plans for the St Dunstan’s
Pilgrimage to Bath are going well: Aidan and Patrick Tierney have been working
hard to locate suitable halls most of which appear to have excellent
facilities. Of course there is
always the prospect of a Roman bath at the end! Alas it is not likely we will
be able to take the waters’ in Jane Austin fashion although
Pilgrims are known to do the unexpected ( Patrick and Steve O’Shea at
Bodiam castle I recall).
of you that are planning a day I’m
sure will be working on your proposed route by now or very soon anyway before
Maurice chases you to see if your lunch stop accords with the
CAMRA guide! I am going to Bath in March so I will put up a few
warnings of our visit and perhaps a few early orange arrows!!
Chichester we are arranging to use a hall for registration to avoid the
problems with vehicles at the Cathedral. The rest days on the Isle of Wight
and Salisbury should be good. The hall on the Isle of Wight isn’t far from
the sea and I know that Salisbury Cathedral is trying to increase the number
of visitors with such incentives as champagne breakfasts so we should be very
reading about St Dunstan two aspects of his life struck me; firstly his vigour
for reform of the church, chiefly the monasteries, and secondly how well
respected and honoured he was both in his lifetime and after his death.
The calls for his sainthood
commenced almost immediately on his death. His sufferings appear very human;
illnesses, personal relationships, struggles in his spiritual life and yet he
grew strength from the very
real presence of God working in his life.
St Dunstan shared the view of Celtic Christians that separation of ones
life e.g. work, spiritual, social was inaccurate and contrary to God’s
The Abbey is dedicated
to St Peter and St Paul who’s statues stand on either side of the door. It
is the only Cathedral dating from the Tudor era. Hopefully like Dunstan we can
be apostles on our pilgrimage bringing people closer to Christ.
Many congratulations to Julian Farmer & Betsy Earley who are getting married on 24th April 1999, at St Josephs Catholic Church, Guildford. All Pilgrims are welcome to the service, which starts at 2pm. The pilgrimage has lost touch with the following pilgrims; if anyone knows their whereabouts can they please get in touch with Bill Haynes
Gunby (nee Hennessy), previously of Hampton Wick, Surrey
(Moira) Stephens, previously of Sutton, Surrey
& Alice Morewood-Leyland, previously of Billericay, Essex
Heng (nee D’Arcy), ‘fragile’, previously of Kelsall, Cheshire
Hopkins, previously of Peacehaven, Sussex
Lane, the great washer up, previously of Bedford
White (widower of Fern White) previously at Harrietsham, Kent
Fee McBride (nee Morehead) previously of Wells, Somerset
Many thanks.A group called pilgrimage 2000 are proposing a walking
pilgrimage to Canterbury from sites all over the UK, to celebrate the
millennium. The plans suggest that the average day will cover ~20miles, stopping
roughly every two hours for prayer, and carrying on into the night with the aid
of blazing torches. Pilgrims will be expected to provide for their own food and
welfare, though tentage will be provide for those staying overnight! Anyone
wanting more information (or maybe to offer them some help / advice on planning)
can contact them at:
Tel: 0171 221 7166
128 Kensington Church St
news folks there’s another six hours to go!
ST MICHAEL’S MOUNT PILGRIMAGE REUNION
reunion was organised by Pat Donachie, ably assisted by Joan, Milly, Mary
Wilkey’s daughter, Rebecca and various ancillary volunteers.
In September I accompanied Maurice Hickman with some members of the St
Francis Club in walking out the Reunion Walk and arranging the lunch stop at
met at Redhill in St Joseph’s Hall on the evening of Friday 13th November
1998. Many pilgrims had already
gathered when I arrived with Jules’ umbrella, the music books, and Monica’s
luggage. She would be joining us
the following day. Soup & rolls
were provided by Joan. The bar
tender was, as expected, kept busy!
had brought crosses from many past pilgrimages with them.
These were identified and dated by Brenda, Gillian and Monica.
Brenda also brought an album of photographs from past years.
We noted how some pilgrims had changed and aged!
Some, however seemed to appear just the same as when first recorded on
large crowd settled to watch the pilgrimage video, but due to problems with the
TV set, a last minute reschedule was required so David Cosham once again
projected his collection of colour slides taken during the pilgrimage weeks.
It gave me some time to exchange news with Sheila Tilley.
I still hadn’t identified Ruth Allanson in the Glastonbury photos, who
married Alan Tilley.
night was very cold, and as I was sleepless as usual, I was occupied in
re-activating the main hall heaters every two hours. Despite this and being close to a radiator, Anne Leonard went
to bed wearing everything to keep warm.
Saturday we enjoyed a good walk despite lost arrows at one point which resulted
in a large group of us doing a couple of extra miles on our own version of the
route. At the lunch stop we met
Peter Whipps and others unable to remain with us this time.
a new lone TV installed the ‘edited’ (extended?) video of the pilgrimage,
made by Patrick Reeve could at last be seen.
A most grand evening meal was provided by the organising team, with much
decoration of the tables and hall, largely provided by Milly.
dinner a Barn Dance was provided. This
gave the opportunity for a certain pilgrim to play a human version of the
“Rhino Reich” game. It was
otherwise enjoyed by many. Perhaps
I could try dancing with Joan on some occasion devoid of “uncorked”
assistance, in both cases, and see if it would make any improvement to
another cool night for those able to stay on, the catering team were wakeable to
perform the breakfast ritual on Sunday morning. After this, pilgrims were able to attend the Mass in St
Joseph’s Church, and meet Fr. John Medcalf, the new parish priest.
Then it was clear up, pack up, throw out the bottles , and render
goodbyes for this year. Most
pilgrims expressed a hope to join us again in August 1999.
thanks to the organisers and caterers involved in conducting the 1998 reunion.
If anyone would like a copy
of the St Michaels Mount Pilgrimage Video please contact Patrick Reeve