Wednesday, 8 October 2008

Changes in the Pilgrimage

The CA Trustees and Hospitalité Council would like to thank the outgoing Heads of Service - Sadie Vile, Frances Presgraves and Trevor Fernandes who have all done sterling work over the years. Thank you for your service.

We would also like to welcome Anna Jackson, Sue Woodford and Adam Farmer who will be taking on these roles and wish them well in the next few years.

Our Hospitalité Secretary, Matt Betts is also standing down after five years in the role, and we would like to thank him for his work. Nimal Hemelge will succeed him as Secretary from the AGM 2009.

Tuesday, 9 September 2008

Cycle ride to Lourdes 2008

From Patrick Noble and Dail Maudsley: Well, we made it!! We just wanted to let you all know that the trip was a great success, Patrick made it to Lourdes as planned and at the moment we are on our way to raising even more than our original target! We are raising for the Glanfield Children's Group. To see the current total, click here.

That’s obviously brilliant news! So we wanted to let you know just how it went and Patrick and I have prepared a little document to outline the trials and tribulations along the way and a few photos.

Click here to view.

Sunday, 7 September 2008

Congratulations to...

Lisa and Fabio Galantini who had a baby boy, Daniel, last month.

Friday, 8 August 2008

Benemerenti Congratulations

Special congratulations to Ann and Michael Whitehead who have both received the Benemerenti in acknowledgement of their years of service to the Association of British Members of the Hospitalité and Lourdes. For many years, Ann was the CA's Chief Handmaid.

Monday, 5 May 2008

Stonyhurst College Rose Gardens

The Stonyhurst College Pilgrimage have celebrated the 2008 anniversary in a unique way by building a commemorative rose garden at the front of the school. The four hundred year old school has a long history of dedication to Our Lady and the garden is a great addition to the grounds.

Friday, 2 May 2008

Ann Garner

by Chris Buller

It is with great sadness that I have to tell you that Ann Garner passed away on 1 May in Bedford South Wing hospital after developing oesophageal cancer having been in hospital for a few weeks. Ann was adopted as a young child and, when her adoptive parents passed away, was left with no family. But through Lourdes she became a part of the Buller family and came to both my sister and my weddings.

I first met Ann on the train in Boulogne when I was on night duty and saw a frightened and nervous lady and quickly got the old regulars to talk to her and allay her fears about what lay ahead. As so often is the case for the first day or two in Lourdes she claimed to dislike the place and wanted to go home, out of fear of the unknown I suspect, but by the end of week she had been converted into Lourdes addict and was already planning her return for the next year. She came for many years until her numerous afflictions started to get the better of her, culminating in contracting MRSA and C-Diff on her regular visits to her hospital.

Ann lived on the 8th floor of a residential tower block in Bedford and whilst it may sound an unsuitable location it was next to the main bus station and so it was easy for her wide circle of friends to reach her. Ann was a regular on the Community Service Unit (otherwise affectionately known by the schoolchildren as ‘granny bashing’ for those children who did not join the CCF or do the Duke of Edinburgh awards). She made a great many friends through the local school initiative and was very influential with many of the children and I know she helped counsel a number of children away from a drugs problem, and made friends for life with those children, but also with their parents, a number of whom attended her funeral.

Those of you who remember Ann will recall that she was a very poor sleeper in Lourdes and that she, along with her fellow Bedford pilgrims Gina and Stephanie, would be found on the roof of the Accueil smoking and chatting away, all night if they could get away with it! All three of them proved to be popular company for the night staff teams who enjoyed having a puff during the night.

In the last few years in Lourdes, Ann became a prayer member of the Hospitalité and I know she was overjoyed to be asked and always attended the Hospitalité service when in Lourdes. I will miss calling her ‘ratbag’ (a nickname only the male ward members were allowed to use), her generous and caring nature, her great sense of humour and her ability to cope with all the pranks and jokes that the ward team used to play on her.

May she Rest in Peace. (2008)