Open Day is cancelled

We’re sorry to let you know that our Charton Manor Open Day will not take place as advertised this year.

As we move forward and the pathway becomes clear there will doubtless be an opportunity for a Gratitude or Thanksgiving meeting to celebrate all the good that Charton Manor and the London Christian Science Visiting Nurse Service has achieved over the years. But just for now the Board of Hawthorne Trust Ltd. feels that quiet prayer and listening for guidance is what’s needed.

Thank you for your many messages of love and support, they are treasured.

With love,
Board of HTL

Dear Friends,  

The Trustees of Hawthorne Trust Limited on Thursday, May 4 took the decision to close for the time being both Charton Manor and the Visiting Christian Science Nurse Service (London Field).  This was a sad step to take and was the result of much thought, underpinned by prayer.  

Our highest priority has always been the comfort and care of those who use our services.  With only three guests at Charton Manor, and with no-one waiting to enter, our position was not financially sustainable.  Income no longer matched expenditure and we were drawing on our reserves for day-to-day expenses.  The Visiting Christian Science Nurse Service was busier, and alternative arrangements have been made, according to the wishes of those using the service.  

There will be many details to work out in the next months.  The Trustees are being guided by employment consultants to achieve a just outcome for our staff, many of whom have worked for the Trust for decades.   

The Trustees wish to take this opportunity to thank the loyal and hardworking members of staff who have served throughout many challenging times (including  lockdown), as well as during happier times, with the utmost dedication and love.    

As we pray to understand what will be the next provision for Christian Science nursing care and healing in our Christian Science community, we trust that we can depend on your prayers and your love as a new page is turned.  We shall keep you all informed, through your branches and individually.  

We send our love to you all,  

Board of Trustees   

Brian Blandford, Margaret Chaplin, Guy Ekins, Alan Holland, Gillian Smith