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Monday, September 26, 2016
Anglican pilgrimage to Glastonbury
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¬†Anglicans from all over the UK gathered in Glastonbury on Saturday for the annual Glastonbury Pilgrimage. The pilgrimage started with a service in the undercroft of the Abbey. At noon the traditional Procession of Witness moved off down the High Street for the service in the Abbey Church. The event is in its 84th year and sees pilgrims witness their faith as practised in the Anglo Catholic tradition. This year was particularly special as they were joined by the Bishop of Balleratt from Australia as the Preacher, and Bishop Matthias of Ho from Ghana as Principle Celebrant. Over £1,000 was given by pilgrims on the day to their dedicated charity WaterAid, an international organisation whose mission is to overcome poverty by enabling the world's poorest people to gain access to safe water, sanitation and hygiene education. This money will be added to £2,253 already raised throughout the year by churches and pilgrims to go directly towards WaterAid's work in Masindi, northern Uganda. WaterAid's Victoria Rouse joined the procession and said: "It was fantastic and I really enjoyed meeting the pilgrims, especially a lovely little girl called Rose Silk who had saved up all year to donate to WaterAid ≠ it was really heart-warming. Together they raised over £3,000, which is brilliant and will make such a difference to the Masindi project." Donations towards the Masindi project can be sent to: GPA Charities a/c, Well Cottage, Short Street, Chapmanslade, Westbury, BA13 4AA.
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