St Francis of Assisi Catholic Ramblers Club

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The club is approved by the Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster; affiliated to the Ramblers Association


Programme of Events and Rambles December 2009 - February 2010


Greetings Ramblers (Please Note: N.C. is Network Card )


NB Items for the next programme must reach the Secretary or Ramble List Compiler by the 31st of January.


Reminder: Please book early for the Royal Oak on 14th December(this page), Christmas Dinner at Lowiczanka on 19th December(Page 2) and Christmas Lunch at St Paul's on 21st December (also on Page 2).


Sunday 6th December 2009 (Explorer Map 146)       Leader: Maurice Hickman Meet: Victoria 0955 for the 1022 train to Hurst Green (arr. 1106)

Lunch: The Royal Oak, Staffhurst Wood (TQ407 485)

Tea : Wetherspoons, Oxted

Distance: 9 miles, returning from Oxted

Fare: Return fare to Hurst Green £5.40, £2.55 from Zone 6 boundary (both with N.C.)


Sunday 13th DecemberChristmas Ramble and Social: Leader: John Burbage Meet : High Street Kensington 10.00 (Circle and District Lines)  

Lunch: Primrose Hill - good selection of pubs and teashops to choose from Distance: 9 miles (arriving at the Royal Oak at about 4.30pm )  

Tea The tea will be the famous Christmas Social at the Royal Oak, 44 Tabard Street, London SE1. A buffet will be served at about 5.30pm. The charge for the buffet is £8.50 per head which must be paid by 7th December, so please send a cheque or postal order payable to St Francis of Assisi Catholic Ramblers Club to our Treasurer Gillian McLauchlan,  to reach her by 7th December or hand cash or cheques to other committee members on walks. The Royal Oak is only 3 minutes walk from Borough Station (Northern Line ) and 10 minutes walk from London Bridge Station (Northern, Jubilee and National Rail ). Also served by bus routes P3, 21, 35, 40 and 133 - alight at Borough Station. Items for the raffle will be gratefully received. Don't forget - You have to book in advance for the Buffet at the Royal Oak!!


SATURDAY 19TH DECEMBERCHRISTMAS DINNER Please book in advance for the Christmas Dinner at Lowiczanka Polish Restaurant near Ravenscourt Park tube station. The Polish Centre, 246 King Street, London W6 is very close to Ravenscourt Park Underground Station. NB : You will need to book in advance and chose what you want to eat from either Menu 1,2 or 3 attached to this Programme . You must choose everything from one menu and cannot take one thing from one menu and one from another. A cover charge of £2 will be added to the menu prices listed to cover the cost of the entertainment (live music). Thus the price of Menu 1 will be £21.50, Menu 2 will be £25.50 and Menu 3 will be £27.50 The cost includes a glass of wine or vodka. Please contact Carol Anley by the 10th of December - tell her your choice of food and send £5 deposit (cheques payable to Carol Anley). The restaurant really must know what we are ordering by the 10th of December at the very latest.


Sunday 20th December(Landranger Map 176 )          Leader: Martin Harrisson  

Meet: Cockfosters at 1045 for 11am start  

Lunch: The Chequers, Coopers Lane, Potters Bar  

Tea: Trent Country Park  

Distance: 9 miles, returning from Cockfosters

Fare: All Zone Travel Card


MONDAY 21ST DECEMBER 2009AT 1PM CHRISTMAS LUNCH AT ST PAUL'S OPEN HOUSE St Paul's Road, Brentford, Middlesex, TW8 OPN £14 per adult (with group discount). Family and friends welcome. Travel: St Paul's is four minutes walk from BRENTFORD Station. Approx 19 minutes by E2 bus (direction Brentford) from Northfields Station (Piccadilly Line). Bus 235 from Feltham - alight at St Paul's Road/Police Station. Please bring your own wine etc (corkage £1.50 each bottle) and select from menu which is attached to this programme/ Return completed order form (keeping a copy) with £5.00 non- refundable deposit to: Maureen Furlong, by Monday 14th December. Further details - travel etc from Maureen Furlong - home phone number if you have it.   E-mail -


Sunday 27th December (Explorer Map 146)             Leader: Maurice Hickman  

Meet: West Croydon Bus Station 1050 for 1115 bus (405 ) to Redhill (arr. 1200) Lunch: Railway Arms, Merstham (405 bus stops at Merstham as well )

Tea: Fanny's Farm Shop, Markedge Lane (TQ 276 545 )

Distance: 8 miles, returning from Redhill

Fare: Freedom Passes and Oyster Cards can be used on this bus


Sunday 3rd January 2010(Landranger Map 187 ) Leader: John Burbage

Meet: Victoria Station 0920 for the 0938 train to Boxhill and West Humble (arr. 1032 )

Lunch: William IV, Mickleham (expensive )  

Tea: National Trust Centre, Boxhill

Distance: 10 miles - very hilly with steep cllimbs  

Fare: Return Boxhill & West Humble £5.90, £2.50 from Zone 6 boundary both with N.C. Leader may join en route 


Sunday 10th January( Explorer Map 162 )        Leaders: John & Marta Haworth Meet: London Bridge 0900 for the 0925 train to Petts Wood (arr. 0950 )

Lunch: The White Cross, North Cray (pub only accepts cash )

Tea: None

Distance: 10 miles  

Fare: Travelcard Zones 1-6 £5.50, free to Freedom Pass holders


SATURDAY 16TH JANUARYNEW YEAR PARTY AT ST MARY MOORFIELDS The party will be at St Mary Moorfields Church Hall from 7pm onwards, following mass in the Church which will be at 6pm (for the benefit of new members St Mary Moorfields is at 4-5 Eldon Street which is immediately outside Liverpool Street Station - carry on past Platform One and up the ramp into Eldon Street ). Bring food to share and your choice of drink and pay £4 on entry. Prizes for the raffle will be gratefully received. Our regular friendly disco will be provided by "Canute" with soft music for the first hour and music for dancing later. Please bring your family and friends and get the social side of the rambling year off to a good start.


Sunday 17th January 2010(Landranger Map 189 )        Leader: Tony Finnegan

Meet: Cannon Street 0820 for 0841 train to Charing (arr. 1035). Change at Sevenoaks for bus to Borough Green & Wrotham Station for Charing train. Lunch: The Flying Horse, Boughton & Aruph (GR 023 473). Pub does good food; there are seats nearby to eat your own.  

Tea: Possibly Charing  

Distance: 11 easy miles, returning from Charing  

Fare: £12.60 OPR Cannon Street to Charing; £7.90 from Boundary Zone 6 both with N.C.  


Sunday 24th January(Explorer Map 147 )                     Leader: Paul Brunning

Meet: Charing Cross 0920 for the 0938 train to Tonbridge (arr. 1021 )

Lunch: The Hare and Hounds, Bidborough - a bit pricey!

Tea: Possibly Tunbridge Wells  

Distance: 9 miles, with the odd steep hill. Returning from Tunbridge Wells Fare: £9.25 T Wells or £5.50 from Zone 6 boundary both with N.C. Leader may join en route. *May need to change at Sevenoaks for bus to Tonbridge.  


Sunday 31st January (Explorer 146 ) Leader: Maurice Hickman

Meet: 'Victoria at 10.00 for the 1032 to Redhill (arr. 1103 )

Lunch: William IV, Bletchingley  

Tea: The Sun, (Weatherspoons), Redhill

Distance: 9 miles, returning from Redhill

Fare: £5.70 OPR to Redhill, £2.45 from Zone 6 boundary - both with N.C.  


Sunday 7th February (Landranger Map 179 ) Leader: Paul Brunning

Meet: Charing Cross 0850 for the 0908 train to Chartham (Kent ) - arr. 1049. Train calls at London Bridge 0916.*  

Lunch: The White Horse, Chilham                         

Tea: Unlikely Distance: 9.5 easy miles, returning from Chartham  

Fare: £14.45 OPR Chartham from Charing Cross with N.C. Leader may join train en route. *Alternative route via St. Pancras Intl. using 0940 HS(High Speed) service to Ashford. Change for the 1033 train to Chartham (from Charing Cross).  


Sunday 14th February( Landranger Map 166) Leader: Tony Finnegan  

Meet: Euston at 0930 for 0953 train to Hemel Hemstead (arr. 1020 ).

Lunch: The Windmill, Chipperfield  

Tea: The Fisher Inn, Hemel Hempstead  

Distance: 12 miles, returning from Hemel Hempstead Fare: £7.20 OPR Euston to Hemel Hempstead; £4.70 from Zone 6 boundary both with N.C.


Sunday 21st February (Explorer Map 122 ) Leader: Philip Groves  

Meet: London Bridge at 0850 for 0911 train to Brighton (arr. 1022 ).

Lunch: The Brewers Arms, Lewes (16th Century pub with real ale and good food  

Tea: Possibly Hassocks at reasonable prices.  

Distance: 14 miles - bring a torch!

Fare: £11.33 )OPR with N.C. discount  


Sunday 28th FebruaryMap: London A-Z) Leaders: Virginia & Roger Yelland

Meet: Canning Town Station (Jubilee Line or DLR) at 10am.

Lunch: Probably around Narrow Street area.  

Tea: Yes

Distance: 8 miles via Bow Creek Ecology Park, Trinity Buoy, Dockland and the Tower of London, finishing up at Tower Hill Station.  

Fare: Travelcard to cover Zone 3.


For rambles along the south coast or in the South Downs are a "Daysave" have replaced the :Downlander" ticket mentioned in previous programmes. The "Daysave" ticket must be ordered on line seven days before travel and covers return journey by train and bus travel throughout the South Downs area for £10. Visit: downlander When joining us on a walk please ensure you bring your Network Cards or Gold cards so that you can get 1/3rd off full fares for yourself and up to three guests traveling with you. You can also get £1.20 off all zone travel cards even if purchased at underground stations. Senior Railcard holders can also get the reduction on train fares but only for themselves. Don't forget Sunday train services can be affected by engineering work e.g. trains from Charing Cross are sometimes diverted to begin from Cannon Street or Victoria. Information on these can be obtained by calling: 08457 484950 or see National Rail website at Children and vulnerable adults must be accompanied by a responsible adult. It is the policy of St Francis of Assisi Catholic Ramblers Club to endeavour to ensure that no child or vulnerable adult is left in the company of a lone adult on a ramble or Club event. Membership Subscriptions Membership subscriptions for 2009 - 2010 became due in October so if you have not renewed already please do so today. It is now £7 following a decision of last year's AGM. So to avoid further expense in future years why not take out life membership. It is only £140 from October 2009 (£9 annual and £180 for members resident overseas). Existing members and anyone wishing to join the Club should send a cheque for £7 (or £140 for life membership) payable to St Francis of Assisi Catholic Ramblers Club to the Treasurer, Gillian McLauchlan.


Welkcome to New Members


A hearty welcome to the following who have become fully paid up members since the last programme. Sinead Adkins of Streatham, London SW16. Welcome to Life Membership to Kevin McNamara and Margaret Teahan.


A special request for members to help in publicising the Club. It is important our publicity with details of current membership secretaries is made available as widely as possible. Some members have already kindly put up our poster in churches that they visit. We are asking a special favour that every member check whether their parish has a poster with the previous contact details shown on its notice board. If it does then please please ask your parish priest for permission to put one up. It is very rare for our request to be refused and in the past year several priests asked for a second copy of the notice and several have also given us a mention in their parish newsletter. As a temporary measure until a new poster can be designed please cut out the poster below and place it, if possible, in a prominent place in your church. If you don't like the simple plain design of this 'spur of the moment' poster you are welcome to cut out the addresses and stick them over the existing ones. Please anyway keep our membership secretaries busy especially Antionette whose name does not appear on any existing poster.


Club Committee 2009 - 2010


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


President: Fr Peter Newby, Parish Priest,          Publicity Co-ordinator

St Mary Moorfields, 4-5 Eldon Street,                  Robert Slater, 

 London EC2M 7LS       


SecretaryMaurice Hickman,                               Membership Secretaries

                                                                              Antoinette  Adkins,                                                                                          Francis O'Sullivan           


Treasurer:  Gillian McLauchlan,                            Ramble List Compiler

                                                                               John Burbage,            


Committee Members                                                                                              

Carol Anley,

Maureen Cahalane,


Comings and Goings: Stepping down from the committee are Helen Hunt and Tony Finnegan who did great service as Vice-president (chairing the AGM in the absence of the President) and Secretary respectively. Also stepping down are John and Marta Haworth, John doing a worthy stint as Rambles Compiler. Maurice Hickman and John Burbage are taking over as Secretary and Rambles Compiler. Gillian remains to do an excellent job as Treasurer Robert Slater continues to do good work as Publicity Co-ordinator. Francis O'Sullivan and Carol Anley also remains on the committee doing invaluable work. New to the committee is Antoinette Adkins who takes over from Elizabeth Furlong as the other Membership Secretary. Finally Maureen Cahalane is returning to the committee.


Balance Sheet: Normally a balance sheet is sent out to members together with the AGM Minutes, and the Secretary's Report. The Balance Sheet is still in preparation and will be sent out to members in the March mailing.


Details of Holidays and Other Events Organised By Club Members


HOLIDAY ACCOMMODATION OFFER FOR 2010 One of our members, Philip Groves is offering Club Members and their families and friends 25% discount on the normal prices for a stay at any time of the year at one of his two French properties both situated in areas of outstanding natural beauty with many local walks. The first is in a village in the Eastern Pyrenees and can be viewed on The second property is near Boulogne-sur-mer and one mile from the sea. (details on Holiday in the Ribble Valley area


Dorothy Hickman is hoping to arrange a holiday in the Ribble Valley area next year. If possible visits will be made to Ladyewell near Preston, Stoneyhurst College and other places of Catholic interest; part walking (up to 8 miles) and part sightseeing. Most likely dates would be 9th to 16th of August. If you are interested ring Dorothy Hickman


Walking the Le Puy Route in France Maurice is hoping to continue walking the Le Puy route in France with a view to eventually reaching Santiago de Compostella in Spain. The most likely period for walking the next section is during two weeks over the Easter period. Starting from Moissac where he hopes to spend part of the Easter Tridiem by spending 2 nights there we will journey over approx 2 week period to a convenient rail point for our return journey. The most likely places are Argagnon or Maslacq both of which are very close to Orthez(8 kms or 5 miles) where there is a good rail link (on the line to Pau ) for travelling back to Paris. Our last place of stay will probably be Orthez.


Parish Events at St Mary Moorfields, Eldon Street for 2009-2010 A few club members attend these events which are organised for the parishioners at St Mary Moorfields. Location as for Christmas Party.


Wednesday 16th December, 6.30pm Parish meditation with carols and soloist.


Wednesday 17th March, 7.00pm Mass for St Patrick followed by reception.

Tuesday 30th March, 6.30 Lenten meditation with soloist. Monday 28th June, 7.00pm The Eve of the Solemnity of St Peter and St Paul. Mass followed by a reception in the Hall. ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------