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Day 4 – Torchlight

So today was all about making new friends and great memories!!!

We began with lots and lots of chocolate, croissants, bread and cheese! As I’ve said before food, food and more food. Nobody will starve whilst we’re away.

So playbase was our destination of the morning, face painting, crafts and decorating the trust mass banner. The kids had fabulous fun, but so did the oldies 🙂

Then it was back for lunch and a little rest before we headed out to meet our regional buddies. For some it was the first meeting our friends from Group 56, the Preston group. We celebrated mass together, with a great rendition of rise and shine.

We all jumped in the group the photo, which I’m assured was ‘fantastic’, but we wait to see…

Obviously we ventured to the ‘cafe’ for a little liquid refreshment and ice cream, and a little bask in the sun. Have I mentioned the weather is on top form. Truly beautiful. The sun has most definitely got his hat on 🙂

So last night was the Torchlight procession was as beautiful as always, and very hard to describe in words. A wonderful candle lit walk through the domain where all of HCPT joined together, most definitely to be experienced.

Fabulous week being had by all!! Coming alive with 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….

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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!!
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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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The beauty of Lourdes

So just back from an emotional Torch Light Parade, and what an evening in was. Song, prayers and dancing, a beautiful sight to behold and im sure once we have sorted cameras some beautiful images will come out.

The day started with a relaxing and unrushed brekkie. The croissants and nutella are going down a treat. Then we headed off to explore a little of ‘Old Lourdes’ and found ourselves at the Fort. The views were magnificent and Max gave us an insight into to expressionist art after we had viewed a few pictures. We then went on to the Cachot, where Bernadette and her family spent some time when she was a young girl, through the times of the apparitions.

We had a spot of lunch and then got our glad rags on ready for our group photo down at the Basilica. It was then off to sample some of the local ice cream, it would be rude not to! Whilst there the little train past us, and some got a good soaking from our lovely friends from Darlington. Don’t worry we will get them back 🙂

As I say, torchlight was the evenings event and we met up with the only other active group for our region this year, group 56 from Preston. It was lovely to share the North West banner.

Tomorrow brings to us the beach and with glorious sunshine we are having, it’s sure to be a better.

Come Alive with 75!

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First full day

First full day in, and it’s been fabulous. The weather was not too kind to start with, however brightened up over the day.

We headed off to the Grotto after a chocolate filled breakfast for some, giving everyone chance to find their bearings. This was followed with Maureen giving us the story of Bernadette, and few inquisitive questions from the younger members of our group ensued.

The afternoon saw the first mass of the week, singing lead by the fabulous group from the West Indies. The children has their first real experience of the HCPT family, and the music that encompasses it. Rise and Shine always proving to be a particular favourite.
We headed to a local cafe after the mass and had a sing song and a special Happy Birthday for one of our members. That being Jenna, who turned 21 with 7 years experience today.

So all in all we’ve had a lovely day and a Happy Easter to everyone.

Come Alive with 75!!!

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Short and sweet

A short but sweet blog post tonight.

We arrived early afternoon into Lourdes, we had an uneventful journey aside from a bumpy landing. We think the co-pilot was having a go at touchdown.

The hotel is lovely as always and we have not long ago had tea, following an afternoon sing song. So its off to bed soon, and we’ll blog tomorrow 🙂

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