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Friends of Park Place

"Time, spiritual peace, kindness and laughter are great healers and all are found among the community of Friends of Park Place."

Anne Gibbons, former Chairperson

The Friends of Park Place number almost 200 people from across the UK and beyond, who offer money, time, ideas and energy in support of the Sisters' projects at Park Place and in the developing world.

The Friends are the Sisters' 'supporters club', who extend the message of Park Place into the wider community. We come together for social and spiritual events, short courses and pilgrimages, enjoying each other's company as much as the special ambience of Park Place. We also offer the Sisters practical support through our fundraising.

At Park Place our purchases include computers for the office, furniture, a public address system and a loop for the hard of hearing in the chapel. Recent fundraising for overseas projects culminated in the purchase of a new mobile dispensary for the clinic in Ethiopia.

Why not think of becoming a Friend of Park Place? You will be part of an extended family dedicated to supporting the Sisters' work in the UK and in the developing world overseas. As a Friend, you may enjoy

The annual retreat at Park Place, led by a priest from the Diocese or from the Franciscan order

Pilgrimages to UK centres such as Canterbury, and European pilgrimages to Vezelay in France or to Assisi, the cradle of the Franciscan order.

An annual general meeting, where the Friends review their year’s activities and agree priorities for the coming year.

our quarterly news-sheet, ‘Perspective’ to keep you in touch will all that is happening at Park Place.

Invitations to social events such as the teas, performances, concerts and Garden Party organised by the Friends.

Any contribution you can make, large or small, in cash or in kind, will be most gratefully received by the Sisters. For more information please download an application form or contact our chairperson, Marilyn Seden or our secretary, Jane Swales at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.





              PARK PLACE PERSPECTIVE  - September 2017                                      

What a sad state this world is in right now. I get so depressed that  I don’t want to listen to the News. There have been bad times before, but God loves us. So, as a friend of ours says “We bat on!”

We have a very good selection of events planned for us by the Friends’ committee. We thank them for their hard work. We have suffered the loss of some of our dear friends this month, we pray for them all. Please check the columns –‘What’s On’ and ‘Events’ for more details.

Details further on in this edition of  Perspective.  When you are praying for those who are sick or house bound remember, if you will, Father Andrew. He has been quite poorly for a while, but thank God he seems to be getting better slowly.   When you are praying for those who are sick or house bound I must just urge those who can, to try to support our morning with Bishop Crispin. It is very kind of him to come and join us and I for one am looking forward to it. God Bless you all, Leila

September 2017.


Three weeks ago we were greatly saddened to hear of the death of Angela Martin She was a long-time friend of Park Place, and had played her beautiful music for us at Mass  , at Garden Fetes and at our Palm court teas. Tragically this beautiful talented woman was diagnosed with a brain tumour. During her illness she was nursed by her father Chris, supported by her fiancé Mark and his family. She will leave a big gap in many lives. We pray for her father and all who loved her. Rest in peace dear Angela.   


Sadly we lost another of our friends this week, although Richard had been unable to get to Park Place lately. He will be remembered for his white beard, his plait and his sense of fun. He was a great help in working with the team of helpers involved in keeping the gardens at Park Place beautiful and tidy. Rest in peace  Richard.


set apart  before I was formed in my mothers womb

set apart  not fitting in to the crowd

set apart  before I was formed in my mothers womb

set apart  not fitting in to the crowd

set apart  not finding rest until I found you

set apart  to be unique in every way

set apart to be precious in your sight

set apart to mystify the wise

set apart to reflect your love in a pure way

set apart  to make mistakes which can be used as your victories

set apart to proclaim your word to those who have not heard

-          A poem by Penny CandliN