Village Halls: Curtis House

Court House and Curtis House are a non-profit-making charitable trust managed and maintained by a committee in St Davids.  

Beginning life in 1961, the trust was set up by Arthur Curtis, a professor of New Testament Theology at the Selly Oak Colleges in Birmingham.

His vision was to establish a simple retreat centre that would offer a place for people from rural areas to rest and renew as part of a simple community,  for short periods in the summer. For the rest of the year, it offers facilities to educational, youth, family and community groups.

The charity describes itself  as  “rooted in, but not bound by, Christian tradition and values”.

Court House, with eight bedrooms, and between one and six beds in each room, is described as simply furnished with gas central heating. It can accommodate  up to 23 people, has one ground-floor room suitable for disabled guests, and more in the way of disabled facilities are planned.

In addition, a well-equipped kitchen, a dining room and breakfast room, plus a large lounge,  three shower/bathrooms, as well as laundry and drying facilities, are available to allow people to stay in comfort.

Visitors are welcome to enjoy the sunny courtyard and the spacious enclosed garden leading onto Curtis House and the warden’s cottage.

Many groups over the years,  including colleges, schools, pilgrims, churches, those with special needs and extended family gatherings, have enjoyed the benefits of Court House,  while its annexe, Curtis House, is used by local community groups. Curtis House has full wheelchair access and a hearing loop, a kitchenette and classroom facilities and garden area.

Weekly Quaker meetings are held here on a Sunday morning from 11am to 12 noon and there are also regular t’ai chi, Welsh language classes and meditation groups. For a full list of activities please contact the charity directly.

On its website, the charity describes itself as  “looking to an alternative vision to that offered by a world dominated by great inequalities in wealth and power, scarred by conflict and dislocated by rapid social and climate change. It looks to a world in which the individual’s and the community’s spiritual as well as social needs can be valued, nurtured and upheld.”

To that end, the facilities are offered, at low cost, for those who need them. The intention is to improve lives, and there is a welcome for groups that offer education or family support and social or spiritual sustenance.

In addition, a  small bursary fund can be made available to relieve the poverty of individuals who have fallen on hard times. There is also support for other charities and in some circumstances support for appropriate training.

Curtis House is available for £14 per session (three “sessions” are available every day: morning, afternoon and evening) or £26 for a whole day.

If you or your group would like to enquire about booking Curtis House, please call 01437 720811 or email info@courthouse.org.uk

For general enquiries, please contact the wardens: Anne and David

01437 720811

info@courthouse.org.uk

For booking enquiries, please contact the bookings manager: Gill

0844 5000 385

bookings@courthouse.org.uk

For enquiries relating to the Community of St David, please email Hilary Tucker at hiltucker@gmail.com

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