Welcome to the website of the St Francis of Assisi Catholic Ramblers Club.
 
For details of the club and its activities click on any of the items liisted across the top and down the right hand side of your screen. These items on the main menu will open the way to over 600 pages of articles about the club and its activities.
 
Urgent notice added to this home page on Friday 25 September 2020: If you intend to join Ant Connolly's walk next Saturday 3 October please visit either the current programme tab or the Summer 2020 Programme tab at the top or down the right hand side of your screen for urgent and important additional information received on Friday 25 September.
 
We are delighted to have weekly rambles again and if you are attending one please follow the guidance that has been issued and any further guidance given by the leader on the day.
 
Details of the last walk in September and the first one in October are as follows:
 
 

Saturday 26th September   Leaders: Derek & Mary Clarke   (OS Explorer 225) 

Meet:         St Pancras International - Platform B - 0820 for 0847 to                                 Huntingdon (arr. 0949) 

Lunch:       St. Ives - plenty of options 

Tea:            Huntingdon TBC 

Distance:    12.5 level miles returning to Huntingdon. 

Fare:           £9.90 CDR Huntingdon from boundary zone 6 with railcard discounts. 

 

Saturday 3rd October   Leader: Ant Connolly   (OS Explorer 196) 

Meet:          Liverpool Street station 0945 for 1000 train to Manningtree (arr.                     1055) 

Lunch:         Sun Inn Dedham - other options close by. Also, a Co-op selling                       sandwiches. Park and Church grounds for picnic.  

                     There are buses between Colchester and Dedham if wishing to                        join/leave at lunchtime - 

                     please visit https://www.panther-travel.co.uk/timetables/81-81a 

Tea:             National Trust Tea Room, Flatford Mill or Manningtree Station                        Buffet (Bar)  

Distance:    9 miles. Can be muddy in places after rain and three stiles. A                           little hilly in parts but mostly level. 

Fare:            £16.75 CDR Manningtree from Boundary zone 6 with railcard                         discounts.

Ant will meet the ramblers en route on the train at Colchester.

 
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Given the current circumstances there will be some 'bedding in' of how rambles are arranged and undertaken, so, your forbearance if issues arise would be greatly appreciated. 
 
Constructive feedback will be welcomed by the leaders and the ramble list compiler. Anyone of you who are stewards at your parishes know that stewarding has thrown up challenges and the same will go for the leaders and the club.
 
Hopefully we will not come to a juddering halt for a long while and a list for the remainder of September will be issued soon.
 
 
Kind regards
Paul Connolly 

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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.