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Christian activity centre in Broadland marks 50 years

The Horstead Centre in the Norfolk Broads, the only Church of England children's residential activity centre in England, is celebrating its 50th anniversary, and is calling on people to share memories of their visits.

horsteadThe centre, has been providing fun days out and action-packed stays for some 300,000 children of all ages, backgrounds and cultures since the 1960s. Based in the Old Rectory in Horstead, it works with schools, youth groups and charities for team building days and features facilities including a climbing wall, zip wire, low and high ropes and a Jacob’s ladder as well as archery, canoeing and kayaking. They also offer bush-craft activities where visitors can learn survival skills such as lighting and cooking on an open fire, sterilising water from a stream and building a waterproof shelter to sleep in.
Horstead Centre manager Josie Barnett said the centre’s uniqueness had helped it to “not just survive but flourish. “The centre provides a wonderful place for young people to develop their spiritual, physical, intellectual and social capacities within a caring Christian community,” she said.
“Horstead is needed as much today as it was 50 years ago when a true visionary, Canon Arthur Gillion, set it aside as a special place for young people.”

To mark its 50th anniversary the Horstead Centre is asking people to share memories of their visits – contact admin@horsteadcentre.org.uk.

This story is based on an article in the Eastern Daily Press.

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