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For our April meeting Sheila and Graham Thomas told us first hand about their Pilgrimage to Santiago de la Compostela in the steps of St. James the Apostle.  They had undertaken this pilgrimage because Graham wanted to celebrate a big Birthday and Sheila had agreed to accompany him. 

This is an old pilgrimage route to north West Spain and runs from St. Jean Pied de Port in France over the Pyrenees and northern Spain, approximately 500 miles.  Although they weren’t usually walkers they started to train in West Moors Country Park.  They decided to walk as pilgrims for meals but to use reasonable bed and breakfast places at night.  They encountered wonderful views, tremendous heat, heavy rain and even snow on their heroic journey.  Unfortunately Sheila had developed a very painful knee which made walking difficult but when she was given something to strap it up she was better able to carry on. 

They could only have continued with the help of prayer at the beginning of each day and later when they reached the monasteries. 

They received a Certificate when they reached halfway and an even more important one when they finally reached the cathedral.  We could only admire the determination of these two.  They really enjoyed hearing the stories of the other walkers and interestingly although they visited various Cathedrals on the way they preferred the smaller Churches where they were able to communicate with the enthusiastic parishioners despite the language barrier.   Thank you Sheila and Graham.

We have all received a new programme for the year and next Tuesday 14th May we will have a talk from Dorset Cancer Care.  On 11th June we will have another chance to visit Jeanne Miller’s lovely garden for Afternoon Tea.  Let us hope the weather is as kind to us as last year.

Joan Waugh

 

 

 


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