// THE BRIARS STORY //
CYMFED (CATHOLIC YOUTH MINISTRY FEDERATION)
CAFOD (CATHOLIC AGENCY FOR OVERSEAS DEVELOPMENT)
LEEDS DIOCESAN YOUTH SERVICE
NOTTINGHAM ROMAN CATHOLIC DIOCESAN EDUCATION SERVICE
“The Nottingham Diocesan
Catholic Youth Service
provides opportunities for young people
to discover community, come to a
friendship with Christ and a
deeper awareness of themselves."
This brand new addition to The Briars provides a beautiful setting for interactive prayer and liturgy.
The Prayer Pit can
also be utilised as
Comprising of 7 bedrooms, Robin Hill building provides a great space for larger groups.
The building also contains two
excellent break-out rooms perfect for
With the space to
seat up to 90 guests, our warm and inviting Dining Room will
Top quality food
will be brought
straight to your table form our in house catering team
The largest residential area of our centre,
with 12 en-suite bedrooms. Hebron
also contains a comfortable
communal lounge space and kitchenette
holy door of mercy
Another new addition
to The Briars, installed
after Bishop Patrick
marked the centre
as one of the four
the Diocese of
Nottingham to offer
to indulge in the
Year of Mercy
The original residential building, now comprising
of 6 good sized
Tuck Shop, toilets, communal area and
The Briars building is directly connected to
Perfect for large group
discussions, sessions or conferences, our main
large group space comprises
of a large open room
and a smaller upper
room with a built in
the two areas.
Our chapel is also
located in Tabor building.
A fantastically beautiful outdoor space, great for a change of scenery, outdoor services, games and more!
Within easy reach of The Briars are the National Tramway Museum, Chatsworth House, The Heights of Abraham, as well as The Peak District and a number of other local attractions.
The centre is used by a host of schools, youth groups and organisations wanting to get young people actively engaged in exciting outdoors activity. Both small and large groups can be catered for and activities are offered to everyone over 8 years old. All tuition will be delivered by their team team of fully qualified and experienced staff on our impressive range of modern equipment.
Arc Leisure Centre
First-class spaces for: fitness classes, indoor hockey, swimming, basketball, volleyball, five-a-side
football, netball, gymnastics, dance classes, parties
Acclimbatize is an independently owned and managed outdoor adventure activities provider.
We are ideally located in the White Peak area of Derbyshire close to Matlock.
Many of our activities utilise the natural environments within the Peak District National Park.
National Tramway Museum
Nestling on the edge of the Peak District this award-winning museum takes you on a mile-long scenic journey through a period street to open countryside with panoramic views over the Derwent Valley.
Chatsworth is home to the Duke and Duchess of Devonshire,
and has been passed down through 16 generations of the Cavendish family.
The house is renowned for the quality of its art, landscape and hospitality, and it has evolved through the centuries to reflect the tastes, passions and interests of succeeding generations.
Heights of Abraham
Since first opening its gates to visitors in 1780's the Heights of Abraham has become
one of the Peak District's most popular destinations.
The Briars, located in the beautiful Derbyshire
countryside, stands in five acres of land.
The centre comprises of four buildings, providing accommodation for up to 96 people. Some rooms have en suite facilities.
There are excellent conference facilities, working group rooms, family style dining room and a beautiful Chapel.
click here to find out more about the potential usage of our facilities
The first group of Young People arrived at The Briars on September 12th 1969. The original Director Father Paul Klee welcomed one of his classmates Canon Frederick Smythe and the Youth Club from the parish of The Annunciation, Burnt Oak, London, and the scene was set for the next 40 years when thousands of young people would make their way to a centre which centre users themselves often call “The Friendly Place” because of its unique atmosphere.
The story began in the 1960’s after Lady Albermarle produced a report on ‘The training of part time youth leaders.’ Bishop Ellis who was the Bishop of Nottingham at the time saw the problems affecting young people in his Diocese, and commented “Young People had to have the chance of not merely enjoying themselves, but to take part in an apostolate to other Young People,” so he started the Diocesan Youth Service. By the mid sixties there was a central group of people working with the Bishop to define the vision of the Youth Service.
They agreed that residential work would play an important role in the training of Young People, so in 1965 they set a target of five years to find and establish a Residential centre for Young People in the Diocese. Ideas came and went, places were visited and turned down until out of the blue a Mr & Mrs Heymans who were running a Quaker vegetarian guest house at Crich decided to retire and put the house in the hands of Messrs, Maynard of Derby who knew of our problem.
From there on things moved fairly fast. The “Adventure in Faith” was on its way. The house was purchased and after some months of preparation and a lot of voluntary hard labour by local people we opened and began our apostolate to Young People .
In 2009 The Briars celebrated its 40th anniversary and continues in its noble adventure of faith.
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