Friends of Patterdale Hall

The Friends of Patterdale Hall (FOPH) group has been established in order to progress the development of Patterdalworking weekende Hall. The group is seeking “Friends” to join them in order to support events for the Hall and its grounds; regular newsletters will update members on developments. Some of the Friends will be part of a small steering committee.

Weekend working parties have already started to restore the gardens to their former glory.  Objectives already in place for the group include:

  • Ensuring the Hall remains as a centre of excellence into the future
  • Raising funds for the renovation of the student accommodation
  • Reinstalling the orangery that once overlooked the Victorian Italian gardens, as well as restoring the rest of the gardens
  • Improving facilities for changing
  • Widely publicising the varied activities on offer out of the centre

If you would like to become involved with the group, here are some ideas for you to consider:

  • Firstly, join the FOPH group – email the Secretary, Debra Hardman ( or call 01204 434751
  • Join one of the FOPH’s volunteer days or working weekends
  • Raise money through your own fundraising event – don’t forget to ask for Gift Aid permission and to collect names and addresses
  • Sponsor the renovation of a dormitory or aspect of the centre – we can name the room after you!
  • Offer to donate your professional skills to the many ongoing projects at Patterdale Hall – this can greatly offset cost
  • Join in future FOPH fundraising events.

John Amatt Author Patterdale hallThe inaugural President of the group is Old Boy of Bolton School and international adventurer and mountain climber, John Amatt. Reflecting on his appointment, John said: “I am delighted and honoured to be asked to be the inaugural President of the Friends of Patterdale Hall group. I have stayed at Patterdale Hall and know what a wonderful place it is, not only for the students of Bolton School but for many other young people who use it each year, some from deprived and disadvantaged backgrounds. The outdoor learning opportunities on offer at Patterdale Hall are very similar to those which I experienced. It was from these confidence building and developmental opportunities that my passion for developing others using the outdoors was established. I have made adventure my business”.

If you would like to become a Friend of Patterdale Hall or support the group in anyway, please do email the Secretary, Debra Hardman ( or call 01204 434751.

I just wanted to email to say thank you so much for everything you did for us last week. The kids and I absolutely loved every minute and we couldn’t have asked for any more in a residential trip. The staff in the centre (Jane and the cooks etc) were amazing, the food was beautiful and the accomodation was the best I have ever stayed in when on a school trip. The centre is stunning. I also wanted to thank you personally for the loan of clothing and equipment whilst I was there! I wanted to make a special mention for Kris group 1’s instructor. He was amazing! His manner with the children was second to none and he was patient and calm as well as being able to have a joke too. He was one of those people whose ways have gone on to influence my own. I honestly can’t speak highly enough of him and the value he added to the children’s (and my) experience! I wish I didn’t have to go on the Thursday! I know the kids will have made memories that will last a lifetime and you guys have been instrumental in this and we thank you enough! Patterdale will 100% be being recommended by me! Hope to see you in October when our school is back again 🙂 Have a great summer! Thanks Mr  Jones Parbold Douglas C of E Academy
Thank you!