St Francis of Assisi Catholic Rambler's Club



The Club is approved by the Archbishop of Westminster


Affiliated to the Ramblers Association and HF Holidays


Programme of Rambles / Events for Winter 2013/2014

(Items for the next programme by the beginning of February please)

IMPORTANT NOTE: Winter brings challenges for walkers and you should ensure you are ready to meet them. Warm, waterproof clothing and stout boots are, of course, essential. but you should also bring a torch as the light may fade early in dull weather. A walking stick is also recommended as it is often impossible to know what lies beneath fallen leaves or how deep an innocuous puddle might be.  Some members have suffered injury or have collapsed on rambles so it is wise also to pack your mobile phone in case an ambulance has to be called urgently.

Sunday 1st December                                                           Leader Denis O’Mahoney

Visit to the Poor Clares Monastery, Galley Lane, Arkley followed by winter walk.

Meet: High Barnet Underground Station (Northern Line) 09.50 for 10.00 start to the Monastery to arrive 10.30 approx. Allow 35-40 minutes travel time from Central London to High Barnet. The 307 bus runs from Barnet to Galley Lane for those who wish to make their own way there.

Lunch and Tea: Opportunity during the walk or at the end for lunch at local hostelries in Arkley or Barnet. 

Distance: 5-6 gentle miles returning from High Barnet.  

Fare: Oyster Zone 5

Notes:There will be an opportunity for private prayer in the church at the Monastery and purchase of Christmas cards, books, and teas/coffees.

Dennis will meet the walkers at High Barnet.Station.

Sunday 8th December (Landranger map 166)                    Leader: Robert Slater

Meet: King's Cross 0920 for 0944 train to Stevenage (arr.10.19)%u2028

Lunch: The Rusty Gun, St.Ippolyts. Isolated pub on B656.Grid ref.199253.%u2028

Tea: Hitchin %u2028Distance: 10 miles returning from Hitchin. Couple of manageable hills which includes gradual slope after lunch%u2028

Fare: £7.90 return to Hitchin with Network Card.%u2028Notes: Aim is the get to Hitchin market square for carol singing and maybe mulled wine at 4pm.%u2028Robert to meet walkers at Stevenage. .His


Sunday December 15th (Explorer Map 146)                   Leader: Maurice Hickman

Meet: Victoria at 10.50 for 11.17 train to Purley to connect with bus service to Redhill (arr. 1218)

Lunch: The Feathers, Merstham

Tea: Sun (Wetherspoon), Redhill  

Distance: 7 miles, returning from Redhill (just one short steady climb after lunch)

Fare: £7 Redhill with Network Card

Notes: Also anyone with clean boots can catch the 09.17 train from Victoria to Redhill (arr. 10.18) and come to the lively 10.30 family sung Mass at St. Joseph's (refreshments afterwards). To get to the church cross the main car park to the exit and turn right up Ladbroke Road and the church is on the right (10 mins walk). Maurice and any other church-goers will meet the other ramblers at Redhill bus station.

An alternative to the train is to catch the 11.15 405 bus (arr. Redhill at 12.00) from West Croydon bus station(close to rail station). This service is operated by London Buses so you can use your Oyster/Freedom Pass on this bus. This bus also calls at Merstham (close to pub).  My mobile (switched on for walk only) is: 07982 656434

Sunday December 22nd                                                     Leader: Martin Harrison

Meet: Cockfosters U/G Station (Picaddilly Line) 10.15 for 10.30 start. Allow 40 minutes travel time from the West End.

Lunch: The Chequers, Potters Bar

Tea: Trent Country Park (time permitting) returning to London for the Christmas Get-together (see below).

Distance: 9.5 miles      

Fare: Oyster Card Zone 5

Note: Martin will meet the walkers at Cockfosters

Christmas Get-together. This year we meet at Pendrells Oak (Wetherspoons) in Holborn from 4pm onwards. This is an opportunity for Club Members to meet up, exchange Christmas greetings and cards, and have a meal if you want..

The pub is situated in High Holborn, a couple of minute’s walk from HolbornTube Station (Piccadilly and Central Lines) to allow easy access for the walkers arriving from Cockfosters. (On leaving the station turn right into High Holborn towards Chancery Lane and the pub is a few minutes down on the right hand side.)

SS Anselm and Cecilia Church is in Kingsway, close to the station, for those requiring 6 pm Mass.



Sunday December 29th                                                     Leader:  Paul Brunning

Meet: Victoria 09.10 for the 09.28 train to Eynesford (arrives 10.24)

Lunch: The Crown, Shoreham     

Tea: Possibly

Distance: 9 miles, returning from Eynesford

Fare: Return from Eynsford with Network Card

Note: Paul will join the walkers en route.

Sunday January 5th 2014                                                 Leader: Paul Connolly

Meet: Highgate Underground Station (Northern Line) 10.20 for 10.30 start. Allow 25 minutes from Central London to get to Station.

Lunch: Stoke Newington, Jolly Butchers or Rochester Castle close by. Cafes and coffee shops also available for those not wishing to eat in the pub.

Tea: Possibly

Distance: 9 miles, returning from Mile End or Hackney depending on conditions. Walk is downhill or on the level through interesting urban backwaters.

Fare: Oyster card Zone 3.

Sunday January 12th (Landranger Map 187)               Leader: John Burbage

Meet: Waterloo 09.40 for 10.00 train Surbiton where we change for the 10.32 train to Effingham Junction (arr. 10.50)

Lunch: The Cricketers, Downside. Atmospheric pub with good food but expensive.

Tea: Possibly Cobham village or Old Plough near return station.

Distance: 9 miles, returning from Stoke D’Abernon & Cobham depending on weather conditions. Walk is on the level around the river Mole so expect wet conditions underfoot.

Fare: £7.35 with Network Card (£3.85 from Zone 6 with Senior Railcard)

Sunday January 19th (Explorer Map 134)                     Leader: Maurice Hickman

Meet: Victoria at 10.10 for 103.5 train to Ifield (arr. 11.37)

Lunch: Lamb Inn, Lambs Green     Tea: Jubilee Oak (Wetherspoon), Crawley

Distance: 8 miles, returning from Crawley.  Easy walk on the level but expect

mud in parts.            

Fare: £11.15 Ifield with Network Card


Sunday January 26th - no walk has been arranged for this Sunday or the following Sunday February 2nd but see below for late entry for 2 February. However on 26 January Maurice Hickman will be doing a walk-out of his ramble which appears on the programme for Sunday 23rd of February. The details will be the same as the ramble on the 23rd of February (below) except that there will be an earlier start -  Maurice will  be getting the 09 38 train from King's Cross, arriving in Cambridge at 1048 and will welcome any ramblers who wish to join him for the walkout.  


Sunday 2nd FebruaryNB Walk added since the printed programme was circulated.                                                                    Leader: Paul Connolly

Meet: Liverpool Street 09.25 for the 09.44 train to Harold Wood (Arr. 10.11)Lunch: The Greyhound, Childerditch Common

Tea: Victoria Arms, Brentwood

Distance: 8 miles returning from Brentwood. Ground conditions will depend on the weather so be prepared for winter mud (hopefully snow!)

Fare: Day Return Brentwood £8.45 with Network Card. Freedom Card holders need only buy a return from Brentwood to Harold Wood £1.90 single or take buses to Romford. Note: Paul will join the walkers at Harold Wood


 Sunday 9th February                                                          Leader: Jan Hildebrand

Afternoon Winter Walk

Meet: Paddington Station, seating area by Platform 8 at 13.20 for 13.30 prompt start.

Distance: About 3.5 easy miles on the level from the rear of the Station along the Regents Canal. The walk passes Little Venice, Regents Park, London Zoo, Camden Town, Kings Place and on to Kings Cross/St. Pancras where the walk ends.

Tea: Kings Place                      

Fare: The walk is all in Oyster Zone 1

Note: Jan’s mobile is 077886 36613

Sunday 16th February (Landranger Map 166)             Leader: John Dean

Meet: King's Cross at 09.00 for 09.13 train to Alexandra Palace where we change onto the replacement bus to Welham Green (arr. 10.40 approx.).

Lunch: Black Horse, South Mimms (village pub with reasonable prices)

Tea: Unlikely.

Distance: 8 miles approx. undulating but with no steep hills. Suitable for all walkers.

Fare: Day Return from Welham Green £3.95 with Network Card

Note: We welcome back John, an experienced walk leader, who led rambles for the Club in the 90s. He will meet the walkers at Welham Green.

Sunday 23rd February (Explorer Map 209)                   Leader: Maurice Hickman

Meet: King's Cross at 0935 for 10.04 train to Cambridge (arr. 1102)

Lunch: Green Man, High St, Grantchester (good home made food and real ale) or

Orchard Tea Rooms, Grantchester.    

Tea:  there is plenty of choice in Cambridge.

Distance: 7 miles plus optional 3 mile walk around Cambridge colleges later on.

Fare: Day Return from Cambridge £10.55 with Network Card

This walk is taken from the SWC(Saturday Walkers' Club) Walk 105: Cambridge via Grantchester Circular. and is entirely flat.


Club Committee 2013-2014


(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,                                                                                         


Secretary                                                            Membership Secretaries               

 Maurice Hickman                                                Antoinette Adkins, 

                                                                             Henrietta Van-Zaelen                                                                         

Treasurer                                                          Ramble List Compiler                             

Gillian McLauchlan                                           John Burbage,                                           



Other Committee Members


Noelle de Freitas,

David Crundell,

Denis O'Mahoney:



New Committee

Robert Slater and Tony Norton have come off the committee.  New to the committee are David Crundall and Denis O'Mahoney.



It is with great sadness that two of our members have recently died; Roy Oldfield and

John Haworth.  Roy was quite an active member in the past and was known to many members, particularly the older members of the 'club.  John  was of great value to the club as he led many enjoyable walks for us.



By the end of the period covered by this programme it will be time to pay your subscriptions for 2013-2014 so please don't put it off.  Send a cheque for £7 (payable to "St Francis of Assisi Catholic Ramblers Club") to Gillian McLauclan, 64 Pankhurst House, Du Cane Road, London W12 OUL.   Tel:020 8740 5507. Those who joined the Club for the first time after 31st July do not need to pay again at this time as their initial subscription takes them up October 2014.

Don't forget that subscriptions must be paid by 31st December 2013.




Secretary's Report 2013


The Club year began with the 82nd AGM and a committee was just able to be set up.  More people in the Club expressed an interest in receiving their quarterly newsletter by email;  at the present count this stands at 41 members.  At the current postage rate this represents a considerable saving of £2 per member on postage alone.


In January Father Peter was 'canonised' by being made a Canon of Westminster.  He had already been presented with some Italian wine in recognition of his 10 years of service as president of the Club.  Fortunately he has agreed to remain president whilst he remains as the parish priest of Saint Mary Moorfields.


In April Maurice, Catherine Scott and Carol Anley completed thier Camino to Santiago de Compostela and received their certificate of completion known as a 'Compostela' as proof of this.


In August several Club members went on the A & B Ecumenical Walking Pilgrimage from St Albans to Walsingham.  Francis led a walk from Ely to Downham Market and put details of this in the newletter as a Club ramble but unfortunately those coming out just for the day from London missed everyone else at Ely and were also too late to meet anyone at the lunch place.


Maurice Hickman



News and Forthcoming Events


Annual Reunion 2013

Many thanks to everyone who helped in so many ways to make our 2013 Reunion in St. Mary Moorfields another enjoyable occasion in the life of the club.

We are deeply grateful to Canon Peter Newby for the use of the hall with its excellent facilities and, in particular, for celebrating Mass for us at the end of the day.

Sincere thanks to those, not able to be with us, who sent in greetings and remembrances which were duly passed on. Thank you, too for the appreciative messages which were received after the event.  Renewed gratitude to all of you for your continued loyalty and support.  May the spirit of St. Francis be with us all.

God bless

Anne and Maureen.,


Christmas Mid-week Walks

Interested in a mid-week walk on a sunny day over Christmas and New Year?

Around 6 miles in the Redhill area.  If so ring the Hickmans - 01737 765231


Saturday 7th December 2013  - 3pm. to 5pm

German Christmas Market (Weihnachtsmarkt) at the German Y.M.C.A., Lancaster Hall Hotel, 35 Craven Terrace, London W2.

Hot lunches are served in the restaurant from 1pm. Also tea/coffee and traditional German cakes.

Tombola from 1.30 p.m.  The market opens at 3pm. - many beautiful Christmas handmade gifts, decorations, cards, candles, German specialities, stollen, lebkuchen and more.

The German Choir, London, will sing  'Weihnachtslieder.'


The nearest underground station is Lancaster Gate on the Central Line.

Directions:   Turn R out of station, cross Lancaster Terrace at the traffic lights,walk a short distance along Bayswater Road (Kensington Gardens on L), pass The Swan Pub, turn R at Lancaster Gate, keep straight on,  cross a little road (Brook Mews North) and into Craven Terrace.  You will see the YMCA  sign ahead of you.  It is about 8-10 mins. from station.


Further details if required from: Maureen Furlong Email;


Wednesday 11th December at 7pm - Carol Service - arrive early

A Carol Service for the suffering Church in Syria, this Christmas, (Aid to the Church in Need) will be held at St Mary Moorfields Church; 4-5 Eldon Street, London EC2M 7LS.  Nearest stations are Moorgate and Liverpool Street.   A traditional Service of Lessons and Carols with Solemn Benediction, sung by the Schola Cantorum of The London Oratory School with Festive refreshments following afterwards in the downstairs Hall.  Offertery donations will go to the Church.


To find out more and to register, please contact Mike Cowie on 020 8642 or visit You can email us on


Mid December - St Paul's Open House

Several members have asked if the Christmas lunches at St. Paul's are to take place this year. (It seems daytime is more suitable for some.)


Last year, owing to changes, late arrival  of menu etc. it was too difficult to arrange it in time.

However, this year, I  have been given a preliminary notice. At 'the time of going to press, I can only give  brief details as follows:


Three course Christmas lunch (starter, mains,and sweet) vegetarian options, with tea/coffee, mince pies, mints

L17.50  per head  or L16.50 if we have 10 or over.


If a sufficient number is interested, even to form a small group, I shall make a booking for the middle of December.

Please let me know

Maureen Furlong  For contact numbers, see the German Christmas Market notice in this programme... 

Saturday 18th January - New Year's Party

The New Year's Party will be held in the hall beneath St Mary Moorfield's Church in Eldon Street which is situated between Moorgate and Liverpool Street Stations. A vigil Mass will take place before the party at 6 pm.  Please bring items which you consider would make a worthwhile contribution to the raffle which will take place during the evening; we don't want a lot of very cheap items.  Please also bring food to share for the buffet.  The entrance fee will be £5.


Future Events


Future Events - Developments since the winter programme was printed

Saturday March 8th  -10.00am - 3.30pm- The Divine Life Revealed
This is a day conference exploring friendship, knowledge and life in Christ the Word of God.
This will be taking place at The Friary, Haslett Avenue West, Crawley RH10 1HR.  This is only 5 minutes walk from the train and bus stations.
The speaker is Fr. John Farrell OP, the Provincial of the Dominican Order and Theologian and National Speaker.
Talks - Q & A - Mass - Adoration - Reconcilation
email: or phone: 07975 845193
The conference is a donation only event and booking is not necessary.
Bring a packed lunch; teas and coffee provided.
This event is organised by the Wellspring Community in collaboration with the Arundel and Brighton Diocesan Jubilee.
Travel information
Meet Victoria at 0845 for 0902 train to Crawley (arrives 0948).  The fare
is £11.60 return with Network Card but Advance tickets can be had for as little as  £5 or £8 if purchased ahead of time. Maurice will meet people at Crawley train station.  



NB Maurice was planning to spend Easter at Hunstanton and Wells-next-the- Sea Youth Hostels. 


Unfortunately he has had to cancel this particular trip as  both the hostels he intended to go to are fully booked.  In place of it he is booking a long weekend at Elmham House which is the Pilgrim  Bureau in Walsingham.  Detailed arrangements are as follows:


Friday March 21st - Monday March 24th at Walsingham We shall leave by the 1044 train from Kings Cross to Kings Lynn, arriving at Kings Lynn at 1222 where we will stop for lunch before catching the 1345  bus from Kings Lynn bus station to Fakenham where we change on to the 1440 bus to Walsingham (arrives 1456).  On Monday we catch the 1010 bus and arrive in Kings Lynn at 1125. We have lunch and then catch the 1355 train back to London (arrives 1659 at Kings Cross)  We shall be staying at Elmham House on Friday, Saturday and Sunday night for bed breakfast at the Standard charge of £25.50 per night. The evening meal is £9.  Since there is a special 3 for 2 offer, we pay only £51 for the 3 nights. No soap or towels are provided for Standard nights. It is essential to telephone Elmham House first to verify there is still accommodation. They will send you a form to fill in and send back with a £5 deposit. Tel: 01328 830217   email:   Do your own booking but let Maurice know you are coming.


A&B Ecumenical Walking Pilgrimage

The pilgrimage in August 2014 will be from Liverpool to Carlisle via the Lake District and will be from Saturday 9th August to Sunday 24th of August 2014.  For more information go to:


Other Matters  Have you considered getting it by Email?

If you would like to receive your newsletter by email please let Maurice know.  It costs £2 a year per member in postage and about £300 in the printing to send out the newsletter. This may not be sustainable in the future.  Also it is difficult to get people to stand on the committee but if everything is on email it would save much time and money; also ramble information can be sent out nearer the time with up to date fares and train times.


Churches near Railway Stations


Cannon Street; Fenchurch Street; London Bridge

The English Martyrs, 26 Prescot Street. (Tower Hill)


Charing Cross      Corpus Christi, 1 Maiden Lane (Maiden Lane)


Euston; St Pancras; King's Cross

St Aloysius, Phoenix Road - off Eversholt Street (Somers Town)


Holborn    St Ethelreda's, Ely Place, Holborn Circus (Ely Place)


London Bridge   Our Lady of Salette & St Joseph, 14 Melior Street SE1


King's Cross

The Blessed Sacrament, 165 Copenhagen Street-off York Way (Copenhagen Street)



Our Lady of the Rosary, 2 11 Old Marylebone Road (Marylebone)


Victoria  Westminster Cathedral, Victoria Street



St Patrick's, 26 Cornwall 'Road, Waterloo (Diocese of Southwark)