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CHESS Conference 2016

Aerial view of Cefn Lea showing the centre in the midst of forested hills.

Christian Home Education Support Service

 Conference 2016

The Venue

Cefn Lea Park is situated near Dolfor, Newtown, Powys, SY16 4AJ. The Christian-run conference centre is set on a 50 acre site, nestling in a picturesque valley.
Amongst its many facilities it has an indoor sports hall, indoor activity centre for young children as well as pool tables, air hockey and many other games. Outside can be found an adventure playground, tennis courts, pitch and putt course, nature reserve, sports field, and much more.

The leisure home accomodation at Cefn Lea.


The centre offers a range of accommodation to suit all families and budgets. Log cabins have three bed
rooms sleeping 5-6 people in each one room.  These have a central living area with basic kitchen facilities. There are some rooms with en-suite bathrooms. Leisure homes sleeping up to 8 people are also available.
The park also offers facilities for touring vans and camping pitches, which all have electric hook up and water taps close by.
For a preview of the accommodation please take a look at the Cefn Lea website, where you can find a short video:

Clay and Sally Clarkson.
Wholehearted Education
Clay and Sally Clarkson
Cefn Lea, September 2nd - 4th 2016

The Conference

Our programme this year will be led by internationally renowned Clay and Sally Clarkson. The Clarksons founded Whole Heart Ministries in 1994 as an evangelical Christian home and parenting ministry. Their mission is to encourage and equip Christian parents to raise wholehearted children for Christ.¯ Their ultimate objective is to come alongside Christian parents to help them prepare their children to be kingdom builders for Christ in their generation. All their four children have been home educated.  Their website can be found at

Once again, the conference will offer a wide range of topics all around home educating your children. There will be plenary sessions where we all meet together. Seminars will be led by people with experience built up over many years of home educating. This year, the majority of these will be taken by the Clarksons themselves. A family service on the Sunday morning is followed by lunch. There will also be Q&A sessions and lots of opportunity to fellowship with friends both old and new.


A resource centre will also be available where you can browse items ranging from whole curriculums down to individual books and teaching aids.

Children & Young People

Some of the CHESS youth playing basketball in an indoor sports hall at Cefn Lea.

During the conference there will be a children's activity programme for all children above 4 years old. For babies and toddlers there will be a room set up for parents to care for them with a live link to plenary sessions.
During sessions your children (4-14) will be cared for. At all other times they will be the responsibility of the parent/guardian.
If you have children attending the conference you may be asked to volunteer to help in at least one children's activity session. This is dependent on the number of volunteers we attract to the children's work.

The Cefn Lea adventure playground.


Although conference prices have risen, the CHESS committee believe the rates offer great value for money and are cheaper than other like events featuring international speakers.

This year we wish the whole booking process to be completed electronically via emails and bank transfers.

The cost of full board for the weekend conference including meals and standard accommodation is:

Adults 14-18yrs 11-13yrs 8-10yrs 3-7yrs Under 3

Please see the additional price sheet for a full list of prices and accommodation options, which can be accessed here.

Member's reductions in these tariffs are for CHESS members who are registered before 1st August.

To request a booking form please email
The booking form can also be downloaded from here.

Full payment must be completed on or before 19th August 2016 by bank transfer, otherwise the places are not guaranteed.