St Francis of Assisi Catholic Rambler's Club


                       (The Club is approved by the Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster 

                               Affiliated to the Ramblers Association and HF Holidays) 


Programme of Rambles / Events for Summer 2014

(Items for the next list by the end of July please)


Sunday 1st June (OS map 178)                             Leader: Paul Connolly

Meet : Fenchurch Street 0920 for 09.40 train to Pitsea (arr 1019). The train calls West Ham at 0949 (Jubilee and DLR services) but you must buy your ticket in advance as there are no mainline ticket office or machines there.

Lunch : Leigh on Sea old town - plenty of options

Tea : Maybe at Benfleet

Distance: 11 miles returning from Benfleet - level in the morning and tide permitting a chance to visit Two Tree Island on the way. After lunch we visit Hadleigh Country Park before dropping down into Benfleet

Fare Guide: £7.50 CDR Benfleet with Network Card discount

Please Note: Paul will meet the ramblers at Pitsea.


Sunday 8th June (Explorer Map 146)                      Leader: Maurice Hickman

Meet: Victoria at 0940 for 1002 train to Coulsdon South (Z6) (arr. 1026)

Lunch: The Woolpack, Banstead (expected arrival about 12.30)

Tea: Fanny's Farm Shop

Distance: 12 miles, returning from Merstham (option of extra 3 miles to Redhill)

Fare: £6.75, returning from Merstham or £7.25 returning from Redhill. Return fare from Z6 to Merstham £2.40.  Oyster card usable on 405 bus which calls at  West Croydon, Coulsdon South, Merstham and Redhill.


Sunday 15th June (Explorer Map 174). Leaders Roger and Virginia Yelland.

A visit to the new Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park and the Olympic Rivers.

Meet: Bromley by Bow (District Line: Z2): at 09.40 for a 10am SHARP departure.

Lunch: The Princess of Wales (Youngs) (TQ35866), beside the Lea Navigation, but also alongside Lea Bridge Road with easy access by bus. .   

Tea: possibly at our house, or possibly elsewhere!%u2028Distance: 9-10 miles at an easy pace. We will begin with the Three Mills and the Olympic Park, spending up to one hour walking through it [some walkers may choose to remain and explore the Park, returning from Stratford which is adjacent to the park]. The walk then leaves the Park and continues along the Olympic rivers through the Lea Valley to reach the location where A.V. Roe became the first person to fly over British soil (a piece of aviation history). Then returning, refreshed after lunch, along the western perimeter of the Park. We finish in a wood near Mile End station (Z2).


For a photographic preview (won’t be complete until a week or two before the walk!) follow this link, or ask and we can email the link to you.

Saturday 21st June     (Landranger Map 166)             Leader: John Dean

A joint walk with Mid Herts Catholic Ramblers

Meet: Kings Cross Station 10.20 for the 10.41 train to Welwyn Green (arr. 11.14)

Lunch: Crooked Billet, Colney Heath

Distance: 7 level miles.                               

Fare: £3.95 return with Network Card

Note: John will meet the walkers at Welham Green


Sunday 29th June (Landranger Map 164)                   Leader: Francis O’Sullivan

Meet: Grosvenor Gardens ‘Oxford Tube’ bus stop 8.50 for the 9.05 bus to Thornhill Park and Ride. The bus stop is across the road from Victoria Station. (Arr. 10.30 approx subject to traffic). The bus also has pick-up points at Notting Hill Gate, Shepherds Bush and Hillingdon.

Lunch: The Three Horseshoes, Garsington

Tea: Possibly

Distance: 14 miles.

Fare: £18 return, £13 for over 60s. Pay the driver or book on-line.


Sunday 6th July (Landranger Maps 153 & 166)         Leader: Robert Slater

Meet: St. Pancras International at 9.20 for 9.40 train to Flitwick (arr. 10.40).(A stopping train from Brighton)

Lunch: The Cross Keys, Pulloxhill. Good meals at reasonable prices.

Tea: Carpenters Arms, Harlington where walk finishes.

Distance: 13 miles. Some manageable hills in the afternoon

Fare: £7.90 return to Flitwick with Network Railcard.%u2028Note. Robert will meet walkers at Flitwick. 


Sunday 13th July (OS map 167 )                                             Leader: Paul Connolly

Meet : Liverpool Street 09.24 for 09.44 train to Rochford (arr 10.46). You can pick up the train at Stratford at 09.51

Lunch : Plough & Sail, Paglesham

Tea : Rochford

Distance : 11 mostly level miles

Fare : £9.70 cdr Rochford with Network Card discount%u2028Note: Paul will join the group en route to the start.


Sunday 20th July (Explorer Map 147)                                      Leader: Paul Brunning

Meet: Victoria 09.10 for 09.28 train to Otford (arr. 10.27)

Lunch: The Bull. Otford..

Tea: Possibly

Distance: 9.5 miles, returning from Otford

Fare Guide: Anytime return Otford £7.40 with Network Card

Note: Paul will join group en route.


Sunday 27th July (Explorer Map135)                                      Leader: John Burbage

A trip through the High Weald and Ashdown Forest with a visit to Pooh Sticks Bridge.

Meet: East Croydon 09.00 for the 09.15 train to Ashurst (arr. 09.57). Connecting train leaves Victoria 08.53 (East Grinstead via Oxted) and walkers can change at East Croydon or Oxted.

Lunch: The Anchor Inn, Hartfield. Good selection of food and bar snacks at reasonable prices.

Tea; The Huntsman Pub, Eridge - right beside the platform.

Distance: 14 miles to through forest and heathland with stunning views. Hilly in places.

Fare: £6.10 return (£8.10 from Victoria) from Eridge Station with Network Card.


Sunday 3rd August     (Explorer Map  123)                 Leader: Maurice Hickman

Meet : Victoria at 0920 for 0947 train to Eastbourne (arr. 1109)

Lunch: Tiger Inn, East Dean

Tea: Birling Gap (if still possible, otherwise at Beachy Head)

Distance: 12 miles, returning from Eastbourne%u2028There are some steep climbs on this walk in the morning and afternoon. Can join or leave at lunch by bus from/ to Eastbourne.. Buses leave from outside the station.

Fare: £18.05 with Network Card (£14.45 from Zone 6). Southern offer a number of advanced fares via the internet from £5 one way. Book early.


Sunday 10th August                                                   Leader: Penny Rivett

Meet: Waterloo Station 09.30 for 09.48 train to Teddington (SWT) (arr. 10.21)

Lunch: Tilt Yard Restaurant, Hampton Court (no entrance fee required). Alternatively bring packed lunch to enjoy in the surrounding gardens.

Tea: Bushey Park

Distance: 8-9 gentle miles returning from Teddington.

Fare: £6.45 return Teddington £5.00 using off-peak Travelcard/ Oyster Zone 6 both with Network card.

Penny will meet ramblers at Teddington


Sunday 17th August (Landranger Map 165)                           Leader: Paul Connolly

Meet: Marylebone 09.50 for the 10.12 train to Wendover.(arr.11.00)

Lunch: Tring. Choice of pubs and cafes available.

Tea: Wendover

Distance: 12 miles. The morning is hilly but the afternoon is mainly on the level.

Fare: £10.75 with Network Card (£4.90 from Zone 6) 


Sunday 24 August                                         Leaders Virginia & Roger Yelland.

(Explorer Map 174: but better is the dedicated map of Epping Forest produced by OS for the Corporation of London).

Meet: (with the leaders) at Liverpool St at 09.05 for 09.33 train to Chingford (Z5)(arr 09.59) For some it may be better to join the train at Walthamstow Central (Victoria Line Z3)(09.48).

Lunch: The Duke of Wellington, Wellington Hill, High Beech, Epping Forest. (TQ408 985). Good Ale & Food. Plenty of seats outside if you bring your own food. Well liked the last time we walked here.

Tea: Chingford.

Distance: 9-10 miles through the western and southern parts of Epping Forest. Including Hawk Wood, Gilwell Park, High Beach Visitors Centre, Debden Slade and Qvist's Oak.%u2028Fare: £8.90 day return (NC & SR: £7.15). As Chingford is in Zone 5 there will be no charge for Freedom pass holders.


Sunday 31st August (Landranger Map 166)             Leader: Robert Slater

Meet: King's Cross 09.00 for 09.23 to Hitchin (arr. 09.52)

Lunch: The Raven, Hexton.%u2028Tea: Hitchin. Expect new Wetherspoons to be in operation by then.

Distance: 15 miles. Some manageable hills.

Fare: £7.90 with Network Railcard.Returning from Hitchin.

Robert will meet ramblers at Hitchin. Mobile no:07780 599922


Programme Notes:

Epping Forest (21miles): sometime between June and the end of September Roger Yelland will lead the Epping 21 again, on a Saturday. One or two friends will join me. It would be great if some club members were with us. Chingford to Chingford. 21 miles, Brisk pace, but time for a glass of ale at The Forest Gate Inn at Bell Common (Camra), and possibly elsewhere also. Call Roger on 07910 358646 to book your place.


Sunday 26th October 2014: Day of Recollection at the Poor Clare's Convent at Arkley. Organised by the Secular Franciscan Order. Call Roger Yelland on 07910 358646 for details. Transport will be provided from High Barnet station.


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:




AGM Motion -Advanced Notice

The committee agreed at their last (February meeting) to put forward a motion at the next

AGM to the effect that those receiving their quarterly programmes by email should pay

£2 less annual subscription to reflect the extra cost in postage of sending programmes out by post.  If this measure is voted through it will not come into effect until the Club year of 2015/2016.


Club Reunion

It is hoped to hold the annual club Social Gathering and Reunion on a Saturday afternoon  towards the end of September 2014.

Details will be sent with the next programme.


News and Forthcoming Events 


Requiescat in Pace

Paul Connolly's father died recently.  Please remember him in your prayers.


Margaret Glass R.I.P.

It is with much sadness that we have to announce the death of MARGARET GLASS R.I.P.


Margaret joined the Club in 1971 and until the last year or two, was a regular rambler, walking most Sundays and joining in all the activities organised by the Club over the years. Older members will have memories of Margaret in the 70s, 80s & 90s and more recently at the HF holidays;  in Bruges;  at Hawkestone  Hall in 2005 celebrating the 75th Anniversary of the Club, and many other social events.

When it was noticed that Margaret was not out on any walks or attending any functions, friends tried to contact her but there was no reply to calls etc. and we did not have any contact.


However, in February last, Catherine, Margaret's niece, having found the 'Reunion letter' in Margaret's flat, wrote, from Scotland, to tell us that Margaret had died on 11th November 2013 and explaining the situation.


Margaret fell at home on 25th March 2013 and broke her hip. She underwent a number of operations before being moved to a Rehabilitation Clinic close to her flat. Unfortunately, she never regained the ability to walk and went into a nursing home where she remained until Catherine took her up to Scotland on 5th November. Sadly, she died there a few days later.


Catherine wrote that she knew that the Rambling Club was a huge part of Margaret's social life and that she has many photos of her aunt's trips


We have thanked Catherine for her letter and assured her of our prayers and remembrance of Margaret.  Several members have already had Mass offered for her. May she now rest in the Eternal Kingdom.




Spirit in the City Festival (Wednesday 11th - Saturday 14th June)

This is a celebration of Catholic Faith in the heart of London.  Four London churches are

taking part in this:  Our Lady of the Assumption and St. Gregory near Piccadilly Circus,

St Patrick's Soho Square, Corpus Christi Maiden Lane and Notre Dame de France in Leicester Square.  For more information about these events visit their website:

or phone: 020 7440 2663 or email:  Maurice has volunteered to help

with the event on Saturday 14th in Leicester Square Gardens which lasts from 12.00 pm  to 8.00 pm.  Leaflets on the event may also be picked up at any of the churches listed above.


SPIRIT IN THE CITY       Prayer to the Holy Spirit

Like the Apostles, we pray that the Holy Spirit will come into

our lives, and set us on fire with true apostolic zeal.


Come Holy Spirit, great Paraclete, we adore you

As you descended on the day of Pentecost;

On the Mother of Jesus and on his first disciples,

Grant that we may participate in those gifts,

which you communicated so wonderfully,

and with so much mercy and generosity.


O come Holy Spirit, that we may be

encouraged to follow your call, and

be guided by your holy inspirations.


O Holy Spirit, you are the Giver of every good

and perfect gift.  Grant us your guidance and

protection for the 'Spirit in the City' events.

We ask you to prepare our hearts and of

those we will encounter during these days.

May your will be done in us and through us.

May you be praised and glorified for evermore!  Amen. 


2014 Friday 25th July - St James's Day- Patronal Mass at St James's, Spanish Place, 7pm-9pm

 Feast of Saint James the Apostle in Spain Date

‎Many people in Spain celebrate the life and deeds of James, son of Zebedee, on Saint James' Day (Santiago Apostol), which is on July 25. Saint James was one of Jesus' first disciples. Some Christians believe that his remains are buried in Santiago de Compostela in Spain. This “Tribute” Mass will also be shared with The Confraternity of Saint James which exists to give advice about the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela; as well as other catholic walking groups.  St James's Roman Catholic Church Spanish Place, 22 George St, London W1U 3QY Telephone: 020 7935 0943.