Weekend event – 1 to 3 September 2017
Venue: Coldwell Activity Centre, near Burnley, Lancashire
Arrival: 4pm to 6pm Friday 1st
Latest departure: 4pm Sunday 3rd
Fifty years after decriminalisation of gay sex in England and Wales, and in response to requests for shorter events, we are offering this weekend for up to 25 participants. The theme is sharing and celebrating our own lives as men who love men, and also the progress of our community in the UK towards equality.
We plan for the weekend to run roughly as follows:
David Wray will be catering for the event, He has established a reputation within ECC as a first rate chef, and will provide us with delicious vegetarian meals (special requirements also catered for). Another aspect of our shared experience will be that we will take turns at clearing up after meals!
The centre is situated in a secluded location in the Lancashire countryside, in the foothills of the Pennines near to Brontë country, yet only a few miles from ‘civilisation’ in Burnley and Colne and about an hour from Manchester, Preston and Leeds. The nearest station is Burnley (about 3 miles). You will probably need to take a taxi from there, though it may be possible to arrange lifts.
The centre is used by many types of groups for a range of activities; the accommodation receives excellent reviews, and for our workshops there are various spaces; these are of course in addition to the great outdoors, which is on the doorstep. The building is completely accessible.
Accommodation is in shared rooms mainly for 2 to 4 men; there is a ground floor bedroom with adjoining wetroom. Numbers will be limited to 25 to ensure there is plenty of space. For more details, please see the centre’s website at www.coldwell.org.uk.
This short break is an ideal introduction to ECC for first timers, but we welcome also ‘veterans’ of previous events, which includes, of course, men who love men of any age and from any background. A few places will be reserved for newcomers until 1st July.
Jon Homer (bookings organiser) says:
I’ve been involved with ECC for many years. My personal interests include music and dance. I enjoy creating safe spaces for us as a community of gay men to explore and celebrate aspects of our lives, and reaching out to gay men from other cultures. I am the coordinator of Rainbow Spirit, the local ECC group in Birmingham.
Steve Bentley says:
I have enjoyed many holidays with ECC especially New Years at Wasdale and summers at Laurieston. This will be my first week to lead and I am excited about this weekend and trying out this delightful venue which is new to ECC. I enjoy walking, meditation and chatting with fellow gay men. I help run an LGBT asylum seekers group.
Please contact Jon on 07974 477206 for any enquiries about booking or about the event in general.
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