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St Thomas Pilgrimage

New Closing Date for receipt of St Thomas Pilgrimage Booking Forms

Please send your Booking Forms to reach us by the extended date of 22nd July latest. The pilgrimage will be closed on 23rd July to give us the minimum time to finalise preparations. Joining instructions will be sent out to you before your journey.

Our Accommodation

This year, in our pilgrimage from Swansea to Hereford, we travel through Welsh and English towns and villages that have limited accommodation. At some locations we have two venues for overnight accommodation for our usual numbers of pilgrims.

As we congregate overnight we will be observing good practices in social distancing, using available ventilation and with more personal space allocated for sleeping.

Registration

When you arrive at Registration, please bring with you a printed copy of your NHS COVID Pass or equivalent to show you have had the vaccine Dose 3 (Booster), or recognised equivalent. The NHS Pass can be downloaded to your phone/computer and printed.

Both Wales and England have removed COVID-19 restrictions, but other travel restrictions may apply to those from overseas.

“Pop a mask and test kit in your bag”

Please remember that masks are still recommended in certain crowded, enclosed spaces, e.g. some churches, shops and healthcare settings.

We hope to welcome you all to Swansea, or wherever you choose to join us along the way.

Wishing you a Happy Pilgrimage,

David

Coordinator

ROUTE CARDS ARUNDEL TO GUILDFORD  MINI PILGRIMAGE – 2022

To view the Summary and Route Cards for our Mini Pilgrimage 29th April to 2nd May – Arundel Cathedral to Guildford Cathedral please click on the links below:

Summary

Route Cards

  • Day 1 – 29th April  Arundel Arrival
  • Day 2 – 30th April  Arundel to Duncton
  • Day 3 – 1st May  Duncton to Chiddingfold 
  • Day 4 – 2nd May Chiddingfold to Guildford

Come and Join Us for a Day!

Pilgrims are undertaking a mini-pilgrimage from Arundel Cathedral to Guildford Cathedral. Most will be coming with us all the way, a total walking distance of about 40 miles. Anyone is welcome to come along and join us just for a day, or for part of a day. See the outline in the Summary and Route Card links above for where you can join us. Come along and be a pilgrim for a day! Just turn up wearing some strong walking boots or shoes, and bring rainwear and some sandwiches; or why not pre-book early a lunch at the pub listed on the Route Cards? You will be very welcome. Click below for More Details:

More details

Mini-Pilgrimage 29th April – 2nd May 2022

there is not much time left so PLEASE BOOK IN NOW

Dear Pilgrims,

Following Covid, many pubs have had last minute cancellations and no-shows and have imposed stricter requirements for groups visiting.  The pubs that are hosting our lunch breaks on the Mini Pilgrimage all require pre-orders for food.  When you have booked to join the Mini Pilgrimage, the pub menus will be circulated to you to make food choices.  The lists of pre-ordered food will then be sent to the pubs on the no-later-than dates below (note as pubs will be busy any last minute orders will go to the bottom of their list and will not be prepared until all pub bookings have been catered for). 
Whilst it is not essential to buy pub food, please note that your own food should be eaten off the pub premises. Pubs are usually flexible if pilgrims just want drinks.

George & Dragon at Houghton, Sat 30th April  Your pre-ordered food is required by the pub no later than Sat 16th April. Our meals will be served altogether at the set time of 12.45pm in the Function Room which has been reserved for us.   Please indicate any dietary intolerances of food allergies when ordering.

Noah’s Ark at Lurgashall, Sun 1st May Your pre-ordered food is required by the pub no later than Tues 26th April. Our meals will be served at a reserved table in the Beer Garden Tent.   Please indicate any dietary intolerances or food allergies when ordering.  There is a nearby village green and church for those who wish to consume their own sandwiches.

Wheatsheaf at Bramley, Mon 2nd May Your pre-ordered food is required by the pub no later than Mon 25th April. The pub is hosting a special lunch time celebration BBQ for us (1hour 30mins).  They especially have asked for pre-orders for vegetarian meals and from those with dietary intolerances or food allergies.

Welcome back!

Bookings are open for 2022 Ecumenical Pilgrimages

We are inviting you to join one or both of our Ecumenical pilgrimages for this year, as we begin the return to the familiar residential status and walks with overnight sleeping and meals. You will again be welcome to join us for the whole pilgrimage, or maybe several days or just for the day?

Arundel to Guildford UK
‘An Invitation to Pilgrimage’
3-Day Mini Pilgrimage
29th April – 2nd May 2022

St Thomas Way Pilgrimage
‘Walking in a Spirit of thankfulness’
Swansea to Hereford UK
13th-28th August 2022

Booking Forms will be found on our Home page. Places are limited so please book early.

Further details will be found here on Pilgrims Live! and soon also on the Diocesan website Catholic Diocese of Arundel & Brighton. Look out for posters in parishes too.

Last August we managed the Old Way Pilgrimage 2021 Southampton-Rye with non-residential day walks. We met many old friends for the first time since The St Hilda’s Pilgrimage 2019, and made new friends too along the Old Way.

We hope to welcome you all again soon.

David

David Fletcher
DABEWP Coordinator