St Francis of Assisi Catholic Rambler's Club

(affiliated to H.F. Holidays)

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


Programme of Rambles / Events for Autumn 2015

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

This year the AGM will take place on Saturday 24th 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 AGM.

A motion, approved by the committee, will be put before the AGM with the proposal that members who get their programme by email should pay a reduced subscription because no postage costs are incurred.  More of this on the inside pages.

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

 Election of Committee for the Year 2015 - 2016

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 2014-2015


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


President: Fr Peter Newby, Parish Priest,          


St Mary Moorfields, 4-5 Eldon Street,                                          



Secretary                                                      Membership Secretary   


Maurice Hickman                                          Antoinette Adkins,                                


Treasurer                                                          Ramble List Compiler                      


Gillian McLauchlan                                           Paul Connolly,                                    




David Crundall


Other Committee Members


Henrietta Van-Zaelen


Denis O'Mahoney



News and Events - Autumn 2015


Annual General Meeting - Saturday 24th 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.


A motion will be voted on at this meeting to make an addition to the Rules of the Club Constitution. If approved it will come in to force in the 2016/2017 Club year.  This will come after paragraph 6A as follows:


"6B  For members who elect to receive the Club quarterly programme by email the annual membership shall be the ordinary subscription minus £2."


A copy of the current constitution is available on line by clicking on the "Club Constitution" tab at the extreme right at the top of your screen or at the bottom of the list at the right had side  of your screen or on request by emailing the secretary.


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 other whatsit.


Monica McLauchlan R.I.P.

Sadly Monica who is Gillian's twin sister lost her long battle with cancer at

9.15 pm on Tuesday 18th of August.  Her funeral will be at at 10am on Friday 11th of September at St. John the Baptist Church, Bristol Road, Kemp Town,

Brighton BN2 1AP.  Please pray for her.




Regrettably, it has not been possible to arrange for this event to take place in September this year, so we are putting it 'on hold' for the present.

Would those  members in contact with former members or friends who may not see this notice, please  pass on the message.

Many thanks.

Maureen F. (0208 422 8766 / 07950766346)


Walking Festival - Saturday 26 September to Sunday 4th October

There will be a range of walks in the Eastbourne and Wealden area including historical, literary, healthy and Nordic walks.  For more information go to:



Annual Mass for Deceased Members - Saturday 21st 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.



Saturday 12th of December at POSK


"Brief  Notice of Christmas Dinner & Dance at POSK.


For you diary: on Saturday 12th December there will be the  usual Christmas party at Lowiczanka restaurant(POSK),238-246 King Street ,Hammersmith. All the relevant details will appear in the next programme."



By the end of the period covered by this programme it will be time to pay your subscriptions for 2015-2016 so please don't put it off.  Send a cheque for £7 (payable to "St Francis of Assisi Catholic Ramblers Club") to Gillian McLauchlan, 64 Pankhurst House, Du Cane Road, London W12 OUL.  Tel. No.020 8740 5507. 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 2015.


Rambles 13th September to 29th November


Sunday 13th September                          LEADER: Paul Connolly  (OS map 167) 

Meet        : Liverpool Street 0940 for 1002 train to Ingatestone (arr 10.36)

Train also calls Stratford 10.09 - Various Tube, Overground, DLR and mainline connections.

Lunch      : Green Man - Edney Common

Tea         : Chelmsford

Distance : 10 level miles returning from Chelmsford – two trains per hour to Liverpool Street

Fare        : £10.35 CDR Chelmsford with Network Card

Paul will meet the ramblers at Ingatestone.


Sunday 20th September  LEADER: Robert Slater (Landranger Maps 166/167)

Meet        : Tottenham Hale 09.30 for 09.55 train to St.Margarets (arr 10.21)

                   Victoria Line tube takes you to Tottenham Hale.

Lunch      : The Chequers Inn, Wareside.

Tea         : Ware          Distance : 10 miles

Fare        : £5.20 return to Ware with Network Rail card.

Robert will meet walkers at St.Margarets. His mobile no: 07780599922.


Sunday 27th September   LEADER: Maurice Hickman  (Explorer Map 146)

Meet         :Victoria at 08.45 for 09.10 train to Dorking (arr 10.09).  

Lunch       : Kings Head, Holmbury St Mary 

Tea          : Leith Hill

Distance  : 15 miles, returning from Dorking

Fare         : £5.90 Anytime Return with Network Card 

Maurice will meet walkers at Dorking Station at 10.15.  This is a special walk which Maurice led 11 years ago to celebrate a special occasion.  


Sunday 4th October                                   LEADER: Paul Brunning   OS map 188

Meet        : Cannon Street 9.20 for 09.40 train to Sevenoaks (arr 10.37)

Lunch      : White Rock Inn - Underriver

Tea          : Maybe

Distance  : 9.5 miles returning from Sevenoaks

Fare         : £7.80 cdr Sevenoaks with Network card

Paul will meet the ramblers at Sevenoaks



Sunday 11th October                                  LEADER:  John Burbage   OS map 187

Meet       : London Bridge 9.00 for the 9.24 latest train to Tadworth,  (arr. 10.23). 

Train also calls at East Croydon 0954

Lunch     : The Dolphin, Betchworth - Atmospheric 17th Century Inn with a selection of medium priced mains, soups and sandwiches..

Tea         : Possibly in Tadworth.

Distance : 11 miles mainly on the level but with one large descent and climb over the North Downs. Be prepared for slippy conditions underfoot.

Fare       : £7.90 return from Tadworth (Oyster Zone 6) with Network Card.

                Free for freedom/Boris Card holders.


John may meet the group at East Croydon.


Sunday 18th October                       LEADER: Robert Slater   (Explorer map 192)

Meet        :St Pancras International  0915 for 0934 for Flitwick (arr.1036)

Lunch      :  Star & Garter, Silsoe.

Tea         :  Carpenters Arms,Harlington

Distance : 10 miles returning from Harlington

Fare        : £8.25 Flitwick return  with Network Card.

Robert will meet walkers at Flitwick. His mobile is 07780 599922.


Sunday 25th October    Leader: David Crundall      OS map Landranger 168
NB You will not find this walk on the Autumn programme which was published in August as no one had submitted a walk for this date at the time the ramble list compiler released the Autumn Programme. Our thanks to David for coming forward with a walk to continue the club's proud record of having a ramble every week.
Meet      :  Liverpool Street 0940 for 1002 train to Kelvedon (arr. 1101)
Train also calls Stratford 1009 Plenty of Tube, DLR, and Overground connections. 
Lunch     :  Chapel Inn. 4 Market Hill, Coggeshall

In the event, unfortunately when David phoned The Chapel Inn on Friday they were already fully booked, as was the Woolpack Inn, and the Clockhouse Tea Rooms.

Eventually David was able to speak to someone at the White Hart Hotel (very close to the Chapel Inn), and reserved a table, flexible for time and numbers.

The White Hart Hotel is at 11-13 Market End, Coggeshall, CO6 1NH.


David also kindly alerted bar staff at the Chapel Inn in case anyone looks for the ramblers there.

Tea         :  Sun Inn - Feering, close to Kelvedon station
Distance:  9 mostly level miles returning from Kelvedon
Fare        :  £14.65 Super Off-Peak Day Return with Network Railcard  


Sunday 1st November                              LEADER: Paul Connolly  (OS map 177)

Meet        : Barking 1005 for 10.29 train to Purfleet (arr 10.42)

Very good connections with Tube, Overground and mainline C2C) services.

Lunch      : Rainham - two good cafes and the Phoenix pub (drinks only)

Tea          : Upminster 

Distance  : 9 level miles on mostly firm surfaces returning from Upminster (zone 6).

                  Four trains per hour to Fenchurch Street plus District line

Fare         : Oyster valid to Purfleet.  Travelcard and Freedom Pass holders need to pay single fare Rainham to Purfleet £2.45 with network card discount 


Sunday 08 November 2015   LEADERS: Virginia & Roger Yelland.  (Explorer Map 174)

Meet        :  at Loughton Station (Central Line: Zone 5): at 10.00 for a 10.15am SHARP departure. Loughton is approximately 45m from Oxford Circus.

Lunch      : Most Definitely! Perhaps an Old Favourite. Or Something New. Call Roger on 07910 358646 nearer the time if you need details, or mail

Tea         : Loughton

Distance : 8 leisurely miles through the northern parts of Epping Forest. Should be ideal for the Autumn Colours. Including Strawberry Hill Pond, High Beach, and Debden Slade.

Fare        : One day travelcard up to £12.00 - also Oyster and freedom pass options


Sunday 15th November                            LEADER: Paul Brunning   OSmap 188

Meet       : Cannon Street 0935 for 09.57 train to Sevenoaks

Lunch     : Kings Arms - Sundridge

Tea         : Possibly

Distance : 11 miles returning from Sevenoaks

Fare        : £7.80 cdr Sevenoaks with Network card

Paul will meet the ramblers at Sevenoaks


Sunday 22nd November                                      LEADER:  John Burbage   OS map 187

Meet        : Victoria  09.35 for the 9.53 train to Woldingham (arr. 10.25).

Lunch      : Weatherspoons, Oxted. Low priced drinks, meals and snacks.

Tea         : Unlikely.

Distance : 11 hilly miles along the North Downs, returning from Woldingham.

Hills can be steep but with fine views. Be prepared for slippy conditions underfoot.

Fare        : £6.60 Return Woldingham with Network Railcard. (Freedom/Boris Pass holders purchase ticket from Zone 6 Upper Warlingham)

John may meet the group at East Croydon.


Sunday 29th November                LEADER: Maurice Hickman    OS map 187

Please ignore the meeting and train information given in the original programme and in the item below for this ramble. Maurice has had to shorten the walk because of our old enemy, engineering works.  Instead of the plans already published you should instead catch the 1034 train from London Bridge to Purley (arr. 1056) and then catch the 1114 bus to Redhill (arr. 1134).  Catch a further bus at 1220 (time for a coffee break? ) to Nutfield (arr. 1220).  Maurice will go to the same pub as before but the walk will now be only 8 miles. The tea time pub is near Nutfeld station.

An alternative way to go to Nutfield is to catch the 1102 train from 
London Victoria (arr. Purley 1127) and the catch the 1133 bus to 
Redhill (arr. 1201) .  Lastly catch the 1210 bus to Nutfield (arr. 
1220). NB It is always advisable at this time of year to carry a torch as ramble leaders cannot guarantee to finish the ramble in daylight.


Meet       : London Bridge at 10.00 hrs for 10.29 train to Nutfield (arr. 1114).

                 The 10.17 from Victoria connects with this train at East Croydon)

Lunch     : Castle, Millers Lane, Outwood

Tea         : Station Hotel, Nutfield

Distance : 10 miles

Fare        : £7.40 Nutfield with Network Card


Maurice will meet the ramblers on the train at Redhill. Expect some mud on this walk. There is an attractive windmill at Outwood which we should pass in the afternoon.