When Is The Weekend    and how do I book?

Where Does It Take Place?

Who Attends Them?

What Happens On Them?


And the Speakers and Workshops?


What's The Timetable?


How Much Do They Cost?


Further Information



• When is the weekend and how do I book? • 

Friday 21st to Sunday 23rd July. It begins on FRIDAY afternoon, ends mid-afternoon on SUNDAY.


Links to the booking form and online booking site are on our home page.

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• Where is it? •
This year we are again running one national weekend, set in magnificent countryside.

This venue was highly popular in 2016.

High Leigh Conference Centre, Lord Street, Hoddesdon, Herts, EN11 8SGMap.



High leigh

High Leigh 

Travel and directions by train, air, road. 
- to High leigh 
more details here
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 • Who attends? •

take a look at the CHECKLIST at the foot of the column to the right, to ensure you're bringing with you everything you need

- Any male 18 yrs and over is welcome to attend. Some dads bring their sons; some sons bring their dads, or grandfathers! in the past, on average 25% of men have been under 35 yrs old. 18% of men are over 65 yrs old. A number of priests also attend the weekends. Bishop John Sherrington celebrated mass with us on the Sunday in 2014. Some men choose to come alone, others come in groups from work, from their parish, or with other male family members.
- Many men who are attracted have experienced AlphaCaFÉ, Celebrate, the new Ecclesial movements and communities, charismatic renewal, small parish groups, and other experiences of new life in the Holy Spirit.
- The majority of men are Catholic (practising and lapsed!) but a good number are not and ALL men are welcome to attend. Leaders from other Christian denominations also love coming along and joining in with the weekends.
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• What happens? •
The weekend consists of
- several punchy main addresses by invited speakers (see below) on contemporary topics
- a time of sharing in small groups (…there's never any pressure to share)
- an opportunity to attend workshops of your choice (see below)
- a chance to engage in outdoor sport (rambling, cycling, tennis, football, fitness trail)   or indoor recreational activity 
(air hockey, table tennis, table football).                                 - -- - time to read, pray or just relax
- time each evening to chat, share and laugh over a pint or two at the bar
- celebration of the Mass 
- optional Sacrament of Reconciliation and/or Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament
prayer of the Church/Liturgy of the Hours IF a priest is available.

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• Who's speaking? •
Our main speaker for our 2017 National Weekend at High leigh:


 Fr Richard Mackay: Richard is proud of his Scottish origins, but has lived and worked all his life in England. A Roman Catholic priest of Clifton Diocese for 44 years, for over 13 years he was RC Chaplain at HM Prison Bristol. Influenced by both Charismatic Renewal and Liberation Theology he finds the reality of oppression and poverty the source for theology and mission.

Recently, working with others in the parish and beyond, he has been part of establishing a new charity, ‘BORDERLANDS - from exclusion to BELONGING’, in order to resource and secure the very costly service ministries of the parish, especially our work with refugees and those seeking safe sanctuary (or asylum) and the work with homeless people.

Being adopted himself, he feels privileged to be Chaplain to the CCS Adoption (Bristol Diocesan Children’s Society). 

He has a passion for the unity of the Church and its mission to bring justice, equality and freedom to the oppressed of our world. His parish has over 60 nationalities represented in the congregation week by week, and the worship reflects this cultural diversity. A major part of his Pastoral work is in support of those seeking safe asylum and sanctuary in our country.

DAVID WELLS joins us to speak on Saturday evening and Sunday morning. David was with us 2 years ago but we feel he has so much to say that we have invited him back!

Director for Parish formation in the Diocese of Plymouth, he began his career as a secondary school teacher. He has worked for the Bishops Conference of England and Wales, guest lectures in 3 UNiversities and holds a MPhil from Nottingham University, david has spoken at over 300 conferences around the world  and appears in several TV and DVD courses, his approach is very relaxed and humorous but with deep insights.

Also an author, he has 2 books in print "The reluctant disciple" and "The grateful disciple" both published by Redemptorist Publications.

David is married to Alison and they have 3 children and one of them a dog, one of them is still badly behaved. David is a fervent supporter of Derby County FC and Exeter Chiefs RFC.

 What are the Workshops and Seminars? •

2017 workshops are to be announced...: 

Here is a list of workshops and seminars offered in previous years to show you the range of workshops we have covered previously:

Christian Leadership - Making Choices - Personal Finance - Inner Healing - Opening the Scriptures - Young Men & Evangelisation - Discipleship - Addiction - Working In Prisons - Psalm Drumming - Understanding Women - Coping with Stress - Christian Leadership - Growing In Prayer - Finding Sanctuary - Reconciliation - Hearing the Gospel - Healing the Family Tree - Paul, a man for men - Keeping fit as I grow older - God and the 2012 Olympics - Stewardship: financial planning God's way - Tithing 101

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• What's the timetable? •
The weekend welcomes men from around 3.30pm on Friday. The first main session begins at 8.15pm. the weekend ends on the Sunday afternoon following the celebration of Mass at 2.00pm.

The timetable has generally run as follows:




08.15 Breakfast 


08.15 Breakfast

(08.45 Rosary - optional)


(08.45 Rosary - optional)

09.30 Clear rooms


09.15 Praise 7 worship, then Notices

09.45 Session 3


10.00 Session ONE

10.45 Coffee and small groups

Registration  from 15.30

11.00 Coffee

12.30 back in main hall for round up.

16.00 Tea

11.30 Small Groups

13.00 Lunch

19.00 Dinner

13.00 Lunch

14.00 Mass 

20.15 Welcome

14.00-15.00 Workshops 1 & 15.30-16.30 Workshops 2

15.30 Tea

20.20 Praise & worship

16.30 Tea, followed by


20.45 Testimony

Sport, relaxation, adoration, walks, etc

17.00 Mass


21.30 Small Groups

18.30 Dinner


(22.30 Rosary - optional)

19.45 Session TWO


22.00 bar opens

21.30 Bar opens


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• And what's the cost? • 
2016 costs are as follows: 

Room Type DEPOSIT Total fee

En -suite



Not en - suite







The booking form for 2016 is downloadable from home page. For paper copies, or for bulk copies, please contact Mike on 07778 124270 or at mike @ harvesters.org.uk. You can also make a booking online, again the link is on our home page.
Please note that the non-refundable deposit of £50 is required to secure a place and accommodation on any weekend, and full payment of balance for summer 2016 will be required by 20th May 2016.

A limited number of concessions are generally available for those in full time education and also for the unwaged. We may ask that you share a room as we do have 70 twin rooms. Please e-mail us for further details.
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 • Further Info 

Good News Books will be present at all weekends providing a wide range of Bibles and Christian reading, and CDs. Gerard has served the weekends since they started. Contact 01582 571011 [email protected] or www.goodnewsbooks.net

Agape Ministries record all our tlaks. past talks are available from www.agapeminitries.co.uk or email [email protected], tel 01704 224286

High leigh has a loop system available for hearing-aid users in some of the main rooms used. They also have excellent facilities for the Disabled including 6 adapted rooms with wet room facilities, ramps and lifts. Please contact High leigh directly for more details 0300 111 4444
For further information about Weekends Away For Men please contact us by 
e-mail or by phoning Mike on 07778 124270.


• For a visual taste of past weekends, visit our photo galleryClick here...
• Want to know more about Days for Men across the UKClick here...
• Want to know more about Other Events for Men in the UK? Click here...
• Want to read short accounts of what men say about past weekendsClick here...


 An amazing and rewarding experience(Terry)


 I have never felt so close to God as at these weekends. The effects have changed my life(Aidan)


 These weekends have helped me overcome years of feeling inferior in the company of men. Just come…! (Jack)


 I left feeling inspired and my spiritual batteries recharged…(Steve)


 I benefitted hugely from the small group sharing, knowing I'm not alone with my 'men's issues' (Peter)


 These weekends make me a better man, a better father and a better husband - and my wife agrees! (Stuart)


 My first weekend - I've found much fellowship and had a wonderful experience(Chris)


 From one man's wife- I just wanted to say thank you myself, because I can see how much the men?s weekend helped my husband


 I was astounded at the great courage shown by men how their past lives had been so dramatically altered through accepting the Holy Spirit


 My wife was so pleased with the changes she could see in me after the last weekend that she encouraged me to immediately book in for the next weekend as she thought it was excellent value for us both!


 The weekend was excellent for me and gave me a nice break


 The men's weekend was a key milestone in my journey of faith





    • Bible, notebook and pen
    • plug adaptor for electric razor
    • mobile phone charger 
    • toiletries (soap, razor, toothbrush, toothpaste, etc)(towels are provided)
    • sports gear inc. tennis reacket
    • bottled water
    • walking boots
    • sun cream
    • sunglasses
    • bicycle
    • money
    • and finally... chocolate, crisps, cereal bars (those 'little extra nibbles' that some can't do without!)







 I really valued the freedom to be myself


 I came away more affirmed in my male identity


 God answered the prayer I came with to this weekend away


 I leave this weekend with a new commitment to Jesus Christ


 I was reluctant to come but pleased I did as I received so much


 I hadn't been to a weekend for some years. After this weekend I came to realise what I had been missing!


 Great weekend. Great balance of teaching, discussion and prayer. Great encouragement. Great refreshment


 I was the youngest man there but felt welcome and equal to all the other men

 This weekend exceeded any expectations I had before arriving. I loved the supportive and friendly environment