Walsingham Retreat Centre Appeal Update

Thank You

Thank you for your generous support for the Shrine’s Retreat Centre Appeal.  In a little over two months we have received donations totalling £40,000.

Prayers of gratitude and thanksgiving for all benefactors past and present.

Background to the Appeal

The Catholic National Shrine of Our Lady is in need of support to refurbish its facilities at Dowry House, its retreat centre in the heart of Walsingham.  The former Sue Rider Retreat House and team room, which some will remember from their childhood, is situated directly opposite the Priory Gatehouse on Walsingham’s High Street.  Built in the late 1400s, it served as a hostel for pilgrims, providing hearty meals and warm lodgings.  Acquired and then donated to the Shrine by a generous benefactor and made habitable with monies from a number of donors, the retreat centre was relaunched by the Shrine in 2016.  It now comprises a private chapel, cloister, refectory, conference room, garden and 18 bedrooms which sleep 28 people.

 

Issues identified

Being a medieval building, 7 years on it is needing attention.  Pressing issues include:

  • The roof which is in need of weatherproofing, repair and insulation
  • The old bricks along the pavement on the High Street which are crumbling from the combined effect of salts drawing up from the ground and weathering
  • A number of window-frames which are needing attention
  • Damage to the ceiling of one of the large downstairs rooms caused by ageing of timbers and woodworm
  • The private chapel and interior spaces need refreshing and updating.

 

Appeal Target

The Shrine is seeking to raise a total of £100,000 to undertake works to address the issues identified above by the end of January 2024 so that works can be undertaken and completed in time for the 2024 season.

 

Ways to give

We are grateful to all who have contributed so far.

If you would like to support this initiative or know somebody who would be willing to support this campaign, you can do so in one of the following ways:

  • Donate online at walsingham.org.uk/retreat
  • Make a bank transfer to the ‘Walsingham Trust’ with the reference “RETREAT APPEAL”, sort code 30 99 77, account number 28909560
  • Send a cheque to the ‘Walsingham Trust’ to Walsingham Trust, Pilgrim Bureau, Friday Market Place, Walsingham, Norfolk, NR22 6EG
  • Call the Shrine’s donation line on 01328 801 048 between 10.00am and 4.00pm Monday to Friday to make a donation over the phone
  • Text ‘Retreat’ to 70470 and follow the prompts which will ask how much you would like to give.