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Events diary

A round-up of dates when we may be in your local area, and events of general interest.

Up and coming events:

A 5-day, mid-week course at the beautiful retreat centre of Lee Abbey with Dr Jennifer Bute and Dr Ros Simpson.

  • Would you like to learn more about dementia and how to cope with it?

  • Are you a carer of someone with dementia and would like rest and sharing with others in a similar position?

  • Are you someone interested to help people who have dementia and their carers in your community?

  • Would you like your church to be more engaged and compassionate towards people who have dementia and their families?

Come to a midweek break at Lee Abbey in North Devon for a few days to meet Dr Jennifer Bute and Dr Ros Simpson of Southampton charity, Caraway, which is recruiting Anna Chaplains in the city, who will share about dementia, and our response to it. There will be talks, discussion, sharing, craft, and many other things that Lee Abbey is and provides. It is a great place. One person said of it:   “ It’s a thin place where God inspires me.”


Topics covered:

  • Dementia from the inside

  • About carers, surviving, thriving and being loved

  • Coping in tough times and brokenness

  • Dementia friendly churches and communities

  • What does scripture teach us about dementia?

  • Japanese memory group experience

  • “Peace by Piece”, a craft item.


Other programmes running alongside are Worship: Encountering God’s Presence with Jon Pocock and Bread of Life with Sue Pocock.

For more details take a look at Jennifer’s website:

Or contact Dr Ros Simpson on

Or for details and to book, go to the Lee Abbey website by clicking on the button below.





27-31 January 2020

Debbie Thrower

Dementia from the Inside


 Lee Abbey, North Devon, Lynton EX35 6JJ


£209 - £281

Debbie Thrower returns to Bristol to give more training on supporting older people and their carers. Building on ten years’ experience of Anna Chaplaincy for Older People, the day is for churches wanting to expand their ministry among those in later life, and is in conjunction with Müllers, Bristol.

Explore in more detail the spiritual and emotional issues facing individuals growing old in the 21st century and see what’s distinctive about the whole spirituality of ageing, especially for those caring for people living with dementia.


Discover ways to really get to know your area in the ‘Get to know your patch’ session, so that you can be more sensitive and responsive to people’s actual needs. 


‘It may be you are someone exploring whether becoming an Anna Chaplain or volunteering to be Anna Friend supporting such work might just be for you. You’ll find much to inspire you to get involved and deepen your own spirituality as you age too!’ said Debbie.


10.30 am – Arrive (from when refreshments will be available for a prompt 11am start)

11.00 am – Müllers Introduction

11.10 am – 'An introduction to Anna Chaplaincy for Older People' and 'Improving your listening skills' – Debbie Thrower

12.30 pm – FREE sandwich lunch

1.00 pm – Knowing your patch

2.15 pm – The spirituality of ageing, especially for those living with dementia

3.15 pm – Q&A

4.00 pm – Finish




10.30 am–4.00 pm

5 February 2020

Debbie Thrower

Training day


Müllers, College Road, Bristol BS7 9FG. More information



A week-long certificate course at Cliff College, Derbyshire, on ministry among older people, led by Debbie Thrower. More details to follow.





24–28 February 2020

Debbie Thrower

Ministry among Older People certificate


Cliff College, Cliff Lane, Calver, Hope Valley, Derbyshire S32 3XG



‘Issues of Christian spirituality and faith in an ageing population is a key story - and linked to dementia for some, even more so'
Revd Jonathan Woodhouse, former Chaplain General to the Army and lecturer in chaplaincy at Moorlands College