Junior’s Holiday at Elingham


The event which finished the second year was our first Junior’s Holiday. The year before the Juniors had gone to Alderwasley Hall (see above) and had visited Weston Lodge and were full of chat about it. Now we with out third of a priest’s allowance (£25) found that there was no money to pay for travel to Ellingham, a prep school North of Alnwick (some 120 miles from Ampleforth). So we set off on Bicycles at about 7am in the morning. We were in Durham for midday, and just managed Newcastle for 3.00 where Mrs. Brooks and Lady Hume had got us some lunch. We struggled on until we reached Ellingham about 6pm. I remember being very tired for two days. It was the first long cycle ride I had ever done, and I had barely touched a bicycle since being in the school. I well remember the trip to Seahouses in the early morning with Br. Osmund Jackson and going out to fish in one of the boats. We returned abut 3pm and had a 7 mile ride back to Ellingham. We visited the Bridgemans at and I seem to remember a connection with Lord Halifax or Lord Grey. of Fallodon. on our return home we struggled to Wass where we had a meal in the Wombwell arms.

The next Juniors holiday was at All Hallows prep school, and we visited Downside. The Jennings were the owners of the school and I have a series of photographs of the brethren on this holiday. Miles Bellasis, Dunstan Adams, Francis Stephenson, Edward Corbould ,Mark Butlin wee prominent in these as well as Jack Peters who became a novice from St. Louis, was a natural cleric but not a natural monk, and who returned to St Louis after a time at Oxford, and died young unmarried.

The last Junior’s holiday which I went on because subsequent ones were replaced by CCF camps. was to Ambleside on Lake Windermere. I thought I could do my bicycle trip but discovered that I was hopeless unable to complete the journey so left my bicycle in a pub outside Hawes and thumbed a lift. An elderly couple picked me up and took me to Windermere and when I left the car, I gave them as a present the Wensleydale cheese that I had bought in Hawes. We were again in a school and did some climbing of the mountains – it was then that I discovered that climbing mountains was not my forte, and have avoided it every since.