HCPT Group 75

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Day 2 – Happy Easter!

Well the sunshine did come out and has hopefully set the tone for the week! We started the day with a trip down to the Grotto, a wonder to the meadows followed by Group 75’s rendition of The Story of Bernadette, as told by Grandma Maureen. The young people were as inquisitive as always, but nothing puts Maureen off her stride.

Lunch showed our newbies with the group to expect more food than we can eat. Three courses at all meal times.

The afternoon began the annual Easter egg competition, which descended into face painting and arm painting, good fun nevertheless. We had our very own Britain’s Got Talent with the lovely vocals on the landing….

Later on in the afternoon we had to the cafe where we joined lots of other groups for an afternoon of singing. I’m sure many of you have seen Annmaries video of the fun time we had. All the young people have come out of their shells and are joining in the fun!
We had a treasure hunt to find different people and different groups and different colours. There was some ‘thinking out the box’ shall we say from the boys. The winners however, were Sam, Kala and Angel!!!!!!
Tea time, and there was more food!!! This is was followed by the judging of the Easter egg competition…..
Most Easter Eggy-Lewis
Most Gemmy-Darcey
Most Neon-Angel
Most Bunny-Dylan
So day Two, huge success!!!
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Arrival

So here we are, day one!

As always with the first day it has been looooonnnnggggg!!! However, we’re here all in one piece, all luggage and helpers accounted for, and the mayhem has already begun.
The flight was uneventful, which is always a bonus and we arrived at the hotel just in time for lunch. Rooms assigned, bags unpacked and the first cafe visited. The vocal chords are being warmed nicely and should be in full swing tomorrow.
So everyone is already in bed, and our young people are already counting sheep. So it’s a very short blog today, but we’re all very excited for what the week will hold. Stick with us throughout the week to hear of our goings on.
So adios for now!
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Candlelight

So Friday, always and emotional day in Lourdes. The day we realise the time we have spent together as a group is coming to an end, for this week anyway. We have had a fabulous week and the young people we have brought with us have made a long lasting impression. We’ve had so many laughs together and each and everyone have been a privilege to spend time with.

We began Friday with by decorating the group candle and writing our petitions. The guys then went off shopping for a little while whilst deputy and leader got the arduous task of packing the boxes and figuring what need for next year’s trip. Not even home yet and we’re planning for the future.

After lunch Father came to bless the candle ready for us to take it to the grotto later in the evening. We continued the afternoon with a regional photo for the North West followed by mass.

This is where Hannah got to exhibit her exiled vocal talents and Jamie his acting prowess. They were both fabulous and super talented.

We then made our last visit to cafe for a great sing song with some other groups. Absolutely great fun. Thoroughly enjoyed by us all.

As dusk fell we set out for the grotto with our group candle. As always it was very emotional. We spend a short time there lighting the candle, reflecting on our week and thoughts turn to people at home. There were a few tears, which very quickly turned to laughter when one of our young people said ‘do you know the best thing about life…..Lego’.

Well what more can you say?? It has been one fabulous year with a marvellous group of people. I hope for us all to meet up at the reunion which we’ll confirm when we’re back.

So all that’s left to do is finish packing and get ready to leave!!

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Party Time!

One big party…..

Thursday could not have been a better day. We began the day donning our harlaquin pants and heading to trust mass and wow it was fantastic. All of HCPT under one roof singing and dancing. All the colours of the rainbow is a sight to behold. There was pegging and badge swapping happening throught, whilst also remembering why we are here. I hope many of you got to watch it. It truly was one of the best.

If you missed the live stream the video is on the Lourdes site so please watch back and look out for us, you can’t miss those pants! click here –Β HCPT Trust Mass 2016

Though the weather has turned now and the sun has maybe headed to Britain, the rain will never dampen our spirits and the shorts will still be on display. We embarked upon the ‘petit’ train journey around Lourdes to the sites. Though in true HCPT style water guns were involved. Therefore anybody wearing colours was fair game. Unfortunately that meant those on the train too!!! Needless to say we were super wet when we disembarked and in need of a warm shower.

Thursday evening sees our annual fancy dress party night!! We had lady gaga, pirates, hula girls, superman to name but a few. We had a wonderful time and even our regional chair, Richard, popped in by to see us.

Our last full day is starting and we’ve got so much to do, so ciao for now!

Come Alive with 75!!

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The beach!

Well Wednesday was beach day!! What a ball we had, running in and out of the water and playing on the sand. The weather was absolutely beautiful and we couldn’t have wished for a better day. The two hour journey to St Jean de Luz is always well worth it. The rainbow pilgrimage invades the small town and brings life and party for an afternoon.

Night time was our annual lads and lasses night out dressed as where’s wally!! We get many comments and make many new friends on this night. I think Maureen and Magaret had a couple of men give them a peck on the cheek….even a member of the clergy!!
So today brings us to our BIG day as HCPT. The trust mass celebrating the diamond jubilee. It’ll be one to remember.

We’ll check in later. Keep following Facebook and Twitter throughout the day and we’ll keep you updated on our goings on!!

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Torchlight Tuesday

Well Tuesday was a wonderful day. We started with a little bit of a late breakfast (for us) dressed in full neon. Nice and bright, just as 75 like it πŸ™‚

We then headed to the play base for some face painting, ball games and crafts. There was some lovely artwork painted on our boys and girls.

The afternoon consisted of the group photo, steering away from the traditional this year and dressing still in our neon gear!The afternoon culminated in a rest for us all, the boys had other ideas and instigated a pillow fight. Mainly it was down time ready for the late night ahead at the HCPT led torchlight procession.

The procession started at 8.45 and before long there were all the HCPT groups bathed in a sea of candle light, beautiful to behold.To celebrate the diamond anniversary of HCPT there was a fireworks display, one of the best!!!

Thanks HCPT and the people of Lourdes for a wonderful joyous evening.

So right now we’re on our way to the beach. We’ll be in touch later….

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Hello!…..From Sunny Lourdes

Well hello from sunny Lourdes. The weather has been lovely for the last couple of days, so much so an impromptu water fight occured on the meadows yesterday afternoon culminting in one soaked deputy…. Ah well we soon dried off in a cafe where our illustrious leader finally made her grand enterance, in the fine words of another group leader our ‘part time pilgrim’ had arrived.

We began the day off to the caves. The guys thoroughly enjoyed it. According to one, we went down 399 steps, we walked a mile, went on a boat and then finally a train…all within a short ninety minutes.
As previously mentioned we spent the afternoon in the Meadows, playing games, tennis and football. Then having a group game of rounders (baseball to the boys).
The evening consisted of the arky parky concert. We got our first chance to really stretch the vocal chords with a little bit of rise and shine.
So as for today we are having our neon day and we’re off to the play base!!
So ciao for now!!
Come Alive with 75!!
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We have arrived!Β 

After not posting anything yesterday as we were so tired. However we all arrived safe and sound and settled in well.Β Today has been our first fun filled day.

We started with early breakfast, and there’s definitely been an upgrade with some PG tips and chocolate doughnuts πŸ™‚

We then headed out to the guided tour of the small museum by Maureen and Magaret. It’s always a pleasure ladies.

We then had a walk around the grotto and a run around to on the meadows. The boys absolutely loved this….

This afternoon we decorated eggs and had a tickle fight. It was lovely to see all the children and helpers laughing.

We went to mass this afternoon and St Bernadettes chapel has been beautifully restored since the most recent floods. Though we didn’t get to Rise and Shine today, tomorrow is another day.

We had a great sing song in one of the cafe’s giving a great rendition of Bugaloo…
Dinner swiftly followed, then a little Easter treat before bed.

Tomorrow should be just as fun and just as packed πŸ™‚ We’ll check back in tomorrow!!!

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The Last Day

So final day, the bags are packed and some wonderful memories made. We have had the pleasure of meeting Group 56 for a regional mass. The first North West regional mass in 30 years, and the group from Preston did not disappoint.

We also spent the morning writing our intentions for our group candle where we remember those gone before us, those who have helped us and for the love and support of families. The candle was then blessed by Father Hugh from Kendal before it was taken down to the Grotto to be lit. The final day always to proves to be emotional and today was no exception.

We have had a fantastic year and already looking forward to the next one!

Group 75, it’s been emotional πŸ™‚

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Busy 2 days

Well it has been a busy last two days, so apologies in the delay for this.

Yesterday was hectic with a lovely day out at the port of St Jean de Luz. We spent time on the beach and had a paddle in the sea. The weather was beautiful and the factor 50 was out. By the time we got back we had to get ready for our party night, where we headed off to one of the local cafes for icecream and dancing. There were some excellent fancy dress costumes ranging from Obe Wan Ken obi to a strawberry. I’m sure you’ve all witnessed the dancing :). So a relatively late night entailed.

Thursday morning saw the most amazing Trust Mass lead by the West Indies! It was fantastic. The music was brilliant and the atmosphere electric in the underground Basilica. What a way to start winding up the week.

In the afternoon we had the customary trip around Lourdes on the little train, however as added extra we had the water guns. Anybody dressed in HCPT wear was deemed fair game πŸ™‚ and that included us helpers. Drenched, soaked and ringing wet were some of the words used to describe the look of us after a short 30 minutes!! Fabulous fun πŸ™‚

Tonight where’s wally made an appearance at various spots around lourdes after we had had our weekly presentation night, of which we had the pleasure of our regional chair Richard. He was able to see the joy and enthusiasm our group exudes.

We have had a great couple of days and there only remains one full day left 😦
We have had a ball!!!

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