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Youngsters enjoy fun-filled diocesan summer camp

Over 50 young people and helpers enjoyed a fun-filled diocesan summer camp over the August bank holiday weekend. Among them was 11-year-old Tabitha Blackman Northwood.

My brother Joshua and I went to the diocesan church camp at Moreton Hall Prep School, Bury St Edmunds, where we had lots of fun and I am sure everyone else who came had a great time too.

We arrived on Friday and we went to church in the chapel that was built into the school. We learnt the route to happiness with the “J.O.Y” acronym.  Love “Jesus”, “Others” and then “Yourself”.

After Church we said goodbye to our parents, we put our bags into our rooms then we split into our older and younger groups and went to our classrooms and played some games and then went to bed.

On Saturday morning everyone got up. We changed and we all went to have breakfast. We were then put into groups, which we would stay in to play games and competitions.

After that we went to the Chapel and a lady called Catherine came in and told us about a charity called Aid to the Church in Need and how people get taken out of their country because they are Christians.

Then we went to our bedrooms and got changed to go to the pool. The pool was very fun and just before we left we played a game of water polo.  After we were changed from the pool we had dinner.

After dinner we had a reconciliation Mass. The Mass was very nice and calm and relaxing after the busy day we had had.

Sunday was very similar to Saturday but instead of the pool we played a water and shaving foam obstacle course.  The best part was the tunnel with shaving foam.

On the last day we went to a cozy room while one of the staff members played the piano. We sat on couches and reflected on the great weekend we had had. It was a very fun weekend. I have learnt that you can pray through music not just sitting down and saying your regular prayers.

My brother and I would like to thank all the staff, led by Lorraine Furmedge, who made it a lovely weekend. The chefs who cooked all the delicious food and the Priests that came and said Mass.

Leaders: Lorraine, Ursula, Daisy, Claire, Sarah, Nathan, Kerry, Lauren, Joe, Bob and Abbey. Chefs: Paul and Jess. Staff at School: Andy and Katie. Ignite Team: Fr Luke and Hamish. Thank you to the parishioners in the diocese for their donations, without which, Diocese Summer Camps wouldn’t happen.

Campers: Giles, Hannah, Alfie, Jensen, Sophie, Maria, John, Doffy, Ethan, Angel, Anslo, Benjamin, James, Elizabeth, Teresa, Bessie, Jelissa, Thomas, Samuel, Rafael, Ishmael, Angela, Kristine, Abigail, Annie, Emily, Joshua, Tabitha, Max, Will, Zita, Sean, Conal, Adam, Amy, Thomas and Tania.

We are both looking forward to next year.

For more information on next year’s camp, email Lorraine Furmedge at: or visit the Facebook page at: Catholic Youth Summer Camp.

Pictured top are most of the campers and, above, some of the camp leaders at Moreton Hall.