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Good place for a getaway

The Hayes, the conference centre at Swanwick, is 100 years old this year. Pat Ashworth digs into its rich history

THERE are no longer vines in the vinery, just as there are no longer stables, or pigsties, or dairy buildings at the Hayes, a Victorian country house in Swanwick, Derbyshire, which looked every inch a Cluedo board. It was built by the Wright family, and sold in 1911 to the Student Christian Movement (SCM).

But the vinery’s original ironwork is still in place, and if, as one visitor observed, “You fully expect to pick up the 11.53 to Rugby in ...

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THE DIOCESE OF ST DAVIDS wishes to appoint a HOUSE FOR DUTY PRIEST TO SERVE IN THE PARISHES OF ST DOGMAELS & NEVERN & MONINGTON. The parishes comprise the village of St Dogmaels with the ru...  Read More

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New home, with room to grow

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The Greenbelt Festival made its first appearance at Boughton House. Paul Handley introduces our review of the weekend's events  Subscribe to read more

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Why boosts to self-esteem don’t cure all ills

Encouraging people to believe that they are special can be counter-productive, argues Glynn Harrison  Subscribe to read more

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