YPF have a tradition of going on a summer holiday together. In recent years we’ve travelled to Soul Survivor, a Christian summer festival at Bath & West showground in Somerset. At Soul Survivor we spend the week camping together, eating together, hanging out, attending workshops and seminars and joining in huge services in a big top tent with 10,000 other young people. Soul Survivor also has skate parks, cafes, Mr Boogies (a disco), burger vans and much much more.
The YPF holiday is, without fail, one of the highlights of our year. We hope your son/daughter will be able join us.
Important – please read this whole paragraph: The dates of the festival are Saturday 13th – Wednesday 17th August. The festival doesn’t end until 11.30 pm on the 17th, however. We would usually all travel back together first thing in the morning on the following day, Thursday 20th, but I understand that A level results come out on this day and many of the schools are opening early for this. We are looking into a couple of options and we will come up with a solution to make sure we get any A level students that would like to, back in time to collect their results. If this is of particular concern for you, please don’t hesitate to get in touch.
The campsite is divided into coloured areas and each area is broken down in a numbered ‘village’. Most villages have between 50-100 people staying on them. Each village is looked after by a ‘village host’. Stewards patrol the site at night. Soul Survivor rules, as well as our IMPACT youth rules, state that members of the opposite sex cannot share a tent unless they are married. Soul Survivor also stipulates that alcohol is not permitted on site. We will have at least 1 person over 18 with us for every 6 under eighteen. Our youth team are all CRB checked.
The address of the showground is: Royal Bath & West Showgrounds, Shepton Mallet, near Bath in Somerset, BA4 6QN.
There will be two payments to make for this trip. One of the costs of the festival ticket and the other is a payment to Christ Church to cover the costs of food and transport. The ticket prices are listed below and we estimate that the second payment will roughly £70.00 per person. Please do let me know if money is an issue which may prevent your son/daughter joining us.
Here are the festival costs per person:
Paid in full ONLINE on or before midnight 1st of February £94
Paid in full VIA THE POST/FAX/EMAIL on or before midnight 1st February £99
Paid in full ONLINE on or before midnight 3rd May – £104
Paid in full VIA THE POST/FAX/EMAIL on or before 3rd May – £109
Paid in full ONLINE from 4th May onwards – £114
Paid in full VIA THE POST/FAX/EMAIL from 4th May onwards – £119
To sign up for the holiday, please visit: https://booking.soulsurvivor.com/ From the list of events select ‘Soul Survivor Week B 2015’. You will then need to create an account if you have not previously booked with Soul Survivor. Part way through the booking process you will be asked to give the group leader’s email address in order to join our group. Please put in firstname.lastname@example.org (not my simon.christchurch@gmail address) This is the only way you will be ‘listed’ with our group, so it’s important you get this part of the application process right. You are no longer required to enter a booking reference.
We will organise catering for the week but ask young people to organise their own tents. I’d really appreciate it if you would join me in extending a little reminder to the young people about being considerate and inclusive while negotiating tent sharing. We don’t want anyone to feel left out. When you come to book, it will ask you how many tents you’re bringing. This doesn’t need to be specific. It is simply so that Soul Survivor can allocate camping space to us. (The more tents we lists, the more camping space will be given, so if you’re not sure better to say that you’re bringing a big one!)
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to drop me an email: email@example.com
Grace & Peace to you,
Simon Tulett (Youth Minister, Christ Church, Chorleywood)