19 December 2011

The beauty of Gavarnie in winter

For most HCPT groups, the day out in Gavarnie is one of many highlights of the pilgrimage to Lourdes, and the beautiful mountains provide the perfect backdrop to mass, and to a picnic and games on the prairie. The breathtaking scenery found in Gavarnie has earned it the status of a UNESCO world heritage site. Whilst the mountains look spectacular in springtime, they also look fabulous in winter. Here are some photographs.

17 December 2011

16 weeks!

It's just 16 weeks until HCPT group 101 fly to Lourdes!

08 December 2011

Fundraiser tomorrow!

Don't forget tomorrow night's fundraiser at 7pm at Margaret and Phil's house.

The night will be a great start to Christmas, with sherry, mulled wine, mince pies, cakes, raffle, tombola, bottle stall and much more!

Everyone is welcome!

06 December 2011

Fundraising at St Michael's school

On Thursday 15th of December St Michael's school in Rossington will hold an evening of festive fun from 5:45pm to 7pm. Proceeds from the evening will help group 101 take a child to Lourdes.

The evening will feature the St Michael's school choir, a sing along with the headteacher, a raffle, tombola and bingo. Mince pies and homemade fruit cakes will be available to buy as well as juice for the children.

If you fancy a festive tipple feel free to bring your own drinks to enjoy on the night. £2 entry including a raffle ticket.

03 December 2011

The countdown continues!

It is just 18 weeks until Group 101 and the rest of the HCPT family travel to Lourdes!

02 December 2011

New HCPT Chief Executive announced

The following is taken from the HCPT website:
HCPT – The Pilgrimage Trust is delighted to welcome Phil Sparke as its new Chief Executive. Expected to take up the position full-time from March 2012, Phil has already had 16 years experience volunteering with the Trust.
He has travelled on several Easter Pilgrimages, which help over 1,500 children with special needs each year to experience a very special week away in Lourdes and he has provided volunteer assistance to those adults who need it at the Trust’s own accessible Hosanna House, which provides tranquil and spiritual retreats for over 2,000 people each year.
Phil’s former career in the Royal Navy brought experience and knowledge to his voluntary role within the Trust as Chair of the Armed Services Region, which he has held for the last 6 years.
“It is with great personal pleasure that I take up the position of Chief Executive at HCPT – The Pilgrimage Trust,” says Phil Sparke.
“The Trust has helped me strengthen and focus my faith over the last 16 years of volunteering. It has allowed me to understand the true spirit of giving and now offers me the opportunity to contribute in new ways as Chief Executive. I relish the opportunity to guide the Trust through uncertain and difficult times, but with those challenges I also see great possibilities for the second biggest Catholic charity in the Country, one that has already touched so many people in so many ways and has a loyal and enthusiastic supporter base behind it every step of the way.”

Mulled wine and mince pies

Don't forget that next Friday, 7th December, from 7pm there is a Christmas fundraising event at Phil and Margaret house.

Last year the event had to be cancelled because of the weather, this year promises to be fantastic. Mulled wine, mince pies, Christmas carols and good company.

Contact Phil and Margaret for more details.