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URGENT MESSAGE - Lourdes Pilgrimage

Dear Parents and Carers


URGENT MESSAGE - Lourdes Pilgrimage


You will no doubt be aware of the recent problems in the port of Calais as a result of wildcat industrial action.  After discussions with our tour operator and on their advice, the school has decided that it would be prudent to alter our travel plans by changing our ferry crossing from Dover-Calais to Portsmouth-Caen.


Unfortunately this will mean an earlier than planned start on Sunday morning from school and a later than scheduled return.  We will need to depart from St Mary’s on Sunday at 3.30 am promptly.


This change of itinerary* (see below) has not been taken lightly.  However we feel it is in best interest of your child’s safety and security.  We appreciate that this is an inconvenience but it would be more inconvenient to find ourselves stuck at Dover or Calais for days on end!


It is essential that you confirm the receipt of this email by emailing by no later than Thursday 2nd July at 3.30pm


Yours faithfully


Mrs A Bray



* LOURDES PILGRIMAGE - Revised itinerary


Sunday 5th July

03.15 Arrive at school

03.30 Depart St Mary's

07.00 Arrive Portsmouth

08.15 Ferry departs

15.00 Arrive Caen

Travel on to Lourdes arrive approximately

03.00 Check into hotel rooms on arrival...


Friday 10th July

21.00 Depart Lourdes


Saturday 11th July

07.00 Arrive Lisieux 

09.00 Mass

10.00 Walk up the hill to visit Basilica

12.00 Visit local beach or D-day museum.

14.00 Leave Lisieux

16.00 Ferry departs Caen

21.00 Arrive Portsmouth


Sunday 12th July

00.30 Arrive St Mary's approx.