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A Story to Tell

The Oakes Book

Billie Thaw and Joanne Gilchrist

A Story to Tell

The Oakes Book

Billie Thaw and Joanne Gilchrist



I  am not a writer, but I have a story to tell. 

It is not my story — it is God's story of how He has transformed a dilapidated Georgian manor house into a residential holiday centre, and how He has used this special place to transform lives.

May you be encouraged and inspired by the story of The Oakes, a planting of the Lord's righteousness to display His glory.

— Billie Thaw

The Oakes Holiday Centre, co-directed by Dan and Billie Thaw and situated on the southern edge of Sheffield, exists to share the Christian message with children and young people through amazing residential camps.

In this book, Billie recounts how God established the centre against all odds and, with the help of over 200 contributors including a foreword by Roger Carswell, shares how The Oakes has been used to impact thousands of campers, team members and others since its origins in the late 1990s. 

In addition, Joanne Gilchrist takes a look back through the history of the estate and the people who lived there before-hand, recounting how God was paving the way for it to become what it is to this day. 

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