The Beamsley Family

We specialise in self catering holidays for people with additional needs. Our facilities provide the base so you can explore the endless opportunitues Yorkshire has to offer. 












Our dedicated team provide the base for you to create a holiday thats tailored to your needs and wishes.  We provide a blank canvas for you to build as much or as little into your holiday as you wish. 

The Beamsley Project Charitable Trust was set up by a group of individuals who belonged to Beamsley Methodist Church congregation before it closed.  They wanted to ensure that the building was put to good use and so the Beamsley Project was created.

Now the Project is managed by a group of dedicated Trusees who are committed to ensuring their legacy continues.  

Our aim is to provide good quality holiday accommodation that is fully accessible to everyone whilst maintaining low costs to our guests. 


Our Trustees




My name is Lynda.  Once I say “hello,” people seem to know I am Welsh. I was born and brought up in the valleys of South Wales, though I’ve lived in England all my adult   life. My family of children and grandchildren are now scattered up and down the country and wider, so I travel- and love playing with the children and exploring new areas.  I like embroidering pictures and swimming in my spare time, and most of all I am enthusiastic about walking. One of my delights has been to walk coast to coast through Wales, England, and Scotland. My work has been in primary school teaching first and then mainly as a counsellor in health care settings. It has been a huge learning experience.  I never cease to be amazed at the capacity of the human spirit to respond to what life can throw.  My faith has been challenged and has grown through those experiences.I have known about Beamsley since its early beginnings, but was nudged some years ago to get involved as a trustee. We work as a team with our different backgrounds and experiences, aiming to bring opportunity for families and groups to enjoy some fun, or relaxation here in our beautiful setting. To know that the young people have had an adventure, and that they and their families or carers have gone home happy, is a very good feeling for us all.





My name is Josephine. I was born in North London in Southgate in 1943. Family and Church life are very important to me as was my working life in the NHS for over 20 years. I worked in Bromley Primary Care Trust for Learning Disabilities as a Manager which was challenging, heart-rendering and a very rewarding experience

Since my retirement in 2006 I have been involved with 2 charities for Learning Disabilities.  The Beamsley Project - to provide holiday accommodation in the Yorkshire Dales and CTI 2000 - hands on running term time and holiday projects.  Both these charities involve different aspects of work but allow me to use my previous wealth of experience to help support them.

I was introduced to Beamsley by a former Trustee when I moved to Yorkshire from Kent in 2006, after he found out my previous career and knowledge.

I feel I have a lot of experience to offer/ support The Beamsley Project due to my background history. I am truly passionate about my involvement with learning disabilities and disabled people as we can learn so much from them as individuals and offer them practical skills for life which we often take for granted.In addition to my support as Trustee I am also an active member of The Friends of the Beamsley Project who work throughout the year to raise funds to support the Beamsley Bursary and refurbishment requirements.  I will always be committed in my involvement with the Project, as I feel I still have more to offer and look forward to finding new ways to expand ensuring our service is always available to everyone and improve the holiday experience for all our guests.





Married man approaching 3 score years and ten! Father of 2 andgrandfather of 4.  Northerner supporting Sunderland through thin and thinner!  Peace, justice, fairness and equality.  A Christian supporting Christian values where everyone matters.  A retired building society executive specialising in Customer Service and Figures.  Beamsley provides a wonderful, caring,  and specialised venue within the beautiful Yorkshire Dales for those who are less able.  As Trustee/Treasurer and word-spreader!!





My wife and I became involved with the Beamsley Project almost 25 years ago. In those days it was all run by volunteers. Volunteers organised the funding and the bookings and also the cleaning of the building after visitors. The Friends of Beamsley Project continues this vital fund-raising work today. We had both spent our careers in various roles in education and this was useful in work with schools and youth groups. I was invited to become a Trustee and later Margaret became the first Warden responsible for the day to day running of the Project. I joined her later and for 10 years we worked together on the admin and looking after visitors. When I finally retired Margaret carried on as Warden organising the staff team and liaising with visitors. We have seen Beamsley grow from a few bookings a month to now having a 24 bed Centre and a separate 6 bed Cottage. We were also pleased to add a large field at the rear of the buildings to develop into a relaxing and accessible garden and wild area for picnics and exercise. As a trustee I am involved in fund raising, the development of policies and health & safety issues.

   I am a retired teacher of deaf/blind children with multiple disabilities and the mother of 5, one of whom became disabled following a  serious brain haemorrhage in his teens.  I also run a Riding for the Disabled Group and teach riding twice a week.  For about 20 years I have been running holidays for disabled riders and am the National lead for organising riding holidays with the Riding for the Disabled Association.  This is how I have come to know the Beamsley Project, having stayed in the Centre and Cottage many times.  My role as a trustee at Beamsley is to advise on needs for disabled holiday makers and always keep them in the front of our plans, to find suitable local activities and accessible places of interest and where possible to get the opinions of those visiting regarding their particular needs. 

I was pleased to join the Project as a trustee when I retired from a senior management position in the finance sector. My responsibility, for not only financial matters but also regulatory governance has helped in supporting the development, and the day to day running, of the Project.

Beamsley is a charity that deserves to succeed as it provides opportunities for less able children and adults alike to experience the great outdoors with a break in the Yorkshire Dales. Helping to make sure this Project is sustainable is something that is, and will continue to be, close to my heart.


My name is Rex. I grew up in Yorkshire, went to school in Otley, and although I have worked in other places in Britain and abroad, coming back to ‘God’s own country’ is heavenly! It was my good fortune to be involved in the Beamsley Project from its beginning in the 1980s which began by looking at how to use the old Methodist Chapel. A group of retired people with connections to Methodism, got together to look at the possibility of converting the main building into a place where disabled people could have a suitably equipped, comfortable lodging to explore the Yorkshire Dales. It took time to raise money and complete the long process of making the possibility into reality. We welcomed our first visitors in 1996.

Being a trustee of such a wonderful place is a great privilege. It is satisfying to know that all the effort required to keep the Project going, results in so many folk with disabilities having an enjoyable holiday. There is also the pleasure of sharing the responsibilities with other trustees and the Project staff. Although most of the original trustees are no longer with us, others have joined the team, and it is interesting to find that they are all involved with other good causes. At our monthly meetings we bring our various gifts and experience to the work, forge new friendships, and do something worthwhile. And the biscuits are good too!