HCPT Group 75

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Day 6 – Party Time!

Just wow!!!

Trust mass, is something that cannot be explained, it has to be witnessed. I hope the videos we’ve put on portrays just some of the magic that was felt in the underground basilica. It was fabulous. Darcey and Angel carried out the phenomenal honour of carrying our banner and the regional banner for the North West.

Our afternoon consisted of the obligatory train ride around Lourdes, with a bit of a twist!! Water!! As it happens one of the groups was already waiting for us, armed and loaded!! One of us managed to hit a nun….no names ay Sam 🙂 much fun was had as always….highlight to the week.

The evening was party night! Dancing and pie face, what more could you want?! Our regional chair even had a go…. the video of Grandma (Maureen) is still making me laugh.

It was also awards night;
Best Dancer – Angel
Most Inquisitive- Lewis
Best Banner Carrier – Darcey
Best Singer – Dylan

Wonderful day with wonderful people! Making memories….

Coming alive with 75!!

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Day 3 – Caves and Sing Songs!

Well what a fabulous day we have had!! Obviously the day started with croissants and chocolate….well for some of us anyway. We then made our first excursion out to the caves – grottes de Betharram. Darcey reliably informs me we went up and down 416 steps, whilst going 80m underground. The culmination is a short boat road followed by a mile train ride….Dylan’s favourite part!! There were songs a plenty… let it go, the circle of life, a full Disney morning 🙂

Back for lunch, yes you guessed it….three courses!!!

The afternoon was an afternoon of play on the meadows. The idea was to play a few games and then have a little water fight, but where water and group 75 are concerned the water fight started first….and we got soaked!! The sun was out so we all dried out and then played a few parachute games. It was a lovely afternoon, lots of memories made.

The afternoon finished with a few songs in the cafe…led by ourselves. We are definitely vocal compared to many groups.

Hope you’re keeping up to date with us! We miss everyone but we’re having a wonderful time!!

We’re absolutely alive with 75!!!

 

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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 🙂 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 🙂

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!!!

Come Alive with 75! 

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Update

Sorry for another short delay in this post, Internet issues again, I am back with you now but I'm not sure for how long! Lets bring you all up to date with the last few days.

Wednesday was a long, busy but fun day at the beach. It was bright and sunny day so it was perfect for a day on the beach. St. Jean de Luz is a small fishing/tourist town, with a stunning long sandy beach and the sun had brought with it lots of groups from Lourdes and felt like our HCPT family was right there with us.

Once we had our packed lunch, provided by the hotel, we made our way on to the sand. Once a few footballs had gone flying around and a sandcastle was being constructed by Abbie and Cameron, Katie settled down to a good sunbathe and John had no problem if finding out how cold the Atlantic Ocean really is!

Ross loved making some helpers chase the football in to the sea and got his feet wet himself. And everyone got involved with with big parachute and all the children did brilliantly playing cricket!

Thursday morning was time for the Trust Mass. Hopefully some of you got to see the Mass on the webcams but if not they usually have the service online for a little while if you wanted to go on and watch. Have a look on the Lourdes website TV Lourdes – Le direct avec la vie des Sanctuaires Notre-Dame de Lourdes | Lourdes

Trust Mass is always a very special time of the week, everyone can't help but dance, sing and be moved by the scales and warmth of the service. Over 5000 people on one place with fancy dress, face paints, flashing lights, bubbles and even very loud clown pants (should be easier to spot us on the webcams!)

The afternoon was filled with more crafts and art as the children all worked together to decorate the candle ready for Friday morning. They all wrote some prayers, thoughts or wishes on and beautifully covered the tall candle with stickers and ribbon. Tonight was all about our party! We went out for dinner tonight all in our finest costumes with Firemen, Pink Ladies, Princesses, Kangaroos and a Tiger amoungst the best of the group.

With a couple of other groups in the cafe there was yet more singing and dancing around the tables and not a scrap of food left over. Everyone thoroughly enjoyed the night even with the rain bouncing on the streets of Lourdes outside.

The last act of the night is a few awards for the outstanding members of our group…the children. And we ae pleased to announce our winners are:

Best Helper – John

Best Dancer – Cameron

Best Baby Helper – Abbie

Best Pegger – Ross

Best Sunbather – Katie

One last message for the day is from our Group Leader Annmarie and Deputy Netty, to say thank you to all the helpers and the children that have helped to make this a great week for all and for helping make the week go smoothly.

Tomorrow is our final full day in France but we can't be sad as we have had a wonderful week and still have lots to do. Internet allowing we will post again tomorrow to let you know all about it.

 

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Sunday morning

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Happy Easter to every follower of Group 75 and our blog!!

This morning, after a great breakfast at the hotel, we all went for a little stroll to explore Lourdes and see some of the sights.

We got to see the beautiful Basilica and quietly tip toe past the grotto as there was a mass taking place when we got there, we got to see where they walk when doing the torchlight precession and even got a lesson in Lourdes history from our group historian and tour guide Maureen.

After all the walking in the bright sunshine it was time for a little drink, we decided on a little cafe that some of the more experienced in the group remember from previous trips. It turned out to be a great choice as there were 3 or 4 other HCPT groups there at the same time so we all sat together in the sun, with the river running beside us, singing and dancing along with the other groups. We even got a great show of dancing from one of the children in the other group, what a mover!

This afternoon is a more relaxing, with plenty to get messy with as we paint our own easter eggs.

Enjoy the rest of your easter sunday and will post again soon.

xx

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