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August 2018

Monthly Art Workshop

22 August 2018

We are getting creative at Purley Chase and have set up regular art workshops! No previous painting or drawing experience is needed, just a willingness to get stuck in and enjoy the day with others. Using watercolours, acrylics, charcoal and pastels we will be creating observational and also free-form imaginative images. Examples of subjects we might like to work on: flowers, shells, still life of found objects, landscape, textural ideas, continuous line drawing and weather permitting we can work outside…

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September 2018
£124 en-suite & £104 standard including all meals.

Sacred Dance Weekend – Love in Action

7 September 2018 at 7:00 pm - 9 September 2018 at 2:00 pm

Love can be expressed in so many ways – kindness, generosity, caring, affection, compassion, mercy, and forgiveness.  It is expressed through the eyes and gestures, reaching out to the other.  We shall express it in the movement of the dance this weekend. Leaders: Rita Russell is an experienced facilitator. Having worked in education in the past, specialising in music, she now works primarily in the area of spirituality. She particularly enjoys facilitating workshops and spiritual growth groups. Rita is a…

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October 2018
£208 en-suite & £168 standard including all meals.

Autumn Studies: The Joy of the Present Moment

1 October 2018 at 4:00 pm - 5 October 2018 at 11:00 am

How much do you live in the past, longing for what was, lost values – the good old days? Or worrying about the future, family breakdown, social media, divergence between rich and poor, plundering the planet, pensions? Yet the only time we have is this present moment, a precious gift. Do we want to waste it being miserable, complaining, criticising, blaming – or rejoicing in all the good gifts and blessings bestowed on us moment by moment in this wonderful…

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£134 en-suite and £114 standard including all meals.

Art & Craft Weekend

5 October 2018 at 4:00 pm - 7 October 2018 at 2:00 pm

This weekend will be split into three areas; leather work, painting and embroidery.  In each area you will be learning new skills or extending skills that you already have with the help of the leaders.  With their guidance, you will be creating something that you will be able to take home with as a memento from the weekend. Leaders: David Turner has been making custom made leatherwork for just over 50 years. Challenges are many and varied. Putting something back…

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Derby Church Weekend at Purley

5 October 2018 at 4:30 pm - 7 October 2018 at 2:30 pm

A mixture of study, lively discussions, fun and relaxation. Standard / en-suite single / en-suite adapted, full board – £104. En-suite twin £84 – please indicate on your booking form who you are sharing with. Dormitory full board £84.  

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Adults £104 en-suite & £84 standard Children 5-17years old £40 deposit required. As these charges do not cover the costs we welcome donations.

October Family weekend

26 October 2018 at 4:00 pm - 28 October 2018 at 2:00 pm

This is a friendly weekend aimed at families aged 0-16 to meet old friends and make new ones. During the morning, adults and children are led in separate sessions learning and creating with experienced leaders. Saturday afternoon is free to spend time in the grounds or to join in family activities which vary year to year. The evenings are a time for all ages to mingle and join in fun and games together, and weather permitting we hope to have…

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February 20192019

Swedenborg Open Learning Centre Event

8th February 2019 at 8:00 am - 10th February 2019 at 5:00 pm

Details coming soon.

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March 2019

Sing in the Spring

22nd March 2019 at 4:00 pm - 24th March 2019 at 3:00 pm

An a acappella singing workshop, open to anyone and featuring a variety of songs both sacred and secular from Britain and from around the world. All songs will be taught by ear. Costs: £125 en-suite & £105 standard including all meals. To contact the leader for further information (not for booking) please email: For more information about Jane’s singing workshops:  

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October 2019

The New Church Historical Society

15th October 2019 at 4:00 pm - 17th October 2019 at 2:00 pm

There will be talks, some with the use of the projector on New Church history on Tuesday evening, Wednesday and Thursday morning. There will be displays in The Hive, The Hall and The Library if available. Standard / en-suite single / en-suite adapted – full board £108. En-suite twin full board £88 – please indicate on your booking form who you are sharing with. Dormitory full board – £88. Donations in addition to the above rates would be most appreciated.

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November 2019

Taizé Style Music Weekend

8th November 2019 at 6:30 pm - 10th November 2019 at 2:00 pm

The focus at the Taizé  Community in France, is gathering together three times each day for  prayer.  As people from differing Christian backgrounds and countries are drawn there, they find that the shared experience of singing together in harmony in a prayerful way brings wholeness and unity.  It touches something within the individual at a profound level. Although unable to entirely re-create the atmosphere and surroundings at Taizé, course leader Marion wishes to share some of her experience of staying…

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