Helping Hands

2018 saw a new season emerging for the friends, volunteers and supporters of Shallowford House. ‘Friends of Shallowford House’ now has a new format and a new name - ‘Helping Hands’.

‘Helping Hands’ creates opportunities for people to become practically involved in supporting the day to day running of the House and there are suggested areas of practical involvement, including gardening, serving refreshments, baking, welcoming, flower arranging, decorating, or indeed anything you feel able to offer.

In addition to practical support, Helping Hands promote awareness of the House and its facilities, among the churches and the wider community; raise funds to provide extra things which enhance for visitors their experience of the house and grounds; pray regularly for the trustees, staff and guests at Shallowford House.

There are several points in the year when we come together to work, pray and socialise, and anyone is welcome to attend these gatherings. They include our Garden Working Parties, Open Gardens, Easter, Summer and Harvest prayer gatherings, with food, and a quarterly Saturday gardening morning, followed by prayer and worship in the Chapel. See our Events page for further details.

Dates for 2019 are:

Spring

  • Saturday 2 March - Gardening 10am-1pm, Prayer & Worship 3-4.30pm
    (A light lunch is available, please order in advance)
  • Saturday 13 April 9.30am-12 noon
    Coffee Morning at Holy Trinity Church, Stafford
     - do come along and support this venture
  • Monday 15-Thursday 18 April 9am-5pm
    Spring Garden Working Party
  • Thursday 18 April 1 for 1.30pm
    Easter lunch followed by a  simple Holy Communion service, please pre-book
  • Sunday 12 May 2-4pm
    Open Gardens and Art Exhibition with Cream Teas for sale

Summer

  • Saturday 8 June - Gardening 10am-1pm, Prayer & Worship 3-4.30pm
    (A light lunch is available, please order in advance)
  • Sunday 7 July - Garden Prayer Walk and Cream Tea
    Monday 8-Thursday 11 July - Summer Garden Working Party

Autumn

  • Saturday 7 September - Gardening 10am-1pm, Prayer & Worship 3-4.30pm
    (A light lunch is available, please order in advance)
  • Sunday 8 September - Open Gardens with Cream Teas
  • Saturday 21 September - Coffee Morning at Holy Trinity Church, Stafford
  • Monday 7 October - Harvest Supper and Service of Holy Communion
  • Monday 7-Thursday 10 October - Autumn Garden Working Party

Winter

  • Saturday 2 November - Gardening 10am-1pm, Prayer & Worship 3-4.30pm
    (A light lunch is available, please order in advance)

We would love you to join us in this very worthwhile ministry, caring for our Retreat House and Gardens. If you feel you could contribute in some way then please  download the Helping Hands leaflet below, contact Alison on 01785 760233 or email us.

Our current Prayer letter and Newsletter can be found below.