology which embeds a theology of creation and interdependence, lived out on our land, with our many visitors, and sustained by a prayerful life as a Community.  His last Sunday with us at Hilfield as Guardian was 8th October.

Brother Sam is now based at the SSF House of the Divine Compassion, a place of hospitality in Plaistow, East London. He will share in the life of the house there with Brother Julian and others.  We wish him every blessing as he makes this move.

Brother Clark was elected Guardian of Hilfield by the Provincial Chapter on 30th September.  He will come to us in January 2018, and we welcome him most warmly!  Brother Clark, from the Province of the Americas, has served at Minister General of SSF for 10 years.  More about Brother Clark in the January 2018 issue.

And in the interim, the Community will continue the life and work of the Friary, looking forward joyously to the next phase in the life of Hilfield Friary.

Here is Br Sam wearing the cycle helmet that the Hilfield Community gave him as a leaving present along with a new Delia cookbook because he used the old one so much!Samsdo1

The Hilfield Calendar for 2018 has arrived!!!!!!!!

hfcwsdoneThe 2018 Hilfield Calendar has arrived!!! The theme is Glimpses of Hilfield. They make lovely Christmas gifts. Available from the Shop or by contacting Sara – see flier.

Celebrating the Feast of the Stigmata at Hilfield on Saturday 16th September 2017

Sam Stigmata 2017waBr Sam talking about the significance of Hilfield’s Chapel at the Festival of the Stigmata held at the Friary on Saturday 16th September. The building has been central to the life of the Friary and before when it was part of Flower’s Farm and then the Little Commonwealth.

Hilfield Friary Community member Kerri Canepa to be licensed as a Lay Minister at Salisbury Cathedral

After three years of study, Hilfield community member, Kerri Canepa, has successfully completed her lay ministry course! The service where she will be commissioned and licensed with take place on Saturday 30 September at Salisbury Cathedral during Choral Evensong, beginning at 5:30 pm. She would appreciate very much your prayers as she prepares to be commissioned as a Licensed Lay Minister. Please come and support her; all are welcome!KerriCopt

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Hilfield Friary supporting toybox.org.uk

a charity dedicated to the plight of children

With the generous donations of our Hilfield shop patrons we managed to raise £69.71 for the charity,we are so proud to be able to assist a charity that is dedicated to helping the most vunerable of our society with the grace of God behind them at every step.

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Young People Exploring Ecology and Spirituality

Hilfield Friary welcomes young people from schools, colleges and youth organizations for day visits or residential stays, to share in the life and the work of the Friary Community and to experience how ecology and religious faith are interconnected.

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Opportunities for Young People

  • Friary tours – sharing about living the Franciscan life today
  • Learning to live simply and sustainably
  • Nature trails, plant and wildlife surveys; discovering how plants and animals help each other
  • Days in the wild, finding material for sustaining life; ‘hedgerow harvest’
  • Developing and maintaining a school garden
  • Respecting and learning from animals
  • What we do with waste – how rubbish isn’t rubbish
  • An introduction to St Francis of Assisi and his insights of the natural world
  • The miracle of bread – the relationships of food

For Students at key stage 3 and above

Hilfield offers the chance to reflect on the impact of religion and belief on an understanding of our relationship with the natural world. It gives opportunity for students to learn that concern for the environment involves issues of spirituality as well as science, technology, economics, social justice and politics – an exploration of an ‘integral ecology’ that draws upon the Franciscan tradition. Community members with experience in both the theory and practice of wise and sustainable ecology are available to provide input for students and material for discussion.

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  • Facilities Conference room for 40
  • Rooms for smaller groups
  • Overnight accommodation for up to 13

For Teachers and Youth Leaders

  • A place to meet for planning and discussion
  • A place to chill out – for rest, retreat or recreation.


There is no charge for day visits by young people, though donations are always welcome! For overnight accommodation our normal request for those under 18 is £20 per day full board. There is a Bursary Fund available to help cover the cost of this and transport to and from the Friary.