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Pilsdon Community celebrates its 55 year anniversary
THE Pilsdon Community has celebrated more than half a century as a refuge for those in crisis.
And the Bishop of Salisbury joined in the celebrations, marking 55 years since the community was founded at Pilsdon Manor, in the depths of the West Dorset countryside between Marshwood and Beaminster.
Since its founding by Rev Percy Smith in 1958 the community provided a haven for people in crisis, from all backgrounds and from many different walks of life.
The community’s ethos is about sharing a common life of prayer, hospitality and work, providing an environment of acceptance and friendship where people can begin to rebuild their lives.
As part of its anniversary celebrations Pilsdon welcomed dozens of supporters and volunteers for a celebration lunch and tea.
The Bishop, the Rt Rev Nicholas Holtam joined the gathering and helped launch the 2014 Pilsdon calendar, buying the first copy hot off the press.
The profits from the sale of the calendar will support the fundraising efforts of the community.
Pilsdon Community’s warden the Rev Michael Deegan said: “The anniversary celebration is a great moment to say thank you to those who do so much to support our life at Pilsdon.
“It is also a chance to look forward with hope to all the possibilities and opportunities which lie ahead for this community as we seek to serve those who find themselves in need at a particular time in their life.”
Pilsdon has an open door to those who need refuge at a particular point in their life – some come whilst recovering from alcoholism or addiction, others coping with mental illness or following a crisis point in their life.
Pilsdon also offers periods of respite for people who may need space for recuperation in a supportive and caring environment.
For more details about the calendar or how to apply to Pilsdon see pilsdon.org.uk.
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