Tuesday 11th December 2018
Today we were joined by Bishop Helen-Ann Hartley for the opening of our new Outdoor Classroom. Though not dressed in her usual ceremonial attire Bishop Helen did come equipped with her purple wellies. As well as opening the Outdoor Classroom she was also able to have her first try at archery. This was followed by a soup and pudding lunch back in the main Priory building. The occasion was also attended by the Reeth Walking Group, Friends of Marrick Priory and the Leyburn Arts and Community Centre Walking Group.
The Outdoor Classroom is situated away from the main buildings down by the river, next to the High Ropes Course and Archery Range. It is a fully enclosed structure that can accommodate around 20 people. The Outdoor Classroom is available for use by both residential groups and day groups.
During the weeks of December, when not many children visited us, we were able to invite many other guests to our special Soups and Desserts events. These are hugely popular in both Swaledale and Wensleydale, many of the visitors walking to join us, rather than use cars. As ever the housekeeping staff did a fantastic job in providing delicious soups, but the desserts……they had to be tasted to be believed. There will be similar lunches in the Spring when it will be salads and desserts. Do join us if you can.
Sunday 2nd December 2018
The Friends of Marrick Priory were supporting our Bursary Fund again. We had carols, a tasty buffet supper and most of all fabulous singing from the Marske Choir who entertained us. They sing all year but we’re told not many of them attend rehearsals in the Spring, they are too busy looking after the sheep during lambing! Barclays Bank joint funded our proceeds, for which we were most grateful. We felt very lucky. We shall be able to continue supporting our Bursary Fund and buy those new waterproofs which are needed for our visitors.
Friday 30th November 2018
We had our very first fundraising dinner at Marrick Priory. Our guest speaker was Baroness Hale of Richmond, DBE, QC, PC, FBA, Chairman of the Supreme Court who found time in her busy schedule to come to speak to us. Our speaker was brilliant in telling us about her life and childhood in Richmond; dinner, including game casserole, was delicious. Funds raised and a fascinating evening.
This week we welcome back our friends from Spacious Places who come every year at this time and always bring the sunshine with them. Some have just gone off walking up Calver, some are doing archery and some are just taking in the rays!!! All before they journey home this afternoon – see you next year folks!