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Scargill House and its supporters

01 September 2010


From the Bishop of Bolton

Sir, — In July 2008, as many readers will remember, Scargill House in the Yorkshire Dales was closed and offered for sale. For 50 years it had been home to an international and ecumenical Christian Community, whose purpose was to serve the Church in making God’s love known through hospitality.

The good news is that, as a result of generous gifts and interest-free loans (in particular from the Lee Abbey Movement), Scargill was purchased, and is now in the hands of the trustees of a new charity, the Scargill Movement. The ministry for which Scargill has been renowned for the past 50 years has not only begun again, but is being renewed and refocused.

A residential Christian community is now re-established — men and women, families and single people, under the leadership of the Revd Phil Stone, who promise to live, pray, and work together to run Scargill and provide its ministry.

Many challenges lie ahead, but we have already raised substantial funds, planned a programme for 2010-11, and reopened the house to guests. Just in the past few weeks, a Summerfest at Scargill attracted 159 resident visitors, young and old.

Although we have managed to compile a mailing list of more than 1000 long-standing friends and supporters of Scargill, I am certain that there are many more we don’t know about. If those of your readers who have reason to be grateful for Scargill’s ministry would like to be kept in touch, please would they let us know by sending their contact details to Penny Cannon at Scargill House, Kettlewell, Skipton, North Yorkshire BD23 5HU; emailing penny@scargillmovement.org; or phoning 01756 761236. We would be very glad to hear from them.

Chairman of the Scargill Movement Council
Bishop’s Lodge, Walkden Road
Worsley, Manchester M28 2WH

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