Participant Planning Guide

37th ASDAL Conference Welcome and Invitation
Millenials, Generation X, Y or Z – How well do we know our customers
26 – 29 June 2017
Newbold College of Higher Education
Binfield, England


Planning Guide

Newbold College of Higher Education

Newbold College believes that a Christian education is an important ministry and that, where possible, every student should have the opportunity to study on a Seventh-day Adventist campus.

Since Newbold was established in 1901 it has been committed to the objective of developing autonomous learners who do not merely reflect the thinking of others.

Newbold is a student-centered, inclusive and innovative learning community operated by the Seventh-day Adventist Church.

The diversity of Newbold’s educational network is reflected in the nature of its campus community, in the staff, students and graduates, and through the universities in the United Kingdom, Germany and the United States with which the College partners in the provision of academic programmes.

photograph of Moor Close Gardens
[photograph of Moor Close Gardens]

Keynote Speaker

Dr Tom de Bruin is Lecturer in New Testament Exegesis at Newbold College of Higher Education. Previously he served the Adventist Church as Youth Director, Executive Secretary, Communications Director and pastor in the Netherlands Union. He has degrees from the University of Groningen (B.Sc. Computing Science), the University of Amsterdam (Graduate Diploma in Religious Studies), Newbold College of Higher Education (License in Theology and M.A. Theology) and Leiden University (PhD New Testament Exegesis).

Tom is profoundly interested in contemporary, post-Christian people, societies, and philosophy. He regularly speaks and publishes on this topic, and currently is trying very hard to finish his book: Metamodern Mission: Reaching post-Christian Europe.

Tom de Bruin
[photograph of Tom de Bruin]


In England the weather may be sunny and warm (23 – 28 degrees Centigrade, 73 – 82 Fahrenheit). There could also be wind and rain. Be prepared for both. The conference is in the middle of the English summer.


We recommend that attendees stay in Keough House, one of the halls of residence on campus that has been reserved for ASDAL. This is convenient for all conference activities.

Standard room per room per night, single occupancy or single room:  £24 (approximately $30)
Standard room per room per night, double occupancy: £38.40 (approximately $48)

  • Standard rooms have a sink, but communal showers and toilets

Room with en-suite shower & toilet, per room per night, single occupancy: £33.60  (approximately $42)
Room with en-suite shower & toilet, per room per night, double occupancy: £57.60  (approximately $72)

photograph of room in Keough House
[photograph of room in Keough House]


For those arriving on Sunday a light supper will be served in the registration area.

During the Conference vegetarian meals will be served in the Bartlett Hall cafeteria on campus.

The cost per meal is £6 (approximately $7.50). On the tour day Lunch will be on your own.


Please email and request a booking form for accommodation and meals.



Those who do not wish to stay on campus may want to consider one of the options below. Please make your own reservations.

Hotels within walking distance of Newbold College:
Coppid Beach
John Nike Way, Bracknell, Berkshire, RG12 8TF
Tel: +44 (0)1344 303333

Travelodge Bracknell-North (NOT Travelodge Bracknell Central)
London Road, Binfield, Berkshire, RG42 4AA
Tel: + 44 (0)871 984 6015
Fax: + 44 (0)1344 485940

White Gates Hotel (across the road from Newbold College main entrance)
St. Mark’s Road, Binfield, Berkshire, RG42 4AT
Tel: +44 (0)134 464 9164
Cel: +44 (0)787 774 9014


Requires a car:
Premier Inn Bracknell (Twin Bridges)
Downshire Way, Bracknell, Berkshire, RG12 7AA
Tel: +44 (0)871 527 8130
Fax: +44 (0)871 527 8131

Travelodge Bracknell Central Hotel
London Road, Bracknell, Berkshire, RG12 2UT
Tel: +44 (0)871 984 6367
Fax: +44 (0)1344 862509

The banquet will be held in the wood panelled Oak Lounge of Moor Close, a Grade II listed building built in a mock Tudor style. The Oak Lounge boasts a large monogrammed fire place, beamed ceiling and an oak staircase. Leading off the Oak Lounge are the Green Lounge and Blue Room. The Blue Room is a light and spacious former dining room with mirrored doors and blue scagliola columns. The Green Lounge is an elegant room evocative of the Rococo period with a marble fireplace. Window seats allow beautiful views of the ornamental gardens.

The banquet will include a vegetarian meal, chamber music and an after dinner speech by Dr John Baildam, Principal of Newbold College.

One banquet ticket is included with the registration fee. Additional banquet tickets are available for $35 each.

photograph of banquet venue – Moor Close Oak Lounge
[photograph of banquet venue – Moor Close Oak Lounge]

How to get to Newbold
Please scroll down to HOW TO GET TO NEWBOLD on this page:


Wednesday Tour

The tour-day highlight is a once in a lifetime opportunity to visit a renowned historic library. There will be a 90-minute guided tour of a prestigious collection of historical significance. The tour is by invitation only and is strictly limited to full members of ASDAL. In the interests of security we cannot include photographs or more precise details. It is a typically British understatement to say to you all that we extremely fortunate to be invited to this venue and you will not be disappointed.

The day continues with a visit to the Magna Carta Memorial in a meadow on the bank of the Thames at Runnymede. It celebrates the Magna Carta, an historic peace treaty that came to represent key principles of human rights.

A short walk away from the Magna Carta Memorial is the Kennedy Memorial. This includes a steep path of 50 steps and a woodland walkway as well as a memorial stone. The sculptor, Alan Collins, carved the lettering on this memorial.

There will also be the opportunity to explore the royal town of Windsor, with the Castle, its shops, and a variety of lunch options. If time allows you may also be able to walk across the bridge over the river Thames and visit the town of Eton, renowned for Eton College. Eton College was founded in 1440 by King Henry VI and attended by His Royal Highness Prince Henry of Wales, better known as Prince Harry.


Link to Windsor:

Link to Magna Carta Memorial:

Link to Kennedy Memorial:


Friday Tour

For delegates who stay on over the weekend, there will be a full day tour on Friday and an afternoon activity on Sabbath. Further details will be published in the Spring issue of ASDAL Action.