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Conference: Accompanying people on life’s final journey


About the conference

Euthanasia or “assisted dying” is now legal in 9 countries and 11 US states. There is a high profile campaign for the UK to follow suit with legislation in the next Parliament very likely. This conference aims to show how the Church safeguards genuine dignity in dying, and that a holistic approach to physical and mental suffering can make dying a peaceful process for the person and their family.

Conference details

Date: Saturday 15th June 2024
Time: 10am to 4pm
£35 for the day including lunch and tea

For more information or to book a place visit the conference page here.

Father Peter Haverty

Fr Peter Haverty was a priest of Opus Dei for sixty years. He was instrumental in the acquisition of Thornycroft Hall and was an integral part of the life here. He was loved by many. Go to his page to find a timeline and a biography of his life, his funeral homily, a bibliography of all his books he published and all the meditations he preached that were posted on this website.


June Conference Booking

June Conference Booking

While we wait for the End of Life Conference page to be uploaded, if you would like to book on the course please email and include your name, email address, mobile no, any special dietary requirements and any other information you require. Then...

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St Bede’s Family Day

St Bede’s Family Day

St Bede's College Manchester are having a family day at Thornycroft on Sunday 28th April 2024. It will be a day of prayer and reflection with activities for the entire family. The day will conclude with Mass. For further details please contact Mrs Hibbert at...

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Retreat for Women

Retreat for Women

There are still places available on the retreat for women from 9th to 12th May 2024. May is a beautiful time to go on retreat in Thornycroft. With the warmer weather and lighter mornings and evenings, there are even more opportunities to wander the grounds and nearby...

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Forthcoming Events

“Here’s what’s happening in Thornycroft over the next three months. Which activity will we see you at?”

July 2024

202403Jul10:30 am1:00 pmRecollection for women

202404Jul11:00 am4:30 pmRecollection for secular clergy

August 2024

202401Aug11:00 am4:30 pmRecollection for secular clergy

202407Aug10:30 am1:00 pmRecollection for women

September 2024

202404Sep10:30 am1:00 pmRecollection for women

202405Sep11:00 am4:30 pmRecollection for secular clergy

October 2024

202402Oct10:30 am1:00 pmRecollection for women

202403Oct(Oct 3)8:30 pm06(Oct 6)3:30 pmRetreat for women

202407Oct(Oct 7)7:30 pm11(Oct 11)2:00 pmRetreat for secular clergy

202410Oct11:00 am4:30 pmRecollection for secular clergy

November 2024

202406Nov10:30 am1:00 pmRecollection for women

202407Nov11:00 am4:30 pmRecollection for secular clergy

202428Nov01DecRetreat for men



Thornycroft Roof Repairs

We have now completed all works on Thornycroft’s roof and it should be watertight for another seventy years at least. We are in the process of paying off the bill and have made good inroads into the payments. If you would like to donate to the roof fund, either click on the donate button at the top of the page or find the bank details here to make a direct donation to Siddington Trust Limited

Spiritual Resources

Video and audio resources can be found on our spiritual resources page.

Welcome to Thornycroft Hall

Thornycroft Hall is a conference centre that holds spiritual and cultural activities throughout the year. All spiritual activities are entrusted to the Opus Dei Prelature. Thornycroft hosts activities for people of different ages and walks of life. These include seminars and conferences on cultural and spiritual topics, family development programmes, sports and activity weekends for young people, retreats and days of recollection. Thornycroft Hall is owned by the Siddington Trust Limited (registered charity no 282339).

We have events for people of all ages


A retreat is a time spent away from your ordinary occupation, when you can reflect on how you live your faith in your everyday work, with your family and with other people.


Recollections take place twice a month for women and once a month for secular clergy. These few quiet hours are an ideal opportunity for personal prayer and reflection on different aspects of Christian life.

For women

For secular clergy


Thornycroft hosts conferences that support the Catholic faith and culture across the north of England. Participants explore ways of making a practical impact on the heart of civil society. Conferences are held for the laity and the clergy.

Thornycroft conferences

Priests’ conferences


Workshops are held in Thornycroft for men, women and young people covering a wide range of subjects including professional, cultural, family development and faith based workshops.

Family Fun Day

Everyone is welcome to enjoy time together in the restful grounds, meet old friends and make new ones at the summer family fun day.

Christmas Carol Concert

Welcome in the Christmas season with music at our annual Christmas carol concert and be entertained by the choir, with traditional and modern carols.

Where’s your life heading?

Find some direction and take part in our activities.

Contact Us

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01260 224219


Thornycroft Hall
Pexhill Road
SK11 9JN