The Guardians safeguard the spirit and ethos of the world-wide community and its dispersed members, and are its spiritual leaders. The current Guardians are Graham Booth who lives on Fetlar in the Shetland Islands, Penny Warren who lives in Devon, and Simon Reed who lives in London.
Each guardian also has a specific role
|Graham Booth||Penny Warren||Simon Reed|
Chair of Caim Council
The Ascension Vicarage
For general enquiries it is best to contact the Community office in the first instance and to book a retreat please contact the Open Gate, but all three Guardians are happy to be contacted whenever necessary or with specific enquiries.
Contact: Kayleah, Open Gate House Keeper.
Kayleah is responsible for looking after the house, and it is likely that she will be the person who answers any calls to the Open Gate, but it could also be one of our Wardens, Kevin or Lesley.
All enquiries and bookings should be made using the details immediately below.
Postal address: The Open Gate, Marygate, Holy Island, Berwick-upon-Tweed TD15 2SD UK
Kevin and Lesley Downham
Kevin and Lesley are joint wardens and hold ultimate responsibility for the retreat house and its resource centre. If you have any comments or suggestions about the Open Gate they are the people to contact. For bookings, please contact Kayleah - details above.
Postal address: The Open Gate, Holy Island, Berwick-upon-Tweed TD15 2SD UK
Carol Few - Secretary
Carol is responsible for most of the administrative work relating to the Community, handling membership applications, events, publicity, etc.
Postal address: 16, Well Square, Tweedmouth, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland, TD15 2AL
Phone: 01289 305987
Mobile: 075 072 89505
For many years Ray was the Community's sole guardian, handling its development, exercising oversight and writing prolifically on a range of topics, often related to the Celtic Churches, but also exploring models of how Christian spirituality may better express itself in the future.
He is now officially retired from that role, but he is still writing books and traveling the world speaking on these topics!
Postal address: 7 Wallace Green, Berwick-upon-Tweed, Northumberland TD15 1EB
Email: Contact Ray's Personal Assistant, Brenda Grace, below
Contact: Pete Sharpe
David is an inspirational speaker and an author of several books relating to the Celtic churches and meditation. He provides a retreat for Explorers most years and often gives a talk at the Voyagers Meetings or the Annual Gathering.
Postal address: 'The Waymark', 89, Roseberry Avenue, Hythe SO45 3GY
Geoff is in charge of the operational, legal and financial aspects of the Community. He is supported by a team of trustees who meet four times a year.
Postal address: Geoff & Joy Holt, The Cairn, 137 Newton Road, Sparkhill, Birmingham B11 4PU, UK
Phone: 0121 773 6063
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