The Teams Archive Collections: Piloting

The Teams Archive Collections is a new series of blog posts for 2017. This series explores the different collections held by the Archive, and sheds some light on the life of Teams.

For those who don’t already know, I am solely responsible for the creation of the Teams of Our Lady Transatlantic Super-Regional Archive, a digital archive, comprised of documents and images collated over the last 60 years. (For information about Teams of Our Lady, please visit the links at the bottom of the page).

So, tell me about Piloting…

A word of experience:

‘Piloting is the term which describes the initial meetings of a new Team, when the Team learn about the methods of Teams, and learn about the format of the monthly meeting – simple meal, prayer time, discussion, etc. – and the endeavours, which couples are encouraged to undertake between meetings. New Teams usually consist of new members of the movement, who may not know other couples in the new team well, and so the piloting is led by a Pilot Couple, who are experienced members of Teams, over an initial period of 6 to 9 meetings, following a format known as Pilot Literature. At the end of piloting, individual couples, and the team as a whole, decide whether Teams is for them, and whether they wish to continue – without the pilot couple’.

(Antony and Janet Denman, Northampton St. Thomas team).

The Piloting Collection

The collection was collated by Harry and Clotilde Meigh during their time as a Pilot Couple in the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s. The collection is predominantly comprised of correspondence, with some literature on the sacrament of marriage, Teams piloting literature, and notes for meetings and accounts of meetings made by Harry and Clotilde.

The correspondence covers a range of experiences of piloting, the trials, tribulations and successes of team formation. As Harry and Clotilde sometimes piloted teams that were not located close to their home, the correspondence also includes ‘homework’ by the couples being piloted, consisting of commentary and opinions on the meeting’s study topics.

There is also some correspondence between Harry and Clotilde and Teams couples in France, where Harry and Clotilde ask for help and guidance in piloting. Some of this correspondence is in French, and whilst there is an ongoing project to provide an English translation of all French-language documents within the archive, the French-language documents in this collection have yet to be translated.

The collection has been digitised and catalogued in its entirety, according to ISAD-G, the International Standard for Archival Description, and has been arranged into 10 series. Each series represents a particular team that has experienced piloting:

  1. Bristol 1
  2. Cheltenham 2
  3. Cheltenham 3
  4. Dublin 1
  5. North Shields
  6. Stratford
  7. Weston-Super-MAre
  8. Widnes
  9. Woodchester
  10. Worcester

The collection provides an insight into piloting and team formation in the united Kingdom before communication was made simpler by the use of telephones, e-mail or Skype. Piloting is still a big part of Teams, although communication can be a lot quicker and easier with modern technologies.

The archive would welcome the opportunity to expand the Piloting collection, and can be contacted by e-mail:




Teams GB:

Teams Transatlantic:

Equipes Notre-Dame:

Young Teams of Our Lady:


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