HCPT Group 75

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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!!

Come Alive with 75!!

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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 – 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 🙂

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….

Come Alive with 75!!

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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! 

After not posting anything yesterday as we were so tired. However we all arrived safe and sound and settled in well. 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 🙂

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 🙂 We’ll check back in tomorrow!!!

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