St Francis of Assisi Catholic Rambler's Club

(affiliated to H.F. Holidays)

The Club is approved by the Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster; affiliated to the Rambers Association. Website:

Programme of Rambles / Events for Autumn 2016

(Items for the next programme by the end of October please)


This year the AGM will take place on Saturday 8th October at 4 pm in St Mary Moorfields Church Hall 4 - 5 Eldon Street EC2M 7LS. All the Club Secretaries and the Treasurer will make a report at this meeting and will follow the same formula used at past AGMs. As per the Club Constitution a chairman/woman will be elected to chair the meeting in the event that the president cannot attend the meeting. The one item on the agenda which should deeply concern all Club members who are at all worried about the Club's survival is the election of a new committee. 'No Committee No Club'

Below is a nomination form on which members can be nominated for membership of the committee. Each nomination form must be signed by a person nominating a member, a person seconding the nomination and the person being nominated. Forms that do not have all three signatures will not be presented to the A



...................................................cut along this dotted line...........................................................

election of Committee for the Year 2016 - 2017

nb Please return to: Maurice Hickman, 75 Carlton Road, Redhill, Surrey, RH1 2BZ


I wish to nominate.......................................................for the position of (tick a box

Secretary     (   )                             Treasurer       (   )

Ramble List Compiler   (   )                   Committee Member   (   )

Proposer....................................................... (sign and print your name)

Seconder...................................................... (sign and print your name)

Signature of Person nominated..........................................................


                                                  Club Committee 2015-2016


(Please note: Addresses and telephone numbers are not included in this internet version of the programme)


President: Fr Peter Newby, Parish Priest,     Membership Secretary         

St Mary Moorfields, 4-5 Eldon Street,              Antoinette Adkins, 

EC2M 7LS                                                     


Secretary                                                         Ramble List Compiler

Maurice Hickman                                           Paul Connolly                  


Treasurer                                                                 Publicity

John Burbage                                                 David Crundall



Other Duties

Henrietta Van Zaelen,


Maria Vaz,



News and Events - Autumn 2016


 Annual General Meeting - Saturday 8th October


On this day, hopefully, the Club will be electing a new committee. If you have not served on the Club committee before please give it serious consideration even if you are a new member. The future of the Club depends upon it. Remember no committee no Club.


The front page contains a nomination form. Please nominate yourself if you wish to make a genuine contribution to the survival of the Club by filling in your name. Alternatively you can nominate another Club member but be sure to get his or her permission first.


The AGM will start at 4pm with tea/ coffee and biscuits available beforehand. The AGM will be followed by Mass at 6pm. 


Pre/Post AGM Events

It may be possible that someone will come forward to organise an event before or after the AGM. If it is before the AGM it will probably be a walk or other outside activity. If it is after the AGM and Mass it may be a square dance. If an extra-ordinary event takes place this will be publicised on the website ( ) and by email to those who have subscribed to get their quarterly newsletter by email. If at present you do not receive your newsletter by email contact Maurice who will be most happy to include you. Just go to:


Please consider receiving the Club Newsletter by email

  1. It means less work for the committee
  2. You can receive updates on rambles and Club events
  3. It saves the Club £3.50 a year in postage and printing for each member.
  4. You could download it to a small ipad or tablet.


By the end of the period covered by this programme it will be time to pay your subscriptions for 2016-2017 so please don't put it off. Send a cheque for £7 (payable to "St Francis of Assisi Catholic Ramblers Club") to John Burbage. Those who joined the Club for the first time after 31st July do not need to pay again at this time as their initial subscription takes them up to October 2017.                  






Dear Friends,


Once again, thanks to Canon Peter Newby, our Annual Reunion will take place at St. Mary Moorfields,   Eldon St.   London   EC2 on:


                           SATURDAY 24th SEPTEMBER 2013 at 12.30 p.m.


This is always a happy occasion in the life of the club when all members – past, present and prospective can come together to socialise, exchange news, meet old friends, make new ones, reminisce, revive old memories etc. in the place where it all began 87 years ago.

Some may wish to bring photos, memorabilia etc.


We will, as tradition has it, bring a little food to share so that we can enjoy a light buffet lunch in a very congenial atmosphere.

Bread, tea, coffee and table ware will be provided.


Those, unfortunately, who are unable to attend, are invited to send news items, messages etc., beforehand, to us at addresses/numbers above.


We very much look forward to meeting everyone.


God bless,




Anne Richardson

Antoinette Adkins 


Click HERE to see a few photographs (sorry only 5 I'm afraid) taken at the reunion


Annual Mass for Deceased Members - Saturday 19th November

There will be a Mass for the Deceased Members of St Francis of Assisi Catholic Ramblers Club at 6pm. A full list of the deceased members will be handed out to all those present at this Mass. Those members who have died within the past year will be printed in red. Members usually go for a meal afterwards. This year we will also be still remembering those who died during the Great War of 1914 -1918.


Advance Notice of Christmas Dinner: Tony Finnegan is hoping to organise a Wetherspoon Christmas dinner again this year but at a different venue than in past years. It is too early to be certain of details at this stage but by the time the next programme is ready it might be too late. So Tony would welcome preliminary expressions of interest at this stage and then will inform those who make contact as soon as the details are finalised. As a preliminary guide the proposed date this year will be Wednesday 14 December and the venue if it can be booked will be the Cross Keys in Gracechurch Street and as that is only 300 yards from monument and this year is the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London there will be a short walk beforehand passing sites associated with the fire. the walk would probably start around 4 pm and finish in time to sit down at 6 pm. If you are interested, even mildly at this stage, in joining this please e mail Tony or ring him on 020 8767 5293”.


Holiday in Sidmouth

Dorothy Hickman(01737 765231) is hoping to arrange a weeks holiday early next year to Sidholme, the Christian Guild's hotel in Sidmouth; possibly in April. They do not have their prices yet. There will be some sight-seeing and some walking.


If you think you might be interested give her a ring late September or early October.


Other News


Canon Peter

Sadly Canon Peter Newby will be leaving St Mary Moorfields this autumn. We thank him for all that he has done for us as a Club.


Joe Hand R.I.P.

Sadly Joe Hand who was a well known and loved member of the Club by the older members

has recently died. He once was the magazine editor for the Club and contributed many items for it, particularly ones of historic interest. His other roles were as secretary, treasurer and ramble leader. His walks were always interesting as he pointed out things of historic interest.


He will be remembered together with other deceased members of the Club at the annual Mass for deceased members on Saturday 19th of November. Please come to this Mass if you possibly can.


Harriet Dykes R.I.P.

It is with sadness that I have to announce the death of Harriet Dyke. She was married to Nicholas. They both came out on a number of walks with the Club and were great friends of Robert. 


Thank You

Maurice would like to than everyone who expressed sympathy or sent Mass or sympathy cards

while I was undergoing treatment for cancer. Now I just have to undergo 4 weeks of radiotherapy in September and hopefully this will be the end of the treatment. 


Rambles Programme Autumn 2016

(Items for Winter Programme by early November please)


A big thank you to Ann Brooks and Maria Vaz for leading their first ramble and to Tom Gilmartin for his second one as well as the regulars for all they do.

Now,what about the able bodied members who have never done anything

before helping out and giving the old stagers a break?


Sunday 11th September        Leader:  Maurice Hickman    OS map 187

Meet Victoria: 0920 for 0949 train to Dorking ( arrives 1101)

Lunch:  The Royal Oak, Stonebridge

Tea: North Holmwood Church

Distance: 10 miles. returning from Dorking

Fare:  £5.90 CDR Dorking with Network Card


Click HERE to view photographs taken on the ramble on 11 September


Sunday 18th September      Leader: Angela Shardlow    Explorer map 120

Meet       : Victoria 0850 for 0917 train to Chichester (arr 11.02)

Lunch     : Spotted Cow, Hunston

Tea          : Chichester

Distance : 8 level miles returning from Chichester

Fare        : £19.20 cdr Chichester with NSE discount 


Sunday 25th September              Leader: Robert Slater    OS map 166

Meet        : St Pancras International  0915  for the 09.34 train to Harlington(arr.1032). The

                  (Thameslink) train starts from Brighton at 08 04 and calls at several stations before                   St Pancras, including East Croydon at 08 55 and Blackfriars at 09 24).

Lunch      : Cross Keys , Pulloxhill. Good selection of reasonably price meals.

Tea:         : The Carpenters Arms, Harlington.

Distance : 11 miles returning from Harlington - hilly in afternoon.

Fare        : £8.30 with Network Railcard.


Click HERE  to view photographs taken on the ramble on 25 September


Sunday 2nd October    Leader: Paul Brunning   OS map 188

Meet        : Blackfriars 0920 for 0942 train to Otford (arr 10.37)

Lunch      : Fox and Hounds, Romney Street

Tea          : Hmmm....

Distance : 9 milesreturning from Otford

Fare        : £8.50 cdr Otford with NSE discount.


Click HERE to view photographs taken on the ramble on 2 October.


Sunday 9th October      Leader: John Burbage     OS map 176

Meet : Paddington Station 09.20 for the 09.45 train to West Drayton ( arr. 10.07).

Lunch      :  Red Lion, Langley. (Chef & Brewer) Medium priced with full menu available.

Tea   :  Possibly

Distance : 9/10 miles, generally on the level returning from Slough. Weather permitting we will wander around the grounds of Langley Park created in 1755 for the 3rd Duke of Marlborough. 

Fare  : Off-peak Return to Slough £6.15 with Network Card. Oyster Card (Zone 6) and Freedom Pass holders can purchase an Off-peak Single from Slough to West Draydon for £2.50 with Network Card.



Sunday 16th October    Leader:   Helen Hunt           OS map 188

Meet  : Victoria at 09 15 for the 09 36 train to Aylesford - change at Maidstone. Please note that the change at Maidstone East involves a short walk over the bridge to Maidstone Barracks from where the train takes only a few minutes to get to Aylesford.

Lunch :The Robin Hood Pub, Blue Bell Hill (grid reference 735627) after the only steep hill on the ramble which will work up an appetite!  Pub serves food at reasonable prices.

Tea :  Possibly in Aylesford village.

Distance : 9 miles - easy apart from the one hill before lunch, returning from Aylesford.

Fare  :  £9.75 CDR Aylesford from Victoria, £7.45 from Zone 6 boundary, both with NSE discount.


Click HERE to view photographs taken on the ramble on 16 October..


Sunday 23rd October     Leader: Tom Gilmartin     OS map 187

Meet         :Victoria at 0940 for 1002 train to Redhill (arr. 1035)

Lunch      :  The Plough, Leigh. NB This is the Plough SW of Reigate,

                   (as the more experienced pub-going ramblers will know there is

                    another Leigh west of Tonbridge, which also has a Plough! but

                    if you go there you will not see Tom and the St

                    Francis Ramblers!!!!)

Tea          : The Garland, Redhill 

Distance : 11 miles, returning from Redhill

Fare        : £7.45 with Network Card.  Oyster cards now valid to Redhill.


Sunday 30 October    Leaders Virginia & Roger Yelland.   (Explorer Map 174)

Meet : Loughton Station (Central Line: Zone 6) 1000 for a 1015am SHARP departure. Loughton is approximately 45 minutes from Oxford Circus.

Lunch : The Bull, Theydon Bois

Tea :  Epping .

Distance : 9 leisurely miles through the western and northern parts of Epping  Forest returning from Epping (Central Line: Zone 6)

Fare        : Travelcard/Oyster/Freedom pass options.

Please call Roger for more details.


Click HERE to view photographs taken on the ramble on 30 October..


Sunday 6th November     Leaders: Maria Vaz    OS map 176

Meet  : 10.30am at Chorleywood Station (Metropolitan Line, zone 7).  

Walkers can take the 09.57 train from Marylebone Station to arrive at 10.24.

Lunch: The Coy Carp, Harefield

Tea : Possibly at Bury Lake

Distance : 9.5 miles; a linear walk along rolling hills and historic lanes with panoramic views of the Northern Colne valley returning from Rickmansworth.

Fare  :All travel covered by Oyster card & Freedom Pass.  Both stations are served by the Metropolitan line and by Chiltern Railways from Marylebone station.


Click HERE to view photographs taken on the ramble on 6 November


Sunday 13th  November    Leader: Paul Connolly    OS map 177

Meet       : Fenchurch Street 0955 for 1019 train to Purfleet (arr 1047)

Train also calls West Ham 1028 (Tube and DLR) and Barking 1034 (Tube)

Lunch      : Rainham village - choice of cafes and pubs

Tea          : Upminster Taproom

Distance  : 9 level miles on mostly firm dry surfaces finishing at Upminster (Zone 6).

Plenty of Mainline, Tube, and Overground options.

Fare         : Oyster card valid to Purfleet, Freedom pass and travelcard holders need to buy a single from Rainham £2.55 with NSE discount. Paul will meet the ramblers at Purfleet


Click HERE to view photographs taken on the ramble on 13 November


Sunday 20th November       Leader: John Burbage   OS map 177

Meet        :  Cannon Street Station 09.15 for the 09.33 train to Erith (Zone 6, arr. 10.08). 

Lunch  :  Choice of  pubs and cafes at Crayford, Kent. 

Tea   :  Probably

Distance : 10 miles following section 1 of the London Loop and the River Shuffle walk returning from Sidcup Station (Zone 5).

Fare   : Oyster card, Travelcard,and Freedom Pass options.


Sunday 27th November    Leader: Bridie Barry

Meet        : Queensway (Central line) 10.00 for 10.15 start.

Lunch      : McDonalds, Marble Arch

Tea          : Late proper lunch Willow Walk (Wetherspoons) Victoria.

Distance : 6 easy miles finishing at Victoria

Fare        : Oyster card, Travelcard,and Freedom Pass options