RETURNING TO GLASTONBURY

or Pilgrim Newsletter No 38, February 1991

PLANS FOR GLASTONBURY

With this newsletter you will find several copies of the leaflet advertising next summerís pilgrimage. As always, past pilgrims are always the best advertisements for future pilgrimages, so the extra copies are for passing on to your friends. If you can distribute more just ask! The literature is going out a little later than usual because we have had great difficulty in getting accommodation, especially in the New Forest area. But now we have found somewhere to stay all along the route, and ironically the New Forest accommodation is particularly good, two new village halls with showers!

DO YOU REMEMBER GLASTONBURY ONE?

It was back in 1978 that we first walked to Glastonbury, and it was a memorable journey. The picture of us setting out from Arundel Cathedral for Glastonbury was used to illustrate the page on walking pilgrimages in "The First Twenty Five Years" the history of our Diocese so far, published last year. We were greeted at Emsworth to the Portsmouth Diocese by a banner waving Brendan Walls and family. We had a specially chartered boat to take us from South Parade Pier to Ryde, where the old school was in a state of disrepair. Father Peter Madden unblocked all the loos and we had to order 75 suppers from the local fish and chip shop. We built sand castles and went dancing on the rest day at Ventnor. Bishop Cormac visited us in the evening at Brockenhurst, where it was fish and chips in paper again, and the Bishop's had gone cold! Our boots were stolen at Salisbury. We went to see Stonehenge before they put up all the barriers. Rough cider was imbibed at Castle Cary. Bob Garrard read Winnie the Pooh to us each night, but with some difficulty at CC because of the RC! Sr Teresa and Sr Elizabeth drove the St Peter's school, Leatherhead, mini-bus for us, and had an argument with an army vehicle also at CC but not because of the RC. We gathered at the foot of Glastonbury Tor and ascended the steep slope holding hands and therefore with considerable difficulty. After the usual celebration day in Glastonbury, we visited Wells Cathedral on the way home and sang Jerusalem there and got told off. Lots of happy memories for lots of wonderful people whose names are still connected with the pilgrimages, and perhaps a few of them will make a second journey to Glastonbury with us this summer.

PLANS FOR GLASTONBURY TWO

This year we are still including the crazy idea of going via the Isle of Wight, crossing over from Portsmouth to Ryde and returning from Yarmouth to Lymington. Things have changed and we have had to find different accommodation everywhere except at Ventnor. There we are staying in the same school and the same parish priest remembers us well. But they have pulled down the dance hall! An ex Student Cross chaplain is now Parish Priest in Salisbury, so I am sure we will not have our boots stolen again! The overnight at Downside Abbey should be interesting, and we hope a visit to Longleat Park and Wells Cathedral will be part of the outward route. We are missing out Stonehenge this time, now that they have fenced it off! There was a special magic about our first Glastonbury Pilgrimage and we look forward to an equally special pilgrimage this year. But for St Richardís Two pilgrims donít forget that the weather may not be so good as last year! Get your walking boots well walked in, and your rain-gear sorted out!

ABOUT GLASTONBURY

There is something magical about the conical hill, visible for many miles, known as Glastonbury Tor, and it has been a religious centre since long before Christian times. There is a legend that the Holy Family came to Glastonbury for part of their exile from Palestine after the Flight into Egypt. There is another legend that Joseph of Arimathea settled in Glastonbury and that his staff was planted in the ground and flowered as the Glastonbury Thorn. It is also legendary that the Holy Grail, the chalice that was used by Christ at the Last Supper, was buried at Glastonbury. Much better documented is that Christianity reached the areas of Western England, including Glastonbury, which were not occupied by the Romans, long before the conversion of the Roman Empire. Much later the Saxons were converted and brought Christianity to the rest of England. There is yet another legend that St. Patrick was buried at Glastonbury. There was an abbey at Glastonbury since at least the Fifth Century. Glastonbury Abbey was the centre of the monastic revival begun by St Dunstan in the Tenth Century, which spread across the whole country. Since at least the Eighth Century there has been special devotion to Mary at Glastonbury, and a new statue of Our Lady of Glastonbury was enthroned in 1955.

NEWS FROM THE PILGRIMS

Dominic OĎHara (Walsingham 1, Glastonbury 1, Canterbury 2, Buckfast 1 and Evesham) has moved down to Brighton and is working on his own as a Freelance Trainer, working with people who have learning difficulties and organising training courses in such areas as bereavement & communication skills helping people to lead normal lives, stress management, understanding difficult behaviour, etc. He sends his love to all who know him and feels so out ofí touch he wants to come off the pilgrimage mailing list. I intend to ignore this request. The early pilgrimages would not have been the same without him!

Margaret Cullen (Wessex and Walsingham 2) has obtained a degree in Pastoral Theology from Heythrop College in July She has moved to Liverpool and is teaching at the Star of the Sea Primary School in Seaforth.

Elaine Rawlins (Sussex) has also just got a degree in Pastoral Theology from Heythrop College

Gillian McLauchlan has been walking parts of the West Highland Way in the Kilpatrick Hills.

Claire Fellingham (St Richard 2) celebrated her 16th birthday.

Anne DeĎath has passed her finals and is now working in a dental practice in Stafford, She is living at Flat 2, Parkside Shopping Precinct, Stafford, ST16 1TQ. Telephone: 0785-222762.

Bob Garrard (Holy Year, Canterbury 1 & 2, Walsingham 1 Glastonbury 1, Buckfast 1 Sussex and Evesham) began a Deputy Headship this January. He and Maureen now have a daughter Rebecca.

Michael McCabe is now a senior lecturer in computer mathematics at Portsmouth Polytechnic.

Jo Cleary (Little Jo of Evesham, Lindisfarne, Wessex and Walsingham 2) is now doing a research degree on planning for bicycles to ease the congestion in urban areas, the oil crisis, global warming etc.

PILGRIM BABIES

Aidan and Imelda Simons were unable to oblige with definite news of their new arrival for the last newsletter! Bridget Ruth was born on 16th October 1990, a sister to RoisŪn.

Leslie and Torn Yeung are expecting their first baby on 2nd August 1991 but acknowledge that the date might not be exact.

Francis (Holy Year and Canterbury 1) and Sue Weston had a baby boy, Troy Joseph, born last August.

Gabe (Holy Year, Canterbury 1, Glastonbury 1 ) and Malcolm Stewart had a baby girl, Catriona, burn on 1st September, a sister for Calum. Gabe came on the very first pilgrimage and then had the name Gaye Churchill.

Edwina Holmes (Holy Year, Canterbury 1 and Glastonbury 1) is now married ó Mrs Edwina Turner and has a baby son, Richard Lawrence, born on 28th November.

Tassie Barrett (Holy Year 2, Canterbury 1, Walsingham 1 and Glastonbury 1), now Mrs Catherine Frost, is expecting her first baby in March.

PILGRIM MARRIAGES

Rosemary Wood was married to David Southon at Kilndown Church, which we visited on Canterbury Two, on 8th December 1990. The combined choirs of Kilndown and Goudhurst sang, and four sets of bell ringers rang the bells for them. A glorious time was had by all and Rosemary and David are now enjoying married life

Liz Williams (Wessex) is planning to marry Tony Beston in the spring.

A GREAT TRAGEDY

Our last newsletter reported that Margaret Archer, one of the organisers of the First Glastonbury Pilgrimage, had got married to David Howells in July Very sadly David died suddenly in December,from a heart attack. As well as Margaret, he leaves three married children in their twenties by his first marriage. His first wife died in a car accident two years ago. We offer Margaret the sympathy of the whole pilgrim family, and pray that she and her step children may be strengthened by the Lord at this difficult time, and that they may be enabled to accept the past and plan for the future. We pray too that David may have reached that great destination of all our pilgrimages here on earth, the eternal vision of God. Margaret would like to thank all the pilgrims for their letters of sympathy. The Easter Portsmouth Diocesan Pilgrimage which she used to organise is still going ahead and is this year a journey from Didcot to Streatley along the Vale of the White Horse via Abingdon, Fernham, Lambourn and West Ilsley. Further details from John Cullen.

NORTHERN CROSS

Northern Cross is the annual pilgrimage from Penrith across the Pennines to Lindisfarne or Holy Island as a preparation for and celebration of Easter. The publicity offers us some wonderful descriptions of pilgrimages as we know them: a walking retreat, a form of witness, and an opportunity to explore the possibilities of community and discipleship in Christ. It begins on the Friday before Palm Sunday and concludes on Easter Sunday (22nd to 31st March). For further information please contact Edward Bicknell or Margaret Anderson  or Tom Yeung

NEW ADDRESSES

John and Fern White can be contacted . Fern is at home, but John is still sailing around the world on the good ship Logos.

NEWS FROM THE FRONT LINE

As we hear how our reporters are going out into the desert front line to gather the most accurate war news for us, I feel somewhat ashamed of sitting indoors, watching the snow and composing your newsletter from letters and scraps of information you have sent in. However, thatís how itís done! So if you want your news in the next edition, please write and tell me. Lots of people who you knew on a pilgrimage perhaps long ago would love to hear what you are doing now. The next newsletter will be sent out at the end of July or beginning of August together with the fuller details of the route of the Second Glastonbury Pilgrimage, on which, of course, it would be nice to meet up with YOU!     W.J.H.