A Celebration of Recovery 2018

August 23, 2018

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A Celebration of Recovery returns to the Cathedral Outer Close Saturday 25th August 2018, 11.00am – 4.00pm. This year is extra special with the 100 year anniversary of Bill Wilson’s visit to Winchester Cathedral at the end of the great war. Bill Wilson was a young officer sent from America to fight in the trenches, Bill survived the war and went on to write one of the world’s best-selling books – the “Big Book” of Alcoholics Anonymous.  And on the first page, he recounted the story of his wartime visit to the cathedral.  Today people from all over the world make the trip to see the grave of Thomas Thetcher which so inspired him.

Inclusion & Partners

Inclusion is a national organisation that works with individuals, families and communities who are affected by drugs, alcohol, crime and mental health.  Whilst providing comprehensive and inclusive support they invest in all people using our services. Southern Health inclusion alongside local partners are putting on this event which helps celebrate recovery and raises awareness in the community of all the wonderful organisations that provided the much-needed support for those with addictions, afflictions and mental health illness.

Celebration of Recovery Stallholders

ACT Peer Recovery
Winchester Cathedral
The Big Issue
First Bite
The Sober Bikers
Solent Mind
Alcoholics Anonymous
Narcotics Anonymous
The Trinity Centre
The Night Shelter
New Energy Fitness
Parent Support Link
A2 Dominion
Salvation Army
Winchester City Council
Tree of Life Cafe
Catch 22
The P2p Project
Rotary Club Winchester
Churches Together Winchester

Programme of Events

Main Area
12.00noon – Opening Speech
12.00noon – 4.00pm – Information Stalls
12.10pm – Dean of Winchester Cathedral to bless the event
12.20pm – Sarah Chester to open the event
12.25 – 3.00pm – Music, Poetry and Testimonials
3.00pm – 4.00pm – Jimmy B and the Death Rattles
4.00pm – Closing Speech

Spiritual Area
10.00am-11.00am – Yoga (New Energy Fitness)
11.15am – Participative Singing (Kim King)
11.50am – Tai Chi (Graham Kirkby)
12.30pm – Meditation (STAMP)
1.15pm – Tai Chi (Graham Kirkby)
2.00pm – Meditation (STAMP)

Kids Area
1.00pm – 4.00pm – Bouncy Cathedral
1.00pm – 3.00pm – Face Painting
2.00pm – 3.00pm – Magician (Chris Reynolds)

One of the partner agencies who will be attending a Celebration of Recovery is the Tree of Life Cafe. Rev’d Vanessa Lawrence of Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust tells us more about the wonderful work the Tree of Life Cafe does for recovery in the area.

Tree of Life Cafe Supporting Recovery 

The Tree of Life Café germinated as an idea in 2011, when we were looking at the concept of ‘recovery’ in mental healthcare. In this context, recovery means creating a meaningful life, with or without symptoms of mental ill-health. We began a partnership between Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust, Romsey Abbey and the charity Triangulate, and set up the Tree of Life in Caffe Nero, Romsey. This was so successful, that last year we set up in Caffe Nero in Winchester, working in partnership with Winchester Cathedral. It is ably facilitated by Steve Carroll, Peer Support Worker, and Rev’d Jen Holder, Honorary Chaplain with Southern Health every Wednesday afternoon from 3 – 5pm, in Caffe Nero, Winchester.

Chaplains are very aware of the importance of hospitality in its true sense – creating an accepting space in which people can simply be. We aim to provide an opportunity through our hospitality for people to explore what gives their life meaning and hope. Our hope as Chaplains is to promote human flourishing – in all its glorious diversity – trusting in God’s grace for every member of the human race. The Tree of Life isn’t a ‘group’ or a ‘meeting’, it is a safe friendly space which all are welcome to use as they wish – to meet new people, catch up with friends or simply sit quietly. While we don’t provide therapy or counselling, we can listen and signpost anyone with questions to the most appropriate source of support.

We are grateful to the many agencies who have supported us, particularly Winchester Cathedral and Inclusion, and we are looking forward to sharing our story with more people at the Celebration of Recovery Event on Saturday!

Help and support can always be found at Winchester Cathedral. Canon Nick Fennemore who is the Cathedral Chaplain explains his role and how spirituality and faith can help aid recovery.

Recovery Support at Winchester Cathedral

My role as Cathedral Chaplain is very varied and interesting. The aim of a Chaplain is to support and help grow the Cathedral community through the provision of pastoral care and faith development.

The role has several responsibilities and include the following:

  • Taking a lead within the ministerial team for the pastoral care of the congregations, all the cathedral staff, the volunteers and the wider cathedral community.
  • To support activities which deepen and expand the community of faith.
  • To play a part in the ministry of welcome to worshippers, volunteers, pilgrims and visitors.

I am hoping to champion chaplaincy in different sectors and to provide a cathedral focus and support for other forms of chaplaincy. This will include how we strive to support those with a mental health problems, those who are in recovering and those who care and support loved ones and friends; my role as Head of Chaplaincy, Spiritual and Pastoral Care for Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust will help me to make these connections as the cathedral develops this part of it’s mission. It is hoped in the near future for the cathedral to be a place where support and encouragement can be easily found for those on the way to recovery.

The role the cathedral can play in a person’s recovery process also varies – it may be a place of sanctuary, a place where peace and quiet can be found, a space to reflect, to get a different perspective on life, to seek spiritual nourishment or just to be.

As chaplain to the cathedral I meet and speak with many people with all sorts of problems and all kinds of illnesses. You will always find someone in the cathedral who will help, listen and respond.