Red House Farm Centre
Earl Stonham, Stowmarket, Suffolk
The photos shown right, are the latest snapshots showing the demolition of some of the existing buildings at Red House Farm. A steel portal frame building is to be erected here soon....
Due to the Lords provision, Red House Farm was bought in 2002. Once a dairy farm with one of the largest dairy herds in the locality it was converted in the first year for use as a camp centre. It served its purpose wonderfully for many years and saw hundreds of children and young people coming through its doors. With changing regulations, increased use and other seasonal interest, the centre is now undergoing refurbishment and development. For your interest you can follow the project HERE
The Faith Mission Camp Centre in the South East of England is located on the edge of the village of Earl Stonham on the western side of the county of Suffolk. The eastern counties main road the A14 is within easy access of the site which leads to all sorts of amenities and fun, however we are totally immersed in the heart of the countryside which makes this area so famous for beautiful rural holidays.
DIRECTIONS - to RED HOUSE FARM (IP14 5EG)
From Ipswich take A14 West in direction of Bury St Edmunds
Then A140 towards Diss/Norwich
At first 30 mph zone, take left A1120 signed Stowupland & Earl Stonham
Then take first left (about ¾ mile) signed Creeting St Mary - This is Fen Lane.
PLEASE DRIVE SLOWLY ON FEN LANE - 20 MPH
Red House Farm about ½ mile on right. WELCOME!
Currently we have enough inside sleeping facilities to accommodate 24 people on bunk beds in four separate rooms. We have a bunkhouse which sleeps 12, a cabin which sleeps 4 and two bedrooms in a chalet which sleep 4 each. There is plenty of outside camping space for spring and summer use as the centre is able hold 80 comfortably in the dining room and also cater easily for such numbers.
Currently there is a large area of the back barn (able to hold 80) sectioned off for summer meetings. The dining room has a dividing curtain to split the room into two areas for winter small groups, easily providing seating for thirty in a meeting on one side and thirty for eating on the other.
This centre has an fantastic kitchen with huge central island, two large five ringed gas ovens, fryer, two upright fridges and two freezers and catering equipment for large groups.
Football pitch and zip wire and small playground are all on site.
Table tennis, air Hockey, pool table, table football basketball hoops etc.
Situated in the beautiful countryside of rural Suffolk, there are many types of amenities close by. Pleasurewood Hills theme park (situated in 59acres) which includes 3 roller coasters, thrill rides, family rides and children's rides is always a firm favourite as is award winning Colchester zoo. Boating at Thorpeness or Flatford, a day at the Dinosaur Park, Thetford Forest Park including Go Ape, or bowling, dry slope skiing, or swimming are just to name a few! Beautiful ocean resorts such as Southwold and Aldeburgh are only 30 miles away and other attractions such as Lavenham, (which is England's finest medieval village and food capital of Suffolk) is situated close by as well as historic Bury St Edmunds with its cathedral, abbey gardens and lively market.
The future of the camp centre in Suffolk is a very exciting one. It has
long been the belief of the Mission that the site on Red House Farm is to
under go a refurbishment to make it an all season facility. In 2013 the work
of building, replacing and updating began! What a thrill to see God provide
the needs for what we like to call "stage one." A two bedroom chalet was
built, a new roof was put on across the whole front barn (which is the
kitchen, bathrooms, and dining room) that also incorporated the new build,
and the whole building was clad in traditional black Suffolk barn style. A
patio area was made and other changes like the start of an disabled access
are taking shape. With "stage one" almost completed, work on "stage two" has
now begun. This involves taking down an old red brick barn and building a
large multipurpose new barn. Every brick was removed by hand, cleaned and
palleted for sale.
We are right in the midst of this project and we would value prayer for this next stage. Safety on site, favourable weather and funds are all things that we are praying about. The biggest and last stage is "stage three" which incorporates the dorms, meeting rooms and main hall. We are excited about what God is doing, and encourage you to pray with us to see this project completed and used as a centre for evangelism in the heart of East Anglia.