1st August 2023

Route Maintenance

Over 3 days during May and June, the route between Worting to Southampton was walked to maintain its waymarks.  This led to the painting of several new yellow arrows.

Pilgrim Stamps

Unfortunately, The Junction Inn in Southampton has closed for the foreseeable future.  To fill this gap, a new pilgrim stamp is now available at The White Swan, Mansbridge.  This pub is found 400m off route on the river Itchen, left after crossing Mans Bridge on the approach to Southampton.  A 20% discount on food and drink is given to pilgrims.

Additionally, a coffee and tea lounge with cakes and food (converted pub) that only received a stamp in May – The Olive Tree in Monk Sherborne – sadly closed on 29th July owing to ever increasing costs.

A new stamp is now available at Platform 1 in Shawford.  This coffee shop at Shawford Station opens at 7:30am during the week and 9am at weekends for early-bird pilgrims.

Winchester – Pilgrim Notice

Do check out this new group photo opportunity – a St James’ Way/Camino Inglés pilgrimage ‘milestone’ notice near the entrance to Winchester Cathedral.  It is located on the lamppost by the war memorial.

Its 5-year placement comes after lengthy permission applications with the local authorities.  Local CSJ member and volunteer, Brian Muddle, put up the notice, which has identical dimensions as the start notice at St James Church, Reading.

Sanctuary

Initial requests to offer ‘Sanctuary’ under the British Pilgrimage Trust’s scheme have been made to selected sites along the route.  The scheme would provide basic budget overnight refuge to pilgrims.  However, it’s very early days, as the governing bodies must agree to offer sanctuary and procedures and policies reviewed.