Sunday, 21 October 2018

Crawley Circle retreat at Quarr Abbey, Isle of Wight, October 2018

Five brothers from Crawley Circle made the perilous public transport journey across Sussex, Hampshire and the Solent, to spend a few days on retreat at Quarr Abbey - the Benedictine Monastery near Fishbourne on the north coast of the Isle of Wight. 

Services were attended throughout the day - from Matins at 0530hrs to Compline 2000hrs, some in English, others in Latin, in the impressive and beautiful Abbey Church.

The sun very favourably shone on our intrepid visitors, making the visit all the more enjoyable - aside from the already peaceful tranquillity that the Monastic order provides. 

Local walks were taken at various stages around the grounds, to the old Abbey ruins close by, to Fishbourne for local refreshments, and in the local Abbey woods walk - open only to monastic guests. 

Visitors to the monastery stay in the guest wing, and eat with the monks for lunch and dinner, with breakfast being taken separately in silence.  

All in all a wonderful few days in fine company, in a fine location, and with an excellent mix of spirituality and Spirituality. 

A highly recommended visit for those wishing to find peaceful succour in this turbulent world - the Guest Master, Fr Nicholas, can be contacted through the Quarr Abbey website - with the monastery by way of recompense asking only for contributions that visitors think they can afford.

Monday, 16 July 2018

Provincial Mass for Deceased Wives, Storrington - Sunday 15 July 2018

Waiting for the start

Fine-tuning the organization

Our Lady of England, pray for us

Thursday, 12 July 2018

Chichester Circle BBQ - Wednesday 11 June 2018

To the annual Chichester Circle Barbecue at the Itchenor Yacht Club on a marvellous summer's evening - quite a contrast to the rain the last couple of years. The numbers were a little bit down, perhaps due to England v. Croatia in the World Cup being on the same evening!

No shortage of food
No shortage of yachts
Hardly a ripple on the water

Monday, 9 July 2018

President's Sunday, Our Lady of Consolation West Grinstead - 8 July 2018

Brother President Dominic welcomes all to a splendid feast

Brother President Dominic thanks Deacon Seamus

Saturday, 5 May 2018

Ousting Dinner & Presentation of 40 Year Scroll to Br. Selby Davies - Thursday 3rd May 2018

Gathering beforehand

Roll out the barrel!

The incoming President checks the silver

Isn't the food ready yet?

You didn't!

That was good - What's next?

Checking the list of Past Presidents

I have nothing to offer but...

A well-deserved bouquet of flowers for the outgoing President's wife

The presentation of the 40-year scroll begins...

... and continues

... and ends
Congratulations, Selby!

Monday, 30 April 2018

(Slightly damp) Railway Children visit the Bluebell Line

A great day at the Bluebell Railway line today. A little damp but thoroughly enjoyed by all.
Two return journey's between Sheffield Park and East Grinstead, a normal morning ride in the morning, then after lunch an excellent ride in the observation car.
Mike rubbed shoulders with the Guard, Dominic helped the Fireman (woman) with the key, Bill, Connie, Tom and Val checked out the engine, whilst Iris & Pauline stayed dry observing the coupling! And plentiful signs of the bluebells...