Westminster Meeting Weekend Away 2021

Charney Manor, 29-31 October

Join us on our 2021 Westminster weekend away, where we will gather together to reconnect with each other in community. We hope it will be a time of healing, and also an opportunity to reconnect with our values and our prophetic vision as Friends. 

On this weekend we will explore together what it means to each of us to live our lives as Quakers in these times. Some are more drawn to living adventurously, others to ministering within the meeting. We are mystics, activists, working people, healers, parents, visionaries, and we are also vulnerable human beings. We hope that we can each take our place in our community, and get back in touch with our leadings. 

Residential weekends are a wonderful opportunity for us to get to know each other away from our usual routines, whilst deepening our individual and collective spiritual life. Everyone from Westminster is welcome, especially if you’re new to our Meeting.

On the Saturday afternoon there are no organised events, leaving space for us to relax, chat with other Friends, or explore. We hope that the weather will be dry enough to allow Friends to be outside, walk around the beautiful grounds or the nearby woodland, or to sit outside on the grass. Others might venture further afield to the White Horse of Uffingham, if cars can be arranged.

Charney Manor

Charney Manor, a 13th Century Conference and Retreat Centre owned by the Religious Society of Friends, is an idyllic and peaceful retreat set in the Oxfordshire countryside. Westminster Meeting has used Charney for our weekends away a number of times over the years. Charney Manor is quiet and peaceful, and surrounded by beautiful gardens in a village setting. For more information about this lovely venue, please click here.

Cost:  £180 for adults and young people 15 years old and over.

The rate for children is as follows:

2-6 years old £50.00

7-10 years old £73.50

11-14 years old £85.00

Since the cost is subsidised by Westminster Friends, the Meeting is happy to accept £90–£180, or any amount in between, if the full price is too much. Please talk to Gerry gerrymillar@me.com or Clare if half price is more than you can afford.

Please book as soon as you can, this will help hugely. The absolute last date to register is 14 October, but there’s a chance it may be fully booked by then, as we will have to limit numbers to around 20 for social distancing reasons. For the same reason we will also prioritise bookings for those attending the whole weekend over those attending for just the Saturday.

Please click here to book.

Care and safety.

Charney Manor staff are working hard to keep us safe during the current Covid situation, including regular sanitisation of spaces, the availability of hand sanitiser in all the shared spaces, as well as masks for guests if needed, and appropriate social spacing in dining areas.

Getting there

The nearest railway station is Didcot Parkway, which is approximately 30-35 minutes away depending on traffic. There are rank taxis outside the station – however, Charney recommend Mark White 07484625301 (please pre-book), who will charge a Charney Manor special rate of £28.00 each way. We hope that nearer the time we can arrange train times that will suit most people, so that taxis can be shared.

Further information about the programme, checking in on arrival, and so forth, will be sent out nearer the time.

Payment: Bacs to: Westminster Meeting, sort code: 40-52-40, account no. 00004164 Reference: Charney (this is important, please include!)