HCPT Group 75

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Beach Day!!!!

Earlier rising today and we were all excited for beach day. A long journey though it is St Jean de Luz, it really is worth it.

We did pretty much everything we’d do on the beach, jump in the sea, eat ice creams, play with the ball, bury each other, all whilst fully covered in factor duffle coat. It was awesome!! Lots of photos for this day which I’m sure you’ve already seen pop up.

The return journey, was full of singing and sleeping and once again a great rendition of ‘castle on the Hill’ by our super boy!

The evening was spent with out friends from the North East, group 36, with a large sing song of many different hits from the years. Our VIPs were not shy and loved every minute!!!

What a memorable day!! Definitely coming 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!!

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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Update of the week so far…

First off apologies, to those following the blog, for not posting anything the last couple of days but as you can guess we have been so busy and having so much fun.

The week so far has been amazing, the kids are settling in brilliantly and having loads of fun and there are plenty of photos to prove it.  I’m sure you all cant wait to see when we get home.

Monday

A wet time was had at St. Jean De Luz beach, but it didn’t stop group 75 from diving in to the sea or playing rugby on the soft sand.  All the kids joined in with Grace, Kurtis and Katie with their swimming gear on and getting right in the sea with the soaking wet fully clothed helpers!!  Chad and Rheanne dipped their toes in while future rugby star Adam kept the other helpers running round like headless chickens.

Monday night saw the HCPT concert in the underground Basilica, the was lots of singing and dancing with everyone getting involved and Victor even got a photo planting a big kiss on the cheek of the compare, Pop Idol winner 2003, Michelle McManus!!

Tuesday

Tuesday morning we headed to the animal park!  We were joined by or friends from Group 36 and got to see things like Bears, Otters, Wolves and beautiful bird flying around our heads.  After lunch we headed to the meadows to have a big water fight where Group Leader – Rogi Bear got soaked (again!) by all the kids.  We dried off quickly in a cafe (pub!) with a good sing song.

Last night was the amazing, HCPT lead, torchlight precession.  Thousands of people turned out to walk around past the Grotto and the Basilica with their candles lighting up the way in the night.  The kids had their little neon glow sticks and really got into the spirit of the night, finishing with a…yes thats right, a sing song!

Wednesday

Today we had a well deserved lie in after the great night last night.  Then it was out for a big breakfast before group photos outside the Basilica.  The children then got to visit the Grotto, gently brushing the smooth walls on the way around.

As we are writing this the kids are all doing their diaries of the week too, updating everyday, in their own words, what they have been up to and what they have enjoyed on the trip.

I hope you are enjoying the blog so far as we noticed there are many people having a look at this story of our week, please feel free to leave a comment in the box below, or send us your messages for the kids, or helpers, in the tatler, just email tatler@hcpt.org.uk.

Back later to fill you in on our afternoon as we are heading out soon to visit Hosanna House.

Love Group 75

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Plan for 2011

 Well the planning for the 2011 trip is already well under way and it actually started as soon as the group touched down back the UK from last year’s pilgrimage! (for more information about last years fabulous trip click on the page Easter Week 2010 in the top right of the site)

The children for this year have been chosen and the helpers are gearing up to make this our best trip yet!

The plan for the week is now in place with activities and excursions organised, making for a busy week and I wanted to do a post to let you know more about a few of the things we can look forward to whilst we are on our pilgrimage.

In Lourdes, we will spend time in and around the domain; with a plethora of ‘plan b’s’ should we get a spot of rain or two. Plenty of fun will be had in the Meadows with the parachute, football, water guns and general merriment of running around and enjoying ourselves.

We have a planned excursion to the sea side town of St Jean de Luz. Here we are able to play on the beach where everyone becomes a child again. We get the bats and balls out; have a traditional game of cricket and jumpers for goal posts. Careful to make sure we’ve all got sun cream on, even those with those delicate bald patches, we roll our trouser legs up and have a little dip in the Bay of Biscay. It can be a bit brrrr….!!!

Another of our trips is amongst the wildlife, partly with the fishes and other with the land based animals of the world. We spend some time in the aquarium where we will be able to see many different kinds of fish and maybe even a shark. We will then take a visit to the animal park, where there are bears and the otters, and even a little petting zoo.

We also are very lucky to be able to share days out and trips with our friends from the North East, Group 36!

Amongst all this fun we also have the spectacular event that is the Torchlight Procession, where all pilgrims in Lourdes are invited to join the procession led by HCPT, finishing with sing along and dancing in Rosary Square.

Then on Thursday morning all of HCPT will come together and celebrate Trust Mass, where the object is to provide a liturgy for a huge number of people, whilst keeping it child friendly and enjoyable for all. For many this is the highlight of the week.

From this you can see it is bound to be a busy and fun packed week and the children and the helpers will love. I’m sure everyone, like me, really can’t wait for the 23rd April.

Just for you all to get a feel for how close we are now; it’s Pancake Day! So while everyone tucks into their pancakes, tomorrow is Ash Wednesday, the start of Lent. If you giving something you love up for lent your treat at the end is a wonderful week away in sunny (let’s hope) France.

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