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Swansea City Mission and Educational Trust Launches Exciting Fundraising Project to Aid Nicholaston House Re-Development

An exciting opportunity for members of the public to become part of a major £2 million re-development of Nicholaston House is being launched this week.

Nicholaston House Development Entrance

The ‘Nicholaston 5000’ initiative will seek to draw five thousand people to help to fund refurbishment work at Nicholaston House, a Christian retreat and conference centre in Penmaen, Gower.

The centre is a unique environment for people to find healing and restoration. People suffering from eating disorders can also check in to Nicholaston for specialist help. 

Swansea City Council awarded the plans, which include self-contained eco-pods in the gardens, full planning permission. Trustees are aiming to start the development work, which is likely to take around six months to complete, in August 2019, with a view to re-opening in the springtime of 2020.

Geoff Thomas, chairman of Swansea City Mission and Educational Trust (SCM&ET), explained that funding will come from a number of different funding streams. The SCM&ET is seeking to raise at least 25% of the £2 million and this is where the Nicholaston 5000 project was born. 

Taking inspiration from the story in the New Testament where Jesus fed 5000 people with five loaves and two fish, the aim is to persuade five thousand people to donate at least £100 towards the development. 

He said: “Following the almost unprecedented step of gaining full planning consent for a development of this scale and scope in a designated area of ‘outstanding natural beauty’, we are now on the threshold of making this happen. 

“We want to preserve and enhance this environment by making the most of its location and opening up the house to its greatest natural asset: its elevated position and panoramic views.

“Join with us to help bring this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to fruition. If we can expand this beautiful building, we can help more people to find healing and solace on Gower. Will you be one of the Nicholaston 5000?”

The aim of the development is to be able to accommodate more people, yet have more private ‘breakout’ spaces, as well as bedrooms with balconies and self-contained eco-pods in the garden. 

Nicholaston House, which is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, overlooks Oxwich Bay and the moorland of Cefn Bryn behind. It hosts many faith-building courses which vary in nature. There are ‘time-out’ courses and arts and crafts courses, along with others which are designed to look at relationship issues, including marriage preparation and enhancement. 

There are also courses to help people suffering from eating disorders, led by internationally-renowned speaker, author and counsellor Helena Wilkinson. 

If you would like to number in the Nicholaston 5000, or find out more about the retreat centre, please contact Ian Ambrose (Operations Manager) on (01792) 371317 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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We invite you to become a partner and join us in our ministry through prayer, financial and other support. Each week we receive comments from guests who report that their lives have been changed as the Lord has spoken to them through the ministry they have received. However, some people are unable to contribute fully to their cost of staying at Nicholaston House and we do not wish to exclude people on the basis of affordability. Can you help financially support our ministry with a one-off or regular gift? We are also planning to extend our premises to cater for increased numbers. Being convinced that this is the Lord’s will we are moving forward trusting Him that funds will be available.

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  • By supporting our work financially - making a regular contribution each month;

  • By praying for our work - we are especially looking for people to join our prayer-friend list;

  • By becoming a volunteer - we are seeking to increase our non-residential volunteer team to assist with gardening, housekeeping and maintenance tasks. If you live in the Swansea area and can commit to volunteering on a regular basis, we would like to hear from you;

  • By joining our Nicholaston Network and becoming a Church Rep - we ask that you share details of the Nicholaston House programme of events with your church congregation on a regular basis;

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