I am afraid I need to share with you the disappointing news that we are compelled to cancel the camps again this year.
We are devastated to be taking this step for the second year in a row. As you know, I have delayed a decision as long as possible in the hope of finding a workable solution. In the end, however, even though there is due to be a relaxation of some of the Covid restrictions on 19 July, after various discussions with the venue and the governing agency, it became clear that the requirements and expectations remaining in place would simply not be acceptable.
I thank you greatly for the patience you have all shown in waiting for the final decision. I know it will come as a great disappointment – it is because I have seen for myself the desire and enthusiasm for these camps among the children that I have put off reaching this conclusion. I realise as a consequence that many of you will have disruption to travel and accommodation plans, which I do regret, but I hope you will understand that none of this has been done lightly.
May I also take this opportunity to thank our seminarians and volunteers who have given up much time and energy preparing for these camps. Please God we will see the fruit of it next year!
In the meantime, be assured of my prayers – I pray in a special way for the young people so cruelly affected by this situation.