A FORMER Victorian vicarage set in some of the most stunning scenery in the Staffordshire Moorlands is to stage an open day this Saturday, August 30.
Dovedale House in Ilam is owned by Lichfield Diocese, part of the Church of England that covers a huge area including Staffordshire, Shropshire and the West Midlands, and has been run as a residential centre since 1967.
An opportunity is now being made available to visit the premises between 11am to 4pm, when everyone is invited to explore the house, grounds and scenerythat surrounds it.
As well as guided tours of the house, there will be displays on the work of Dovedale House with young people, and on life in West Malaysia, the home of Christopher who is working at the centre for six months, as well as games, crafts, story-telling, quiet spaces and home-made food.
Guests visit the centre from all over Britain, and occasionally from overseas, and include groups from schools, youth clubs, universities and workplaces.
Visits can be as short as a day or as long as a week – or longer if the group want it – and special days are also run by the staff on various themes suitable for young people and their leaders.