Ferrar House is a small Retreat Centre set in the beautiful and peaceful rolling countryside of Cambridgeshire. The House, at the end of a narrow lane, looks out onto open countryside.
Ferrar House is unique. A place of peace and prayer.
Ferrar House is the perfect place for:
A small group of people enjoyed making and praying a Labyrinth in the garden of Ferrar House. Subsequent visitors to Little Gidding were delighted to discover it
and to walk it with prayer and thoughtfulness.
Email Kay at firstname.lastname@example.org For further details please visit the Events page.
Ferrar House is next to the historic church of St John's Little Gidding.
Note – overnight stays are now self-catered, except by arrangement with the Hospitality manager
A slideshow of the House can be seen below.
Click on the thumbnails to enlarge, or click "play".
A wide variety of group and individuals have held retreats and quiet days or Training weekends at Ferrar House so far this year. Contact Susan Capp, Hospitality Manager of Ferrar House, to discuss how the facilities of the house might be suited for you or your group.
One aspect of visiting Ferrar House is the view of the Horse Chestnut tree in the field in front of the House.
See above the ever changing view of the tree through the seasons.
Canon William Nicholas Charles Girard R.I.P.
1st June 1935 to 14th February 2018
Ash Wednesday 2018 brought the death of Canon Bill Girard after a short illness.
Bill was unique, but was also in the now sadly fading tradition of highly intelligent, eccentric, erudite, deeply faithful priests with scant regard for modern trends such as managerialism, and invented (or re-invented) “liturgies”. He preferred to exercise pastoral care, personal prayer, study, good preaching, order, commitment to proper liturgy, and a love for his people.
Bill was brought up in Rhodesia from 1948 and maintained an interest in and concern for all that happened there. He trained in law in Rhodesia before being called by God to Anglican ministry, and kept an interest in law and its history, particularly Ecclesiastical Law, throughout his life.
Bill was trained at the College of the Resurrection Mirfield from 1965, ordained Deacon in 1967 to serve the parish of Yate, Gloucester, and ordained priest on 25th March 1968. He was looking forward to celebrating his 50 years as an Anglican Priest.
He served a second curacy under Eric Wall at St Alban’s, Westbury-on-Trym, who was later to be Bishop of Huntingdon, establishing a lifelong friendship with Bishop Eric and his family.
Bill was Chaplain at The King’s School Ely and then, in a stipendiary role and later as a retired priest, he served as a Parish priest in Hilton, Balsham, Fenstanton, Horseheath, West Wickham, Alconbury, Buckworth, Great Stukeley, and Hamerton, all in Ely Diocese. He was Rural Dean of Linton, twice, and later Rural Dean of Leightonstone. Bill was made an Honorary Canon of Ely in 1997, and practised his priestly ministry, with permission to officiate in Ely and Peterborough, right through to his death.
For many years Bill lived in Little Gidding, actively and creatively supporting the work of Ferrar House Retreat Centre and the Little Gidding Trust. He delved deeply and systematically into the history of Little Gidding, expanding the knowledge and understanding of its development from the days of Nicholas Ferrar, through the 19th century to the present. He stood in as Warden there for a short time. Past wardens of Ferrar House are deeply indebted to Bill for his unfailing support, whether reconstructing shelving, repairing drains, ordering books for the bookstall, reminding them of history, or just being there as a quiet, intelligent, humble and humbling force.
Bill leaves behind a large number of people, across the world, who will be always grateful to have known him and been loved and supported by him. He had great wit and humour; he had impressive ancestry and a deep humility; he had much knowledge born of a mind that was perpetually inquisitive and searching.
Bill was an outstanding priest, committed and utterly devout, and a warm supportive and caring human being. He did not view priesthood as "just another gong, or set of qualifications" but as the offering, or oblation, of a whole life. He was a great example to many of what it means to be a priest over an adult lifetime.
Paul Skirrow March 2018 (With added information from Bishop John Flack and others.)
A Day Just For You!
Enjoy a 'Time Out Day' that's really for you, leaving behind all your responsibilities and cares and focusing exclusively on yourself and your life.
Everyone is welcome, men and women, 18-90! You'll enjoy a friendly, relaxed environment, health-giving activities, a time to laugh, food for thought and wholesome food for your body.
You'll leave us feeling relaxed and de-stressed, full of new energy and new ideas.
Genlty Be therapists, Jackie, Ali and Michael will run the day and be on hand to Answer any questions you have about staying healthy in mind and body.
Saturday 7th October 10am - 4pm
The day includes:
Lunch/ teas/ Coffee
The day includes;
Guided mindfulness & movement sessions
A discounted massage for those who book early
A goody bag to take home
Cost for the day £60
If you would like to visit Ferrar House please contact us first to make sure we are open to Welcome you .
Double and twin room accommodation is available. Private bathrooms available for each room. Self service breakfast available in the Hodgson Room.
LITTLE GIDDING POETRY GROUP:
Meetings held on the 13th of each month at 7.30pm.
Little Gidding is famous for the Ferrars who came in 1626. Nicholas Ferrar bought the manor and left London with his mother, his sister Susanna, his brother John and their spouses and children.
The manor house was dilapidated and the church was used as a barn and pig sty. They restored the church, then the house.
Little Gidding is also famous for the visit, in 1936, of the poet T. S. Eliot, who published "Little Gidding" as the conclusion of his "Four Quartets" in 1942.
In the Church's Calendar Nicholas Ferrar is celebrated on 4th December. At Ferrar House this celebration will take place on Saturday 3rd December. All are welcome.
For more history see the relevant page. Click here to go to the History page.
The Eliot Festival - speaker and audience in the marquee from a previous year.
THE ELIOT FESTIVAL
The 12th Annual T.S. Eliot Festival was held at Little Gidding on Sunday 9th July 2017.
Full details on Events page.
An inspirational day of talks, readings, discussion and events including:
The celebrated novelist Ali Smith will read 'The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock' and discuss it with biographer Adam Begley.
Robert Crawford, Bishop Wardlaw Professor of Poetry at St Andrews University and Author of Young Eliot: From St Louis to the Wasteland, will give a lecture entitled 'Prufrock: Moments and Momentum'
Marjorie Perloff, Scholar in Residence and Florence Scott Professor of English Emerita at the University of California, will deliver the Eliot Society Lecture on Four Quartets.
Ronald Schuchard, Goodrich C. White Professor of English Emeritus at Emory University, will give an update on recent Eliot publications.
An annual tradition continues: 'My Favourite Eliot' with contributions from the audience.
The programme continues with a special guest reading of Little Gidding by 'Jeremy Irons'.
To contact Ferrar House:
Use the email link below or on the Contacts page.
SECOND FRIDAY EUCHARIST - Every second Friday of the month at noon, a Eucharist is celebrated in St John's. This is followed by a soup lunch in Ferrar House. All welcome but the pre booking of lunch is essential. Please contact Ferrar House for further details (01832 293383) or by clicking: