In 1988 a seed was sown in Kevin & Ellen Grimley that one day they would develop a house in the Midlands, a safe place where people could retreat to, taking time to relax, rest and find themselves. A barrier-less place where all were welcome. From that seed, with the help of the extended Grimley family & friends, The Mercian Centre was born.
Sitting adjacent to Mount St Bernard Abbey, a Cistercian Monastery, amidst the beautiful Charnwood Forest, the centre now offers itself as a resource for the Midlands and beyond with its meeting rooms and generous hospitality.
With St. Joseph’s Tearoom at its heart and open six days a week the family are delighted to be able to host regular Coracle making workshops, wood craft days and music events as well as offering local crafters a place to showcase their talents.
The Centre hosts Monos Foundation, and as its founding Centre, seeks to nurture a monastic spirit within society. Offering courses, workshops, retreats and conferences throughout the year. For more information or to get in touch go to our CONTACT page.
Kingshill House - Kingshill Trust
Our newest centre based in Swindon, Wiltshire. This 1840's house has taken three years to renovate and be estblished in the heart of an urban setting. Steve & Andrea Howe offer hospitality, have family at the centre of the home and are developing a barrier-less place that can be used by the local community and by individuals, groups, churches and organisations.
The ethos of the house is to reach out to the least, the last, the lost and the lonely. It also seeks to be a place that helps to 'carry people's crosses' as Simon of Cyrene was called to do as Jesus walked to Golgotha.
The Centre also hosts Monos Foundation and seeks to nurture a monastic spirit within society. Offering courses, workshops, retreats and conferences throughout the year. For more information or to get in touch go to our CONTACT page.