AGM March 2020 – Postponed

Annual General Meeting – 14 March, 2020 – Postponed

5 March, 2020

We have been closely monitoring the fast-moving COVID-19 situation, including UK Government and WHO guidance. Regrettably, with the steep rise in numbers of diagnosed infected people today, we have decided that it is in the interests of our attendees and the greater public health to postpone the AGM until such time as the COVID-19 situation improves.

We hope to see you at the next meeting, which will be publicised in our mailing list and on our website.

-The Confraternity of Pilgrims to Rome Trustees

 

Programme

Our 2020 Annual Meeting will take place on Saturday 14 March in the beautiful Edwardian hall of Westminster Cathedral (entrance from Ambrosden Avenue, London SW1P 1QH)

Our aim is to inspire pilgrims past, present and future by exploring current trends in pilgrimage, and looking in detail at practical aspects, as well as informing them on the current activities of the Confraternity. There will be a Question and Answer panel, and plenty opportunities for meeting and exchanging with others.

As ever, entrance to the event is free, and details of registration will follow. If you would like to attend please email events@pilgrimstorome.org.uk

9:30: Arrivals and coffee

10:00 – 12:00: Speakers

In these first two hours we will have a range of speakers discussing pilgrimage developments across the Via Francigena:

Recent and Planned Changes to the Via Francigena

Luca Bruschi, Director of the European Association of the Vie Francigene (EAVF) and Leslie Maussang, Head of Development and Communication for the VF in France, EAVF.

The Changing Nature of Pilgrimage

Roland Nock, pilgrim and Scottish Episcopal minister. Roland has walked numerous pilgrimages across Europe and the world including, in 2015, the Via Francigena.

12:00 – 13:00: Reports from the Board

Following our speakers, we will report on the activities of the Confraternity and our plans for the future. There will a report by the Chairman, and additionally updates from other trustees on their various activities.

13:00-14:00: Break for lunch

There is no set lunch, but there are numerous options for eating around Westminster and Victoria.

14:00 – 15:00: Practical Pilgrims Workshops

Following lunch, we will have short talks from experienced pilgrims about specific aspects of practical pilgrimage:

Travelling on a Tight Budget – David Matthews

Walking and Creativity – Victoria Field

Cycling and Pilgrimage – Paulo Seth

15:00 – 16:00: Panel Q&A session

There will be many experienced pilgrims attending the AGM. We will start the session with a panel of pilgrims taking questions from the audience on planning their journey to Rome. There will also be opportunities to mingle afterwards to speak in further detail about any questions or concerns you may have.