The programme of short breaks for sanctuary seekers is flourishing. With the support of the Bristol refugee charity Borderlands, since July 2018, Hill house has hosted five 2-3 day breaks, for some 20 guests. In each of these, the participants come together as a family. They cook and eat, walk and work together with lots of time for rest, chat and relaxation. Each weekend has special moments.
There were many highlights for participants in the last weekend in early December: an art session producing some beautiful linocuts, an invitation to tea from an Amberley resident (cucumber sandwiches, cream tea, and homemade cakes), walking on Minchinhampton Common with the cows, wide-ranging eye-opening conversations between members of the group. Or for others, it’s late mornings, shared meals, storytelling and singing songs by the fire in the evening.
One visitor said, “It is so peaceful here”, “I am happy to feel part of a family” “This village is welcoming – it reminds me of home”.
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