Torch Together 2020

The heart of Torch coming close to you

Dear Friends,

We are introducing a new exciting program for Torch Trust, focusing on friendships, growing in faith, fellowship, fun and the supporting of one another.

These new more inclusive and accessible events take the place of our holiday programmes from previous years. They are available for our Torch clients, their friends and our supporters in specially selected venues around the UK. For 2020, we are visiting 5 Christian centres where you can rest, relax and be refreshed. By choosing centres in different parts of the UK we are bringing the heart of Torch closer for more of you.

Our aim is for you to be able to relax with friends, spend time in worship together, have opportunity for personal reflection, share in good conversations and importantly enjoy lots of fun. During your stay we will also arrange optional local trips, which you can sign up for (additional entrance fees may apply) or stay on site to enjoy the grounds and other activities the centre may provide.

The cost is for full board but excludes transport to the centre and any outings that you choose to go on. However, Torch will make every effort where possible to provide collection and return to local railway stations. The prices quoted are per person and are the same for all who attend. We are unable to provide personal care to any of our guests. Volunteers and staff will be around to help with meal times, guiding and general support.

At the end of your time experiencing ‘Torch Together’, our intention is that you will have been blessed in your time with us, and you will understand how Torch can help you in your continued walk with God when you get home.

Some of our events have a special day within them, open to day visitors, when you can meet and engage with Torch’s CEO Julia Hyde.

Bookings and further enquiries can be made with Client Services on 01858 438260 where a £50 non-refundable deposit will secure your place.

So where are these fantastic opportunities to be together in 2020?

Torch Together Scarborough

Cober Hill – Cloughton, Scarborough from the 27 April – 1 May – cost £400.

Describing itself as a place of joy and beauty, Cober Hill is a Victorian mansion, steeped in history and set in 11 acres of stunning grounds. Nestled in the North Yorkshire Moors National Park and Heritage Coast, it ensures this will be a gathering in a beautiful environment.

Special day on Wednesday 29 April with Torch CEO – Day visitor rate available.

The location is easily accessible by road and rail from Scotland and the North and North East of England with the nearest railway station at Scarborough just 6 miles away.

Torch Together Dorset

Greenhouse Trust – Poole, Dorset from the 22–26 June – cost £400.

For over 60 years this Dorset hide-away has provided an oasis for prayer, worship and encounter. A place of rest and retreat, where all are welcome to seek time and space with God. With facilities on site including a heated swimming pool, beautiful gardens and close to the beach, in June this venue should be glorious!

Special day on Wednesday 24 June with Torch CEO – Day visitor rate available.

This location is ideal for those in the southern half of England being on the south coast between Bournemouth and Poole. Easily accessible by road and public transport with the nearest railway station at Branksome only a 5-minute ride away.

Torch Together Staffordshire

Shallowford House – Stone, Staffordshire from the 7–11 September – cost £400.

The retreat centre of the Diocese of Lichfield is a stunning 19th century building set in beautiful gardens. It has a Chapel offering the spiritual heart of peace and tranquillity and outside in a rural setting there are two alpacas, koi carp, chickens and ducks who love to be fed.

Special day on Wednesday 9 September with Torch CEO – Day visitor rate available.

This central location offers accessibility from many parts, about 3 miles from Junction 14 of the M6 – within an hour of Birmingham, Manchester or Stoke-on-Trent. The nearest mainline railway station is Stafford, approximately 5 miles from Shallowford.

Torch Together Northern Ireland

Corrymeela – Ballycastle, County Antrim from the 18–20 September – cost £125.

This weekend event is set at a place where people from all walks and backgrounds have long come together for healing and reconciliation. This Torch Together time is aimed at the more adventurous and will focus on activity in the context of worship and fellowship. The optional activities will include, team building, fun games, and walks on the beach.

Corrymeela is located 60 miles north of Belfast, just 2 miles outside Ballycastle. The nearest railway station is at Coleraine, and bus from here to Ballycastle.

Torch Together Christmas

Launde Abbey, Rutland Leicestershire from 11–14 December – cost £360.

Not far from Torch House in Market Harborough and set in the county of Rutland, Launde Abbey is a beautiful place to spend time in the presence of God. The Abbey has just celebrated 900 years originally as a priory and now a present-day Abbey. For us, it will be the setting for enjoying the Christmas season together, including a Christmas dinner.

This location; although, rural in the Leicestershire Midlands, is 3 miles from Oakham railway station and 12 miles from Market Harborough railway station.

Enabling people with sight loss to thrive in Christian Community

Torch Together is one of the range of subsidised charitable activities and services only made possible because of the support of many, through their prayers and gifts of time and money.

To find out how you can play your part in the support network to enable these life changing events to take place please email or call 01858 438260.

This leaflet is available in audio CD, braille, email and large print (17, 20, 25 and 30 point). It can also be downloaded from the Torch website as an HTML file.

For more information, bookings and further copies contact:

Torch Trust
Torch House
Torch Way
Market Harborough
LE16 9HL

T: +44 (0)1858 438260

A charity registered in England and Wales no 1095904
A company limited by guarantee no 4616526

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