The venue for this year was The Confluence Centre at Kilnsey, a new location for us (after many previous visits to Giggleswick), and under the guidance of our leader, Rev John Trevenna, we explored the theme of New Beginnings.
Friday 5th November
Everybody arrived safely during the late afternoon and early evening. The fellowship begins with the journey, so nobody travels alone. The first thing we did was check out our bedrooms, and then explore the facilities of the new venue. Then a delicious baked potato supper was followed by the first of our study sessions. This year’s theme was “New beginnings”, and in this session we looked at new beginnings we had made in the past.
Saturday 6th November
The day began with a huge cooked breakfast, and then during the two morning sessions we discussed some of the new beginnings we were involved with at present. Following a packed lunch, the afternoon was free to do as we wished. The weather was kind to us, as usual, so some went out for a leisurely walk while others chose a more strenuous route, involving some very steep slopes. The views from the top made it all worth while, though! The final session, in the evening, was devoted to that ultimate new beginning which we all have to make at the end of our time on Earth. This was not a morbid session, in fact it generated more laughter than all the others. Finally we adjourned to the Tennant Arms in the village for our evening meal.
Sunday 7th November
Due to pressure of time, we could not attend morning service at a local church, so
after another mega-
A brief note on our study sessions
The sessions usually began with a carefully selected hymn and a short time of prayer,
following which we would begin to think about the topic. Part of the attraction of
the discussions is the wide range of subjects explored, this year we went off on
some fascinating tangents and talked about topics as varied as B&Q’s policy of employing
The following diary and notes will give an idea of what a typical Men’s Weekend involves.
Some of us were ready for a strenuous evening’s entertainment ...
... while others apparently found it all quite exhausting!
Photographs by Alan Kershaw
Diary and Notes by Colin Hicks
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