Society Of Our Lady Of Lourdes

Society Of Our Lady Of Lourdes

IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO COME ON PILGRIMAGE WITH US NEXT YEAR PLEASE SEE OUR HELPERS PAGE OR CONTACT THE OFFICE TO FIND OUT HOW TO MAKE IT POSSIBLE ON TELEPHONE: 020 8848 9833

Botwell House, Botwell Lane, Hayes, Middlesex UB3 2AB

office@soll-lourdes.com

02088489833

2023 PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES

2023 PILGRIMAGE TO LOURDES

We are now pleased to announce details of our 2023 Pilgrimage to Lourdes. 

Saturday 27th May - Friday 2nd June 

Various travel options are available, but please be aware that Flight availability is VERY limited this year so we ask you to please book your place as soon as possible.

Assisted Pilgrims

  • To ensure the safety and comfort of our assisted pilgrims we have chartered a flight from BIRMINGHAM airport, only about an additional 30 minutes from our office at Hayes in comparison with the journey to Stansted. This will leave in the afternoon. Timings to be confirmed.
  • SOLL will provide full medical care and assistance on this flight. Doctors and nurses will travel aboard.
  • All assisted pilgrims will need to complete a Medical Application Form and be assessed for travel. These forms will be available shortly, but
    PLEASE REGISTER YOUR INTENTION TO JOIN THE PILGRIMAGE ASAP BELOW!
  • You will stay in the Accueil Notre Dame, within the Sanctuary itself, where 24 hour medical and personal care is available as required.
  • The cost for an Assisted Pilgrim is £ 790
  • This includes accommodation in the Accueil, medical and personal care, full board, assistance to and from all services, spiritual support, entertainment, all taxes and your insurance.

Some financial support may be available based on personal circumstances. Please contact the SOLL office if you would like to discuss this. If you are being sponsored by someone else, we will ask for details in due course. 

Pilgrimage Helpers

All our helpers must be registered with SOLL. They support the medical staff and the assisted pilgrims. You will be rostered to work a daily shift in a supportive team. It can be hard work, yet is very rewarding!

  • New helpers are always welcome. Please take a look at our HELPERS PAGE to find out more about what is involved.
  • Both existing and new helpers will need to complete a new Helper Application Form and be DBS checked, to comply with the legal requirements of the Bishops Conference. A new online version of the application form will be available shortly.
  • Our volunteer helpers travel and stay at their own expense. Grants are available towards the cost of the Pilgrimage, subject to individual personal circumstances. Please contact the SOLL office for more information.
  • PLEASE REGISTER YOUR INTENTION TO JOIN THE PILGRIMAGE ASAP BELOW!

Praying Pilgrims

You are welcome to join our Pilgrimage and take part in our full programme of events and activities.

  • PLEASE REGISTER YOUR INTENTION TO JOIN THE PILGRIMAGE ASAP BELOW!

TRAVEL OPTIONS 

Due to challenging circumstances regarding the availability of charter aircraft this year we have to look at departures from various points around the country, meeting up together in Lourdes. This will reduce the empty air miles incurred historically - directly addressing the appeal from the Vatican and Diocese for sustainable travel.  

A variety of accommodation is available in Lourdes according to your needs and budget.

We can arrange accommodation through our travel agent and provide you with an ‘all in’ inclusive price. These prices are:

  • Hospitalet/Abri (Sanctuary basic accommodation with meal tickets) £ 700
  • Beau Site/ St Georges (hotel with full board) £ 750
  • Padoue / Elisio (hotel with full board) £810

These prices include the flights, transfers within France, the Sanctuary levy, trips and events, prayer books, Lanyard and ID badge and of course endless Yorkshire tea!

The cost of a flight only on the 2023 SOLL Pilgrimage is £430 which this year has again been heavily subsided by the Society.

The flight only price includes all as above, but you will need to arrange your own accommodation and insurance.

You will need to take travel insurance in order to join the Pilgrimage. This can be arranged via our travel agent at a cost of £45

 Alternatively, you can arrange your own insurance policy. Please check that it covers COVID repatriation and we will need you to provide us with your policy details and emergency contact numbers on booking

Independent Travel

A train group is travelling from St Pancras to join the Pilgrimage in Lourdes, please get in touch for further information if you are interested in this option.

If you prefer to make your own travel arrangements and affiliate with the SOLL Pilgrimage in Lourdes, we need to know your intention to join us and ask you to pay a contribution of £25 to cover your registration with the Pilgrimage, the Sanctuary Levy, the Pilgrimage booklet and the full Programme of events. This figure is obviously also heavily subsidized by SOLL and is less than half the amount required by some other pilgrimages.  

  • PLEASE REGISTER YOUR INTENTION TO JOIN THE PILGRIMAGE ASAP!

The Next Steps

Please get in touch as soon as possible. We cannot stress this enough!

Flights are very limited this year and we have reserved seats on a range of scheduled flights as well as our Birmingham charter.

We have seats available on flights from:

  • Birmingham
  • Stansted
  • Bournemouth
  • Bristol

If you have any questions, please contact the SOLL office or our travel agent Tangney Tours.

We will announce further details as they become available.

Please note - Direct rail services from London serve Birmingham Airport.    

We are seeking to gauge interest in providing a coach from Hayes to Birmingham Airport, please contact the SOLL office if you would use this such a facility – the cost is likely to be around £30 each way.

Please make sure that you have a valid passport for travel, with a minimum of 6 months until expiry.

You will also need to have a current EHIC (European Health Insurance Card)
https://www.nhs.uk/using-the-nhs/healthcare-abroad/apply-for-a-free-uk-global-health-insurance-card-ghic/

Intention to join our 2023 Pilgrimage to Lourdes

Please register your intention to join our 2023 Pilgrimage below

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