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May 2020 Newsletter
Masters Thoughts May 2020
Dear Friends,
It has been far too long! We are preparing for being fully open for guests, events and bed and breakfast from the start of July. We are really looking forward to seeing you again. London is beautiful at this time of the year and to stroll down to the Thames and see the sun go down reflecting in the glows on the impressive Canary Wharf developments is real joy. Greenwich Park is also a short bike ride away - which is another beauty spot to enjoy a picnic and watch the sun set.We are also seeing people start to plan their meetings now.
We have plenty of space where people can meet in person but still be at a respectable distance.
Think of the joy of 3D encounters in real life with real people and not just a shaky image on the screen.
And also think of the pleasure of our new home cooked food to delight your taste buds.
And think of the chapel, the centre of the spiritual life of the Foundation, where you can experience true peace. We are really looking forward to seeing you soon. 
Many are booking now with our full refund guarantee, so why not book now for a July/August staycation.

Every blessing,

Roger Preece
Master of The Royal Foundation of St.Katharine

The Royal Foundation of St. Katharine is excited to announce this new online retreat offer on:
(June 19th - 20th)
A twenty-four-hour online retreat with Richard Carter broadcast from the Royal Foundation of St Katherine in Limehouse, London.
Book your tickets

In a time of great change this retreat will focus on a rhythm of contemplative prayer and reflection to centre us in God’s love and hope. Those participating will be invited to join with us in a 24 hour cycle of prayer, rest and contemplation.

The Royal Foundation of St Katharine is an oasis of hospitality, peace and prayer in London’s East End.

We are delighted that the retreat will be led by Revd Richard Carter, Associate Vicar for Mission at St Martin-in-the Fields. He is author of The City is My Monastery: A Contemporary Rule of Life and leader of The Nazareth Community.

This unique offer to personally join this 24 hour retreat will include led sessions exploring; seeking, scripture, sharing and sacred spaces. There will be opportunities to virtually join our live Chapel services, alongside creative space for times of stillness, prayer and contemplation.

While we will not physically be together we hope this will be a genuine new opportunity to spend time on retreat through the gift of virtual connected-ness at this extraordinary oasis.


For sixteen years Gail Hawe has been working at RFSK, and the standards of cleanliness have consistently improved over the years. The cleaning of RFSK is a task that is at the core of the smooth running of all retreats and events. It is a job done with a quiet dignity and attention to care. Our guests can feel safe in the knowledge that the highest standards are upheld. Gail leads a committed and well trained team of seven cleaning staff to assist and make it all happen.  
As Gail notes  '' My aim is to focus on mindfully leading the team to make sure we take extra precautions at this time. When we have a guest to stay we service the rooms on a daily basis and once they depart we do the deep clean. Behind the scenes, people don't have to worry, they can feel relaxed knowing the standards are really high.''

Guest Feedback:

Kathy -  'The standard is so high - very impressed by the cleanliness, beauty & excellence here.''
Pamela Wood - ''Could not fault the friendly & efficiency of hotel/retreat staff. Standard of cleanliness was excellent. In fact, everything about St Katharine's is delightful. Cannot wait to come back next year.''
Mrs Jo Anderson - 'My stay was perfect in every way. Everything accessible. Lovely comfortable clean room overlooking the garden.''

Limehouse Aid

As I'm sure you are aware RFSK has a long history of commitment to the community here in the East End. indeed in recent years we have sought ways to contribute fresh creative ideas into the life of Limehouse.  During the current crisis we are serving the NHS offering care for those leaving hospital but not yet ready to go home. Our Yurt Cafe has transformed into a shop for grocery supplies and takeaway craft coffee.

Another exciting development has been the growing relationship with Limehouse Aid, a network of over 230 volunteers seeking to supporting the community during this time of Covid19.  It has been a dynamic and exciting group - seeking to make a difference locally and clearly fits with our charitable aims. So we are delighted that we are now establishing this positive relationship between RFSK and Limehouse Aid, on a longer term basis. By working together, we can build the initial projects like the establishing of the RFSK food bank hub, and explore new creative collaborative ways to build hope and resilience for those living here in this small corner off East London. 

Thank you to Vicky Wharam who has been our volunteer driver so far. Plus special thanks to Lee Goodwin who has led this project and to all the volunteers. 


Yurt Cafe News

Our Yurt Cafe continues to serve the community for essential supplies and as a takeaway. Thank you to everyone for abiding by social distancing guidelines when picking up their produce.The yurt is receiving fresh produce on Wednesdays and Fridays. Please email 

Busy bee's

We are always busy bees at St. Katharine's but now we have some really busy bees, as we welcome a hive to our community garden. May 20th was International Bee Day. 🐝🌎There is great conservation going on all over the world. 

Takeaway Fresh Food 

We are now cooking daily fresh nutritious takeaway food from our Yurt Cafe. The menu varies daily and we include a vegan and meat option. Examples are cauliflower, potato vegan curry and pangasius served with roast potatoes and mixed salad. 



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