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        Torch Together Holidays

        We are very pleased to launch our holiday programme for 2024. This year we will be including a new holiday venue and we are pleased to be able to signpost you to some alternative holiday experiences. Bookings for Torch Together holidays open on Monday 5th February.

        To book a holiday please call our client services team on 01858 438260 or email info@torchtrust.org

        Guests enjoying afternoon tea

        Poole

        10th–14th June 2024: Torch Together Poole, The Greenhouse Christian Centre, Poole, Dorset £500

        Tucked between Bournemouth and Poole in a leafy suburb of wide avenues and tall redwoods, The Greenhouse is an oasis of peace. Built in the 1850s, The Greenhouse is a classic Victorian villa which aims to be your ‘home away from home’. Relax in the light-filled lounge and warm conservatory, both overlooking the beautifully kept gardens. Other facilities include a peaceful chapel and an outdoor heated pool*. The centre is passionate about providing freshly-made, homely food to highest standards using top quality seasonal produce, locally sourced where possible. The kitchen team are happy to cater for all your dietary needs. Join us for a relaxing holiday with trips out exploring the beautiful local area, share time with friends and enjoy spiritual refreshment as we explore God’s word together. You may also like a family member or friend to come along with you as a guest so that you can enjoy this special time together.

        Transport links- Bournemouth railway station is less than 3 miles away with plenty of local taxis available.

        * Please note: All swimmers must be accompanied.

        High Leigh

        8th-12th July 2023: Torch Together High Leigh, Hoddesdon, Hertfordshire £475

        High Leigh Conference Centre in Hertfordshire is on the edge of London in rolling countryside near the Lea Valley. It is set in 40 acres of lawns, parkland and woodland. The tranquil surroundings provide the perfect space to relax, unwind and reflect with each other. We are especially offering this holiday for guests who are new to sight loss with the opportunity to meet and share with people in a similar situation. We will have time to chat, pray and support each other as well as time to explore the local area. The holiday is fully catered and includes a cooked or continental breakfast, mid-morning coffee, a hot buffet lunch, afternoon tea with cake and evening meals. You’ll enjoy traditional English home-cooked cuisine, with plenty of choice and variety throughout your stay. The site also includes a gym, relaxing lounge and games room. You may like a family member or friend to come along with you as a guest so that you can enjoy this special time together.

        Transport links- Broxbourne railway station is 2 miles away with a regular service from London Liverpool Street. There are plenty of taxis available at a reasonable rate.

        Scarborough

        16th–20th September 2024: Torch Together Scarborough, Cober Hill, Scarborough, North Yorkshire £500

        Why not join us at Cober Hill, a Victorian mansion, steeped in history and set in 11 acres of stunning grounds. It is nestled in the North York Moors National Park and Heritage Coast. The site has a conference hall, lecture theatre and four beautiful lounges overlooking the gardens, croquet lawn and tennis courts. Explore the meadows and secret garden and enjoy the clock golf and putting green. Cober Hill uses locally sourced produce for their seasonally changing menu, ensuring freshness and flavour, and their chefs and hospitality team are happy to cater for all of your dietary needs. Join us for a relaxing holiday with day trips exploring the local area, time to meet new friends and old, and share time in worship as we delve into God’s word. You may also like a family member or friend to come along with you as a guest so that you can enjoy this special time together.

        Transport links- Scarborough railway station is 5 miles from Cober Hill with local taxis available.

        Torch Together Retreat

        14th – 15th October: Torch Together Retreat Market Harborough, Torch House, Market Harborough, Leicestershire £60 (Accommodation not included.)

        Our 2024 Torch retreat will once again be led by Michael Mitton, who led our 2023 retreat so sensitively. Michael is a freelance writer, spiritual director and speaker. We do hope that you will be able to join us this year to be well-fed spiritually and physically. Lunch is included on both days of the retreat. Guests will need to provide their own accommodation and transport.

        New for 2024

        We are pleased to be able to recommend some alternative holiday experiences with our partners Scripture Union and Through the Roof.

        Families Inc. with Scripture Union

        24th – 27th May: The Greenhouse at Barnes Close, Chadwich Manor Estate, Bromsgrove, Worcestershire. Standard – £178; Under 5 – £68; Under 11 – £128

        This is a weekend holiday for families whose children or grandchildren aged 7-13 have additional needs, including sight loss. All the family is welcome and there will be activities for everyone, including the siblings of those with additional needs. The holiday is based at a Christian centre just outside Birmingham and is fully catered. Set in beautiful 5 acre grounds the site includes a comfy lounge, conservatory opening up onto the garden terrace and various indoor and outdoor spaces to explore. You can also meet the gentle and friendly Alpacas, Joey and Chino. For more information and to book places please visit https://events.scriptureunion.org.uk/event.php?id=1109

        Calvert Trust Holiday with Through the Roof

        24th-28th June: Calvert Trust Exmoor, Kentisbury, Barnstable, Devon. Guests – £730; Guides – £575

        Calvert Trust is an all-inclusive “accessible, exciting and memorable adventure break for everyone.” Guests and guides can enjoy a range of fully accessible activities such as abseiling, archery, cycling, carriage driving, climbing, sailing and much more. If you want something a little quieter, then you can enjoy the peaceful surroundings of Calvert Trust’s 44 acres of land set on the edge of Exmoor National Park.

        The holiday package includes full board accommodation, all the activities and daily spiritual reflection. Rooms are predominantly twins or singles, all with ensuite wet-rooms. Guests must bring their own guide to ensure they can fully participate in all the activities. For more information and to book places please visit https://throughtheroof.org/2023/01/06/calvert-trust-holiday-19th-to-23rd-june-2023/ or email together@throughtheroof.org, or call the Through the Roof office on 01372 749955

        Transport links- Barnstable Railway station is just over 10 miles away. A Taxi rank is situated at the entrance of the station.

        Torch Together Bursary Fund

        Torch is pleased to be able to offer Bursaries for our Torch Together holidays. Torch Together bursaries can be applied for holidays arranged by Torch but are not available for holidays with our partner organisations. Applicants can apply for up to 50% of the cost of the holiday. Bursaries are discretionary and are assessed on a case-by-case basis. One of the key criteria to be eligible for a bursary is financial need. Please contact Client Services for more information and a copy of the Guidelines and Application Form.

        Interested in volunteering?

        Our holidays could not happen without the help of the amazing volunteers who provide sighted practical support. This could cover a range of tasks such as guiding, driving, helping with serving refreshments and providing assistance with the different holiday activities. Please share this information with people you know who may like to serve as a holiday volunteer and join us in praying for God to provide the right volunteers for each holiday.

        If you or someone you know would like to find out more about volunteering, please call our client services team on 01858 438260 or email info@torchtrust.org