St Francis of Assisi Catholic Rambler's Club

The Club is approved by the Archbishop of Westminster; affiliated to the Ramblers Assoc. 

Programme of Rambles and Events for March - May 2010

Items for the next programme by the end of April please 

Sunday 7th March                                                                                Leader: Paul Connolly

Meet: Liverpool Street Station at 09.10 for 09.35 train to Gidea Park (arr. 10.06)

Lunch: The Orange Tree, Havering Atte-Bower     Tea: ??

Distance: 10 miles returning from Chigwell (Central Line). Option to extend the walk 3 miles to Buckhurst Hill on request subject to the leader’s discretion.

Fare: Travelcard Zones1-6 £7.50, £5.00 with NC discount. Oyster Pay-as-You-Go can be used. Freedom Pass holders go free.

Paul will meet Ramblers at Gidea Park

Sunday 14th March (Landranger Map 187)                                            Leader: John Burbage 

Meet: Victoria at 09.00 for 09.22 to Oxted (arr. 10.03) (09.13 from London Bridge meets train at East Croydon)

Lunch: The Bull Inn, Chelsham Common

Tea: Wetherspoons, George Street, Croydon

Distance: 13 miles with hills. Returning from East Croydon.

Fare: £8.50, £5.70 with discount to Oxted

Sunday 21st March (Landranger Map 197)                                        Leader: Maurice Hickman

Meet: Victoria at 0855 for 0917 train to Arundel (arr. 1041)

Lunch: Maypole Inn, Yapton (good beer and food)

Tea: Arundel, if possible

Distance: 11 miles, returning from Arundel (fairly flat and river %u2028walk in afternoon)

Fare: £15 with Network Card, £10 Southern Daysave ticket booked online. %u2028%u2028 

Sunday 28th March Leader:                                                                  John & Marta Haworth

Meet: Charing Cross 0925 for 0945 train to Petts Wood (arr. 1020)

Lunch: The White Cross, North Cray (Pub only accepts cash) %u2028 

Tea: possibly at Hall Place          Distance: 10 Miles returning from Bexley%u2028 

Fare: Travelcard Zones1-6 £7.50, £5.00 with NC discount. Oyster Pay-as-You-Go can be used. Freedom Pass holders go free.


Good Friday 2nd April (Landranger Map 176)                                       Leader: Tony Finnegan


Meet: Marylebone 8 10 for 8 24 train to Seer Green (Arr. 8 50)

Lunch: The White Horse, Hedgerley. Does food at reasonable cost. There are seats nearby where self catering ramblers may eat their own.

Tea: The Ethorpe, very close to Gerrards Cross Station

Distance: 9½ miles, returning from Gerrards Cross.

Church Service: We will be attending the Good Friday service in the Carmelite Church at Gerrards Cross. If you do not wish to do the walk but would like to attend the service you can get a later train to Gerrards Cross and walk (30 minutes) to the Church. The 12 30 train from Marylebone arrives at 13 06 in good time to get to the Church while there are seats available for the service. The Church is on Austenwood Lane (right out of the station, left at the main road and left onto Austenwood Lane).

Fare: £7.45 “Anytime Day Return” Marylebone to Seer Green or £4.50 from Boundary Zone 6, both with Network Card discount.

Easter Monday 5th April                                                                            Leader: Tony Norton

Meet: Marylebone 0910 for 0930 train to Sear Green (arr 1006)

Lunch: Selection of pubs in Aylesbury  

Tea: Possibly the Quaker Meeting House

Distance: 13 Miles returning from Seer Green

Fare: £7.45 “Anytime Day Return” Marylebone to Seer Green or £4.50 from Boundary Zone 6, both with Network Card discount

Sunday 11th April (Landranger map 166)                                                Leader: Robert Slater

Meet : Kings'Cross 0910 for 0926 train to Hertford North(arr1008) %u2028 

Lunch : Papillon(The Woodhall Arms),Stapleford         

Tea : Hertford 

Distance: 11 miles returning from Hertford North   

Fare: £6.60 with Network Card

Robert will meet walkers at Hertford North

Sunday 18th April                                                                                         Leader Helen Hunt

Meet: Victoria 09.50 for 10.03 train to Aylesford Arrive 11.18 (two changes)

Lunch: Kings Arms Boxley (grid ref 774 590) Pub does good food. Seats opposite for those who wish to eat their own.

Tea: The Malta Inn

Distance: 10 miles Returning from Aylesford. ( Steep hill in afternoon)

Fare: £10.10 OPR Aylesford from Victoria. £5.55 from Zone 6 boundary, both with Network Card, Freedom Pass holders.

Sunday 25th April                                                                                     Leader: Paul Brunning

Meet: Charing Cross 0950 for 1008 train to Orpington (arr 1030)

Lunch: The Queens Head, Downe

Distance: 9.5 easy miles returning from Orpington

Fare: Travelcard Zones1-6 £7.50, £5.00 with NC discount. Oyster Pay-as-You-Go can be used. Freedom Pass holders go free.

May Day Holiday - 3rd May (Landranger Map 165) Leader: Robert Slater


Meet: Euston 0930 for 0953 train to Tring(arr 1029)

Lunch: The Traveller's Rest, Edlesborough(outside village)

Tea: The Monument Visitor Centre, Ashridge Estate and/or Aldbury

Distance: 11 miles returning from Tring. Hilly but manageable walk.

Fare: £ 8.50 return from Tring with NC discount

(Robert will meet ramblers at Tring.)

Sunday 9th May Leader: Witold Sokolowski


Meet: Waterloo 0910 for 0942 train to Teddington (arr 1015)

Lunch: Pembroke Lodge & local Richmond pubs Tea: Wimbledon Windmill

Distance: 9 miles through Richmond Park and Wimbledon Common.

Fare: Travelcard Zones1-6 £7.50, £5.00 with NC discount. Oyster Pay-as-You-Go can be used. Freedom Pass holders go free.

Sunday 16th May Leader: Paul Connolly


Meet: Fenchurch Street Station 0920 for 0940 train to Pitsea (arr 1019)

Lunch: Leigh on Sea Old Town. Numerous pubs and cafes in fishing village.

Tea: Benfleet

Distance: 10 easy miles with one short climb to Hadley Castle. Fine views over the Thames Estuary.

Fare: £9.60 return from Benfleet, £6.35 with NC discount. £3.75 from Zone 6 with NC discounts.

Paul will meet ramblers at Gidea Park

Sunday 23rd May (Explorer Map 174) Leaders Virginia & Roger Yelland 


Meet: Stratford at 09.20 for 09.45 train to Enfield Lock (arr 10.04). Train calls at Tottenham Hale (Victoria Line) at 0955.

Lunch: The Duke of Wellington, Wellington Hill, High Beech. (TQ408 985). Good Ale & Food. Plenty of seats outside if you bring your own food.

Tea: Waltham Abbey (adjacent to historic Abbey). Choice of Tea shops and Pub.

Distance: 13.5 miles out of the Lee Valley, through Epping Forest and the Forest “Buffer Lands” estates, and down to the Lee Valley, returning from Cheshunt.

Fare: £7.70 OPR Stratford to Cheshunt (NC: £5.10); from Boundary Zone 6: £3.20 OPR (NC £2.25).

Bank Holiday Monday 31st May (Landranger Map 165) Leader: Tony Norton 


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

Lunch: Selection of pubs in Wendover      Tea: No time for tea

Distance: 19 miles returning from Great Missenden. Classic Chilterns walking.

Fare: £7.90 OPR to Great Missenden, £5.30 with Network Card discount


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,


Publicity Co-ordinator

Robert Slater,

Committee Members                                                                            

Carol Anley,

Maureen Cahalane,


Many Thanks 

Helen Hunt and Tony Finnegan have asked me to pass on their deep appreciation for the many messages they have received both from individual members of the Club and on the card signed by a large number of members.  They were astounded and delighted with the totally unexpected presentation of theatre vouchers which they will very much enjoy using. Thank you very much to everybody.


Mike Hoffman R.I.P.

I am deeply saddened to have to announce the death of Mike Hoffman who was a much loved member of the Club.  His death is even more distressing considering it happened so suddenly. It happened on Sunday 7th of February.  He had once served on the Club committee and until his death was an auditor for the Club.  He was a fairly active member of the Club and had come along on many holidays organised by Club members.  He will be greatly missed.


Mother of Paul Brunning R.I.P.

I'm sorry to announce the death of Paul Brunning's mother who died on 20th January.


We are sorry to announce the death of Philip Grove's father who died last year

We are sorry to announce the death of Jacqui Twining who died last October.  She was a Club member in the early years of the last decade and some members remember out on some of the short walks led by Club members

"We are sorry to report the death of Maureen Dunne, mother of Anne Dunne, who died peacefully in hospital on 19th of August last following a serious deterioration in her health.

Anne would like to extend her warmest thanks to the Ramblers who attended the funeral and especially to those who read bidding prayers.  The thoughtfulness of other ramblers in sending Mass cards and sympathy was also greatly appreciated at a difficult time.  Maureen had a genuine regard for the St Francis Ramblers, attending some Club Social Events and enjoying the company of members at her 80th and 85th birthday celebrations.  May she rest in peace.  Deo Gratias."


We are sorry to announce the death of Owen Short who died on the 15th of February in Worthing this year.  He was a member of the Club in the 50s.  His funeral will not be until the first week of March. 



The Venue is the Franciscan Capuchin Centre of Our Lady of the Angels Church, Carlton Road (off Bexley Road), Erith and a Capuchin Friar, Brother (Father) Michael Pooley will lead the day's reflections. 


Time:  The day will begin at 11am with coffee/tea and biscuits before the first talk starts at 11.30.  Confessions will be available.


Getting there: there is a train from London Bridge at 1011 which gets to Erith (Zone 6) at 1042. (Four trains an hour and also some slower trains from Victoria.)  On arriving at Erith, exit the station without crossing the railway and take the 229 bus from Bus Stop B on the opposite side of the road.  Get off at Our Lady of the Angels Church, Bexley Road.  For a street map showing how to reach Our Lady of the Angels, Google 'Our Lady of the Angels, Erith'


Cost: £8 towards the cost of booking the Centre for the day.  Tea and coffee will be provided but please bring your own food to eat at lunchtime.  Please make cheques payable to St Francis of Assisi Catholic Ramblers Club and send them to Gillian McLauchlan (address on committee list on previous page of this newsletter) but since there is no food order you can pay on the day if preferred.


Mass: Those who want to can join the Parish Vigil Mass which is at 5.30pm.

After Mass:  Those who wish to could go for a meal together somewhere.

Details of Holidays and other Events


Holiday Accommodation and Holidays


One of our members Philip Groves is offering Club Members a 25% discount on normal prices for a stay at one of his 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


Simon and Monica Cunningham gave Tony Finnegan details of self-catering and bed and breakfast accommodation which they are offering to walkers and cyclists in the beautiful Abruzzo region of Italy.  If any Club members wish to go there please contact them through their website:  http:/


Walking the Le Puy Route in France

Accommodation will be mainly in the shared accommodation of Gites.  We shall leave by Eurostar on the morning of 1st April to arrive at Moissac at 1920 pm. We will spend two nights there.  We shall also have rest days at Lectoure, Aire sur l'Adour, and Orthez which is our final stop.  We get the 0748 train from Orthez on 17th April arriving Paris at 1741.  Finally we get the 2113 train back to London, arriving in London St Pancras at 2229 hours.  Of course some people are not so environmentally friendly and are choosing to fly!


Holiday in the Ribble Valley and Lancaster

(Monday August 9th to Friday morning August 20th)

Staying at Whalley Abbey (5 nights) and the University of Cumbria in Lancaster (6nights).

Visiting Stoneyhurst College, Ladyewell and some of the many places of Catholic history in these areas.  Part walking (up to 8 miles) and part sightseeing.  If interested please ring

Dorothy Hickman for details.


Arundel &Brighton Ecumenical Walking Pilgrimage - St David's Pilgrimage

(Saturday 14th August to Sunday 29th August)

Each year the Diocese of Arundel & Brighton organises and ecumenical walk to a place, shrine or area exploring a particular theme or aspect of our faith and Christian heritage.  The pilgrims stop at a pub for lunch and sleep on the floors of church, school or community halls.  Every effort is made to walk on footpaths and not on roads.  This year the walk starts at Cardigan and goes via the Ceredigion Coastal Path to Aberystwyth and then inland to Carmarthen and on to St David's.  There is a rest day at Aberystwyth, Carmarthen and St David's. Maurice will be walking out the day from Llanon to Aberystwyth along the coastal path in May staying at a B&B.  Anyone is welcome to join him.  Francis O'Sullivan will be leading the day after Aberystwyth.  For more information and a booking form go to



Parish Events at St Mary Moorfields, Eldon Street for 2010

A few Club members attend these events which are organised for the parishioners of St Mary Moorfields.  Location - between Moorgate and Liverpool Street Stations.


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

Tuesday 30th March, 6.30pm - Lenten meditation with soloist

Monday 28th June, 7.00pm - The Eve of the Solemnity of Saints Peter and Paul.  Mass followed by a reception in the Hall.


Mass at St Joseph's Redhill for Mike Hoffman followed by Walk


Mass at St Joseph's, Redhill at 10am for Mike Hoffman.  Probable date 27th March.  It will be followed by a short walk on Reigate Hill.  Lunch at the kiosk at Reigate Hill car park.

Distance about 6 miles.  Ring the Hickmans on 01737 765231 from the 20th March to check whether the date of the Mass has been changed. The train to catch is the 0902 from Victoria,


Open House at St Paul's Brentford on Easter Tuesday - see back sheet


Advanced Notice - Egyptian Evening in Hitchin


On Friday 23rd April, an evening taste of the orient can be had at the Our Lady & St Andrew Parish Hall!


We are putting on an evening of Egyptian food, music and dance in aid of the Parish Virtual Village project.  (The Virtual Village is being 'built' using gifts such as 'Teach Someone to Read', 'Vegetable Garden' and others from the CAFOD World Gifts catalogue). 


The evening will be from 19:30 to 22:30, cost will be no more than £10 which will include food (BYOB). There will be a performance by a popular Raqs Sharqi (Egyptian) Dance group and an opportunity to get up and bop.  Come and learn to 'shimmy like your sister Kate'!


For more information about this event contact Robert Slater - for contact details see list of committee members.


Thursday 6th May - ECHA Visit to the Friars', Aylesford


ECHA (English Catholic History Association) are visiting the Friars', Aylesford.  Refreshments in the lovely tea barn.  There is also a pottery and shop.  Mass at 12.00 noon.  Guided tour at 2.30pm.  The Friars' is 25 mins walk from Aylesford Station (from Charing Cross) or catch 155 bus (hourly) from Maidstone East Station (from Victoria).  Ring Barbara Bridle (01689-827656) for an application form giving cost and programme for the day - available end of March.