MEP Andrew Lewer visits Nature and Nurture

Andrew Lewer MEP

We were pleased to welcome our MEP Andrew Lewer to Sunshine Barn recently.

Mr Lewer had asked to come and visit Nature and Nurture after hearing so much about us and what we were doing. He made time in his busy schedule to stay for a cup of coffee and find out more about the services we offer and the people we help.

Big Lottery Fund Supports Nature and Nurture


We have exciting news to share! Nature and Nurture has been awarded a substantial grant under the Big Lottery’s “Awards for All’ scheme, for a project to pilot our innovative approach to providing therapy. The money will be used to offer an assessment and up to 8 sessions of therapy to a number of local children and young people – in fact the first child has already started their therapy with us. We are so grateful to the Big Lottery for this grant, and look forward to sharing the results of the pilot in due course.

Pictured below are Frances Weston and Jane Stretton, with the plaque now on display in Sunshine Barn


Weleda Fundraising Evening

Our small fundraising event, a Weleda ‘pampering’ evening, took place on 17th July and was a great success.  Anna Kowalski, an agent for the company, presented a wide range of Weleda’s gorgeous natural face and body care products, and explained the benefits of each – allowing everyone to test them for themselves.  Our guests were treated to individual foot spa experiences – most welcome as it was an extremely warm evening!

Raffle prizes were very kindly donated by The Village Rainbow, Rhythm of Beauty, Daisy Chain, Three Treasures Qi-gong, Love to Change Your Style, Weleda and Brighter Futures Personal Growth.  We are pleased to announce that the evening raised £175 for Nature and Nurture.  Many thanks to everyone involved.





Waitrose in Ashbourne Supports Nature and Nurture

We’re delighted to announce that Waitrose in Ashbourne have chosen to support us through their ‘Community Matters’ initiative, for the month of February. So do pop your green tokens into our box if you’re shopping there this month – thank you!

BBC Radio Derby Interview

Frances was interviewed by Caroline Kerr of BBC Radio Derby on Wednesday November 6th. You can have a listen below.

Ashbourne News Telegraph

Many thanks to the Ashbourne News Telegraph for coming out to see us and writing this piece about Nature and Nurture on their business page –

Opening of Sunshine Barn

After months of hard work by Nick Chapman and his team of builders, we finally had our official opening on Wednesday 16th October. Lady Walker-Okeover kindly cut the ribbon for us, and we were delighted that so many people came to support us despite the horrendous weather that day! Visitors were able to look round all the rooms and find out more about what we are planning, and could experience free mini-treatments in our beautiful treatment room, which were kindly donated by Jackie Howard from Brackendale Spa. We had a fantastic spread of delicious cakes including a magnificent ‘Nature and Nurture’ cake kindly donated by Carole Law. Many thanks to everyone involved for making it a very memorable and special occasion.

Click here to view photos of the opening