Category Archives: Prayer & Retreats

Quiet Days


Old Parsonage, Freeland OX29 8AJ

Saturday, 17th March, 2018
Leader: Rev’d Donald Reece
Welcomer: Nell Slocock

Thursday 17th May, 2018
Leader: Rev’d John Whitwell
Welcomer: Liz Chapman

Saturday, 4th August, 2018
Leader: Rev’d David Owen
Welcomer: Nick Hance

Thursday, 25th October, 2018 Leader:
Rev’d Michael Campling
Welcomer: Hugh Dalton

10 am — 4 pm 12.30 Eucharist with address (in the Convent chapel)

No booking needed Just drop in for all or part of the day

Drinks available Bring your own food

Afternoon tea provided at 3.30pm

No charge: voluntary contributions welcome

Organised by members of the Third Order of the Society of St Francis


Aston Tirrold

Centre for Reflection at
Aston Tirrold

The Centre for Reflection at Aston Tirrold offers a place for people of all ages and different social, religious and personal backgrounds to reflect on their spiritual journey through life.

The Centre runs a programme of workshops, quiet days and talks and is available for a group to make a booking for its own purpose. It is used for retreats, quiet days, talks, workshops, celebrations/parties, meditation, music making, training, away days and meetings.

It is here to be a place of hospitality, of caring and creativity, of non-judgemental acceptance, of exchange in learning and teaching, and of silent retreat and listening to God. Its rural location,  and nearby footpaths provide an opportunity to explore the connection between the outer landscape and our inner spiritual journey.

The Centre for Reflection is associated with and located at Aston Tirrold URC (United Reformed Church)  and is open for use by people of other churches and indeed other denominations, other religions or any individual or group seeking the opportunity for reflection.

Saturday 17 February 10 – 2.30pm  Drop in Day The day will take the usual format of sharing readings, poetry, music, memories and dreams. Bring and share lunch. Cost: Donation.

Friday 9 February 7.30pm Prof. Eric Eisenhandler will give a talk  Climate Change: Growing Elephant, Shrinking Room” There’s been a lot about climate change in the news lately, mainly due to extreme weather. But the news stories don’t usually explain very much and often contain misleading statements. Eric’s talk will summarise climate change and recent developments, to include renewable energy, progress in dealing with intermittent energy sources such as wind and solar, and briefly cover the situation in the UK. There is no need to book. Refreshments available. An offer of a donation would be very acceptable.

Saturday 10 March 11 – 1.30pm. Julie Young, Centre Coordinator will introduce Part I of “Breathing under Water” by Richard Rohr. We will listen to a recording which is based on the twelve step programme used by Alcoholics Annoymous. “To survive the tidal wave of compulsive behaviour and addiction, do we need to learn to breathe under water”? Discussion over a bowl of soup. Cost: Donation. 

Saturday 24th March 11 – 1.30pm we will continue with Part II. Same format as above. 

14 April 10 – 4pm Quiet Garden Trust day The leaders will be Keith Green, Jill Draper, Abigail Perrow. A perfect opportunity to take time, pause and be in the moment. Please book through the Centre or directly through Keith. Cost: £15 incl light lunch.

Saturday 16 June. The summer Quiet Garden Trust day   01235 850423

Centre for Reflection
at Aston Tirrold United Reformed Church
Spring Lane, Aston Tirrold, Didcot, Oxon OX11 9EJ
how to find us

Thinking of going on retreat?

There are a number of places, near and far, which offer time away for prayer and silence. Here are some which you may want to investigate!sheldon

The Society of Mary and Martha at Sheldon, Devon

Theological College Ripon College, Cuddesdon, just outside of Oxford, set in beautiful rural countryside 

St Columba’s House, Woking

For more information and ideas visit this Diocesan website article on retreats

or visit The Retreat Association website