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Programme of Events September - November 2007

Dear Fellow Ramblers,

Welcome to this programme of walks and other events for the Autumn. Note in particular the change of club Treasurer's details

Just for this programme I am beginning the ramble and events list on page two. This is in order to devote the whole of this first page to the official announcement of the AGM and to encourage members to attend the
AGM and put forward nominations for the committee for the next year.

Venue: St Mary Moorfields Church Hall.
Time: 4 pm (Refreshments available from 3 30 pm.
Please make every effort to support this, the most important event in the club's calendar. We need nominations for membership of the committee and urge everyone who has not served already to step forward for nomination.

 Even if you have served before and feel like another spell on the committee do consider coming forward.

The committee is elected for one year at a time and nomination forms signed by a proposer, a seconder and the person being nominated must be received by the vice president (address on page 8 of this newsletter) by 22nd September at the latest. Those who have been on the committee for the last two years cannot be nominated in advance of the AGM and can only be asked to continue on the committee at the AGM if no other suitable members are prepared to come on the committee.

Each year the AGM will have to elect:

A secretary
A Treasurer
A Ramble List Compiler and
Five other members so chosen that the committee as a whole will consist of four men and four women.

All of the present committee except Carol Anley and Angela Shardlow have been on the committee for at least the least two years. They cannot therefore be nominated in advance of the AGM and they could only be asked at the AGM to serve a further year if no other suitable members were available. I hope Helen will be inundated with nomination forms for new committee members. There was a time when there was a competitive election for most posts on the committee and I would love if we could return to that situation.

A nomination form is on the back page of this newsletter so get your pens out and get them completed.

The AGM also provides an opportunity to put forward proposals to change the rules of the club. Motions must clearly state if they are proposing a change in the constitution. If they are doing so they can only be discussed if at least 20 members are present and must reach the Vice President by Saturday 1st September. Like nominations for the committee they must be signed by a proposer and a seconder. This year the Committee will be proposing a motion to abolish the need to have done three rambles before
joining the club. If you want to support or oppose it or to propose a motion yourself you will need to be at AGM.


Events List for September to November 2007

NB The clocks go back in the course of this ramble list. That will give us a lie in on one Sunday but on every Sunday after 28 October it would be wise to pack a torch in your rucksack as rambles may finish after dark.

MONDAY 27th AUGUST 2007 (Landranger Map 165) Leader: Paul Connolly

NB: This walk was at the end of the last programme but due to
major rail works please note the change of ramble details - we are
still going from Maylebone but doing something that does not
involve many changes of trains and excessive travelling times.

Meet:       Marylebone 0930 for 0954 train to Princes Risborough (arr 1033),                  Please check "Fare" line below for advice on which ticket to buy
Lunch:    Thame - fair choice of pub and non-pub options.
Tea:         Thame - fair choice of pub and non-pub options.
Distance: 12 miles - level in the morning, undulating in the afternoon -
                  returning from Haddenham. Two trains an hour back to London.
Fare:         £10.00 cdr Haddenham with Network Southeast card discount.

Bar B Que at Sheila Bravin's, 3 Prince's Drive, W11 4QA. 3 PM onwards. Bring something to drink and be prepared to sing, recite or read something out loud. Numbers limited so ring Sheila before Wednesday 29th August if you intend coming.

Sunday 2nd September 2007 (Landranger Map 165) Leader: Robert Slater


MEET:        Euston at 0845 for 0909 train to Tring (arr. 0951)
LUNCH:     The Traveller's Rest, Edlesborough (outside village
TEA:           Bridgewater Monument, Ashridge Estate
DISTANCE:11 miles of undulating countryside, returning from Tring
FARE:         £7.35 CDR Tring with Network Card

Sunday 9th September 2007 (Explorer Map 161)        Leader: Penny Rivett


MEET:         Richmond Station at 0950 for 1005 start.
LUNCH:      The London Apprentice, Isleworth
TEA:            Osterley Park, if possible
DISTANCE: 9 miles, returning from Osterley (on Piccadilly Line)
FARE:          £4.80 (All Zone Travel Card) with Network Card

There is a Harvest Festival Fling at Westminster Cathedral Hall on 15 September at 7.00pm
Tickets are £10 to include glass of wine and supper. Family ticket £25 (2 adults and up to 3
under 16's) We understand that the Last Harvest Supper was very good and excellent value with square dancing etc.
Tickets available from 020 7798 9059 (NB this is not a club event and the telephone number
given is not of a club member but the number at the office of the Friends of the Cathedral). 

Sunday 16th September 2007 (Landranger Map 165)                Leader: Philip Evans


MEET:           Marylebone at 1000 for 1020 train to Princes Risborough (arr. 1104)
LUNCH:        Whip Inn, Lacey Green (good grub at reasonable prices)
TEA:             The Bell, Princes Risborough
DISTANCE:  11 miles, returning from Princes Risborough
FARE:           £9.90 COR with Network Card

Sunday 23rd September 2007 (Explorer Maps 134 and 146) Leader: Maurice Hickman


MEET :       Victoria at 0915 for 0934 train to Crawley (arr. 1036)
Lunch:         Lamb Inn, Lamb's Green (good food and drink). EYQ elsewhere.
Tea:             Rising Sun, Charlwood and/or The Jack Fairman, Horley
DISTANCE: 12.75 miles, returning from Horley
FARE:          £7.90 COR Crawley with Network Card
For those who do not wish to walk the full distance there is an hourly bus from Charlwood to
Gatwick Airport for trains back to Victoria

Sunday 30th September 2007 (Land ranger Map 176)           Leader: Helen Hunt


MEET:         Victoria at 0930 for 0949 train to Waddon (arr. 1022)
LUNCH:       The William Morris at famous Abbey Mills by the River Wandle. Alternative
                     food available at the Abbey Mills Market. Also places to eat your own but
                     please do not do so on the pub premises.
TEA:             Wandsworth
DISTANCE: 11 miles, returning from Wandsworth Town. The walk will follow the river
FARE:          Wandle from its source at Waddon to where it enters the River Thames at
                     Wandsworth. £4.80 All Zone Travel Card with Network Card discount.

Saturday 6th October 2007 : AGM at St Mary Moorfields. Details above.

Sunday October 7th 2007 Explorer Maps 134 and 135)                Leader: Joe Q'Reilly
MEET:       Victoria at 0900 for 0932 train to Balcombe via East Croydon (arr. 1023)
LUNCH:     Red Lion, Handcross (good food). Seats provided nearby to eat your own.
TEA:           Half Moon, Balcombe
DISTANCE: 9 miles, returning from Balcombe
FARE:          £8.25 COR with Network Card

Poetry reading and music at Joe O'Reilly's,  Time: please come early - first reading 19.29 sharp. Sorry numbers strictly limited so the first 18 to ring Joe on 020 7482 1530 are in. Anyone ringing after the 18th person or anyone arriving after 19 29 not admitted. How to get there: Bus 24 from Pimlico
or Victoria, via Tottenham Court Road, to first stop past St Dominic's Church, Southampton Road NW5 (Request Stop), walk up to traffic lights, turn right to 5th turning on left. Top Bell is Joe's. By Train: Gospel Oak station on Metro Silverlink (formerly "North London Line") from Stratford or Woolwich. Turn right out of station, second road on right and second house on right. Bring some poetry to read or be prepared to read from one of Joe's vast selection. 6 pm Mass at St Dominic's suitable for anyone going out
on the ramble on 14thOctober.

Sunday October 14th 2007 Landranger Map 167) Leader: Robert Slater


MEET:        Liverpool Street at 0905 for 0928 train to Sawbridgeworth (arr. 1005)
LUNCH:    The Hop Poles, Bedlars Green, Great Hallingbury
TEA:          By the lake in Hatfield Forest
DISTANCE: 14 miles, returning from Bishops Stortford. Includes walk along                       River Stort.
FARE:         £8.65 COR Bishops Stortford with Network Card. Fare with all                        zone travel card to Boundary Zone 6 is £6.35.

Sunday October 21st 2007 Landranger Map 179) Leader: Tony Finnegan

MEET:               Charing Cross at 09 30 for 0954 train to Sandling (arr. 1122)
LUNCH:             The Country Members, Lympne (good food). Seats nearby                             to eat your own.
TEA:                   Extremely unlikely.
DISTANCE:        11 miles, returning from Westenhanger. 2 steep hills in                                    morning, otherwise easy walking.
FARE:                  £14.15 COR Sand ling with Network Card.

Sunday October 28th 2007 (Explorer Maps 162 and 147) Leader: Paul Brunning
NB The clocks go back an hour today so don't get caught being an hour early for the train!!


MEET:         Charing Cross at 0950 for 1010 train to Orpington (arr. 1034)
LUNCH:      The Queen's Head, Oowne (good reasonably priced food)
TEA:            Possibly
DISTANCE:12 miles, returning from Orpington
FARE:         £5.50 COR with Network Card

Sunday November 4th 2007 (Explorer Map 147) Leaders: John & Marta Haworth


MEET:        Victoria at 0855 for 0918 train to Borough Green and Wrotham (arr. 1002)
LUNCH:    The Plough, Ivy Hatch
Tea:            Sevenoaks

DISTANCE:12 miles, returning from Sevenoaks
FARE:         £6.55 CDR Borough Green & Wrotham plus £1.25 single                               Sevenoaks to Otford with Network Card

Fund Raising Demonstration of Medieval Instruments Followed by Mass for Deceased Members: St Mary Moorfields Church Hall, Eldon Street, London, EC1. 
2.30 p.m. Slide show presentation on St Francis' era and the world of Mediaeval Music.
Accompanied by the Choir of the Confraternity of St James, Dr Mary Remnant, a Musician, Researcher and author, expert on Mediaeval Music will share her insights into the music of St Francis' period, play a range of instruments of the period and also lead a small Choir to enhance the occasion.
Dr Remnant is keen to raise money for children in Eastern Europe; a suitable charity will be identified nearer the time.
Light refreshments will be included and a donation of £10 is suggested - the Committee are very grateful to Dr Remnant for her generosity in offering this event, in spite of her busy schedule.
Expressions of interest to gauge numbers to the Social Secretary, please.


The annual Mass for deceased members will be at 6 pm in St Mary Moorfields Church.


Sunday November 11th 2007 Explorer Maps 162 and 161) Leader: Terry Dobson
MEET:        Charing Cross at 0900 for 0922 train to Hayes, Kent (arr. 1002)
LUNCH:      Coombe Lodge, Croydon (Uoyd Park tram stop near)
TEA:            The Good Companions, Hamsey Green (403 bus runs to                                 Croydon from here
DISTANCE:  13 miles, returning from Purley
FARE:           £4.80 All Zone Travel Card with Network Card

Sunday November 11th     Flexi Walk         Leaders: Hania & Witold
This walk is around Winchester. The distance will be flexible; ie anything from 2 to 10 miles.
Please ring Hania for more information.

Sunday November 18th 2007 Explorer Map 146) Leader: Maurice Hickman


MEET:           Victoria at 0910 for 0932 train to Redhill to connect with 1021                          train to Betchworth (arr. 1030)
LUNCH:         Surrey Oaks, Parkgate
TEA:               Dorking
DISTANCE:    13 miles, returning from Dorking
FARE:             £5.40 CDR Dorking with Network Card. Ticket valid for return                          from either of the Dorking stations to London, i.e. via                                      Leatherhead or Redhill. The landlord of the Surrey Oaks will                          be celebrating his 60th birthday on the 19th of November so it

                        is likely he will be having a beer festival this weekend.

Sunday November 25th 2007 (Explorer Map 147)   Leader: Paul Brunning


MEET:           Charing Cross at 0950 for 1010 train to Sevenoaks (arr. 1045)
LUNCH:         The White Rock Inn, Underriver (good reasonably priced food)
TEA:               Sevenoaks
DISTANCE:    10 miles returning from Sevenoaks
FARE:             £6.50 CDR Sevenoaks with Network Card



This item has been under "Future Dates for your Diary" in previous programmes but the time has come to firm up bookings now and Gillian McLauchlan has kindly agreed to act as the bookings contact within the club. Please let her know as soon as possible if you intend to travel (some have already notified Anne Dunne or Gillian and their interest is already noted).  We will need deposits of £75 but do not send this until we ask you to.

The plan is to fly from Stansted on Monday 17th March 2008 and return on the following Monday 24th March (Easter Monday). We will be making use of the services of Tangney tours who are very experienced in this sort
of event. They will arrange a full spiritual programme with English speaking support staff and Priest. shared with other Tangney groups. Needless to say there will be Mass at the Grotto and it will be possible to use wheelchair
in Lourdes for those who can't manage hills. There will be walking tours of appropriate sights.

Unfortunately we cannot get a definite price until September but it is likely to be between £450 - £600 inc. plus £15 per night single supplement (slightly less if more than 20 book up as they give one place in 20 free and we will share that saving among all who are going).

A few tips for new walkers - and a reminder for the not so new:
Train services can be affected by engineering works and sometimes the train is actually diverted to leave from a different station e.g. Charing Cross trains can be diverted to start from Victoria or Cannon Street.. It's wise to ring national rail on 08457 484950 during the week to ask if there are any special arrangements the following Sunday or see National Rail
Website at

If you have a Network Southeast card (£20 from rail ticket offices) or Gold card you can get 1I3rd off full fares for yourself and up to three guests travelling with you. A Senior rail card costs the same amount and gets the same reduction but only for the card holder.

Unless otherwise indicated the fare shown is the fare from the London terminus to our destination. Most people can get a reduction by using a travel card for part of the journey.

Several Rail Companies now offer three or four tickets for the price of two so if a few members are at the ticket office at the same time it is worth asking if there are any deals going. The ticket clerks will not necessarily volunteer the cheapest way to travel. But beware it may be necessary for the full group to travel back together or they can each be charged the full single fare again.

You can still get an all zone travel card for £4.80 even at an Underground station using your Network Southeast Card discount. That's a saving of £1.90 on a Zone 1-6 card and £3 on a Zone 1-6 + D card.

News, Views and items of interest

Foot and Mouth Disease (FMD): Whilst we were preparing this programme we got the chilling news of an outbreak of FMD in Surrey. God grant that this will not develop into a national outbreak with the devastating consequences for our walks programme that we experienced in 2001.

Welcome to New members: Tom Collis of SW11 (a welcome return to membership after a long break); Elizabeth Furlong of Kenton, Harrow, Simon Humphries of Croydon and Italia Petroni of Portsmouth, and congratulations to Adrian Armstrong on achieving life membership. NB New members joining after 31st July this year will not need to pay again until October 2008.


And for "old members" a reminder that during the period covered by this programme renewal of membership falls due. Subscriptions are due in October. If you have not paid by 31 December your membership will be deemed to have lapsed and you will not receive the programme that will be dispatched in February or subsequent programmes. To renew your membership all you have to do is send a cheque for £5 (£7 if you live outside the UK postal area) payable to St Francis of Assisi Catholic Ramblers Club to the Treasurer Carol Anley (NB her address was incorrect on the last programme).

Obituaries: Condolences to Phil Carolan on the death of her sister.

Thanks for publicising the Club in your Parish Church: Many thanks to all who put up our poster in their Church. From the number of enquiries addressed to Angela Shardlow it is clear that the new poster is being displayed but we still find churches where the notice has not changed for some years. If you have not already done so please check whether
there is one up already in your Church. If there is, then replace it with the one that was enclosed with the Winter programme so that this year's membership secretary details are publicised. If there is not an announcement there already please ask your Parish Priest for permission to put one up.

Get well wishes to club members who are unable to walk due to illness. We pray for all of them. Thanks to members who sent good wishes to Ossie Barrett, who is now happily back home again and progressing favourably, and to John Lawrence.

Easter Week 2007 at Wells Next the Sea: Following is Maurice Hickman's summary of the break at Wells Next the Sea in Easter Week 2007. It can also be seen on the club website together with some photographs (Can also be seen on the club web site with some photographic memories of the week).

Tuesday 10th April. Caught 11 30 train to Sheringham from Liverpool Street. Arrived in time to have a late lunch. Then caught Coastliner bus to Wells. Bus dropped us close to the hostel.

Wednesday 11th April. Did coastal walk from Wells to Cley Next the Sea with lunch at Blakeney. Had tea at Cley. Bus back.

Thursday 12th April. Walked through Holkham Park - estate of the Earl of Leicester and on to Burnham Thorpe (Nelson's birthplace) for lunch. Served strong beer laced with rum called "Nelson's Blood"!! Walked back to Wells via coastal route.

Friday 13th April. Bus to Sheringham for walk to Cromer. Lunch at Cromer. Train to Sheringham. Walk along coast to Weybourne. Bus back to Wells.

Saturday 14th April. Trip by steam train to Walsingham. Stayed for Mass organised by Pilgrimage for the Church in Need. Looked around the village before getting bus back to Wells.

Future Dates for Your Diary

New Year Party, Saturday 19 January 2008. We look forward to this annual event to kick off the social side of the club in 2008. It will be at St Mary Moorfields beginning after Mass which will be at 6 O'clock. Put the date in your diary now. Full details in next programme.

Lourdes trip 17th to 24th March 2008: Please see box above

Holiday in St Ives, Cornwall 24th - 31st May 2008 This has all been arranged now and those who are going will have made arrangements to pay for the accommodation.




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The current version of the constitution can be seen by clicking HERE

SFA CRC: Election of Committee for the year 2007-08

Please also ensure that the nomination is signed by the person being nominated and that there is a seconder's signature on the form.