Monica McLauchlan RIP

 

Gillian has advised us that Monica’s funeral will take place at 10:00am on Friday 11 September 2015, at St John the Baptist Church, Bristol Road, Kemp Town, Brighton, BN2 1AP.  (See here, map HERE). 

MonicaMonica, for so long our bookings secretary, drinks dispenser and shepherd of pilgrims (making sure all were accounted for) sadly lost her long battle with cancer yesterday, 18 August 2015.

She was an example to us all as she remained cheerful throughout.

Monica and her sister Gillian joined our first pilgrimage in 1975 as day pilgrims (with their mum Helena I believe) and until a few years ago Monica was a stalwart of the pilgrim support team. I look forward to meeting her again, standing by the pearly gates with a stack of plastic cups, ready for the heavenly refreshments to come.

Our thoughts and prayers her with her sisters Gillian and Theresa.

Rest in peace, Monica, you deserve it.

Monica's Birthday

We’re ready for the off!

All the plans are made, the information is available on the website (or to collect on arrival), and now the diary pages are ready and waiting for live content so that the “virtual pilgrims” can journey with us in close to real time. You’ll find them at http://thepilgrims.org.uk/2015/home.php

If you’re walking with us, and have a suitable phone, use Twitter to tweet pictures and comments on progress mentioning @Pilgrimage2012 and contribute to the diary. (Maximum 1 picture per tweet please).

On each walking day’s page you’ll also find a link to download a GPX file which you can transfer to a GPS unit or use in mapping software to view the route. This is a backup to the orange arrows, not an invitation to do your own thing!

So we’re ready – are you? Let’s go!

Arundel Pilgrimage Information

With just two weeks until our 2015 pilgrimage starts, here are links to the key information.

Latest Newsletter with an introduction to the Arundel Pilgrimage, a report on the Festival 50 Pilgrimage and more news and information.

The Route Cards with details and timings for each day – should be carried with you at all times on the pilgrimage (laser printed versions available on arrival)

Come And Join Us For A Day (CAJUFAD) – the summary details of each day for those who want to drop in, or follow our progress.

Equipment List with the things you need to bring with you and recommendations for preparations.

Pilgrim Code – a guide to how the pilgrimage works, for new pilgrims and refresher for old hands.

Medical Form – participants should have received this, and MUST complete it and bring it along when they join the pilgrimage.

We’ll get the diary pages set up before the pilgrimage starts, with GPX files of the routes for those who have a GPS device (or want to see the route in mapping software).

Festival 50 Jubilee Celebration Pilgrimage Completed

Our pilgrimage to celebrate 50 Years of the Arundel & Brighton Diocese and join the Festival 50 celebrations at the Amex Stadium near Brighton was completed successfully. You can see details with photos on the diary page which will probably grow over coming days as new photos are received (if you have additional photos please let us know and we’ll add them).

If you were a pilgrim on this pilgrimage, we’d love to hear about your experience (good and not so good) – leave a public comment here or send a private message.

Festival 50 Jubilee Pilgrimage – Itinerary

Jubilee Pilgrimage Itinerary 3rd to 5th July

Friday 3rd of July      Day One.
Arundel to Upper Beeding.  
Total Distance 22.5 km (14 miles)

08:30 to 09:15 Registrations at the Cathedral Centre, Arundel. Bring luggage to the pilgrimage transport van.

09:30 to 10:30 Pilgrim Commissioning Mass at Arundel Cathedral led by Bishop Richard Moth.

10:40 – Process through Arundel with banners.

14:15  to 15:30Lunch at Findon – The Gunn

18:00 to 18:20, Gathering at Bramber Church.

18:20  Procession through Bramber and Upper Beeding to the Towers.

19:00 Evening Meal

20:15 Barn-dance – bar available

23:00 Night Prayers – School Chapel

23:30 Silence and Lights out

Saturday 4th of July      Day Two
Upper Beeding to Brighton. Total Distance 21.3 km (13.5 miles)

07:15 Rise time (silence before this time)

08:15 Mass in Chapel

09:15 Breakfast & bring packed bags to the Van

09:45 Depart

12:00 13:30 Lunch at Devils Dyke

15:00 Church at Pycombe  (and toilets)

17:00 – 17:20 Gathering at Stanmer Park.

18:00 Arrivals at Sussex University Sports Centre

19:00 Evening Meal & social time Student Union Bar / café. (possible home grown pilgrim entertainment)

Sunday 5th of July       Day 3
Celebrations in the Amex

08:00 Rise Time

09:00 Breakfast and bring packed bags to van. There will be a time after the event when the van will be open for picking up luggage (to be confirmed later)

10:00 Depart with banners to the Amex Stadium.

Application forms and posters can be found on the Diocesan website in the festival section. Booking Form here. There is also a poster to download as well if you wish here.

Bookings accepted until 16th June with FULL PAYMENT, subject to availability.

40 Years of Pilgrimage Celebrated in Farnham

40 years ago today, 12 April 1975, some 25 pilgrims led by Bill Haynes and Bob Garrard had just finished their penultimate day of the Holy Year Pilgrimage around Arundel and Brighton Diocese. Today, over 40 pilgrims have just returned home from Farnham (from where that pilgrimage was masterminded) having gathered to celebrate 40 years of our walking pilgrimages.

Together with many current pilgrims (of varying vintages) we welcomed Gil Haynes (Bill’s widow) and Bob Garrard, representing the start of the pilgrimages, several couples who met on pilgrimage, and some “next generation” young pilgrims.

Current coordinator Ceri had taken on the organisation, and the relaxed and peaceful gathering reflected her calm approach to running things (though I’m sure there was lots of unseen activity backing this up). Alison excelled in the kitchen, assisted by Clare (who also provided a stunning cake featuring many of the pilgrim crosses) and Gil (who provided welcome liquid refreshments).

We relived pilgrimages past and present through a slideshow from the archives (as presenter it was quite amusing to hear viewers trying to name pilgrims of old, especially those who’d started on the wine!)

The reunion walk, led by Aidan and Bridget, was blessed by fine weather (after a dodgy start) and lovely countryside, a micro brewery, a super-efficient (if pricey) lunch pub and 2 prayer stops. (It also passed the former homes of at least 10 pilgrims past and present, not marked by blue plaques). Back at St Joan’s, Farnham, we celebrated our history in prayers and music, including a procession of pilgrimage crosses and a roll call of deceased pilgrims. This was followed by the slideshow, supper and a traditional sing-song.

You can see the reunion diary with pictures (more pictures will be added as I receive them).

Eileen Fox, RIP

Pilgrims who journeyed with us in the 1980s and early 1990s will remember Alan and Eileen Fox. Alan has been in touch with the sad news that Eileen completed her earthly pilgrimage on 22 January 2015.

Eileen Fox RIP

Please keep Eileen, Alan and their family in your prayers.

The Latest News, December 2014

It has taken us a bit longer than intended, but the autumn edition of the pilgrimage newsletter is now available via this direct link.

The delay has allowed us to bring you more details of 3 activities planned for 2015, when we celebrate 50 years of the Arundel & Brighton Diocese and 40 years since our first pilgrimage. See the newsletter for more details of:

  • 40 Year Pilgrimage Reunion, Farnham, 10th – 12th April 2015
  • Festival 50 Jubilee Celebration Pilgrimage, Arundel to Amex Stadium, 3rd – 5th July 2015
  • The Arundel Pilgrimage, Chertsey to Arundel, 15th – 30th August 2015

There’s lots to read over the Christmas holidays, just get the dates in your 2015 calendar now!

Best very wishes for a blessed Christmas and a rewarding 2015.

Aidan