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Rose Castle Raughton Head Parish Magazine
Advent Gifts
In December we asked you, our supporters, to make an Advent gift to help us keep equipping reconcilers to transform conflict in 2021. I have the joy of writing today to thank you for your support.
Together, you not only reached, but surpassed our £5,000 target. This sum will make a real difference to our ability to reach those who need our help the most right now – and along with your words of encouragement, I speak for the whole team in saying that we are touched and incredibly grateful.
Wherever you find yourself today, we wish you every blessing for the year to come, and look forward to keeping you posted with our journey, and hearing from yours, in 2021.
Canon Sarah Snyder (Founding Director) - Rose Castle Foundation
www.rosecastle.foundation

The Rose Castle Foundation

2020 has certainly been something! None of us here at Rose Castle could have quite imagined the year we’ve had. The Covid pandemic has presented us with a new set of challenges and a new set of opportunities, but the Rose Castle Foundation’s mission has not changed.
We asked: “How can we build trust virtually across deep divides?” We know the ingredients in a physical space – genuine welcome, shared meal tables, storytelling, deep listening and respectful questioning. How do these and other elements map on to the virtual environment?
Without any residential programmes this year due to the Covid pandemic, we have jumped at the opportunity to host regular online sessions, addressing current themes like pandemic and plague; end of life; leadership through uncertainty. We have convened our alumni cohorts around issues of the day, and have spoken and facilitated at numerous international gatherings.
In this work we have re-discovered the power of face-to face encounter, even if through a screen. Even in this era of digital connecting we can still welcome one another, create and facilitate shared spaces marked by deep listening and respectful questioning. We can be generous host and risky guest to one another.
We have had to say farewell to our wonderful colleague Cressida Thompson, whom many of you will know well. Cress first joined RCF as a volunteer to co-ordinate our volunteers, soon also stepping into her role as administrator and office manager. Cress has moved on to an exciting new role, and remains a dear friend of Rose Castle. We wish Cress the best of luck in her new adventures!
Georgia and Owen May have welcomed lovely baby Alphaeus into the world, and look forward to the day when he can meet the residents of Raughton Head and Dalston.
The refurbishment of Rose Castle and surrounding estate has continued throughout most of this year, delayed a few months by lockdown restrictions, but still on track for a grand re-opening in 2021. We can’t wait to welcome you all once it is ready!
The pandemic has exposed many of the fractures within our societies, but our vision is of a generation of reconcilers, equipped to cross the divides within their spheres of influence. We look forward to the year ahead, and how our work will continue to flourish in 2021.

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Rosebites
I'm writing today to offer a glimpse into the life of the Rose Castle Foundation in 2020.
It has been quite a year for us - you can read my piece by clicking the photograph below.
This is the first in a series of
Rosebites - update snippets to give you a flavour of what's going on inside RCF.
Sarah Snyder
Rose Castle Foundation
www.rosecastle.foundation

Sarah Snyder Rosebites Tuareg Tent

Rose Castle Foundation
I wanted to let you know that my job with Rose Castle Foundation will be finishing at the end of October. Sadly, since all the programmes had to be cancelled this year, and it is not yet clear when they will be able to start again, Sarah and her team have needed to adjust things. I shall miss you and am sorry it hasn’t been possible to see you for a while or for there to be any volunteering work going on with everything suspended. Only Janet and the gardeners have been able to continue. The staff team will resume work at the start of November although initially they will still be working from home.
 
I would like to thank you for all your wonderful help and support to Rose Castle and do hope that I will see you again when things have improved and volunteering activities can begin again. I started at RCF as a volunteer and I shall return to being one again which will be lovely.
Hannah Larn joined our team in March 2020, only a few weeks before the lockdown, and I don’t think many of you have met her. Her role is Programme Coordinator and she will organise and facilitate the training programmes. She will now also be the point of contact for volunteers so if you have any questions please do email them to her
hannah.larn@rosecastle.foundation

For those of you who are part of the monthly prayer group, when it is possible to begin this again Owen will get in touch with you.

It has been so lovely to get to know you all. I do hope you are all keeping well and look forward to seeing you all at some point.

Many thanks,
Cressida Thompson


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Rose Castle Drawing copy
Drawn by parishioners - over 2 metres long