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.

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 - Coffee Morning at Holy Trinity Church, Stafford
Monday 15-Thursday 18 April - Spring Garden Working Party
Thursday 18 April - Easter lunch and Prayer
Sunday 12 May - Open Gardens with Cream Teas
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)

See our Events page for further details.

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 contact Alison on 01785 760233 or email us.