First Confraternity Social
On the 28 November 2019 the Confraternity held its first social event at the George Inn, Borough, London. It was an informal gathering over three hours when members could drop in to meet over a drink and share stories.
Given that pilgrimage has, and has always had, an enormous social dimension, the success of the event was perhaps unsurprising. Attendance exceeded our expectations and, despite our having to sit outside on a late November evening, spirits were high.
It was an opportunity for members to share their stories from the road and enjoy the company of like-minded individuals. It seems true that even if two pilgrims have never met and walked the Francigena in a completely different year, they have shared in something of the same experience and will ultimately find a lot to talk about.
Given the success of the first event we shall certainly be planning more in the future, both in London and elsewhere. We hope they will continue to be a valuable space to both seasoned and as-yet-uninitiated pilgrims.
Next dates for your diary
20 February: First Canterbury Pilgrim Social – The Confraternity of Pilgrims to Rome is coordinating a monthly social gathering in Canterbury for anyone who considers themselves a pilgrim, or who has an interest in pilgrimage, whether visiting or local. Please join us in the Conservatory at the Miller’s Arms (2 Mill Lane, CT1 2AW) between 8p,-10pm on the third Thursday of the month.
No charge but please buy drinks. Food is also available. For more details or to let us know you plan to attend, email firstname.lastname@example.org, otherwise just turn up.
19 March: Canterbury Pilgrim Social (see above for details)
16 April: Canterbury Pilgrim Social (see above for details)