Sidholme Christian Singles Holiday
Sidholme Christian Singles Holiday – July 2018 saw our first Friendsfirst Singles Holiday at Sidholme Hotel. This followed on from many other successful holidays previously on the Isle of Wight at St. Rhadagunds.
Sidholme proved to be ideal location for this special holiday designed to bring like-minded people together in such a scenic setting.
All the guests quickly bonded and formed friendships from the very first evening of dining in the restaurant which contributed to making their day trips even more enjoyable.
The spectacular music room in the hotel hosted evenings of mingling and entertainment with musical delights from the Sidmouth Ukulele Band one night, to a fact-packed enthralling talk about the history of the building by Nigel Hyman of Sidmouth Museum the following evening.
There were wonderful hosts in residence to organise entertainments including the likes of Channel Island Cricket and quizzes and who specialised in looking after the fellowship part of the holiday.
The Management and staff at Sidholme Hotel look forward to hosting Friendsfirst Holidays again in the future.
Here’s what one participant wrote to us about the holiday:
“Just over a year after I joined Friends First, I went on the annual summer holiday in July, staying at Sidholme, the Christian Guild hotel at Sidmouth in Devon. The hotel was really pleasant with its own grounds and a swimming pool. Our hosts for the holiday were Brian, a retired Methodist minister and his wife Credwyn, who accompanied us on the trips and made us feel most welcome.
On Monday, the first day, we went on the Seaton Tramway, which goes along the Axe estuary for three miles to Colyton, where we could have a coffee at the tram station or walk into historic Colyton, which played a significant part in the Monmouth Rebellion. Afterwards, there was the opportunity of walking along the seafront or beach at Seaton. On Tuesday, we had an enjoyable cruise on the river Exe from Exmouth and on Wednesday we visited Forde Abbey, which was once a Cistercian monastery and is now a family home. The Abbey was more recently used as a set for the film of Thomas Hardy’s “Far from the Madding Crowd”. The gardens are quite extensive with a lake and fountain. Thursday was a day at leisure and some of us went to visit nearby Bicton Gardens.
In the evenings, there was a Songs of Praise on Sunday, a quiz, a talk, a concert and a short devotional service led by Brian and Credwyn. The hotel has a terrace overlooking the garden, which is a good place to relax after a hot day. There was a summer season of plays at the local theatre and a group from the holiday went there twice during the week. I think the holiday was a really good way of meeting other members in a relaxed and informal atmosphere and getting to know them and I would thoroughly recommend it.”