Latin Mass Society

Guild of St Clare Sewing Retreat Autumn 2022

Previous retreatants - please note the new location for 2022!


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The dates are 4th-6th November.  For more information please contact Lucy Shaw on [email protected] .

A leaflet with this information can also be downloaded here

About the Retreat

The mission of the Guild of St Clare is to assist priests who celebrate the Traditional Mass by repairing vestments and undertaking commissions for vestments and liturgical furnishings. The sewing retreat is an opportunity to form a community of people around the Traditional Mass who are keen to help in this work, while enjoying the benefits and graces of the devotions and spiritual conferences from our chaplain.  The schedule is a fairly relaxed one, to allow plenty of time for sewing and discussion, and the weekend works best when all retreatants attend as many as possible of the sewing sessions, talks and most importantly, the Mass.

What kind of sewing we do

The greater part of our work consists of repairs to vestments: stitching trim back into place, for example, or patching holes in worn-out silks. We also occasionally make vestments from scratch to commission, sometimes first creating our own patterns when needed. The work ranges from very easy sewing indeed to an intermediate standard. No one need be put off owing to lack of experience! We also offer an optional embroidery kit for people who would like an extra challenge or a little more variety: if you would like one of these, you will need to tick the box on the registration form. There is a small extra charge.

About the liturgy

Our chaplain celebrates Mass each day, and we also have daily Rosary. In addition to this we have Compline each evening, and Benediction on Saturday. 

Our chaplain


Under 16s

Children are permitted to stay at Park Place.

The Venue

Park Place is a Georgian house in Hampshire, which was converted from a family home first into a school, and then into a pastoral centre. It is run by a community of Roman Catholic Franciscan nuns. Southampton Airport Parkway is the nearest mainline station. Fareham and Botley are the nearest local stations (change at Eastleigh). It is also possible to travel by bus from London Victoria to Fareham. The address is Wickham, Fareham, Hampshire
PO17 5HA; the phone number is 01329 833043.

Fees and discounts

Ensuite single room occupancy for the weekend is £215, and those sharing a room pay £183 each. There is a 30% discount for children and students.

Late cancellations

Full refunds are possible for cancellations up to a month before the start of the retreat. After that we regret there can be no reimbursement of fees. Since these retreats tend to be oversubscribed we are concerned to make places available to those who will get the most out of them. We ask those considering booking, therefore, not to do so if they will have to arrive late or leave early, and to regard the booking as a firm commitment not to cancel less than a
month before the event. While we understand that plans can be disrupted by unforeseen circumstances, we would like to keep unfilled places to a minimum, and to minimise the disruption of people arriving and leaving during the Retreat.

What you will need

  • Hand missal and mantilla, if you have them 
  • Basic sewing kit 
  • A number of sewing items will be available for purchase during the Retreat. 
4th November 2022 15:00 through 6th November 2022 15:00
Park Place
Fareham, PO17 5HA
United Kingdom
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Event Fee(s)
Event Fee(s)
Single room £ 215.00
Shared twin room £ 183.00
Single room (under 16's and students) - 30% discount £ 150.50
Shared twin room (under 16's and students) - 30% discount £ 128.10
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