40 years! - the S. Mary's (Wigston) Caravan and Camping Club

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The August Bank Holiday of 2018 heralded the event of S. Mary’s Caravan and Camping Club's celebrating the weekend together and looking back at forty years of camping!

In 1978, the Family Social Action Group in the parish of St. Mary’s, South Wigston, decided to go camping. From then onwards, this became a regular activity during the Bank Holidays of the year. Over the years, families and friends have come together to spend time having fun, socialising together and sharing their Faith at rallies around the countryside and coast. This has been a great opportunity for children and young people to enjoy the outdoors with their friends from school and the parish, and for parishioners to have the opportunity to relax and enjoy time together. Now some of those children are adults and come along with their own children! We feel very proud of the group.

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In August this year, we camped at Hallaton Recreation Ground, where we had the most fantastic "all ages game of rounders" played by members from 6 years to 70 years! An amazing number of rounders were achieved, as our fielders were constantly running across the field. On Sunday the 26th of August, it rained and it rained and it rained! However, we were not deterred - we had a wonderful celebration of Mass under canvas, led by Fr. Michael Moore, who offered Mass for our deceased members. S. Mary’s Folk group provided the music for the event and we gave thanks for the friendship and support of the people who have given their time to the group over the years, and for all the hard work done in making our weekends a great time to be together. Greetings were sent to us by priests who served our parish in the past: Fr. Brendan O’Callaghan, Fr. Philip Ziomek and Fr. John McCay. Celebrations continued after the Mass with a buffet tea in the Hall and then, on into the evening, the children enjoyed an hour of "Music with Mike Wallace," involving dancing and games. Lots of fun and laughter were shared with children and parents. Moving along into the evening, Sean and Liam Iliffe and Brendan Johnson entertained us during the open mic hour with their guitar playing and songs. Later on we all joined together and enjoyed some “disco dancing time” as well as dancing the favourite “Barn Dance” led by Vicky and Brian Pike. The fun went on well up to midnight. On Monday, the weather improved and we were all able to take down our tents and awnings in the dry! A bonus!

Nineteen units, including those in tents and caravans, celebrated the weekend together. A big thank you to our Chairman, Brendan Johnson; our Secretary, Ian Wesley; and our Treasurer Alan Creighton, for their loyalty and continual support of the group.

We’re looking forward now to camping together again in 2019! All are welcome to share our camps. Contact information: brendanjohnson2011@gmail.com or ianwesley2904@aol.com.

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