Pilgrimage to Wydale Hall

Members from Chester Diocese enjoyed four days of glorious sunshine on a Pilgrimage to Wydale Hall on 15-18th July 2013. The Pilgrimage was led by Diocesan Chaplain Revd. James Ambrose. Wydale Hall is a Church of England retreat and conference centre in the Diocese of York set in a beautiful location in the Yorkshire Dales. It was a full and relaxing four days with visits to Whitby, including the Abbey ruins where we learned about the life and witness of St Hilda, followed by a visit to Sneaton Castle and Priory where we listened to a talk from the Sisters of the Order of the Holy Paraclete. On the way back we called in at Aidensfield checking out Scripps garage and the local pub. The next day we were at York and after a free morning, we had a guided tour of the Minster and were given some insights into its history and its people and how they left their mark in some of the carvings and windows. At Wydale we talked and prayed, watched films, came together for morning and evening prayer and communion and relaxed in the Hall gardens and surroundings. We walked the prayer labyrinth, enjoying the flowers and roses. Our journey back included a visit to Rievaulx Abbey one of the Cistercian monasteries of Medieval Europe and an exhibition of the work of God and Man and photographs,
'A memorable journey of history and faith. Lots to contemplate as the Kingdom draws on.'
A Pilgrim's Prayer
Walk with me Lord, I pray, as I go through this day; be close, e'en when I stray Call me back along The Way. And then at journey's end into your loving arms I commend my spirit.

Derek Buckthorpe - Faith & Policy Co-ordinator

The photographs show the Pilgrims together outside Wydale Hall and at York Minster. Also shown is some of us admiring the inside of the Minster; a view of us waiting for 'Dot' to bring the Bus at Whitby; a look round the garden at Wydale; and walking the Labyrinth; also Angela with Sister Louise Ann a novice in the Order of the Holy Paraclete, who gave the talk at Sneaton Abbey, Whitby.