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Newsletter June  2019   
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Friday 28 June 2019, 7.00-9.30pm
Blackheath-Mt Victoria RSL sub-branch hall
SEATS STILL AVAILABLE for this dinner event.  It is a bring a plate of Tapas style food to share and will be held at the Blackheath-Mt Victoria RSL Sub-Branch Hall at 2 Bundarra Street, Blackheath at 7.00pm.  Speaker topic and Q&A about the Camino del Norte, Camino Portuguese  and Camino Frances for new pilgrims in their 80s and more.  There will  be  audio visual trailers of Camino Skies and the Camino Voyage.  You get to choose which doco movie you want to see at Mt Vic Flicks in August!  

Tony will talk about how pilgrims will be doing the Camino in a wheelchair or on crutches with a briefing on the "Accessible Camino 2019", which is brought to you by the same wonderful team from I'll Push You.  The Accessible Camino 2019 is about 13 disabled people being assisted by up to 55 people to get them along the Camino from Sarria to Santiago de Compostella in late September/early October 2019.  

These events are always insightful and fun with great food, friends, chat and  drink.  Everyone welcome!  


Cost of the evening is $5.00 to cover insurance and drinks available by donation. Santiago tart and tea/coffee provided.

Seating is limited to around 50 so please contact Tony now to book your seat/s  Email here   If you have booked and find you can't attend, it would be appreciated if you would  let Tony know at   in case there are people on the 'waitlist'.  Thank you!

NOTE:  the suggested bring a plate of food to share is Tapas style but any 'finger food' (it could be sweets or fruit platter)  so long as it doesn't need heating!  
Saturday Walk at 9.40am on 29 June 2019
Katoomba Station to Glenella, Blackheath
As there is a Camino Dinner on Friday night, 28 June,  some people may choose to stay for the weekend, it is proposed the route for the June walk from Katoomba to Blackheath (Glenella).  It is intended to catch the 929am* train from Blackheath Station arriving Katoomba 940am (unless there are track works we will need to change to do a  local Blackheath walk from Glenella at 9.00am).

You are welcome to  join Ce and Carlene for this walk.  Meet at Katoomba Station, in front of the coffee stall at 9.40am.  Option 1 to walk along the road to Blackheath via the Explorers Marked Tree, Hydro for refreshments and continue to Blackheath.  The longer option 2 from Katoomba Station and via Stuarts Rd to the Clifftop Track, Explorers Marked Tree, Hydro Majestic for refreshments and continue to Blackheath.  There is an ascent to climb on the longer scenic route. The total walk will take approx 4 hours and is about 12-14kms.  Some may choose to get the 1.32pm* train from Medlow Bath to Blackheath.  *Note, you need to check train times closer to the date.

A further option is that Tony may walk from Glenella to Medlow Bath return depending on interest and if people feel they are unable to do a longer walk.  Tony can advise this option at the Friday night Camino dinner.  
However you are welcome to do this self-guided walk along the Fire trail, it is approx. 7kms return.

Please bring water, snacks,  sunscreen, hat, rain gear (always to check forecast - its a great way to check if your particular set of rain gear works!), first aid bits & pieces and wear sturdy footwear.  Bring your Opal card and lunch & coffee can be bought at the Hydro Majestic or Synonymous as you choose.

Let us know if you intend on walking click hereMeet in front of Katoomba Station near the coffee stand at 9.40am  Then later on, at 2.00pm, there's the usual Camino Meetup.    Hope to see you there, everyone is welcome!
CAMINO MEETUP: Saturday 29 June 2019
2.00 - 4.00pm at Glenella

Camino Meetups are held the 4th Saturday of most months*  from 2.00-4.00pm at Glenella Guesthouse, 56 Govetts Leap Rd, Blackheath.  The next Camino Meetup will be on Saturday 29 June 2019  at 2.00pm.   

If you are new to this Camino group, the Camino Meetups are an informal gathering and have proved to be an
informative afternoon, a chance to share all things Camino including your stories and experiences, occasional 'show & tell', for others to learn about the Camino.  If time permits, there may be a short Camino related doco film shown in the Glenella Cellar Theatre.   Come along to enjoy the camaraderie! 

All visitors and pilgrims are welcome to join us for afternoon tea, the cost is $5.00pp.  Santiago tart usually baked by Ce and sometimes Julie., with thanks.  Thank you Kerrie for your baked contribution to afternoon tea for the May Meetup.

Whilst at Glenella, check out "Camino Corner" with map of pilgrimage routes in Spain, books and DVDs.  There is a trunk with donated/surplus adventure gear that may be useful for your Camino.  Items by $5.00 donativo unless otherwise marked.  If you have any spare gear you wish to donate, bring them along to a Camino Meetup.

Are you planning to go on your Camino during 2019?  Write your name up On The Way board.   Let us know if you are on Your Way email us 

watch for advertised dates, subject to change  
Last year saw many of our supporters walk the Camino…. is it your turn this year??  
We are so thrilled to see so many of our supporters ON THE WAY board. BUEN CAMINO  Apologies if you told us but have omitted your name.  Just let us know when you are planning to start your Camino and which route and we will put you on the list.  Email us 
To be added  Phillip & Karen doing the CF from Sarria 10/9/19 and Nicky Lumb late July, which Camino still to be decided!

ST JAMES DAY DINNER:  Thursday 25 July 2019 at 6.30pm, Wentworth Falls PopUp Albergue hosted by Jerard and Enda.

The Feast of St James falls on 25 July this year.  To celebrate we are holding a pilgrim meal at the Popup Albergue, 186 Blaxland Rd, Wentworth Falls.  Bookings are essential

The albergue is not large so the number of guests is restricted to 18.  The meal will consist of Tapas, Soup, a Main meal and Dessert.   House wine will be supplied.  The cost is $20 per head.  The menu will reflect what a rural albergue of Spain provides.   Beer will be available on a donativo basis.

Bookings open on July 1.  To book, email Jerard and Enda on  

Give name/s and contact details in your email.  Your email will be acknowledged and further information provided.   Bookings must close on July 20 to allow us to organise food for this single event.   Payment in advance is required and we will advise you of the details when you email us.   Your booking will be confirmed on receipt of payment.  Refunds are possible until July 20 when food supplies are sourced.

National Camino Conference 11-13 October 2019
El Camino - The Way Ahead
The Australian Friends of the Camino (AFOTC) has the first National Conference being held in Adelaide in October 2019.  There is a great line-up of speakers and entertainers  with their latest coup  being the infamous John Brierley!  He is the keynote speaker on the Sunday morning with plenty of time for questions and guidebook signing.

If you would like to attend the conference, here is the link for information and bookings on the AFOTC website.

Remember you can become a member of AFOTC and get your Australian Pilgrim Credencial from them too - 
                             UPCOMING EVENTS FOR YOUR 2019 DIARY

Fri 28 Jun - Camino Dinner - bring a plate of food Tapas style, guest speaker, Camino Q&A at Blackheath-Mt Victoria RSL sub-branch

Sat 29 Jun
9.00am walk, route TBA.  Meet at Glenella Guesthouse 8.50am unless otherwise advised

Sat 29 Jun 2.00-4.00pm Camino Meetup at Glenella Guesthouse, $5 afternoon tea  

Thu 25 Jul - St James Day dinner at Jerard & Enda's Popup Albergue in Wentworth Falls.  Save the date, bookings open 1 July.

Fri 30 Aug - SAVE THE DATE for a special Camino movie (TBA) at Mount Vic Flicks, Mount Victoria.

11-13 October - AFOTC National Conference in Adelaide  
You will find regular updates on Events on our facebook and website.  We welcome you to share your Camino photos on facebook, search and LIKE us -
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Camino Meetups, dinner events & newsletter organised by Tony Jacques, Margaret & Rowan Bouttell  and Carlene.  There are also others making a valuable contribution including the planning meeting, enabling the Blue Mountains Supporters of the Camino group to keep active.

Please let us know if you are willing to help in some small way such as taking others for the Saturday morning Walking Meetup, help with a Saturday Camino Meetup at Glenella,  help bake Santiago tarts, etc. 

It would be terrific if we have a volunteer who can do the regular newsletters too! We would love to hear from you!!  Your stories and photos are always welcomed contributions for the newsletters and facebook posts. 
Any help would be greatly appreciated to lessen the load on us volunteers.  

For feedback or suggestions you are welcome to email us
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