Welcome to the website of St Francis of Assisi Catholic Ramblers. For information about the club click on one of the tabs across the top or down the right hand side of your screen.
The club has a walk every weekend, mainly on Sunday but occasionally on Saturday or Monday Bank Holidays. Below are details of the club's walks for the remainder of the current programme up to the end of May. The full current programme can be seen by clicking on the current programme tab above or on the tab named Programme March to May 2013. If you feel like going on a ramble you can just turn up at the station indicated, look up the club members near the ticket office at least ten minutes before the departure time and be sure of a warm welcome.
I have received details of this year's Arundel and Brighton Diocesan Ecumenical Walking Pilgrimage from St Albans to Walsingham. Full details can be seen by clicking here.
SATURDAY 25th May Leader: Ann Milner
Meet: Chigwell Station on Central Line at 0945 for 10.00 start. Allow 45 minutes from Oxford Circus.
Tea: Not likely
Distance: 12 miles, returning Harold Wood to Liverpool Street on Network Rail
Fare: All Zone Travel Card/ Oyster Card
We walk two sections of the London Loop- from Chigwell to Havering-Atte-Bower (Section 20) in the morning, then Havering-Atte-Bower to Harold Wood(Section 21) in the afternoon.
If you would like to sample the flavour of past walks you might have a look at the members' photos page. There you can browse through over 5,000 photographs including some taken on 13 wallks in 2013 up to the Thames Path walk from Windsor to Staines walk led by Bridie Barry and .Maureen Cahalane on 12 May.
We were sorry to announce the death in January 2013 of John Harris. John joined he club in 1960 - 61, married Esther in 1967 and they became life members in 1985. In recent years John was a regular attender on the holidays some of which were organised by Esther and was a faithful attender at the annual reunions. He will be sadly missed. R.I.P. His funeral was on Tuesday 19th of February at Earlham Crematorium, Earlham Road, Norwich at 1.30 pm.
Anniversary of Phil Evans' death: 2 March 2013 marked the first anniversary of the death of Phil Evans - one of the club's most memorable character's. To mark the occasion I got Snappy Snaps to incorporate a number of photographs I have of Phil into a collage. You can see it here or if you wish I can e mail you a jpg copy.
Some time after Phil's funeral, which was attended by many club members, I received this moving letter from his brother in law Jeff Simmons. As you can see Jeff made a donation of £250 to the club with the intention that it would be spent on refreshments to celebrate the memory of a great rambler and I passed the cheque on to the club with a copy of the letter. I sent a letter of thanks to Jeff and I will present a wall hanging version of the collage to the family as my personal tribute to Phil.