Suffolk's new Day Retreat Centre
Heart Of Monks Eleigh (H.O.M.E.) Day Retreat Centre is situated in the recently refurbished United Reformed Chapel set in the heart of Monks Eleigh, a beautiful village near Hadleigh in Suffolk. The chapel is part of the Ansell Trust.
H.O.M.E. Retreat Centre is a simple, unpretentious venue that welcomes people of all faiths or none.
With its theme of healing and meditation, H.O.M.E. offers a space for individuals and groups to take time out and pay better attention to life and nurturing faith.
H.O.M.E. is available for Retreat and church meetings, as well as team building days, small conferences, weddings and other community projects.
The chapel was launched as a Retreat Centre in September 2013 and is managed by a team of volunteers from the churches and local community.
The chapel has stood on this site for many generations. It is believed non-conformity came to Monks Eleigh circa 1644 when the Title of Monks Eleigh Chapel was registered. In 1824 a Mr William Faiers converted a barn that he owned for worship and that building was purchased by John Ansell in 1845, when it became connected to Hadleigh United Reformed Church. The congregation became so large that a much bigger chapel was built alongside the original to accommodate them. In recent years, numbers had dwindled and it was decided to make the smaller chapel into a place that meets the changing needs of the busy and hectic lives of people in the 21 century.
H.O.M.E. offers seating for up to 40 people; modern audio visual facilities and a large monitor screen, and a well-equipped small kitchen.
Groups using H.O.M.E. may also avail themselves of a nearby five-acre woodland area, a haven for nature and wildlife offering an opportunity for reflective and contemplative walking time. It is a registered member of the 'Quiet Garden' movement.
Monks Eleigh has a community shop/post office, a tea room/craft centre, a pub/restaurant and the opportunity for delightful country walks.
There are a number of local bed and breakfast facilities for those who wish to stay overnight.
H.O.M.E. welcomes everyone - of any faith or none.
We look forward to hearing from you.
For further information, contact Ronnie Howson: