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Parish Weekend at Sidholm, Sidmouth

14-16 September 2007


Enjoying a break in the sunshine at Sidholm

Life in all its Fullness

We had a very good trip down to Sidmouth by coach from Prestbury and Pittville with a welcome tea break at the motorway service en route. We arrived at the Sidholme hotel at about 6pm and, after allocation of rooms and keys, we had time for a quick walk to the seafront before dinner. In the evening there was a question and answer session with Fr Michael, Fr Peter, Fr Paul, Andy Macauly and Linda Biggs on subjects as diverse as favourite cars and reasons for the recent flooding. Compline rounded off the evening.

Saturday morning started early at 7.30am with Morning Prayer and after breakfast Fr Paul gave a very interesting talk on Life in all its fullness, the theme of the weekend. There were opportunities to take part in workshops, such as discussion, craft activities, singing, drama and sport, some of which were incorporated in later worship sessions. The weather was hot and sunny on Saturday so many people went down to the beach to enjoy the good weather and the beautiful coastal scenery.

On Saturday evening many people entertained us with singing, poetry recitals, sketches and even opera, which proves that there are a lot of talented people in our parishes.

The highlight of Sunday morning was the Eucharist/celebration service led by the Celebrate! music group and a choir of young and old. The combination of the lively worship and the beauty of the Eucharist, enhanced by the sun shining through the windows, made it a very joyful and uplifting service. We then had a delicious Sunday lunch before it was time to say goodbye and head off home.

It was our first time at Sidmouth and we enjoyed the chance to relax and get to know other people better from across the Team. Many thanks to all involved in organising the weekend away.

Janet and Alison Green




The singers and band in part of our Sunday worship
The singers and band in part of our Sunday worship


Sidmouth Weekend

This was the first year I had joined fellow parishioners for the Sidmouth weekend and I thoroughly enjoyed the experience. I was surprised by the very mixed age group. There was something to suit everyone, from the very well equipped Sidholme Hotelís leisure facilities and beautiful grounds to the programme of events.
I did wonder what I had let myself in for when I saw prayers planned for 7.30am on the Saturday but I was assured no-one is pressurized into joining in everything arranged!! Talks and sessions were informal and helpful and there was the opportunity to experience varied forms of worship Ė ĎCelebrate!í style mixed with the more traditional.

The hotel was only minutes from the centre of Sidmouth and it was a real treat to walk to the town with a new friend and explore during some free time. We were so lucky with the weather (sun and blue skies) despite a dull and damp start from Cheltenham when several of us travelling by coach stuffed extra coats, shoes etc into our luggage at the last minute, but didnít need them!

The weekend was a great opportunity to make new friends in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere, especially during shared meal times. I am looking forward to the next visit.

Lynda Meason


     Fr Michael enlisting the help of a volunteer
Fr Michael enlisting the help of a volunteer
before the Sunday service  

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