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Monks Eleigh United Reformed Church

"HOME" - Heart of Monks Eleigh

A space for people to be with themselves, with others or with their God

Available for Day Retreats

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The Venue

At the heart of the beautiful Suffolk village of Monks Eleigh is an ancient barn, which was converted into a chapel in the 19th century.  The recently renovated  building is owned by The Ansell Trust and is managed as a Day Retreat Centre by a team from the United Reformed Church and St Peter’s Church.

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The Vision

It’s a place to find space: time to reflect, to meet, to talk, to be quiet, to recharge batteries, to just ‘be’. It’s available to everyone, of any faith or none. Groups or individuals can use it for meetings, retreats, or simply as a base to explore the surrounding area. It’s for all who need it, regardless of ability to pay.

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There is the main meeting room (seats up to 40) with a small kitchen area (for drinks and plating food), including washing up facilities and linen, along with glasses, crockery and cutlery for 40 people as well as supplies of tea, coffee and sugar. There is also an electronic organ, keyboard and audio-visual equipment available for use. There are 2 toilets, one of which is wheelchair accessible, and there is space for parking at the front of the building and in close proximity.


A short walk from the chapel is a five acre area of water meadow, preserved as a haven for wildlife by one of the centre’s management team. In line with the vision and ethos of HOME, The Quiet Place is also available to individuals and groups on day retreat. You can follow a special trail with reflections or just stroll and sit and ponder. The distinctive wet meadow ecosystem is a natural home to special species of butterflies, birds and dragonflies.

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“But ask the animals, and they will teach you, or the birds in the sky, and they will tell you; or speak to the earth, and it will teach you, or let the fish in the sea inform you. Which of all these does not know that the hand of the LORD has done this? In his hand is the life of every creature and the breath of all mankind.
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