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1 Brochure The Nightingale Centre Great Hucklow

2 Message from the Centre Manager Welcome to our 2018 brochure. I hope you will find something within these pages to tempt you. You ll see that a very wide range of organisations are putting on events of all kinds.. If you know the centre, you ll be aware that in terms of food and comfort we are really closer to being a good hotel than a hostel. You ll also be aware that we seldom stand still in making improvements. In this last year, amongst other changes, we have fitted new carpeting, developed our rear lobby (in the process improving our security arrangements) and we ve developed further our beautiful gardens. If you would like to organise your own event here please contact me and I will help you plan this. Whatever your interests - conferences, cycling, spiritual events, holidays, walking, commercial, training, family get-togethers, school or college programmes - we will make every effort to meet your own particular needs. Meanwhile we believe our prices are very competitive, like for like. We ve a wide range of accommodation options so we ve not quoted prices in the brochure, but these are just a phone call away. Please do give me a ring to ask me about our range of prices or anything in the brochure. I look forward to welcoming you to the centre in 2018! 2

3 To plan your own walking or cycling break Give Stella a ring and ask if there are any spare weeks, mid-weeks or weekends available. There are discounts in the winter months! WINTER WALKING WEEKENDS Friday 12th Sunday 14th January AND Friday 19th to Sunday 21st January SUMMER WALKERS WEEKEND Friday 13th to Sunday 15th July Enjoy a good walk in this lovely countryside and afterwards relax in the lounge or sun room, perhaps play some games and enjoy the tasty food. Join in a gentle amble or longer day-walk. Perhaps mix the walking with a visit to one of the many nearby tourist spots. And if you want you can choose to cycle instead, or combine the two! Ring Stella Barrow Art Fri 1st to Sun 3rd June Fri 3rd to Sun 5th August Contact for booking: Stella (see below) Contact for information: 3

4 Art Classes with Mon 5 th - Wed 7 th Feb Starting the Season! botanical drawing & painting Start your creative season off joining like-minded company enjoying a botanical drawing and painting workshop, either starting a fresh piece of work or continuing with a piece of work you would like to finish. Organiser: Sue Field Explore New Ground Wed 7th - Fri 9 rd March Enjoy using coloured pencils to explore working on a variety of different paper surfaces including black or coloured paper, drafting film, Bristol board, watercolour paper, pastel paper, etc. Learn the different techniques to complete a small botanical study on each. Tutor: Sue Vize Mon 30 th July - Fri 3 rd Aug Summer Art School Join like-minded company in this tranquil Peak District location and enjoy a four-night painting holiday with experienced artist and tutor. Suitable for all abilities, learn about different artists, try different mediums and have a go at different subjects, choosing to paint inside or out of doors during the week. Tutor: Gabby Hanlon Wed 17 th - Fri 19 th October Natural History Workshop - botanical in coloured pencil/graphite/ink Choose from feathers, shells, seaweed, fossils, pebbles, gem stones, butterflies, bees and bugs in this fascinating workshop. Enjoy working in graphite pencil, coloured pencil or pen and ink with full tuition throughout. Orgganiser Sue Vize These enjoyable art courses cater for all abilities and are led by helpful experienced artists in the attractive surroundings of Great Hucklow To book contact Sue Field

5 Unitarian Music Society Conference Friday 10th to Monday 13th August The UMS summer conference attracts young and old from across the UK and a few from further afield. Here you will find something for all abilities choral, orchestral, wind-band and smaller groups. This is a friendly extended weekend gathering where everyone is encouraged and supported in their music-making. Contact for booking: Stella (see below) Further Info: Valerie Walker Group Fri 26th Sun 28th October 2018 Weekend In this new and exciting initiative, four Unitarian groups will come together to create a vibrant weekend of sharing and exploring new ways of working together. The Unitarian Earth Spirit Network, National Unitarian Fellowship, The Peace Fellowship, and the Unitarian Renewal Group will offer activities appropriate to the theme Contact for booking: Stella (see below) For further information: Joan Wilkinson: or 5

6 Genie Networks Weekend Fri 22nd to Sun 24th June Genie Family Weekend Fri 27nd to Sun 29th July Contact for booking and further information: Minna Moffatt-Feldman THE SILENT EYE ANNUAL WORKSHOP Fri 20 th to Sun 22 nd April A journey in spiritual psychology in which everyone is welcome to come and play a role in a 5-act Elizabethan drama illustrating the keys to our inner natures. Scripts are provided; no memorisation is necessary! More information and brochures at: Or . FRIENDS OF THE NIGHTINGALE CENTRE Our help in lots of different ways - telling people about the Centre, fundraising for the Centre, helping with some of the Centre jobs, recruiting more helping at Open Days, providing photos, contributing to Centre development plans, and/or making a regular financial contribution. Our Friends receive Newsletters on the Centre s developments and many through their regular contributions earn entitlement to 5 off a chosen weekend/week stay each year. Over many years our have helped us to make ongoing improvements and ensure the Centre will still be here to serve future generations. To become a friend or find out more please speak to Stella or any member of staff 6

7 . Hucklow Summer School Sat 18 th to Sat 25 th August How, Then, Shall We Live? Living, Dying, and Considering our Legacy A week together to consider what constitutes a good, moral, and flourishing life and how we can live faithfully in challenging times. We will think about the concept of a good death, how we might best prepare for our own end, and how the knowledge of our own mortality might shape our way of living right now. Finally we will consider the notion of what we might want our individual and collective legacy to be. Newcomers are particularly welcome! Contact for booking and information: Jane Blackall NOTTINGHAM AND DERBYSHIRE QUAKERS Fri 11th to Sun 13th May Contact for booking and for further information: Elspeth Bailey FAMILY FEDERATION FOR WORLD PEACE & UNITY Friday 26 th to Sun 28 th January The purpose of the Family Federation is to foster a culture of heart where all people can live together peaceably, consigning the barriers of race, religion, culture and nationality to the history books. Now is the time for us to live in harmony with each other and with the natural world Contact: Tom O Connell Fri 21st to Sun 23 rd September Meeting to celebrate our place on the living Earth and seek to understand how we can live in harmony with the Earth. Further information & bookings via the website at or contact Hilary Norton

8 Unitarian Women s Group Conference Fri 19th to Sun 21st October Empty Pockets How the negative impacts of austerity measures have fallen disproportionately on women, and how we can respond to it. This is a weekend where women learn from each other, share with each other, & nurture each other, and we would love you to be there with us. Contact for booking: Stella Burney (see below) Contact for further info: Margaret Robinson Frodsham Crafters Thu 8 th to Sun 8 th April Friends, food, fun, fresh ideas - it s got to be Frodsham Crafters! Bookings: Stella (see below) Contact: Gwyneth Roper Ministerial Fellowship Conference Mon 10th to Thu 13th September Contact for booking and information: Maud Robinson Unitarian Association of Lay Ministry 23 rd to 25 th November Not Just a Hymn Sandwich! We love our traditional four-hymn sandwich but sometimes we want to interact with people on a deeper level. How can we engage the five senses in a different but meaningful way? Discover things others have tried. We look at ways of engaging all our senses in our services. Experience various ways of enhancing your services with practical sessions, tutorials, and discussions. Meet many like-minded people and share stories, ideas and social time. You will go home inspired and refreshed.. Contact for booking: Stella (see below) More information Sheena McKinnon 8

9 Date to be confirmed Uni-Coms The conference for Unitarian communicators! Come along for the weekend to learn how to reach out to your local community and let them know about Unitarianism. We will look at creating publicity plans, videos, websites, and electronic newsletters. Come along to learn, meet fellow Unitarians and share your knowledge and ideas. Take some time out to develop ideas for your own local Unitarian community. No experience necessary, just enthusiasm. Contact for information: Louise Rogers Christmas Lights Weekend Fri 30 th November to Sun 2nd December Christmas Lunches Sat 1 st December and Sun 2 nd December Contact for booking: Stella Burney (see below) LEAP Leading Enabling Affirming People 2 nd weekend meeting of LEAP 1st to 3rd June 2018 For those who attended the weekend in 2017 For more information 9

10 Newcomers welcome! SOCIETY (Family-friendly!) Conference 2018 Friday 4 th to Sunday 7 th May Storytelling Led by Jennifer Rowland, we ll be looking at aspects of stories and storytelling from all around the world to your own family history. There ll be chance for a walk and even to help make a Story Quilt. On the Saturday a Youth Programme leader will be present to run fun sessions for child visitors. Contact for info: Joan Partington Contact for booking: Stella (see below) U Monday 16 th July to Friday 20 th July Another chance to share good fellowship while exploring a wide range of interests together, Enquiries and booking: Marjorie Walker Centre Shop Our Centre stocks beautiful Unitarian & non-unitarian jewellery - lovely presents for your friends or yourself. We also have a Children s Corner Shop where little mementos can be purchased. There are plants for sale - and Tunnel Teds purchasable to support our poly-tunnel development, growing our own fresh food. For further info contact Stella Burney (see below) 10

11 Unitarian Youth Programme 2018 JUNIOR WEEKEND For 7 to 11 year olds Fri 2nd to Sun 4th March Fri 5th to Sun 7th October INTER WEEKENDS For 11 to 14 year olds Fri 16th to Sun 18th March Fri 16th to Sun 18th November SENIOR WEEKENDS For 14 to 17 year olds Fri 16th to Sun 18th March Fri 16th to Sun 18th November FDA - FUN DAYS AWAY For 12 to 17 year olds Mon 6th to Fri 10th August (to be confirmed) Unifest A great event for people of all ages, family focused but open to all. Enjoy days of intergenerational activities that allow us explore Unitarianism through play, creativity, exploration and personal beliefs. Dates to be confirmed. Info via Lorna Barry For more information about any of these youth events please contact 11

12 Chapel & District Weekends Kingswood Chapel Weekend Fri 9th to Sun 11th February Contact for info: Rev Ant Howe For your Congregation or District Chapels Fellowship Weekend NEW! Friday 8 th to Sunday 10 th June This is a chance for members of different congregations to stay the weekend at Hucklow, enjoy the centre s hospitality, explore the local area and make new friends with people from other congregations. This is an ideal opportunity for members of small congregations to link with the wider movement in a relaxed and friendly environment. COME AND GO YOU PLEASE YOU PLEASE Quite often we have space at the Centre alongside organised groups. It s a chance for families, couples, individuals, or small groups of friends to stay and do their own thing. To check availability: Ring Stella (see below) 12

13 Mid-week Break Tuesday 28 th to Friday 31 st August Enjoy a local walk, visit Castleton, Bakewell or Matlock or one of the other many tourist gems nearby. Perhaps borrow one of our Local Village Trail maps. There are places nearby ideal for families, for young as well as older guests. It s wonderfully relaxing just pottering around the centre itself, but here are a few of the other nearby destinations... Ring the Centre to book YOUR 2018 stay! Stanage Edge Go Ape Chatsworth House Buxton Swimming Pool Gulliver s Kingdon Chestnut Otter & Owl Reserve Donkey Village Eyam Museum Buxton Opera House Treak Cliff Cavern 13

14 How to get to the Nightingale Centre Centrally situated and accessible by private or public transport BY CAR Great Hucklow is situated just off the B6049, north of the A623 (Stockport to Chesterfield road), near Tideswell. From Chesterfield take the A619. From Manchester and Stockport take the A6. From Sheffield take the A625. For Sat Nav use SK17 8RH. There is ample free parking at the Centre. Note that the car park is at the rear of the centre and accessed via the entrance opposite the Old Chapel. BY TRAIN From Manchester and Stockport there is a regular service to Buxton. From the east the connection is via Chesterfield or Sheffield (15 miles) or Hope (4 miles) Connections can be made by bus (see below) or taxi (see below). BY BUS There are regular bus services running through the village. Timetables vary according to the season. Please check availability via Traveline East Midlands or the useful website TAXIS Taxis are usually available at Sheffield, Chesterfield and Buxton stations. From Hope station (4 miles from the Centre) taxis for both ways need to be booked in advance. Pennys Taxis ( ) have proved useful in the past or you could contact 2Nice Taxis ( or they can transport able or disabled people). 14

15 A flavour of the Centre s 2018 programme at a glance Jan Winter Walking May 31 August Headington Runners - 2 nd Sept Jan Winter Walking 2 25 May - 1 st Family event June September Jan Family Federation 1-3 June Barrow Art for World Peace September 5-7 Feb Fieldbreaks 1-3 June LEAP September 9-11 Feb Kingswood June All Saints One Chapel September 2-4 March NYP Juniors June Genie Networks 5-7 October Family event Ministers Conference Green Spirit Executive Committee Unitarian Society for Psychical Studies NYP Juniors 7-9 March Fieldbreaks June All Saints Two Oct Fieldbreaks 9-11 March SUBUD 9-13 July Ministry in th Making March NYP Inters & NYP Seniors October July Summer Walkers October Unitarian Womens Group Group Renewal W/E 5-8 April Frodsham July Chinese Wand 2-9 Crafters November Zenways Sesshin 6-8 April Intastitch July Unitarian Discovery 9-11 Holiday November Zenways Gathering April Rosicrucians July Woven Chords November NYP Inters & Seniors April The Silent Eye July Genie Family Unitarian Association of Consciousness November for Lay Ministry April Peak District 30 July - 3 Fieldbreaks 1 Dec Rangers Aug Christmas lunches 30 April - Glossop Art 3-5 August Barrow Art 30 Nov - Christmas Lights 3rd May 2 nd Dec Weekend 4-7 May FOY Society 6-10 August Fun Days Away (to be confirmed) 8-10 May Chuter Ede August Unitarian Music Society May Notts & Derby Quakers August Hucklow Summer School + 7 schools and other chapel & commercial events May SUBUD August Mid Week Break + 15 Send a Child to Hucklow holidays (see below) and there may be space during the year to fit in your own group alongside the programme published above - just ask Stella (see below) Send a Child to Hucklow Send a Child to Hucklow Fund enables holidays at the centre for groups of disadvantaged children having no regard to religious, political, racial and other considerations. Donations help us welcome more groups of children to the centre each year. You can donate via or, for more informat -ion, please contact Rev Ernest Baker He d love to hear from you. 15

16 Opportunities to book your own event The Nightingale Centre is booked by a very wide range of organisations. But we do still have some weeks, weekends or mid-weeks free, especially, but not only, in winter months (when there is a discount!). And we sometimes have space alongside other groups using the centre at all times of the year. Perhaps the school for which you are a Governor is looking for a field study venue. Or perhaps a group of friends is looking for somewhere to stay in this lovely part of Derbyshire - a chance to visit attractive towns, villages and stately homes, or to take a walk or two in the local countryside. Perhaps you have a family occasion to celebrate, or your congregation wants to book a holiday together. Or your organisation needs to undertake a review, provide training or hold an AGM away from base. Or you want to organise a retreat, away from it all. All good reasons to Give Stella a ring (or ) and ask about Availability! Thank you to John Hewerdine and all others for our photographs 16