News and Events

Hilfield Community Members at COP 26

Posted on 15 November 2021

Two of the community were in Glasgow last week at COP along with many other friends speaking up for the urgency of the Climate Crisis and the urgent need for action.
Jonathan praying and protesting with Christian Climate Action and Clark praying and lobbying with Franciscans International we are immensely proud of their witness.
If you want to hear about their experiences you can join us in person or online on the 4th December for our ‘Reflections from COP’ event

Boardwalks completed in Hermits Wood

Posted on 15 November 2021

Great excitement today as work is completed on the new boardwalks in Hermits Wood. Remember to check them out next time you visit.

Our first brown calf

Posted on 15 November 2021

Our first ever beautiful brown calf was born in October.

Effects of climate chaos

Posted on 15 November 2021

It feels pertinent that on the eve of COP26 Hilfield had extraordinarily heavy rain that flooded the Wriggle with enough force to destroy many of our dams built to slow it down leaving scars of bare stones where there had been glorious rich carbon storing mud.
Climate chaos is effecting us now, we need action now!

100 Oaks for 100 Years

Posted on 5 November 2021

2021 is the centenary of Hilfield Friary. What better way to mark such a significant event in the life of an organisation than doing something that will have a positive impact for the next 100 years and beyond? That’s why we are planting ‘100 Oaks for 100 Years’. The trees will be planted as part of our new wood pasture. This is a very valuable habitat, home to many special species. In 100 years it will begin to mature, our gift to 2121! 

We have invited 100 groups and individuals who represent something of the past 100 hundred or next 100 years at Hilfield to come and plant one of our centenary oaks. 

Come and help us to celebrate on 18th December.  The day will start at 11am with a Centenary Service.  There will be food, entertainment and an opportunity for everyone to share their stories of the Friary whilst planting and blessing the trees.

Join us for all or part of the day.  No need to book.  Check for updates to the day on Facebook !!!!!! and the Hilfield website Home page !!!!!!!!!., or contact Suzi on 01300 341345 or email hilfieldssf

We look forward to seeing you.

A very special tea towel

Posted on 5 November 2021

All drawings are by Hilfield Community members.  They represent things that mean Hilfield to them. 

1 tea towel £7.42 (£6.50 plus 92p postage and packing)

2 tea towels £14.26 (£6.50 each plus £1.26 postage and packing)

3 tea towels £20.76 (£6.50 each plus £1.26 postage and packing)

4 tea towels £27.64 (£6.50 each plus £1.64 postage and packing)

We can accept cheques made payable to ‘Society of St Francis’ or phone Suzi on 01300 341345 or email her at

Gift ideas for Christmas

Posted on 5 November 2021

We have lots of gift ideas in the Hilfield Friary shop.  To find out more phone Suzi on 01300 341345 or email her at

Weaving weekend

Posted on 20 October 2021

Here are some photos from the weaving weekend held earlier this month.  Participants weaved on a large loom in the courtyard and individually using willow sticks.

Volunteers new and old

Posted on 20 October 2021

Pictured below are from left to right:  Greta, new volunteers, visiting ex volunteer Daniel, Bronwen, new volunteer, Luca, new volunteer and Jose, new volunteer

ABC at Hilfield

Posted on 20 October 2021

Brothers from all over the UK met at Hilfield in September 2021 for their Annual Brothers’ Chapter (ABC).  There was no ABC in 2020 due to the Covid restrictions. It was lovely to see them all again.

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