Transforming the communities of Essex & East London through Christ’s presence

A retreat offers time, space and silence…time to leave behind the problems and cares which can overload us…space where we may purposefully be alone and sometimes find true community and sense our at-oneness with nature, humanity and God…silence that can be healing, liberating and deeply satisfying instead of the usual small talk, radio, television and background music.

The Diocesan Retreat House in Pleshey offers a range of options for periods of silence and levels of input. It accommodates individuals on private retreat who wish to get away on their own or may wish to have someone alongside them.

Just as a good night's sleep will not change things, but will help you face a new day with renewed strength, courage and determination, so a retreat will not change your life or solve all your problems. But it could be just what you need to find that strength, that new direction, or that renewed sense of purpose.

The retreat house is situated at the edge of a small, moated village in the country. Accommodation is in single rooms, one on the ground floor adapted for the less mobile. There is a beautiful simple chapel, small prayer room, sitting room and library, and also a conference room providing full facilities in a separate building. It is the ideal centre for parish weekends, conferences and retreats.

See the Retreat House web site for their current Programme.

For further information contact:
Chelmsford Diocesan House of Retreat, The Street, Pleshey CM3 1HA
Tel 01245 237 251
Email Retreat House


The Pleshey Refurbishment Appeal

The Diocesan Retreat House has undergone a major refurbishment over the last 5 years. The exciting project included the provision of a new meeting room, The Orangery, the installation of a lift to the first floor, equipping the majority of bedrooms with en-suite facilities and improving the accommodation and access for visitors with limited mobility.

This was all completed in March 2017 and has seen a marked improvement in the facilities that we are able to offer.

We still have a significant amount of fundraising to undertake and we would encourage you to prayerfully consider whether you might be able to assist in any way with this.

If you haven’t visited the Retreat House and would like to see the work carried out please contact the office to arrange a suitably convenient time.

For more information regarding the work that was undertaken or to donate to the appeal visit:

Thank you for any support you are able to offer.

For more information please contact Stewart McCredie
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