All posts by John Chenery

roger keyes r.i.p.

We have recently learnt that Roger died in November after a long illness.

Roger walked with us between 2009 and 2014. He was a gentle, kind and enthusiatic pilgrim whose presence enhanced the pilgrimages that he took part in, particularly the spiritual side of the pilgrimage. He served as a church liaison officer. The other coordinators for these years and I were grateful for the general help and advice he gave.

Please visit his page on the Caring Bridge website.

Some pictures of Roger from the archives:

Free Video Rental : “To Be A Pilgrim: The Canterbury Way”

Pilgrims! If you access the link below before the end of New Year’s Eve, you can rent a video for free:

This film follows Fr Marcus Holden and Fr Nicholas Schofield as they journey from London to Canterbury. Along the way they discover the story of St Thomas a Becket and some fascinating traditions: the Rood of Boxley, the splendour of Rochester, the ‘second Carmel’ at Aylesford and many more.

By retracing the steps of the medieval pilgrims, this film draws out the rich Christian heritage of England and reflects on what it means ‘To Be A Pilgrim’.

Thanks to Lesley Brennan for bringing this to our attention.

The St Thomas Way Pilgrimage 2020

Dates: Saturday August 15th to Sunday August 30th 2020
Strapline: Walking in a spirit of thankfulness
Route: SWANSEA-Port Talbot-St Brides Major-St Athan-CARDIFF (rest day)-Caerphilly-Newport-Usk-ABERGAVENNY (rest day)-Longtown-Ewyas Harold-HEREFORD

See the St Thomas Way Website  for an explanation of why our strapline is appropriate.  We wil be passing through all the places listed on that website.  The St Thomas Way was not originally envisaged as a continuous walking route but we are making it into one!

Poster and Application Form coming soon!

looking back at the st hilda’s pilgrimage 2019

Do have a look at the web diary where more photos have been added since the pilgrimage was completed. There are now contributions from around 15 pilgrims. (If you have any further photos, it is not too late to select those which add to the story, caption them, and send them in).

You might also want to view the complementary set of photos in Fr Tony’s Flickr album

News of our plans for our 2020 route will be published soon.

3 Day Bank Holiday Mini Pilgrimage (4th-6th May 2019)



Do you need to get in to training?

Do you want to invite friends to experience a pilgrimage taster weekend?

Are you starting to plan your year?

We shall be organising a 3-day pilgrimage at the beginning of May, within the diocese.

Save the date now for a full and fun weekend in the Spring.

More information, an application form and requests for assistance will follow in due course!

Looking Back on the 2018 Buckfast Millennium Pilgrimage

In this message, I am bringing to our attention a few Internet resources that bring back happy memories of the pilgrimage :

Buckfast Abbey Facebook Site – scroll down to 9th September to see their album of photos from the Millennium Celebration Mass, including pictures of the pilgrims, and down to 28th August to see a video of the entire mass.  (You do not need to have a Facebook account to do this).

Tablet Article about the Mass – including interviews with pilgrims towards the end of the article – don’t be put off by the headline

Fr Tony’s Flickr Photo Album

and last but not least

Our Web Diary  Since the pilgrimage, additional photos have been added and I have been through it day by day making sure all the photos appear on the right day in the right order and with captions that make sense.  So if you last looked at the diary during or just after the pilgrimage, do look again;  hopefully It is much improved.  The number of pilgrims that have contributed photos is in double figures this year.  In particular major contribution during the pilgrimage came from Deirdre, Edward, Aidan, Danny, Clare and myself, while since the pilgrimage major contributions from Maurice, Larry and Norbert have been added.  Thanks to them and all other contributors.

I am raising money for the Palace for Life Foundation by going on a sponsored 26.2 mile walk in London.  That doesn’t sound far after walking 195 miles in August, I know, but I do have to do it all in one day, and I have to get to the start at 7am on a Saturday which is what I am looking forward to least!  When I registered there was a choice of joining the fast, medium or steady group, so I plumped for fast which is 5.5km per hour, quicker than standard pilgrimage pace!  The Foundation does great work for disadvantaged children and young adults in South London, for example running a football team for Down’s Syndrome children and running programmes to keep kids off the street and away from knife crime.  So please consider  sponsoring me to aid their work .  I will be very grateful for any donations received.

I think this is the first time I have sought sponsorship for anything since I last did a marathon-length walk over 30 years ago, and certainly the first time that I have had my own just-giving page:

John Chenery, Chief Route Planner

Update 27/09/18:  Thanks so much to everybody who has donated.  I have now exceeded my £300 target!  More donations welcome, however small; they will also be used to do great work by the Foundation.  Still two weeks to go to the big day.