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. 



Programme of Rambles / Events for Autumn 2017

(Items for the next programme by early November please)


This year the AGM will take place on Saturday 21st 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.  New members would also be welcome'

A motion will be put before the AGM to update the Club's constitution so it

complies with the Equality Act 2010.  It is also proposed to increase the cost of membership from the current £7 to £10.  A motion to this effect will also be put before the AGM for their approval.  For more information see the inside pages of this newsletter.


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

 Election of Committee for the Year 2017 - 2018

nb Please return to: Maurice Hickman, 


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 2016-2017

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


President:  Fr Chris Vipers, 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,


Ben Sealey


Annual General Meeting - Saturday 21st October


On this day, hopefully, the Club will be electing a new committee.  If you have not served on the Club committee before, even if you are a fairly new member, please give it serious consideration.  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.


The following changes to the constitution are proposed:


 2:  Membership of the Club shall be open to Catholics and those who accept the Catholic ethos of the Club.


4:  The object of the Club shall be to promote social intercourse amongst

the Members in a Christian atmosphere by means of rambling.


 2a:  The last sentence to read: "At least four Committee Members will be practising Catholics"  This will ensure that, with the President, the majority will be Catholic.


A further motion will be put before the AGM to increase the Club subscription from the present subscription of £7 to £10.  If passed this will come into force

in the 2018-2019 Club Year.


A copy of the current constitution is available by request on line or by emailing

the secretary.


Annual Subscription Reminder


This is a reminder that the Club annual subscription of £7 is due in October.  This can be paid at the AGM.  The membership of members who do not pay

by the 31st of December will be deemed as lapsed.  It can also be paid by post by sending a cheque for £7 made out to St Francis of Assisi Catholic

Rambler's Club to the treasurer John Burbage, Address and phone number as on the printed programme.  email:  turbo.johnb@gmail


       News and Events September to November 2017


Saturday 30th September   Club Reunion at 12.30pm.


Dear Friends,


Once again, thanks to Fr Chris, our Annual Reunion will take place at St. Mary

Moorfields, Eldon St, .London   EC2 on Saturday 30th September at 12.30pm.


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.


We very much look forward to meeting everyone.


Those members who are unable to attend, are invited to send us news items, messages etc., beforehand to:


 Antoinette Adkins,Contact details as on the printed programme


Anne Richardson,


Urgent Stop Press concerning the Barn Dance which was planned for this Saturday 30 September: Unfortunately this event has had to be postponed to a later date.  Those members with tickets will be repaid their monies at the earliest opportunity.


Barn Dance - Saturday 30th September 2017  at 7pm.


The Committee has arranged a Barn Dance for Members and Parishioners on Saturday 30th September at St. Mary Moorfields Church Hall, Eldon Street. Dancing begins at 7pm. There will be a caller and live band provided by Charlie, Aniko and friends. Soft drinks and some snacks will be provided as there will be no tables out. Please bring your own alcohol if you want. There will be a raffle and prizes will be welcomed. Last dance is at 9.30pm.

Entry is £7 (£1 for young children). As space is limited, tickets can be bought in advance. Please e-mail John Burbage ( ) for details or see Autumn Programme.

(Note: For those walking on Sunday, Masses at 6pm are available at the following local churches (with travel details): St. Anselm & St. Caecilia, Holborn (Bus no. 8 and Central Line); Our Lady of La Salette & St. Joseph, Melior Street,  London Bridge near new St. Thomas Street entrance (Buses 35,47,48,149 to Liverpool Street, 43 to Moorgate and Northern Line).


Annual Mass for Deceased Members - Saturday 18th November

There will be a Mass for the Deceased Members of St Francis of Assisi Catholic Rambler's 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.


RAMBLE LIST September to November 2017


Following on from the splendid efforts of leaders in the summer programme they have, once again, provided a very good selection of rambles. Bearing in mind Paul Brunning, David Crundall, and myself, were out of action for quite some time it shows what some members are capable of when the cry goes out

They are true exemplars of what the St Francis of Assisi Catholic Ramblers stand for. What is stopping any other able bodied members from becoming one of these exemplars??

Lead thou kindly light: The season of mists and mellow fruitfulness will be upon us and then the shortening days of winter. Please bring out your torches from wherever they have enjoyed their summer repose and carry them with you as leaders may not always be able to arrive at the finishing point before darkness descends.



Saturday walks: There are two in this programme; 16th September and 14th October.



Sunday 3rd September     Leader: Anna Trusgnath.  (OS Explorer 173)

Meet:  Baker Street underground station booking hall 0915 for 0930 start

Lunch:  Picnic at Kenwood house or at Kenwood house Restaurant

Tea:    Possibly at Golders Hill Park

Distance:  10- 11 miles with some hills returning from Hampstead tube station

Fare:   Travelcard/Oyster/Freedom pass options    A lovely walk through 4 London Parks


Sunday 10th September    Leaders: John Sealy and Tony Finnegan (Landranger 187)

Meet:           London Bridge 0910 for 0934 train to Horley (arr 1008).

                    Train also calls East Croydon 0951.  Ramblers can also come  

                     from Victoria on the 0923 train  calling Clapham Junction 0929

                     and terminating East Croydon 0939, then connect with the 0951

                     to Horley.

Distance: 10 miles. Circular Level walk, not many styles, returning from


Lunch:      Plough and Furrow, Plough Road, Smallfield - Moderately priced


Tea:              The Cravens or Wetherspoons - Jack Fairman, near station.

Fare:            £8.50 CDR Horley with Network Rail Card.

                    Oyster cards can also be used to Horley but not Freedom passes.

                    John will meet the ramblers at Horley.


To see some photographs taken on this walk click HERE


SATURDAY 16th September   Leader: Angela Shardlow   (OS Landranger 197)

Meet:           Victoria 0840 for 0906 train to Arundel (arr 1026)

Lunch:          The George, Burpham

Tea:             Arundel

Distance:     8.5 miles returning from Arundel. Riverside walking plus two


Fare:            £19.55 CDR Arundel with NSE discount.

Angela will meet the ramblers at Arundel.


Sunday 24th September    Leader: Paul Brunning  (OS Landranger 188)

Meet:           Charing Cross 0930 for 0955 train to Sevenoaks arrives 1032

Lunch:  Bricklayers Arms Chipstead

Tea:             Sevenoaks

Distance:  9 miles returning from Sevenoaks

Fare:            £7.50 CDR Sevenoaks with Network card


Sunday 1st October     Leader: Robert Slater  (OS Landranger 166)

Meet: Moorgate 0900 for 0919 train to Hertford North (arr 1009). Also calls Old Street (Northern line) 0921, Highbury and Islington 0927 (Victoria line and Overground), and Finsbury Park (Mainline trains plus Victoria & Piccadilly lines)

Lunch:  Plume & Feathers, Tewin.

Tea:   The Six Templars (Wetherspoons), Hertford.

Distance:      12 miles returning from Hertford North.

Fare:  £5.70 with Network Rail Card.

Robert will meet ramblers at Hertford North.


To see some photographs taken on this walk click HERE


Sunday 8th October    Leader: David Crundall   (OS Landranger 175)

Meet:  Waterloo 0900 for 0925 train to Windsor & Eton Riverside (arr. 1018). Train also calls Vauxhall 0929 (Victoria Line), Clapham Junction 0935 (Overground), and Richmond    0945 (District line and Overground)

Lunch:  The Savill Building in The Savill Garden, Englefield Green,

Tea:    Windsor

Distance: 10 miles returning from Windsor & Eton Riverside

Fare:   £7.90 Off-Peak Day Return with Network Railcard.


To see some photographs taken on this walk click HERE


SATURDAY 14th October    Leader: Kevin MacNamara   (Landranger map 179)

Meet:  Victoria 0910 for the 0937 train to Herne Bay (arr 1106)

            Ramblers can also take the 0927 High Speed train from

            St Pancras  International calling Stratford International 0934 and

            arriving Herne Bay 1044.

Lunch:  The King Ethelbert Inn, Reculver

Tea:    Minnis Bay Bar and Brasserie.

Distance:  8 miles returning from Birchington-on-Sea. The walk is on mainly level ground

                 along promenade/sea wall with one stairway/steep slope

Fare:  From Victoria £15.80 CDR Birchington-on-Sea with NSE discount. 

Please note: ticket not valid on the High Speed trains in either direction.

             From St Pancras £19.55 CDR Birchington-on-Sea with NSE discount.

Kevin will meet the walkers at Herne Bay.


To see some photographs taken on this walk click HERE


Sunday 22 October 2017   Leaders: Virginia and Roger Yelland   (Landranger 165)

Meet:  Marylebone 0845 for 0913 train to Saunderton (arr 0953)

Lunch:  The Lions of Bledlow (Grid: SP775021).

Tea:    Maybe

Distance:  10.7 undulating miles with two quite steep hills (Chinnor Hill and Bledlow Ridge),   and some high stiles.  Includes the delightful Lyde Garden at Bledlow. Returning from Saunderton.

Fare:   £13.80 CDR Saunderton with NSE discount.


Call Roger if you would like more information.


Sunday 29th October    Leader: Paul Connolly  (OS Explorer 173)

Meet: Highgate (Northern line, zone 3) 1015 for 1030 start.

Lunch:   Jolly Butchers, Stoke Newington. Other food and drink options nearby.

Tea:   Stratford

Distance:  8 downhill and level miles through a variety of urban landscapes returning from  Stratford (Zones 2/3)

Fare:  Oyster/Freedom pass/Travelcard options.


To see some photographs taken on this walk click HERE


Sunday 5th November    Leader: John Burbage   (OS Landranger 187)

Meet: East Croydon Station tram stop 1000 for the 1015 tram to Addington Village Tram Stop (arr 1028).  Trains from Victoria (latest 0947) and London Bridge (latest 0937)   serve East Croydon .

Lunch:  The White Bear, Fickleshole. An atmospheric 16th century pub in a remote location.  Sunday menu (sample on internet) with medium/high prices.

Tea:   An infusion of dried leaves and boiling water somewhere at the end of the walk.

Distance:  10 miles mainly on the level with some small hills returning from Addington Village.

Fare:  Oyster/Freedom pass/Travelcard options.

John will meet walkers at East Croydon.


To see some photographs taken on this walk click HERE


Sunday 12th November    Leader: Maria Vaz   (OS Explorer maps 172 & 181)


NB Due to works affecting the outbound journey on the Metropolitan line services from London please note the amended train details.


Meet: Baker Street 8.15 and proceed to the Jubilee line northbound platform in time for the 8.35 latest departure to Wembley Park to connect with the 9.03 Metropolitan line train to Chesham arriving as per the programme at 9.44.


Lunch:  Red Lion, Chenies

Tea:   Rickmansworth

Distance:  11 miles finishing at Rickmansworth. Trains back from Rickmansworth are expected to run as normal. Chess Valley walk following the River Chess.  Two steep hills in the morning

Fare:  Oyster/Freedom Pass/Travelcard options. Four Metropolitan trains per hour back to the City and two Chiltern line train per hour to Marylebone



To see some photographs taken on this walk click HERE


Sunday 19th November    Leader: Paul Brunning   (OS Landranger 188)

Meet: Victoria 0910 for 0936 train to Otford (arr 1013).

NB. Instead of the train shown above, due to work taking place on the line it will now be necessary to take the 0952 Victoria to Ashford International train, due into Otford at 1028.

Lunch:  The Crown Shoreham

Tea:   Lets see....

Distance:  9 miles returning from Otford.

Fare:  £8.20 CDR Otford with NSE discount.

Paul will meet the ramblers at Otford.


To see some photographs taken on this walk click HERE


Sunday 26th November   Leader: Maurice Hickman   (OS Explorer 146)

Meet: Victoria at 0900 for 0927 train to Redhill (arr 1001) or London Bridge 0910 for 0934 train arriving Redhill 1009.

Lunch:  Skimmington Castle, Reigate Heath

Tea:   Kiosk at Reigate Hill and/or Sun, Redhill

Distance:  10 miles, returning from Redhill - some steep climbs.

Fare:  £7.60 CDR Redhill with NSE discount.

            Oyster cards can also be used to Redhill but not Freedom passes.

Maurice will meet the ramblers at Redhill.