At The Kenelm Youth Trust we are excited to present the latest development to our unique retreat facilities at Alton, Staffordshire. The newly-refurbished Lord Shrewsbury House, a striking property from the 1870s, now offers fresh and comfortable accommodation for groups of all sizes. The Soli team of experienced and qualified youth ministry staff, together with our gifted youth-to-youth peer education team, are available to offer excellent and varied programmes for 14-25 year olds.
This state-of-the-art centre for youth ministry is open for retreats from September 2014. Following extensive and ongoing consultation, we have included a beautiful upper-room chapel, a spacious dining room, contemporary and reflective discussion spaces, informal communal areas, and en-suite bedrooms throughout. As well as comprehensive audio-visual facilities, all meeting spaces are equipped with Wi-Fi and loop systems are installed in the main meeting room and chapel. The Soli team works with groups of up to 50. The main house sleeps 36 plus staff. In the neighbouring St. John’s, we are able to accommodate an additional 12 plus staff.
We are committed to ensuring your students experience a retreat that is personal and relevant. To this end, we pioneer a tailored retreat that guarantees a varied programme which includes: prayer, challenging activities, catechesis, discussion and the celebration of the sacraments. You can either select your preferred theme when booking or entrust us with building a suitable programme for your group.
The awesome surroundings of the Lord Shrewsbury draw young people to God, as the beautiful Staffordshire Moorlands and picturesque Churnet Valley truly show forth the work of His hands. Whether cycling through Dimmingsdale, walking the Croxden Abbey pilgrimage or simply taking in the stunning viewpoints – young people grow in appreciation of the beauty of the world which points beyond ourselves towards the majesty of God.
In keeping with our lovely environment, we promote healthy and ethical living in mind, soul and body. Our catering team takes great pride in providing freshly made, locally sourced, tasty and balanced meals.
Once we have received a booking and your chosen theme, we will do our best to help promote your retreat in schools, as appropriate. This might involve providing a poster campaign, videos, online material or even arranging a year group assembly. We are happy to assist in your preparation for the retreat in whatever way we can.
We have developed a wide range of activities that can be used to adapt a retreat once it is in progress. We know the benefit of creating space during a retreat for students to choose their own path: to ask questions, to begin to own their faith, and to remain in prayer for as long as they feel comfortable. As we get to know your students, we are able to discern which session is the most appropriate for them, be it discussion, something creative, dramatic or even eating insects! All young people on retreat here are treated like adults and we have a great array of meaningful and challenging sessions to inspire them.
Seven superb young volunteers have been invited to join this year’s team of dynamic and faith-filled young adults. We are delighted to welcome Rick Netherwood who joins Jon and Catherine in leading this year’s busy program of residential and outreach retreats. We are currently working to attract funding for a Programme Developer; a role which shares responsibility for further enhancing the provision we make for our retreatants.
We are happy to offer one free place for every group of 30 young people that come to us for a residential retreat.
Our development does not stop here! We hope to expand our current accommodation and are exploring options to incorporate further unique activities. This could include the expansion of local tributaries to allow for the addition of water-based activities to our Summer programme.
The four day retreat is our most popular with young people. However, we have the flexibility to provide longer or shorter residential experiences as required. We are more than willing to discuss possible options with you. In addition, the Soli team works with all parts of The Kenelm Youth Trust— Alton Castle, BCYS and School Chaplaincy— to offer exciting, customised School Mission weeks.
You would expect this new development to herald a new price. We want to remain competitively priced and so for this academic year we have maintained our pricing structure for students in the Archdiocese of Birmingham.