Whalley students plan retreat in Yorkshire Dales

ON RETREAT: Sophie Howell, from Whalley, and Joseph Walsh, from Brockhall Village, both aged 15 are pictured on the retreat. (s)
ON RETREAT: Sophie Howell, from Whalley, and Joseph Walsh, from Brockhall Village, both aged 15 are pictured on the retreat. (s)

RECENTLY appointed RE teacher Mrs Thornton-Gray of Whalley-based Oakhill College, along with the new deputy head boy, Joseph Walsh and deputy head girl, Sophie Howell, visited Scargill House to advance the senior school’s retreat programme.

Scargill House is set in the spectacular landscape of Kettlewell in the Yorkshire Dales, where it provides a Christian holiday, conference and retreat centre, inviting Christians of all traditions, as well as people who are not Christians, to come and spend time alongside its resident community.

The students participated in a morning retreat and then worked hard and creatively using the facilities at the retreat to lay the ground for Oakhill’s new retreat programme, which is scheduled to begin in the next academic year.

Sophie and Joseph, who were familiar with this beautiful area from their Duke of Edinburgh adventures, were according to Mrs Thornton-Gray: “Wonderful ambassadors for Oakhill College and their input will ensure that the forthcoming retreats will be most enjoyable and productive for their fellow students.”