Rev Kenneth Habershon (Founder and Visionary)
My dad was a fine preacher and teacher; so I grew up in a strong Christian home. I first went from my boarding school to a teenage boys Christian holiday when I was 17; I loved it, made many friendships (some still continue today).
For six years throughout my time at university I continued to help at those same holidays at a school in Dorset. I was then ordained and started teenage holidays myself at St Michael’s School, Limpsfield for boys and girls from schools, colleges and church youth groups from every background.
I still enjoy paying occasional visits to Haslemere. Why do I still pop in? Because I still enjoy meeting teenagers! Also I love keeping in touch with many whom I knew as teenagers many years ago!
Teenage is a great time in life to think about Christian truth, experience the fulfilment of following Jesus Christ and grow in Christian discipleship. Many churches today need (and often lack) Christian young people. It helps to keep me young as I minister a bit in our own local church in Sussex and also for many years I have helped with the appointment of vicars in different churches around the country.
The Staff Team
Rev Paul Peterson (Haslemere Principal)
I first came to Limpsfield Ventures as a teenager in 1983, which proved to be a life transforming experience and a prompt to faith commitment. I was inspired by the care shown for each individual and the way in which faith was made real through the talks, dorm times and relationships. For over 30 years now the Limpsfield Houseparties have been in my blood, and in November 2015 I had the privilege of taking up the role of Haslemere Principal, with an emphasis on overseeing the houseparties, developing leaders, growing our church support base and ultimately seeing lives transformed by Christ. I combine this with a half time role as Associate Minister at Christ Church Downend in North Bristol.
To unwind I like nothing better than good food, a game of cricket and breathtaking scenery – preferably all in the same package!
I’m delighted that my two teenage sons share my love of the houseparties!
Carol Aitman (Houseparty Administrator)
I grew up in Twickenham before moving to Worthing at the age of 12 where I transferred to a Guide company attached to the church and during my first church parade I heard the gospel for the first time and my faith grew from there.
I started my working life in a scientific laboratory before moving into electronics. I then worked for the Inland Revenue and remained there until we adopted our children. I was introduced to Haslemere through my children experiencing the camps. As a parent I quickly realised it was a very special place of care and the love of Jesus.
While my children were growing up I ran a road safety scheme overseen by the local council at a first school with Reception and Year 1 children. I have always been involved in children’s/young people’s work at my church and ran Brownie holidays for many years.
I became the Haslemere/Limpsfield Trust Administrator in October 2010.
Recruitment Assistant – Lauren McCombie Smith
Lauren works part time for the trust promoting Haslemere to young people, youth groups and potential leaders. She was a Haslemere leader for four years before taking on the Recruitment Assistant role. Lauren is based in Guildford and also works part time as youth worker for Warlingham Methodist Church. She is also an art lover and a passionate worship leader.
Lauren is available to visit your youth group or church group to promote Haslemere Ventures and is contactable on 07708 533069 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Rev Graham Watts (Limpsfield Trust Chair)
Graham has been involved in Ventures since the age of 12. He became a Christian on a Venture and Ventures played an essential role in building his foundations of faith. Marrying Sami, a long-term Limpsfielder, only increased his commitment to Ventures and it was with great joy that Graham sent his oldest child, Zeke, to Haslemere Easter 2017 on his own. The next generation hit the Ventures scene! In between Ventures Graham and Sami lead a Church plant in Marlow Bottom, Bucks, aimed at reaching families in the village. They have three kids – Zeke, Keziah and Joss. In any spare time Graham finds he occasionally does some exercise, even less occasionally plays some sport and spends the rest of his time reminiscing about the days his trousers slipped on more easily!
Graham became Chair of the Limpsfield Trust in June 2017.
Alison Murphy (Treasurer)
My sister, Elaine and I heard about CYFA Ventures from our youth group and so found the nearest one, which just happened to be, Limpsfield! This was back in 1980 and heralded the beginning of a long association with the houseparties. Even now I lead once a year in the summer as I believe it is a great place to share the gospel with young people in a relaxed atmosphere. Being the treasurer of the Trust is challenging but working as a teacher, part-time I do have time to do this vital work. In 2014 I married Steve but still currently live in Stanford-le-Hope where I do a bit of preaching at my church and keep busy with running, badminton and ceroc as well as having fun with my new extended family.
Cley Charles Crouch (Trustee)
Cley started coming to the houseparties in 1990 when he married his wife Jane (nee Waring) and has led every summer since then – often being found on the tennis courts! Having become a Christian at the age of 12 at a similar camp, he values the work all the more because of this. Cley became a Trustee of The Limpsfield Trust in 2004 and has worked in finance for PwC and Barclays Bank for many years. Other passions in life are celebrated through Cley’s roles as Churchwarden of Holy Trinity, Cambridge and as a Patron of the British Film Institute.
Jim Herrington (Trustee)
Jim first went to Limpsfield in the Summer of 1979, and this was where his faith became ‘alive’. He led at many Limpsfield’s and Mayfield’s until the mid 1990s, and continued to keep in contact with many of the friends he’d made over the years.
In 2016 Jim started the “thank you for Limpsfield” facebook page which has linked over 350 former Limpsfield members, leaders and cooks together. He is also active in his local Church, St Mary’s Bury St Edmunds, where he has been worshipping all his life, including several years as Head Chorister, but now leads the worship each week with his trusted Gibson guitar.
Jim’s never stopped playing football or given up his like of fast cars and motorbikes…even if he’s a bit slower these days.
Susie Kennedy (Trustee)
Susie is married to Graham (aka GK) and has a young family. She first attended Mayfield as a teenager in 1999 and has never stopped going! Susie and GK now help to lead Haslemere A each summer. They live in Brighton and Susie divides her time between being a mum and working in Lewes prison delivering Restorative Justice.
Christine Penfold (Trustee)
Lynne Williams (Trustee)
The houseparties have been a great place to explore my relationship with God as both a member and a leader. I first went as a 16 year old in 1979 having just stepped foot in a church for the first time in my life the year before! I have been involved in youth work since then, teach Biology and am an avid crunchie maker which is a type of biscuit that keeps our youth group going …originally made by Lizzie Dean a long time Limpsfielder. I live in Deal with my husband Dai and daughter Ellie, love drumming and dream of one day touring Britain in a camper van serving tea and crunchie to people, especially any current or former houseparty members!
Will Hogg (Trustee)
Will moved to The Good Shepherd Mission in Bethnal Green in 2012 and soon heard how great Haslemere is from members and leaders. The next year he started leading and has continued every summer since. Will became a Christian as a teenager and grew in his faith at university.
Will now works as an actuary for an insurance company in London. He became a trustee in 2017.