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 Assoc.


Programme of Rambles and Events for December 2010 to February 2011

Items for the next programme by the end of January please

Please Note: Due to the number of fares available, the prices shown here are indicative. Considerable savings can be made by using Network Cards and Railcards and booking on line in advance. Oyster cards are now usable on local trains within the London area (Zones 1-6). 

Please note:  Winter timetable begins on 12th of December and times are subject to alteration.  Check with the service provider.


Sunday 5th December (OS Explorer map 181) Leader: Philip Groves

MEET: Euston 09:05 for 09:23 train to Berkhamsted (arriving 09:58)

LUNCH: Valiant Trooper, Aldbury (good food)

TEA: Unlikely or bring a flask!

DISTANCE: 13 miles returning from Tring (hilly terrain)

FARE: £8.87 CDR Tring with Network Railcard

NB Leader will meet group at Berkhamsted

Sunday 12th December(Landranger Map 166) Leader: Robert Slater

MEET: King's Cross 0930 for 0952 train to Hitchin(arr 1021)

LUNCH: The Bull,Gosmore.


TEA: :Cafe Nero and/or local hostelry. Hitchin Town Winter Gala Day so may be

          opportunity for carol singing beforehand.


DISTANCE:11 miles returning from Hitchin.


FARE: £10.25 with Network Railcard.

NOTE: Robert will meet the ramblers at Hitchin station.


Sunday 19th December:   Leader: Witold Sokolowski

MEET: 9.15 for 9.30 Bank Station (London Underground) on Docklands Light Railway (DLR) platform. We will take the first Lewisham bound train to Cutty Sark Station. Walk to Star of the Sea Church for 11 am Mass, then walk to Lunch stop.

(Possibly chance of coffee with parishioners afer Mass)

LUNCH: The Pavillion near Greenwich Observatory, followed by walk in the park with views of London and Olympic Park. Return to the City. 

TEA: Possibly Wetherspoons near Tower Bridge

DISTANCE: 5-6 miles 

FARE: Travelcard £6.60 Zones 1-2 or Oyster card & Freedom Pass

There will be a wander around the City (depending on time) followed by the Christmas Buffet at the Royal Oak, Tabard Street, Borough.

 The buffet will be served from about 5.30pm.  The charge for the buffet has been set at £8.50 per head which must be paid by Wednesday 15th December so please send a cheque or postal order payable to St Francis of Assisi Catholic Ramblers Club to our treasurer Gillian McLauclan, 64 Pankhurst House, Du Cane Road, London W12 0UL to reach her by Wednesday 15th December or by hand, cash or cheques, to other committee members on walks or other Club functions.


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 Royal Oak.


Sunday December 26th 2010

Due to the Christmas Holiday and lack of public transport, there is no walk on St. Stephens Day.  However, many buses will still be running so a ramble may still be arranged either on the Sunday or the following Bank Holidays.  Please contact the Secretary to find out.



Sunday 2nd January   Map: Explorer 134    Leader Maurice Hickman

MEET: Victoria at 1015 for 1034 train to Ifield (arr. 1137)

LUNCH: Lamb Inn, Lambs Green (Good Beer and home cooked food)

TEA: Jubilee Oak, Crawley

DISTANCE: 8 miles, returning from Crawley

FARE: £9.30 Anytime Return with Network Railcard


Sunday 9th January Landranger 187            Leader: Henriette Van Zaelen

MEET: 9.40 Sutton Station (Zone 5) for 5 minute bus ride to Belmont where the walk will begin. Train (Bognor Regis service via Balham and Mitcham) leaves Victoria at 9.08 arriving Sutton at 9.40.

LUNCH: The Well House, Chipstead.                     

TEA: Unlikely

DISTANCE: 9.0 miles on the Millenium Way returning from Reigate.

FARE: £2.90 To Sutton, £5.00 from Reigate both with Network Cards. (Rail replacement service or bus Reigate to Redhill) Use Oyster for convenience.


Sunday 16th January 2010          Leader: Paul Connolly

MEET : 10.30 Highgate (LU Northern Line Zone 3)

LUNCH : Rochester Castle, Stoke Newington High Street      

TEA : Probably

DISTANCE: 8 miles, mainly on the level returning from Hackney

FARE: Travel card £6.30, Oyster Card or Freedom Pass


Sunday 23rd January (Explorer Map147)     Leader: Paul Brunning

MEET: Charing Cross 9.50 for 10.08 train to Sevenoaks arrives 10.42.

LUNCH: The White Rock Inn, Underriver. Good food but a bit expensive.

TEA: possibly Sevenoaks

DISTANCE: 9.5 miles

FARE: £6.15 with Network Railcard returning from Sevenoaks

NB Leader will meet walkers en route.


Sunday 30th January (Landranger Map 165 )       eader: Tony Norton

MEET: Marylebone Station at 9.00 for the 9.15 train to Princes Risborough (arr. 9.59).

LUNCH: The Plough, Lower Caddesdon. Good food but a bit expensive.

TEA: Unlikely

DISTANCE: 10-12 miles depending on weather conditions.

FARE: £7.50 approx.with Network Railcard

Sunday 6th of February Maps: Explorers:146 and 147 Leader: Maurice Hickman

MEET: Victoria at 0900 for 0922 train to Dormans (arr. 1015)

LUNCH: The Wheatsheaf, Marsh Green

TEA: The Plough, Dormansland

DISTANCE: 11 miles, returning from Dorman

FARE: £7.65 with Network Railcard        Leader will meet walkers en route


Sunday 13th February (Explorer Map 147)  Leader: Paul Brunning

MEET: Victoria 9.20 for the 9.42 train to Eynesford (arr. 10.15)

LUNCH: The Bull, Otford

TEA: possibly the Fox & Hounds, Romney Street

DISTANCE: 10 miles, returning from Eynesford

FARE: £6.00 with Network Railcard       Leader will meet walkers en route.

Sunday 20th February Landranger (Map 187)      Leader: Helen Hunt

MEET :Waterloo 0900 for 0932 train to Effingham Junction (arr 1024)

LUNCH :Olde Windsor Castle, Little Bookham                           TEA :No Chance

DISTANCE :8 Miles returning from Effingham Junction

FARE :£6.15 Cheap Offpeak return Effingham Junction from Waterloo,£3.10 from Zone 6 boundary, both with Network Railcard.

Sunday 27th February                                    Leader: John Burbage

MEET: Euston 9.05 for the 9.23 train to Watford Junction (arr. 9.42) We will be passing Watford Station (LU Metropolitan Line) approx. 20 minutes later.

LUNCH: Coach & Horses, Croxley Green

TEA: Possibly the Kiosk in Cassiobury Park otherwise Macdonalds or a good pub!

DISTANCE: 10 miles, returning from Watford Junction

FARE: £6.00 with Network Railcard





Book in advance for the Christmas Meal at Lowiczanka Polish Restaurant


The Polish Centre, 246 King Street, London W6 is very close to Ravenscourt Park                       Underground  Station.  NB :  You will need to book in advance.  As a block booking

can only be made for one of the menus Robert intends to book places for the cheapest menu which is Menu 1 at £19.50. The menu for this is attached to this programme. As it is a Saturday night there is an extra cover charge     of £2.  Cheques for £21.50 should be made payable to R.G. Slater and sent to him by Monday 6th of December.  They can be post dated 11th of December.  Members can order and pay for additional items when they are served on the night.

Included in the price is a complimentary glass of vodka or, perhaps, wine and dancing to a continental group/band





Christmas Lunch at St Paul's Open House, St Paul's Road, Brentford,

Middlesex, TW8 0PN

£14.00 per adult (with group discount).  Family and friends welcome.  St Paul's is a few

minutes walk from Brentford Station.  Approx. 15 minutes by E2 bus (direction Brentford)

from Norhfields Station (Piccadilly Line).  Bus 235 from Feltham- alight at St Paul's Road/Police Station.  You are welcome to bring your own wine etc. (£2 per bottle corkage).  Please select from menu at the back of the programme and put a tick by your 3 choices. Cut off along the dotted line and return your order (keeping a copy) with £5.00 non-returnable deposit to  Maureen Furlong




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 close to Liverpool Street Station - carry on past Platform 1 and go up the ramp or steps into Eldon Street).  Bring food to share and your choice of drink and pay £5 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.


Details of Holidays and other Events


Irish Holiday in Kerry


Tony Finnegan is hoping to organise a short holiday in Kerry (Republic of Ireland) in September next year.  Dates are not set in stone yet but it is likely to be in the second or third week in September as Tony will be in Ireland for the weekend of 4 September so it will be convenient for him to go on to Kerry for the walking holiday afterwards.  The priest who is helping with the planning (Fr Jim Sheehy whom some members will remember when he was Spiritual Director at Ushaw College) would like an early indication of how many to expect so that he can decide the type and location of accommodation.  If you are interested please let Tony know by e mail at, by telephone on 020 8767 5293 or by mobile phone or text on 0780 304 2748.  He will then keep interested individuals informed and have fuller details in time for the next programme".


Irish Ceilidh Night    Friday 17th December 2010 at 7.30pm


Irish Ceilidh Night with Gasra Na Gael at Irish Cultural Centre, Blacks Road, Hammersmith W6 (close to Station).  Why not enjoy a night of dancing with the Irish Ceilidh Band and caller.  Tickets £5 approx. on the door.  Bar available.


H.F. Holidays


Details of H.F. Holidays which you can send up for are at the back of this programme.  Fill in your name and address and send off to:  HF Holidays, Catalyst House, 720 Centennial Court, Centennial Park, Elstree, Hertfordshire WD6 3SY. Make sure,however, that you take a note of the menu in the Polish Restaurant first; i.e. if you intend to go for a meal there.  Of course if you wish you can make a photo-copy and fill that in. 


Secretary's Report at 2010 AGM


The first main event of the Club year 2009/2010 was the Christmas

Ramble led by John Burbage finishing up at the Royal Oak where there was the usual buffet.  A loss was, however, averted thanks to the proceeds from the raffle.  Also in December enjoyable meals were had at the Christmas Lunch at St Paul's, Brentford and Christmas Dinner at the Polish Restaurant in the King's Road.  On Good Friday there was a walk followed by a Good Friday service at Gerrard's Cross.  The Day of Recollection was again held at the Our Lady of the Angel's Church in Erith.  A slight loss was, however, made on this occasion.


A number of Club members continued walking on the Santiago route (via Podiensis) in France, this time from Moissac to Orthez.  Those who were traveling back by plane, however, had the inconvenience of having to stay rather longer than they wished to in France due to the Ash Cloud.  A few members also joined the A & B Pilgrimage in Wales from Cardigan to St David's via Aberystwyth and Carmarthen.  A holiday was also led in August in the Ribble Valley and Lancaster visiting places of Catholic history including Stoneyhurst College.


A number of members defaulted on their subscription and regretfully these people were not sent any more Club programmes.  A reminder will be included in the Winter 2010/2011 programme asking members to pay by the 31st of December 2010.


My thanks go to the other members of the committee who have been unstinting in their commitment in the help that they have given me.  I hope that more members will be inspired to come on future committees so that the Club can celebrate many more great anniversaries.


Maurice Hickman



Club Committee 2010 - 2011 


(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,            London EC2M 7LS                                          


Secretary: Maurice Hickman,                        TreasurerGillian McLauchlan,


Publicity Co-ordinator                                  Ramble List Compiler 

Paul Brunning,                                                John Burbage, 


Membership Secretaries                               Committee Members

Antoinette Adkins, 

Francis O'Sullivan,                                           Maureen Cahalane, 


Co-opted Members                               

Barbara Bridle,

Robert Slater,               


Comings and Goings

Stepping down from the committee is Carol Anley.  Thank you Carol for all the work you have put in whilst you have been on the committee.  Robert, however, was thought to be taking his leave of the committee but then afterwards he announced that he still wanted to remain on the committee.  He will be liaising with Paul Brunning who will be coming back on the committee after a long absence and no doubt they will assist each other on publicity, etc.  Another long standing member, Barbara Bridle, is also coming back after a long absence.

Other members have agreed to stand again.


John Lawrence R.I.P.

It is with a great deal of sadness that I have to report the death of John Lawrence.  He spent

many years working for the Club in one capacity or another.  At one time he was the magazine editor for the Club in the days when the Club had a magazine.  Later he did valuable work as an auditor for the Club.  He died on the 18th of August and his funeral mass was in Saint Boniface, Tooting on Friday 27th of August.                              


Lent Retreat


No decision has yet been made as to where to go for a retreat next year.  If any member has any idea as to where we might go please contact the secretary.  Some people have expressed a wish that it should be in Lent.  Others have said that it should be in easy reach of London.  Also most people would like to go somewhere where there is a garden to wander about or sit out in.