[image] Northern Cross - the ecumenical Christian Easter walking pilgrimage to Holy Island
[image] Northern Cross - the ecumenical Christian Easter walking pilgrimage to Holy Island
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Further information

Northern Cross is run by those who take part, a volunteer group. All the preparations are done in their sparetime. These are divided into a coordinator's committee who have overall responsibility for Northern Cross each year, aided by the steering committee who take a long term overview; and a publicity committee. There are also the music and worship co-ordinators on Holy Island.

There are traditionally 5 walks or legs as we call them which are named after their associations with locations. Carlisle and Lanark start in those towns. St Cuthbert's after the national path it follows, Haddington used to start in that town until it started in Edinburgh. Northumbrian was originally Newcastle, then became Hexham, then settled on Northumbrian as it has always been a walk almost entirely in the county of Northumberland.

The course of these legs are not fixed with some evolving new routes over the years.

The legs normally stay in church or village halls, as often the villages we stop overnight in are very small usually, often no B&B's and there can be up to 20 of us walking in each group. Its the only logical accommodation, we bring our own bedding and food. It's like indoor camping. Each leg has a leader who has overall responsibility for the leg and its people. There is the secretary who organises the guides, liturgy, the halls or stops and transport. The cook who organises the shopping and food. Then there are the support drivers who take it in turns to drive the support car and the other transport cars usually 2 or 3.

At the end of each walk when we reach Lindisfarne each leg holds a meeting to elect a new leader and secretary to run the leg next year and discuss how the walk might be improved for next year, these recommendations are included in the leg report for our annual general meeting or AGM.

On Holy Island, Northern Cross holds a Annual General Meeting on the Easter Saturday, to receive the leg reports, discuss ideas to improve, promote or manage it and elect members to the various committees.

If you would like more information, see our FAQs here, or would like to speak in person to a representative of Northern Cross please go to our Contact page. If you are interested in walking with us next Easter and would like to sign up please go to our Registration page.


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