This newsletter arrives with your main pilgrimage mailing
for 1994, with posters and application forms for the Hereford Pilgrimage, a
journey that will take us west from Guildford to the River Severn and through
the beautiful Wye Valley countryside to the mediaeval shrine of St Thomas of
Hereford. Accommodation arrangements are almost settled and route planners are
about to begin their task for our summer adventure.
For this year only, as a special
attraction to young people we have introduced a special all-inclusive price of
£99 for those who are under 21 years of age. We hope this will be an
encouragement for ever-greater numbers of young people to experience the
enjoyment of pilgrimage lifestyle!
Please tell your friends, and particularly the young people of your parishes and churches about it. Would you also please ensure, if you live in the Arundel and Brighton Diocesan area, that the poster is displayed on your church notice board, and stays on display until the pilgrimage! But experience shows that the best advertisement is by word of mouth from those who have actually taken part. After all, people need a bit of convincing that such a crazy way of spending precious holiday time could be so enjoyable! So several copies of the poster are enclosed for you to spread around. Please ask Andy Ollard (telephone 0908-605797) for more if you can use them.
Coordinator: Andy Ollard
Accommodation: Fr Bill Haynes & Mary Russell
Pilgrimage Secretary: Gillian McLauchlan
Caterer: Frances Dean
Chief Route Planner: Margaret Nicholls assisted by Louise lnglebrecht & John Chenery
Drinks Car Driver: Julian Martin
General Secretary: Alan Fox
Medical Officer: Danny Thomas
Packed Lunch Co-ordinators: Clare Fellingham & Lucinda Wood
Treasurer: Patrick Reeve
Van Driver: Tony Finnegan
As you see we now have a van driver. Thank you Tony!
This years Reunion took place at
Fr. Bills parish at Redhill on the l2th - l4th November. On arrival on Friday
evening we all congregated in the parish bar due, unfortunately, to there being
scouts and badminton sessions in the two sleeping halls.
After the late arrivals we were
treated to entertaining slides of the Julian of Norwich Pilgrimage (and a few
from 1992) presented by David Cosham, unsuspecting pilgrims beware. Be assured
in whatever activity you partake your movements are likely to be caught on film
for future posterity and embarrassment.
Following a return to ‘pilgrim
bliss’ ( a good night’s sleep on a hard floor) we awoke on Saturday morning
to a hearty breakfast prepared by our resident caterer, Frances Dean, helped by
the organising locals: Joan Gale, Pat Donachie and Pat Cripps. After joining the
parishioners for morning Mass we started the day’s walk lead by another local,
Maurice Hickman, with some parishioners also joining us.
Undaunted by the true autumn rainy weather which took us through muddy but luckily not too steep slopes we reached the Mint Arms Pub at Lower Kingswood for lunch. The afternoon’s walk in the persisting rain involved some slippery slopes and more than one of us added mud to our rain sodden clothing.
Nonetheless we completed our
11-mile walk about Reigate Hill arriving safely at the hall (just) after dark.
All credit to the diligent front markers who had difficulties placing wet arrows
without drawing pins and also to the back markers who fearlessly trekked after a
couple of lost pilgrims who had decided to ‘do their own thing’...
The evening provided live music
from George Rhodes and dancing in the Parish Centre jointly with parishioners
and further opportunity to congratulate Fr. Bill on his Silver Jubilee. Many old
pilgrim friends joined us for the evening at which the unique ‘Pilgrimage
Route Map’ presented to Fr. Bill in July was displayed and a remarkably
decorated cake made by Eileen Fox presented to Fr. Bill and shared by all.
Despite the live music, regular pilgrim songs made an appearance and even
infiltrated the raffle.
We again joined the parishioners
for Sunday Mass. It was Remembrance Sunday and we all joined in silence to
remember the dead. The pilgrim musicians helped the parish group.
There followed coffee in the
Parish Centre and clearing up. Afterwards departures with many pilgrims having
signed up (for route planning anyway) for our 1994 Pilgrimage to Hereford to
again savour the Pilgrimage lifestyle...
This year’s Pilgrimage will be a leisurely walk around Guernsey starting on Easter Monday 4th April until Saturday 9th April1994. To find out more, contact Margaret Howells
A 40 mile sponsored walk along part of the Sussex Border Path on the weekend of 4th - 5th June 1994. This event will raise funds for housing, health care, employment and education projects in El Salvador where A&B priest, Fr John Medcalf is working. To find out more telephone Jo and Terry Furse
Edna Davies has requested that
we print this letter:
Thank you for the abundance of
Christmas cards once again. These were especially appreciated this year as I was
unable to join the pilgrimage. It was very kind of all those pilgrims who have
offered an open door to me and a cup of tea I hope! Well I am warning beware as
I have a feeling coming on that I may accept your offer.
1993 was quite a year for me —
hatch, match and dispatch. As you know, I became a grandma to a delightful
grandson, George. He is always smiling except when in church. He decided to have
a jolly good cry when his auntie Lynne (the middle one of my three children) was
at the alter listening to Nigel taking his marriage vows. However, she is sure
he said all the right words. Pat and Keith Donachie were at the wedding and
Keith did one of the readings which Lynne and Nigel appreciated. Thank you,
I gave Lynne away as her dad had
died earlier in the year. We had been married 38 years, 6 of them apart. During
our separation we became aware of how much we depended on each other. We had
found new interests, I became a pilgrim and Max became a Samaritan. Our lives
where enriched and our friendship also. We met regularly for a meal and a chat
and shared our interests, we no longer rowed and got our sense of humour back
All people who are separated,
divorced or bereaved go through different emotions; isolation, emptiness, anger,
insecurity, guilt, grief and many more. The emotions keep returning in different
orders and differing degrees. I thank the dear Lord I was lucky to have been
introduced to the ‘Beginning Experience’ which is Christian based. It is a
powerful and intense coarse which gives a positive experience of hope. I hope
eventually to come to the final emotion — an acceptance. With faith and
support from fellow Christians. I know that I have just got to arrive there.
Best wishes to you all,
P.S. I feel sure that you will all keep praying for Rosemary. Thank you.
Joy to give to Jesus
Understanding to know Jesus
Love to live for Jesus
Intelligence to think Jesus
Alleluia to sing to Jesus
Norwich to walk to Jesus
Danny Thomas, Aug ‘93
Clare Lees has written to inform
us of her new address. Her husband, John, was appointed Minor Canon and
Succentor at St. Paul’s Cathedral in November. Clare and John have a baby
daughter (Elizabeth Mary Evelyn) born 20th Jury 1993. She was baptised by her
grandfather (Fr. Stanley Cann of Bexhill). Stanley and Clare took part in 1981
Sussex Pilgrimage and they both met pilgrims on St Richard’s Part 2 at Hove in
Alison Tanner passed her driving
test last October and celebrated by driving her Nissan Sunny to the Pilgrimage
Monica and Gillian McLauchlan
joined a sponsored walk along Brighton sea front in fancy dress. Monica was a
chicken and Gillian a jester. Together they raised over £400 for St John the
Baptist Church Restoration Fund.
Gary O’Brien became engaged to
Iwona Zylewicz at Christmas. Iwona is from Gdynia, near Gdansk, in Poland where
they celebrated the festive session with her family. Congratulations to them
Bryan Jones began formal
training for the priesthood at a seminary in Bangalore, India in November. He
was assigned to India following acceptance for training while in Italy earlier
in the year. Bryan has been a member of the Neo-Catechumenate, an organisation
to help people lead an actively spiritual life, for more than 17 years. Last
July he joined 1000 fellow full-time Lay Apostolates from the organisation in
Denver for the Pope’s visit. Bryan was part of Lindisfarne, Birthday, Wessex,
Walsingham 2, Canterbury 3, St Richards 1 & 2, and St David’s pilgrimages.
Please remember Bryan in your prayers.
Jo Hennessy (Birthday, Wessex
& Walsingham 2) is back in Reigate living with her parents after completing
her Psychology degrees in Oxford and Sheffield. She is now working close to
Sue Earley is now living back in her flat in Wandsworth and is enjoying her job teaching Design Technology at James Allens Girls School.
Claire Fellingham says she would love to hear from pilgrims while she is studying away from home.
Condolences to Linda Green whose
father, Alfred John, died from a heart attack on 9th January 1994. Please
remember, Linda, her mother Vera and her sister, Diane, in your prayers. May
John live forever in the glory of God’s presence.
Please forward any information for this column to: Andy Ollard