St Francis of Assisi Catholic Rambler's Club

The Club is approved by the Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster.

Affiliated to the Ramblers Association and H.F. Holidays


Programme of Rambles for September to November 2018

(Items for the next programme by early November please)


Greetings ramblers.


Soon the memories of a very hot summer will be tempered by the prospect of cooler seasons and the inevitable shortening hours of daylight. Before this befalls any of you coming out on walks perhaps now is the ideal time to check your torches to ensure they can cast a light into any encircling gloom.


Fares: The prices shown are standard fares and it may be possible for you to get better deals directly through the various train companies websites. Should you manage to bag a bargain it might require you to use specific trains both out and back. In this situation please make sure your return journey allows time for a ramble to be completed comfortably for all. Leaders will not take kindly to requests to up the pace because of lack of forethought when buying a ticket at that too good to miss price.


Paul Brunning is hanging up his boots.

With commendable candour Paul Brunning has decided his days as a ramble leader must now come to an end after this programme. Having been a leader for 30 years, as well as serving on the committee, Paul has rendered signal service to the Saint Francis of Assisi Catholic Ramblers club. He truly has been a good shepherd and an exemplar of the club’s ethos.


Please note; the following rambles are not on a Sunday.

Saturday 8th September

Saturday 15th September

Saturday 6th October


Sunday 2nd September                    Leaders: Lizzie Cripps and Antoinette Adkins OS map 179


Meet: St Pancras International 09.10 for 09.37 HS1 to Dover Priory (arr 10.41).

Also calls at Stratford International 09.43 and Ashford International 10.14.

You can also take a slower train from Charing Cross 0840 arriving Dover Priory 1035.

Lunch: There will be a short mid-day refreshment break (bring your own snack) Fish and chip supper at Sea View restaurant in Deal, at approximately 4.30pm.

Distance: 11 miles returning from Deal. Some hills and steep steps to climb.

Fare: £21.70 CDR HS1 with railcards. £17.80 CDR from Charing Cross with railcards.

Anyone returning from Deal to Charing Cross will need to change at Ashford International.

Walk will commence from Dover at 1041 prompt.


 We received a bumper selection of photographs taken on the ramble on 2 September. You can view them HERE


Saturday 8th September                  Leader: Pauline Lobo OS map 166


Meet: Euston 0900 for 0924 West Midland train to Watford Junction (arr 0939) then change for 0946 to Garston (arr 0951).

Lunch: Moor Mill Inn at Bricket Wood (early lunch).

Tea: St Albans. There will be time to visit the Cathedral.

Distance: 9 easy miles through Ver Valley and passing Verulamium. May be muddy in places.

Fare: £4.45 CDR St Albans Abbey from Boundary zone 6 with railcards.

If ramblers want to return from St Albans City on direct services to St Pancras International and stations further south the single fare from boundary zone six to Garston is £2.95 and from St Albans City back to boundary zone six is £3.35, both with railcard discounts.


Saturday 15th September                Leader: Angela Shardlow Explorer map 120

Please note there are major changes to the outward journey for Angela Shardlow's ramble this Saturday.


The service shown from Victoria does not run.


The new details are as follows:


Meet Waterloo 0830 for 0900 train to Havant (arr 1017) then change for the 1028 to Chichester (arr 1038).


This change has been made necessary since the printed programme was circulated and replaces the original plan to 

Meet: Victoria 0840 for 0906 train to Chichester (arr 1037) Also calls Clapham Junction 0913 and East Croydon 0923

Lunch: Anchor Bleu, Bosham

Tea: Chichester Marina

Distance: 12 level miles returning from Chichester

Fare: £20.20 CDR Chichester with railcard discounts plus £2.50 ferry fare from Bosham to Itchenor.


Sunday 23rd September Leaders: Antoinette Adkins and Lizzie Cripps Explorer map 161


Meet: Wimbledon Station concourse for 1030 start, visiting Cannizaro Park

Lunch: The Windmill Café, Wimbledon Common

Tea: Pembroke Lodge

Distance: 10 miles, returning from Richmond station

Fare: Travelcard/Oyster/Freedom pass options


To see some lovely photographs taken on the above ramble on 23 September click HERE


Sunday 30th September Leader: John Sealy OS map 187


Please note that, as a change from the printed programme - The outward journey will now be from Victoria.


Meet: Victoria 0920 for 0946 train to East Croydon (arr 1002) then change for the 1008 to Horley (arr 1033).

According to ramblers will need to go from platform 3 to platform 2 for the Horley train.


On the return journey ramblers will have to change at Redhill for trains back Victoria.


Lunch: Plough & Furrow, Plough Road, Smallfield. (Moderately priced food).

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

Distance: 8-9 miles circular walk with styles, returning from Horley.

Fare: £8.70 CDR Horley with railcard discounts. PAYG Oyster also valid but not 60+ Oyster or Freedom passes.

John will meet ramblers at Horley.


Saturday 6th October Leader: Maria Vaz OS Explorer 181


Meet: Marylebone 0905 for 0927 train to Great Missenden (arr 1008).

Also calls at Harrow-on-the-Hill 0939.

Lunch: There are plenty of eating options on the high street, plus the White Swan are happy for you to bring your own food so long as you are buying drinks.

Tea: The Woolpack, Stoke Mandeville.

Distance: 12 miles returning from Stoke Mandeville. A lovely ramble in the Chilterns: great views especially from Coombe Hill; one short steep downhill before lunch and some stiles in the afternoon.

Fare: Marylebone to Stoke Mandeville return £12.30 with Network card. 60+ Oyster card/Freedom Pass holders: Amersham (zone 9) to Stoke Mandeville return £6.15 with Network card.


Just a small update, kindly provided by Paul, for the above ramble on Saturday. 6th October.


The main lunch stop will be the George and Dragon, which is right in the Centre of Wendover and has a good reputation for it's Thai food at reasonable prices. 


Sunday 7th October – Day of Recollection - Please see the news and events pages.


Saturday 13th October – Club AGM - Please see the news and events pages.


As was the custom when the Mass for deceased members was celebrated in November, this year the leaflet including the names of many deceased members will be available at the Mass following the AGM. You can see a pdf copy by clicking HERE


Sunday 14th October Leader: Maurice Hickman OS map 187


Meet: Victoria 0910 for 0933 train to Billingshurst (arr 1045) Also calls Clapham Junction 0940 and East Croydon 0949

Lunch: The Queens Head, Barns Green

Tea: Lynd Cross (Wetherspoons), Horsham

Distance: 10 miles returning from Horsham. We shall be following the West Sussex Literary Trail and Downslink Path most of the way. Terrain fairly level throughout.

Fare: £16.55 with Network Card. Trains back to both London Bridge and Victoria.

Maurice will join the train at Redhill.


Sunday 21st October                       Leader: Paul Brunning OS map 188
 Charing Cross 0945 for 1010 train to Otford (arr 1050)NB NOT

Blackfriars as was stated in the printed programme
Lunch: The Bull Otford
Tea: Hmmm…
Distance: 9 miles returning from Shoreham
Fare: £8.50 CDR Otford


Sunday 28th October Leader: Paul Connolly Explorer map 173


Meet: Highgate (Northern line Barnet branch) 1000 for 1015 prompt start

Lunch: Jolly Butchers, Stoke Newington. Plenty of other food places close by.

Tea: Stratford

Distance: 8 miles through a variety of urban settings returning from Stratford.

Fare: Travelcard/Oyster/Freedom pass options


Sunday 4th November                        Leaders Virginia & Roger Yelland. Explorer Map 174


Meet: Loughton Station (Central Line: Zone 6): at 10.00 for a 10.15am prompt departure. Loughton is approximately 45 minutes from Oxford Circus

Lunch: The Bull, Theydon Bois, just two minutes’ walk from the station.

Tea: Epping Village.

Distance: 10 leisurely miles through the western and northern beech woods of Epping Forest returning from Epping (Central Line: Zone 6).

Fare: Oyster/Freedom pass options. Epping is three stops from Loughton for those who wish to leave cars at the start.



Some photographs taken on the walk on 4th November can be seen by clicking HERE 


Sunday 11th November Leader: Philip Groves Explorer Map 13


Meet: London Bridge at 0845 for 0911 train to Hassocks (arr 1004)

Lunch: Devil's Dyke Inn (on top of Devil's Dyke)

Tea: Possibly!

Distance: Around 14 miles, a few hills returning from Hassocks

Fare: £7.75 super off-peak return Hassocks with railcard discounts.

Philip will join the group at Hassocks. His mobile number 07736 060 254


Sunday 18th November Leader: John Burbage OS map 187


Please note an important change for travel to travel arrangements for this ramble:
Thameslink train leaves London Bridge 09.27 to Three Bridges via East Croydon. Change at Purley for the 10.03 train to ChipsteadThere are no services from Victoria. 

Lunch: The Well House Inn, Kingswood. An atmospheric pub well-liked by members on previous visits.
Tea: East Croydon
Distance: 9 hilly miles through woods, farms and parkland. Maybe muddy in places.
Fare: Travelcard/Oyster/Freedom pass options
John will join the ramblers en-route.


Saturday 24th November – Annual Reunion – Please see the news and events pages


Some photographs taken at the reunion on 24th Novemberwill be available to view HERE shortly


Sunday 25th November 


Please note an important change to details of this ramble: 


Sadly Paul Brunning has sustained a minor injury which prevents him from leading.


In addition, the alterations to services to/from Hayes make it impractical to do the original ramble.


Thankfully Roger Yelland has stepped into the breach and is leading an alternative ramble as follows:


OS Explorer map 162

Meet: Cannon Street 0930 for 0951 train to Petts Wood (arr 1022)

Lunch: Short coffee and sandwich break along the way

Tea + hot food: Sovereign Of The Seas (Wetherspoons), Petts Wood - just over from the station.

The ramble is expected to finish there around 3pm and Paul Brunning will be coming along to meet everyone.

Members who are not able to come on the ramble are very welcome to turn up.

Distance: 8 miles

Fare: Oyster/Freedom pass/Travelcard options

Roger may meet the ramblers at Petts Wood.


Some photographs taken on the walk on 25th November can be seen by clicking HERE



News and Events for Autumn 2018

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


This year the AGM will take place on Saturday 13th 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 should the president be unable attend the meeting. There will be a Mass after the meeting at 6pm for the deceased members of the Club.


'No Committee No Club'


The one item on the agenda which should deeply concern all Club members who are worried about the Club's survival is the election of a new committee. 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, and a seconder. The person being nominated must also sign the form. Forms which do not have all three signatures will not be presented to the AGM. New members are especially welcome.


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


Election of Committee for the Year 2018 - 2019

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 2017-2018

(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


Unfortunately Henriette decided to resign from the committee earlier in the year. We wish to thank her for all the work she has done whilst being a member of the committee. If you wish to serve on the committee please approach any member of the committee in the next few weeks to find out what is involved. The committee meets only 4 times a year usually in another member's house so it is always a pleasant social occasion as a work related one.



Maxine O'Reilly R.I.P.

With sadness I have to announce the death of Maxine O'Reilly. She was quite a lively member of the Club in her time and will be best remembered for her excellent impersonations of Margaret Thatcher.


Step-son of Danka Bogdanowicz R.I.P.

I am sorry to announce the death of Danka's step-son. Please keep Danka in your prayers.


Mass for Alf Tisi R.I.P.

Mass has been arranged for Alf Tisi on 25th September at 1.05pm at Westminster Cathedral.


Jean Mulderrig R.I.P.

I am sorry to announce the death of Jean Mulderrig. She will be fondly remembered by the older Club members. Please keep her and her husband Bill and family in your prayers. She died on the 27th of July and her funeral was on Wednesday 8th of August at St. John the Evangelist Church in Mill End, Rickmansworth.

Bill has written the following: “So glad that many of the club were able to make it, though of course some dear friends whose state of health made it impossible to travel to Jean’s funeral were sadly missed. We were comforted however by the knowledge that so many members remembered Jean with such affection and that she and our family are in your thoughts and prayers. With grateful thanks from all Jean’s family. Kindest regards”, Bill Mulderrig.


Catholic Woman of the Year


Congratulations to Mary Maxwell on being chosen as one of four women who have been made Catholic Woman of the Year by Westminster Diocese.


Sunday 7th of October


Day of Recollection at Poor Clares Convent at Arkley from 10.30am to 4.30pm, led by Fr Jesmond Pawley OFM (Conv), National Spiritual Assistant to the Secular Franciscan Order. Organised by the Secular Franciscan Order.

Please call Roger Yelland on 07910 358646 for details. Transport will be provided from High Barnet station from 10am. Or join Roger who will walk from High Barnet station at 10.15am (it is a 30m walk). Lunch is provided. There is no charge for the event, but please make a donation to the Poor Clares on the day. Several members have attended this event in previous years.


Saturday 24th November – Annual Reunion (details overleaf)


Saturday 1st December Robinson College Christmas Carol Concert

On Saturday 1st December Robinson College, Grange Road, Cambridge, will have their usual Christmas Carol Concert in the chapel at 11.30am. It will be preceded by hot drinks and mince pies from 11am. The cost per ticket is about £7 and can be obtained direct from the college. Please go to their website for tickets in October/November.

Their phone number is 01223 339118. Those who go normally have lunch at Bella Italia, Bridge Street, in city centre afterwards. More info in next newsletter.


A dozen or so of us enjoyed the Carol Concert at Robinson College and a nice meal afterwards at the Bella Italia restaurant. A few photographs can be seen by clicking HERE


Saturday 15th December Christmas Dinner and Dance

The annual Christmas Dinner and Dance will be on Saturday 15th December at Lowiczanka Restaurant (POSK), King Street, Hammersmith W6. The cost, comprising three course meal, coffee or tea, and service/cover charge, will be about £33.Wine and other beverages paid for separately. As usual, there is a minimum requirement of 10 people. Further details in next newsletter.






Antoinette Adkins Anne Richardson




Dear Friends,

Once again, thanks to Father Chris Vipers, our Annual Reunion will take place at St. Mary Moorfields, Eldon St., London EC2.


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