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Upcott 50 years anniversary celebration

We are so excited to be celebrating our 50th anniversary this year, and incredibly thankful to God for His tremendous blessing of the work of Upcott over the past half a century.

Celebration weekend: 15th–16th September 2018

You are invited to join us at The Beacon for a special weekend of celebration on 15th–16th September 2018, to mark this milestone in Upcott’s history. The house will be open between 10am–6pm on Saturday and 10am–4.30pm on Sunday, with a relaxed rolling programme of activities throughout the weekend. It is free to attend, but there will be opportunities to give to the work of Upcott throughout the weekend.

Whether you can just come for an hour or are able to spend both days with us, we can’t wait to see as many of you as possible.

Although it’s useful to know if you’re planning to come, you don’t need to formally RSVP. However, you can let us know by responding to our Facebook event, which is also a great way to find out about changes and updates to the weekend.

What’s happening during the weekend?

Key timings:

  • Doors open at 10am
  • Time of worship – 11am
  • Trustee address – 12.45pm
  • Doors close at 6pm on Saturday and 4.30pm on Sunday

Throughout both days:

  • Original Team members Eileen, Dick, Ange and Brian will be joining us throughout the weekend.
  • Get a taste of a Smiley Week – join in with some big games, which will be a great way to see what your kids get up to as well as introduce Upcott to new friends.
  • On both afternoons, there’ll be the opportunity to fly down our waterslide and take a dip in the pool, so bring towels and swimwear if you fancy a swim.
  • Spend some time in our creative prayer room, exploring the theme of thankfulness.
  • Take part in our auction of promises.
  • Discover and revisit Upcott’s history through displays and film.
  • Bring photos of your Upcott memories, to add to our memory wall.
  • Browse our craft fair. If you’d like to submit work for consideration (with a proportion of the profits going to Upcott) please contact
  • Be one of the first to buy our brand new Upcott T-shirt.
  • Become a regular giver to Upcott – help us reach our target of  gaining 50 new monthly givers this year, so that we can continue Upcott’s work for future generations.
  • Reconnect with old friends and make new ones, while exploring and relaxing in The Beacon’s house, gardens and woods.


  • Bring a picnic for lunch. Don’t forget to pack a blanket or deckchair as we have limited outdoor seating. Please note: we no longer have a BBQ available to cook food. However, if you would like to bring some food to cook, we can do this for you in our kitchen at 5pm on Saturday. Unfortunately we have no cooking facilities available on Sunday.
  • Drinks and cake will be served all day.
  • The tuck shop will be open where you can purchase sweet treats.


Unfortunately we can’t offer any accommodation or meals during the weekend, but if you are planning to stay in the area, there are plenty of local campsites, B&Bs and hotels to choose from, including a new Premier Inn which is about 2 miles from us.

How did it all begin?

In 1967, two young women, Jeannie Rookley and Eileen Bell (née Spiller) met at Bible college and prayed together for “a little cottage by the sea in the West Country where we can invite people to stay and tell them about Jesus”. Meanwhile, John Perowne, a young solicitor, had just bought a house called Upcott in Seaton, Devon, which he wanted to use for the Lord’s work. On 8th September 1968 Jeannie and Eileen moved in, and hosted their first children’s week in 1969. Eventually the work of Upcott became a registered charity, and John Perowne generously donated the house to the Trust. In 2007 Upcott relocated to The Beacon in Minehead where we still continue Jeannie and Eileen’s vision today.