ready for the off

One Wednesday in the middle of a long and very hot summer, the 9.00am Mass was rather better attended than usual, and the Sanctuary was pretty crowded with a (nearly) full complement of Altar Servers. Fr Kevin "sent them forth" on their Sponsored Walk. 

walking past the arch of Dale Abbey

Following a short drive, the group embarked on a circular route from Our Lady's in Ilkeston, over to Dale Abbey taking in a visit to the Hermitage in the woods and the remains of the Abbey.

Relaxing at the play park

The party were joined by the Support Team who very kindly brought the packed lunches and some more much needed water. Together, they all enjoyed a picnic and played in the park before setting off once more passing horses and some very protective new-mother cows with their calves on the walk back to Ilkeston. Fr Colin met us and very kindly opened up the hall before the drive back to Beeston. 

at the hermitage

The servers had a lot of fun together, but there was also a serious element to the walk, they were trying to raise some money to replace their old, and quite tatty albs. Members of the parish supported them in this activity by sponsoring them as a group. 

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