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Italiangreyhound Sun 19-May-13 13:08:52

Greenbelt 2013 - Anyone going?

IneedAyoniNickname Mon 27-May-13 19:35:28

Me me me! can't wait!

Italiangreyhound Mon 27-May-13 23:28:22

Oh how great, at last someone else!

Nickname can I ask why you go, just for fun, for spiritual encouragement, for work or for another reason?

Do you camp? Some friends have said they will stay in a B and B, that's not very sporting is it!!

IneedAyoniNickname Mon 27-May-13 23:48:09

This is my fourth year. The first year I went was because the vicar at my church (which I was relatively new at) said a group of them went every year and did I want to go. I was fairly newly single, and love camping so thought why not.

It's so good, the dc spend all year asking when we can go again!

So I go partly for the fun weekend with good friends, but also I get something spiritual from it. The Sunday morning communion, with 20000 people is frankly amazing!

A bnb is no where near as much fun, though if we have weather like last year...

Why do you go?

Ponyboycurtis Tue 28-May-13 00:02:04

Not going but went when I was 16 (now 36) with a load of mates, we had mates, we had alljust left school & it was the first holiday 'on out own'. Bloody brilliant, cant remember too much but Moby headlined & U2's One was a bit of anthem.

Sorry - sort of hijacked thread then, as you were!

Italiangreyhound Tue 28-May-13 23:44:01

Pony no hijack, lovely to hear from you.

IneedAyoniNickname I have been for fun, been to be with mates, been for work, a whole lot of reasons. I sometimes have not liked it but lately have loved it. The camping bit doesn't appeal to me really but I do get on OK with it really, as long as I don't have to cook on a camping stove!

The Chinese stall for food was amazing last year.

The communion for thousands was wonderful.

I find it challenging and great now.

I first went for the 10th anniversary when Cliff was headlining, when I was a teenager!!

madhairday Sun 02-Jun-13 16:59:36

I was at that one Italian! Amy Grant was there too iirc. I went for a few years as a teenager and loved it. I wish I was going this year! We go to New Wine and will be away when GB is on. Have a lovely time smile

Italiangreyhound Sun 02-Jun-13 18:00:35

Thanks so much Mad, maybe one day we will meet!

Rosieres Fri 07-Jun-13 07:50:22

I'm going - I've been just about every year since 1991. Over the years it has been a great support. I tend to go for the speakers and the atmosphere more than the music. The breadth of what is on offer is the special thing. Some festivals/conferences are much more narrow in focus (which is fine, if that's your thing) but Greenbelt has a very broad and eclectic mix, something for everyone.

And now I go with the children, and they're reaching an age (7 and 9) where there is much that they enjoy. They've both been every year since they were born! And the friends that I meet up with each year now have their own children and we camp together and all the kids hang out together.

Italiangreyhound Sun 09-Jun-13 20:09:48

Thanks Roseries how lovely.

marmiteandhoney Mon 17-Jun-13 14:54:37


Is there some secret MN signal so we can wave to each other over our cups of chai?

We've been for the past 12 years. My 10 year old has been every year of her life and if I tell you that she was 3mths old for her first GB, you can work something out about the GB before she was born.

I love the fact that at GB there are no 'have to's unlike so much of Christian life. You can meet up with friends who are having a completely different weekend to you, and both weekends are equally valid and wonderful.

Italiangreyhound Mon 17-Jun-13 22:53:34

Maybe we could all wear pink carnations.

YBR Tue 25-Jun-13 15:56:33

I'm going - missed it last year but have been to several GBs at Cheltenham. DD will be going for the first time (post-birth, that is), and also taking my MIL this year (her first time both camping and at GB) which will be delightful.

I'm rarely drawn by the main-stage headliners but there's always lots of interest; I'll be hoping to get to Messy Church, Fransiscan Compline, John Bell and meet many friends. I also like finding out where all the major relief development campaigns are focusing.

Italiangreyhound Thu 27-Jun-13 18:11:32

YBR sounds like you are oing to have fun! Very brave taking your mother-in-law. Hope it goes well.

YBR Thu 27-Jun-13 20:29:38

My MIL is brave coming, but she's wonderful and will be an extra adult for toddler-wrangling. I just hope it's good enough weather this year.

marmiteandhoney Fri 28-Jun-13 18:45:28

I'm just finishing off one of the giant flags for the site vibing team. So if you spot a yellowy orange new giant flag, with a whole list of OT names on the blue strip, you'll know it was made by me smile

marmiteandhoney Fri 28-Jun-13 18:46:55

I'm excited that Why? are returning! (And particularly excited that my friend has been recruited as a fiddler.) And my mum is doing one of the Monday 9am talks/worship sessions, which is nice as she was down to do one last year and had a stroke so couldn't. This year, she's recovered enough to manage (just about, at any rate).

Italiangreyhound Sun 30-Jun-13 21:49:46

Marmiteandhone how fab your mum is doing a talk and hope all will be well with her.

IneedAyoniNickname Tue 06-Aug-13 02:46:21

Oo, I'd forgotten about this thread!
It's getting so close, the dc are counting down the days so am I
My mum is popping her greenbelt cherry this year, not sure what she will make of it all!
I'll admit that I've not heard of a lot of the acts/speakers etc, I feel my Christian cultural side is somewhat lacking grin
But folk on will be there and we luffs them

herecomesthsun Tue 06-Aug-13 03:43:52

oh hello, looks as though we are going too. We can organise a meet up, you know!

LongStory Tue 27-Aug-13 22:59:46

back home today, didn't see this thread before I left. Had such a brilliant time and really pleased that DC3 wants to join us next year.

Italiangreyhound Wed 28-Aug-13 00:26:43

sorry I did not check in, what were your highlights?

tuliparcher Wed 28-Aug-13 10:05:58

marmite, just looking at my friends gb photos on fb & your flag is on their! grin grin

I went for the day on Saturday and had a great time although the site felt more squashed as the grass in the centre of the site has not recovered from last year. The lack of the general store was much bemoaned by the campers and it felt as if there was less on with fewer venues but that said I went to some great talks including Barbara Taylor Brown and +Graham Cray, drank lots of tea in the Tiny Tea Tent and caught up with friends that I see rarely as they live a long way away. The cider in the Jesus Arms was pretty good as well!

LongStory Wed 28-Aug-13 22:47:25

Highlights? ... mainly catching up with friends, watching others with small children ENJOYING THEMSELVES while my youngest three were with grandparents.

So glad I booked the showers what bliss.

It was good to see my oldest 2 engaging with the youth programme for the first time and roaming by themselves, starting to get interested in the issues on display in G-source. Also some thoughtful stuff on food banks.

As for talks I mostly went for the literature and contemplative stuff, which was a bit of a change for me.

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