2016 Brochure 17th Century Grade 1 listed buildings Exquisite countryside location Tastefully furnished Common Room Baronial Great Hall Literary themed bedrooms 60 seat Tudor barn function room Outdoor activity spaces Staff led outdoor activities Arts & crafts classrooms Greenwood working space Campfire and 30 seat tipi 120 seat marquee Assault course Beautiful chapel Available for: Children’s & Youth Groups, schools, residential or day guests, adult groups, private functions
     2016 Brochure  17th Century Grade 1 listed buildings Exquisite countryside location Tastefully furnished Common Room ...
St Mark’s College was built in 1258 as an infirmary (hospital) for the Benedictine monks of Walden Abbey which was on the present site of Audley End House. After the monastery was dissolved during the reign of Henry VIII the property was rebuilt and completed by around 1600 as almshouses by the Earl of Suffolk who built Audley End House. ! In 1949 it became a home for retired clergy and in 1993 it underwent a major refurbishment to be set up as a youth and conference centre owned by the Diocese of Chelmsford.! Uses Today St Mark’s is used by youth groups, schools, adult groups, voluntary and commercial organisations as well as families holding a celebration or event. The site is suitable for parties, retreats, educational visits and indoor or outdoor activities.! Charitable Incorporated Organisation St Mark’s operates as a Charitable Incorporated Organisation overseen by a Board of Trustees and registered with the Charity Commission. As such we have a Trust Deed which outlines our purpose as being primarily “to provide for the Physical, Emotional and Spiritual needs of young people”. To this end we have both charity and commercial rates for most of our facilities and activities and users of the site will be charged the most appropriate fee dependent upon their status.! Location St Mark’s sits in the middle of the Audley End Estate at the bottom of Audley End village on the outskirts of Saffron Walden. A two minute drive will take you to Audley End Station which sits on the Liverpool Street/Cambridge line. Motorway access is from the M11, a one hour drive from East London.! Outreach work As well as providing facilities for others we also operate a number of outreach projects for young people throughout the year. These include: Duke of Edinburgh’s award scheme, bushcraft events, fantasy card game evenings, football project and other forms of community support.! Safeguarding & safety All St Mark’s staff members have an Enhanced Disclosure & Barring Service background check carried out. All activities run by St Mark’s are regulated by the Diocese of Chelmsford Safeguarding Policy. First aid facilities are available on site. Visiting group leaders are responsible for the safety of their group members except when undertaking activities run by St Mark’s staff. Copies of all relevant risk assessments are available upon request. 1 Introduction Introduction to St Mark’s
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Residential groups As a Grade 1 listed building it goes without saying that residents will enjoy the historic and architectural beauty of the site. The Tudor brickwork and Medieval stained glass make this a truly unique setting for your residential group. The rural setting provides quiet and tranquility for those pursuing the beauty of silence whilst providing space to roam and explore for the more adventurous of souls. Our facilities include:! Residential ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! • • • • • • • • • • 17th Century buildings! Craft classroom! Medieval barn! Games field! Air rifles! Giant Native American Tipi! Magnificent Great Hall! Atmospheric chapel! African drum circles! Wet weather activities • • • • • • • • • • Assault course! Low ropes course! Laser tag! Bushcraft ! Archery! Arts and crafts! Inflatables games! Peaceful country setting! Fully catered or self-catering! Self-led or fully hosted Sleeping accommodation With our primary purpose being the provision of facilities for children and young people it is inevitable that our overnight accommodation will reflect this. So all of our rooms have a theme from children’s literature informing their decoration. We have space for 38 guests with small scope for expanding this in temporary beds.! Five of our rooms have ground floor double bed provision where this is required by adult or family groups. Three of these have en-suite bathrooms. All rooms enjoy an en-suite shower with six rooms sharing toilets and wash basins.! Dining We offer fully catered or self-catering options for residential groups though the majority of guests opt to have all their meals provided by our skilled staff team. Meals are served in the atmospheric Great Hall by waiting staff. Most weekend stays begin with a hot meal on Friday evening and culminate in a roast Sunday lunch.! Drinks are available from our beverage bar throughout your stay and a drinks chiller ensures that younger guests can enjoy cold drinks on demand.! For adult groups a Premier Menu is available upon request and a cooked breakfast can be added for any group requiring this. Both of these attract an additional charge. Special dietary requirements are catered for including vegetarian, gluten free, dairy intolerance and allergies. 2
Residential groups As a Grade 1 listed building it goes without saying that residents will enjoy the historic and architec...
Schools - From £40 a head for 24hrs Our 38 bed capacity makes us an ideal choice for schools wanting an intimate small group environment for their school journey. We accept booking for groups from year 3 and upwards though the majority of groups are years 5 and 6. We have two programme options available to schools groups as follows:! This option is for those of you who want to run your programme yourselves with input from our team only at mealtimes and for specific activity sessions you have booked. Your staff do the lion’s share of the organisation and supervision whilst we support you as much as you need.! Programme Option 2 - Fully hosted For this option we take charge of your group from the moment you arrive on site to the moment you leave at the end of your stay. We’ll allocate group leaders for your youngsters who will be with them from the moment they get up until they make their weary way to bed at the end of the day. We oversee activities, games in between, mealtimes and corporate worship (if you choose). Your staff will only be expected to support in pastoral care (eg where someone is homesick) or with any serious disciplinary issue which is most appropriately dealt with by a member of your staff. You still get to choose your activities in advance but it is an all inclusive package so there’s no added costs over and above the price advertised.! Youth & children’s groups - From £75 per head for 48 hours Whether you are a church youth group, uniformed organisation, choir or any other sort of children’s or youth group you will be very welcome to stay here at St Mark’s. With a wealth of experience our team will be pleased to have as much or as little involvement in your residential stay as you choose. Some groups like us to run their whole programme including teaching and worship sessions, others choose from our wide range of activity sessions and some groups are almost entirely self-sufficient wanting just the catering side of things provided by us. Just let as know what you need and we will do our best to tailor your stay to these requirements.! If this is your first time taking a group away or perhaps you are just a first time visitor to St Mark’s please just get in touch and we’ll be pleased to help.! Booking To make a booking either phone or email the office and we will send you a booking form with booking terms and conditions. A non-refundable deposit of £150 will be required. Payment is in stages: 40% of your fee will be due 75 days before your stay, 30% 45 days before your stay and a balancing invoice issued the week following your visit. 3 Residential Programme Option 1 - Activity only
Schools - From   40 a head for 24hrs Our 38 bed capacity makes us an ideal choice for schools wanting an intimate small gr...
Sleeping accommodation Each of our bedrooms are uniquely decorated with an individual theme. With the exception of our four poster Renaissance Bedroom all are themed for a different piece of children’s literature. Whether it’s from staying in Narnia, Bag End or Neverland your overnight stay at St Mark’s will have an extra magical sparkle! (Bedrooms) Residential 3a
Sleeping accommodation Each of our bedrooms are uniquely decorated with an individual theme. With the exception of our fou...
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Adult groups - From £110 per head for 48 hours (fully catered) Residential We welcome many adult residential groups throughout the year, mainly during weekdays but sometimes at weekends. The peaceful and restful surroundings of St Mark’s makes it a tranquil venue for retreats and training weekends with facilities for teaching sessions to groups making it perfect as a small conference venue. Although our overnight accommodation is not that which you would find in a first class hotel, the quaint and historic atmosphere of the buildings more than compensates for this. Our newly refurbished heating system and bedrooms, including replacement of all mattresses, will ensure that you enjoy a comfortable stay in an unforgettable location.! Bed and breakfast - From £55 double room (24 hrs) When the Centre is not in use by children's groups our rooms are available (usually mid-week) for bed and breakfast bookings. These may be by guests using our other facilities for such things as party or wedding bookings or, indeed, just for those wishing to explore the local area. Double, twin or family rooms are available.! Special discount rates are available for church workers. Please enquire with the office for details.! Wedding receptions - From £380 Whether it is using the Abbey Barn function room, main building or the grounds for a marquee we are delighted to be able to host a range of wedding options here at St Mark’s. Currently marquee hire would be by your own arrangement with a third party but later in 2015 we hope to have our own equipment available for hire. Catering and bar services are through our preferred suppliers and we are pleased to be able to offer you our own staff on duty to ensure that all the other site arrangements run as smoothly as possible. St Mark’s has a licence for the sale of alcohol where this is required.! For your guests who are travelling a long distance to join you for your big day why not make them aware of our bed and breakfast accommodation suitable for couples or families. These facilities are available subject to availability where only part of the site is hired (eg Abbey Barn) or there is guaranteed availability where the whole of the main building is hired. Our double four poster en-suite room is also available for use as a bridal suite on the same basis as other rooms.! Visits to site to view the buildings can be made by contacting the office by phone or email. Early booking is advised.! Please note: St Mark’s is not licenced for the conducting of wedding ceremonies.! 4
Adult groups - From   110 per head for 48 hours  fully catered   Residential  We welcome many adult residential groups thr...
Spaces for hire - From £16 per hour ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! Dining & hospitality ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! • • • • • Abbey Barn Abbey Barn function room! River Barn classroom! Chapel! Lecture room! Tipi Abbey Barn Great Hall Our formal dining spaces are ideal for holding a special event such as anniversary dinners, engagement parties, or other event. The spaces a re p a r t i c u l a r l y p o p u l a r a t Christmas and Easter.! Teas & dinners - From £5 per head Community groups such as Lions or Rotary clubs, WI or church groups may wish to book for a tea or dinner. We offer afternoon teas, cream teas, dinners or buffets at attractive rates and these can often be combined with historic guided tours of the buildings. 5 Non-residential The various buildings at St Mark’s are available for hire for conferences, product launches, meetings, parties, funeral wakes, wedding reception etc. Refreshments can be arranged for most events with preferred suppliers recommended for larger groups or more formal occasions.! River Barn
Spaces for hire - From   16 per hour                  Dining   hospitality                                       Abbey Bar...
Magic the gathering A weekly group which meets in the River Barn to play the fantasy card game “Magic the Gathering” together. The game is a stimulating activity for players and encourages communication skills, strategic thinking and use of the imagination. Duke of Edinburgh’s Award The St Mark’s DofE groups have proved to be a popular draw for young people unable or unwilling to engage in this well established programme through other providers. The informality of the training evenings and expeditions attracts a wide range of people to the groups. Ease of access to regular voluntary work opportunities also makes St Mark’s an ideal venue for delivery of the scheme. Bronze, Silver and Gold groups all meet at St Mark’s. Football outreach project This partnership project which operates with St Mary’s Parish Saffron Walden takes place on most Friday evenings on the Common in town. The aim of the scheme is to provide a positive activity for those who might find themselves otherwise engaged in antisocial behaviour. It also acts as a conduit for forming positive relationships with adult youth workers who act as positive role models to the young people. Plans for 2015 include the deployment of the Essex County Council Youth Bus which is a mobile facility from where an online radio station will broadcast operated by young people from the community. Bushcraft events Our regular day and weekend Bushcraft events give the chance for young people to learn survival skills. These include the safe use of essential equipment for outdoor living such as knives and axes, firelighting and maintenance, water purification, food preparation and many more. Taster days give small groups of youngsters the opportunity to try out some of these skills which would often be outside of their normal experience. Longer weekend events include an overnight stay in an encampment constructed by the participants to provide shelter, warmth and sustenance to see them through their stay. Community Volunteering opportunities Many organisations these days like to encourage the young people with whom they work to participate in voluntary work. Here at St Mark’s we are pleased to welcome volunteers of any age or experience to come and join our team. This may be for a short one off activity or spread over a period of weeks or months. We are also always looking for adult volunteers who are able to act as coordinators for some of these projects. To enquire about participation in any of our Community activities please contact the main office by phone or email. Newcomers are always made very welcome. 6
Magic the gathering A weekly group which meets in the River Barn to play the fantasy card game    Magic the Gathering    t...
Archery (60mins) - Age Group: school year 5+ Why not have a go at the ancient sport of archery? Grounded in medieval warfare and even more ancient hunting practices modern day target archery uses modern materials to enable people of all abilities to enjoy this relaxing pastime.! Treasure hunts (45mins) - Age Group: any age There are two treasure hunts which we run across the site. The first is The Lost Treasure of Walden Abbey where participants follow fiendish clues racing towards the final prize - a stash of gold hidden by the monks of Walden centuries ago! The second quest is more of a scavenger hunt suitable for people of all ages. Around the site are lions heads each with a letter clue to the final resting place of the treasure. Both activities are ideal for familiarisation with the site. ! Laser tag (120mins) - Age Group: school year 5+ This fantastically exciting activity is particularly suitable for groups of teenagers. Laser tag is a version of paint balling without the pain using state of the art electronic equipment in use for training by the US military. The guns are heavy, made from aircraft grade aluminium, so not suitable for children under year 5.! ! Assault course - Age Group: school year 3+ Our assault course has obstacles suitable for younger children as well as teens. Running the course as a team or as individuals brings a sense of competition and good natured fun to any visit. ! Themed team building (90mins) - Age Group: school year 5+ From James Bond to Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings to Pirates we have themed team building activities for everyone. The games and activities are designed to create a team building environment where participants learn about the value of leadership, cooperation, communication and target setting.! Big games (90mins) - Age Group: school year 5+ Our stock of large inflatables will allow you to enjoy “It’s a Knockout” style big games with more traditional “sports day” style games thrown in for fun. The inflatables are weather dependent so this will need to be a consideration when booking this. (Available Apr - Sep)! 7 Activities We also have plenty of games equipment such as basketball, football etc for less formal relaxation times during your stay. Activity times are given as a guide and may vary by age and capability.!
Archery  60mins  - Age Group  school year 5  Why not have a go at the ancient sport of archery  Grounded in medieval warfa...
Night/Day walks (90mins) - Age Group: school year 4+ Why not make the most of the countryside setting of St Mark’s by enjoying a night or daytime walk? Walks can be tailored in length for different groups and challenges such as crossing a stream with ropes can be included on request. A night walk below a starlit sky is perfect for finishing your day.! Orienteering (90mins) - Age Group: school year 5+ A traditional activity aimed at teaching groups to use a map and compass. Taking place in Audley End Park this activity requires the participation of group leaders in supervising groups in grounds open to the public.! Air rifles (60mins) - Age Group: school year 6+ Our air rifles all have telescopic sights fitted making them easy to use for all comers. Safety is paramount and sessions are closely supervised with a maximum number of six people shooting at one time. Let your group discover who is the champion shot and walk away with a pewter lapel badge as a memento of this achievement.! ! Campfire - Age Group: any age There is nothing like a good campfire to round off a long day of fun. Whether you like toasting marshmallows, singing some traditional campfire songs or indulging in some storytelling you can’t go wrong with this activity. And if the weather is bad…no problem - with our tipi which means a campfire is practical whatever the weather!! Crossbows (60mins) - Age Group: school year 9+ Based on a powerful medieval weapon of war the modern crossbow has now become a popular sporting activity. Supervision is strict, as with air rifles and archery, to ensure safety with eye protection available for all participants. Due to the upper body strength required this is aimed at older children only.! Bushcraft (60mins) - Age Group: school year 4+ Whilst you are enjoying the countryside setting of St Mark’s why not include a bushcraft session in your stay? Options include: map & compass, knots & lashings, fire & water, open fire cooking, use of axes, saws & knives, spoon carving, hammock & tarp. Different age limits apply to different activities - please enquire.! Activity times are given as a guide and may vary by age and capability. Activities 8
Night Day walks  90mins  - Age Group  school year 4  Why not make the most of the countryside setting of St Mark   s by en...
Heraldry - Age Group: school year 5+ Throughout the middle ages armies on the battlefield would identify friend from foe by the heraldic device on their shield, coat or other items. In this session we will use design, description and manufacturing skills to create our own coat of arms on a wood shield to take home.! Bracelet making (60mins) - Age Group: school year 4+ With a choice of beads, platted cords or survival paracord this activity will appeal to boys and girls by the end of which they will have created a cool item of jewellery for themselves or to present as a gift.! Market modelling (60mins) - Age Group: school year 4+ This activity would link nicely with a trip into Saffron Walden on a Tuesday or Saturday when the ancient market square is filled with local merchants’ stalls. A model street scene with stalls and traders is bare of goods and the craft activity is to populate these stalls with goods of every kind using fimo modelling clay.! ! Badge making (30mins) - Age Group: school year 3+ A great ice breaker when meeting the St Mark’s team is a simple badge making activity where participants can create a badge design which features their name and images which tell is something about them. Button badges can be taken away as a souvenir of their visit to St Mark’s.! Brass rubbing/document making (60mins) - Age Group: school year 3+ Activity content: In this session we will learn about brass rubbing whilst looking at some historical figures. In addition we will create some documents themed around the brass rubbing characters and age them together to make them look authentic complete with wax seals.! Stained glass painting (60mins) - Age Group: school year 4+ Using some of the beautiful stained glass from around St Mark’s as our inspiration we will create our own stained glass tiles which can be used as decorative coasters for participants to take home and remind them of their stay at historic St Mark’s.! 9 Arts & crafts Our craft classroom is equipped with plenty of other materials so if you would like to discuss other options please just get in touch! Activity times are given as a guide and may vary by age and capability.
Heraldry - Age Group  school year 5  Throughout the middle ages armies on the battle   eld would identify friend from foe ...
Drum circle/worship (45mins) - Age Group: school year 6+ Worship is sometimes mistaken for either formal liturgy or singing songs. In our drum circles we use Psalm 81 as the basis for explaining that worship can be offered to God in a variety of forms and, in this case, using the drum and the rhythm of our bodies. Participants will learn simple techniques for playing.! Holy Communion - Age Group: any age Our Director is an Anglican Priest and will be pleased to lead your group in a time of Holy Communion in a style of your choosing and appropriate to your group. Please feel free to get in touch to discuss this with us.! First Nations traditions (90mins) - Age Group: school year 4+ Based in our very own North American design tipi this session will explore different First Nations (Native America) traditions. It will allow participants to “have a go” at certain aspects and reflect on what First Nations ceremonies might teach us as we reflect on our own Christian and Biblical heritage.! ! Worship - Age Group: any age Whilst lots of school or youth groups like to organise their own worship times we would be delighted to either lead these for you or participate in your own sessions as you deem appropriate. Please contact us well in advance of your visit to discuss your requirements.! Teaching - Age Group: any age On site we have some specific materials not available to most groups including things like a set of Roman armour to illustrate Paul’s teaching from Ephesians 6. If you would like us to provide a teaching session to fit in with your own theme for your stay please just ask and we will tailor a session to your needs.! Prayer garden - Age Group: school year 4+ We have both audio and paper based guided sessions for the prayer garden leading you from station to station in a prayer journey. Or feel free to make use of the space creatively however you wish through your stay. Various creative materials are available so please just ask for assistance.! Of course you may want to use our facilities for your own self-led spiritual times. Please just ask to make use of any of our equipment and we will be delighted to support you. Spiritual 10
Drum circle worship  45mins  - Age Group  school year 6  Worship is sometimes mistaken for either formal liturgy or singin...
With a wealth of interesting places to visit in the vicinity you may want to take the opportunity to build a visit into your stay. In some cases we have been able to negotiate some special rates for you. Some of our site activities can be nicely dovetailed into a visit (eg Heraldry) Please ask for more details. Audley End House - Age Group: school year 3+ If your stay with us is between April and November then it is well worth considering including a visit to Audley End House in your itinerary. Education visits are free but must be booked directly via the English Heritage website. A typical visit includes the stables with an opportunity to try your hand at grooming, an exploration of the gardens and grounds and, of course, the Great House itself.! Saffron Walden Museum - Age Group: school year 3+ The Saffron Walden museum is home to wide range of collections, from Saxon skeletons and ancient Egyptian mummy cases to fossils and Wallace the Lion! This award winning, friendly, family sized museum is open 363 days a year.! Miniature railway - Age Group: school year 3+ The miniature railway at Audley End will give you the chance to see and experience the power of steam locomotion. See first hand how engineers build and maintain engines whose power has transformed our society since the days of the Industrial Revolution.! ! Imperial War Museum Duxford - Age Group: year 3+ NB.This trip will incur an additional transport charge to and from the museum. Please enquire.! Part of the Imperial War Museums, IWM Duxford tells the story of the impact of aviation on the nature of war, on people’s lives and on the history of this region. Get hands on with the award-winning interactive exhibitions before exploring under, over and around the amazing aircraft and fascinating objects that bring IWM Duxford to life.! Saffron Walden town - Age Group: year 3+ Historic Saffron Walden with a large number of interesting historical buildings is worth exploring. Lift your eyes upwards and you will discover examples of Medieval architecture and be sure to include a visit to the Cathedral-like St Mary’s Parish Church which will take your breath away.! Saffron Walden mazes - Age Group: school year 3+ With our prayer garden at St Mark’s now boasting its own labyrinth a visit to the Saffron Walden mazes will be a great link to your stay with us. An easy walk down into town the mazes can be experienced in the context the spiritual roots of the maze in Medieval Christian traditions. 11 Off site Turf maze on the common & Hedge maze in Bridge End Garden!
With a wealth of interesting places to visit in the vicinity you may want to take the opportunity to build a visit into yo...
Chapel To Abbey! Barn Common Room Staff! Courtyard Great Hall Car park 12 Guest! Courtyard To River! Barn
Chapel  To Abbey  Barn  Common Room Staff  Courtyard  Great Hall  Car park  12  Guest  Courtyard  To River  Barn
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St Mark’s College - Audley End Saffron Walden - Essex - CB11 4JD 01799 522006 - info@stmarkscollege.co.uk www.stmarkscollege.co.uk Charitable Incorporated Organisation no. 1153501
St Mark   s College - Audley End Saffron Walden - Essex - CB11 4JD 01799 522006 - info stmarkscollege.co.uk www.stmarkscol...