Despite the rain on our journey to Ticknall, the Altar servers and friends had a lovely warm and dry day for our sponsored walk. Around thirty five of us set of from Ticknall at about 11.00am. We started with horses, poppies, wet woodland and views over the Trent Valley (albeit a bit hazy). We passed St. Brides, the site of a religious community which was dissolved at the reformation, and stopped for lunch at Staunton Harrold Reservoir.
The kiosk at the visitor centre sells a number of home made delights which were sampled by our group. We even had some extra parishioners join us for lunch which was a lovely surprise.
After lunch we set off walking along the reservoir, with sail boats and dogs sampling the water. Fortunately our young people are content with dry land. Eventually we made our way into the grounds of Calke Abbey. Time for a tolilet and ice cream stop. The grounds have longhorn cattle and sheep wandering around. The cattle look a bit scary, but seem used to people wandering around them.
Eventually we made it back to the car park 6 miles later, with many tired young people. Have a look at the photographs; 2014 Altar Servers Walk.
We are raising money for the Sick and Retired Priests fund and sensitively seek your generosity…please sponsor an Altar Server! If you would like to you can email firstname.lastname@example.org for other means of making a donation.