Welcome to the website of the St Francis of Assisi Catholic Ramblers Club. 

 

Unfortunately the club's activities are currently suspended due to the Corona Virus crisis which has put a temporary stop to all social and communal activity. This is only the second time in its 90 year history that the club's activities were suspended, the first being due to industrial action on trains in the 1960s. Even the Foot and Mouth Disease Crisis in 2001 didn't stop us rambling altogether but instead our resourceful Ramble List Compiler put together at very short notice a programme of rambles in areas not subject to access restrictions due to the foot and mouth disease. 

 

As long as the Corona Virus crisis deprives us of the opportunity to ramble together I shall try to resurrect memories from the past here on the much visited website of the St Francis Of Assisi Catholic Ramblers Club.

 

Next week will mark the end of a full quarter without organised rambles. This weekend, on Sunday 31 May, we would have had a lovely walk in the Benfleet area led by Antoinette and Lizzie. The ramble appeared in the Spring Programme as follows and would have been enjoyed by many members:

 

Sunday 31st May         Leaders: Antoinette Adkins and Lizzie Cripps   (OS Landranger 178)

Meet:            Fenchurch Street 0900 for 0918 train to Benfleet (arr. 1002)                            circular walk to Leigh on Sea. Some steep hills before lunch,                           can be muddy and slippery in wet weather

Lunch:          The Mayflower, 5 & 6 High Street, Leigh on Sea, (excellent fish                       and chips) plus various other options nearby

Distance:      10 miles returning from Benfleet

Tea:              Barge Gladys about 400m before you reach Benfleet station

Fare:             CDR Benfleet £9.20 with railcard discounts.

 

On the last occasion when 31 May fell on a Sunday the walk, unusually, appeared as the first walk in the Summer Programme rather than the last in the Spring programme and was led by David Crundell. It was described in the programme as follows:

 

Sunday 31st May                              Leader: David Crundall ( OS map Landranger 168)

Meet       :  Liverpool Street 0910 for 0932 train to Kelvedon (arr 1027)

Train also calls Stratford 0939 – various Tube, DLR, and Overground connections

Lunch     : Chapel Inn, Coggeshall

Tea         : Sun Inn - near Kelvedon station

Distance : 9 mostly level miles returning from Kelvedon

Fare       : £14.65 Super Off-Peak Day Return with Network Railcard

 

We received some photographs taken on the day and you can see them by clicking HEREThese photographs have been viewed 118 times and when David paid a return visit to Lelvedon in 2019 the photographs taken on the day were viewed 58 times. You can see them HERE

 

The last time before that that 31 May was a Sunday was 2009 and it was one of Paul Brunning's ever popular walks in Kent as follows:

 

Sunday 31st May 2009 (Explorer Map 147)             Leader: Paul Brunning

MEET: Victoria 0920 for 0938 train to Shoreham (arr 1028)
LUNCH: The Lion, Farningham. Good food, but a bit pricey.
TEA: ?
DISTANCE: 10 miles, returning from Shoreham 
FARE: £5.70 cdr Shoreham from Victoria, £2.40 from Zone 6 boundary, £1.90 from Swanley (all you need if you have a Freedom Pass), all with Network Card.

 

Unfortunately we received no photographs of this ramble but many of Paul's other Kent rambles are well represented on the members' photos page which you can access via the menu at the top or down the right had side of your screen.

 

 

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The Easter Weekend 2020 may have been the first ever Easter Weekend in its history for the club to have no walk at all. It was the first in nearly ten years and only the second in over 20 years that there was no walk on Good Friday. To provide an online substitute for an actual walk I have put together a potted history of the Good Friday walks that have become an annual event since 1996. You can see this HERE.You can see that I have included photographs where they are available. I will leave this item on the main menu at the top and down the right hand side of your screen for now and when time allows I will incorpoprate it into the online History of the Club.  

 

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On Friday 20 March 2020 our Ramble List Compiler issued the following statement with a heavy heart:

 

Dear members,
 
After serious reflection and with great reluctance the committee has decided that the current 
programme of rambles and events is suspended with immediate effect.
 
It was not an easy decision to arrive at but given the current circumstances we hope and trust 
all the members will appreciate we have had no option but to do this.

In our 90 year history the club was able to remain active throughout the second world war and 
the foot and mouth crisis of 2001 but what we are experiencing is an unprecedented event 
that has overtaken everyone.
 
We will keep everyone informed of any developments as they arise.
 
In the meantime, let us all pray this pandemic will be over sooner rather than later.
 
 
Kind regards
Paul Connolly
Ramble List Compiler

On behalf of the St Francis of Assisi Catholic Ramblers Club committee.