To enable people (especially but not exclusively those who are unemployed, retired, recovering from health issues or who have moderate learning difficulties and young people) to improve their quality of life through the provision of affordable ventures where they can receive, enjoy and give friendship and practical help within a caring and supportive environment.
Ryehill Community Ventures will work with:
The list of ventures will take time to develop and is not exhaustive. Over time, other community based ventures may start that will contribute to fulfilling the core aims.
This is a self contained, self catering accommodation that will offer short affordable breaks in the country for adults who need rest, relaxation and refreshment.
We will provide a woodworking workshop for community use where adults of all ages can together enjoy woodworking as a hobby, receive tuition and where appropriate have training towards gaining a woodworking qualification. In The Barn we will provide a rest area where people can relax, socialise and find friendship.
We will share our garden as a community area where adults can come, create and enjoy the peace and tranquillity it offers.
We will provide simple camping facilities for walkers, cyclists and organised groups of young people.
In 2010 Paul and Ros sensed that God was asking them to start a community project that would provide opportunities for people to gain refreshment and renewal. Initially the plan was to start up a workshop, using their skills as trained teachers and youth workers to train young people who hadn't succeeded at school. They also wanted to provide a place for retreat. This was just the start of a long journey into the unknown.
At that time Psalm 23 verse 1 seemed especially relevant to the search for a suitable property. This reads "The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, he restores my soul."
Paul and Ros say: "Our long search brought us to Ryehill Farmhouse in 2014. This is surrounded by green pastures and the beautiful Coquet river flows nearby - the very picture we were given in 2010".
What they hadn't expected was to have a 6 year project to renovate the house. After moving in they decided that a full restoration was needed so that the resulting accommodation would be both warm and comfortable. This has involved a lot of hard work with Paul and Ros doing nearly all of the work themselves.
The Haven is now complete and available to use, providing affordable holiday accommodation. A community woodworking workshop is now being set up in the adjoining barn. Over time other ventures are planned, based at Ryehill Farmhouse.
Ryehill Community Ventures is available to everyone, irrespective of personal belief. Paul and Ros' prayer is that Ryehill Farmhouse will prove to be a haven of peace and refreshment for many people.