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 Association

Programme of Rambles / Events for September to November 2010

(Items for the next programme by the end of October please)

This year the AGM will take place on Saturday 9th October at 4.15pm in St Mary Moorfields Church Hall 4 - 5 Eldon Street EC2M 7LS.  All the Club Secretaries and the Treasurer will make a report at this meeting and will follow the same formula used at past AGMs. As per the Club Constitution a chairman/woman will be elected to chair the meeting in the event that the president cannot attend the meeting. The one item on the agenda which should deeply concern all Club members who are at all worried about the Club's survival is the election of a new committee. 'No Committee No Club'

Below is a nomination form on which members can be nominated for membership of the committee.  Each nomination form must be signed by a person nominating a member, a person seconding the nomination and the person being nominated.  Forms that do not have all three signatures will not be presented to the AGM.

..............................cut along dotted line..................................................

sfacrc :  election of Committee for the Year 2010 - 2011

 nb Please return to: Maurice Hickman,  by 25th September 2010

If you wish to propose a motion you must ensure that it accords with the

provisions of the Constitution and send it to the same address to arrive by

Saturday 4th September 2010.

I wish to nominate..................................................for the position of (tick a box ):


                   Secretary      (   )                              Treasurer        (    )

Ramble List Compiler    (   )                    Committee Member    (   ) 


Proposer.......................................................(sign and print your name)

Seconder......................................................(sign and print your name)

Signature of Person nominated.........................................


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       


Secretary: Maurice Hickman,                                    Membership Secretaries

                                                                              Antoinette  Adkins,                                                                                                            Francis O'Sullivan


TreasurerGillian McLauchlan,                            Ramble List Compiler

                                                                               John Burbage,            


Committee Members                                                                                              

Carol Anley,

Maureen Cahalane,


News and Events for September to November 2010


It is very sad to announce the death of the following former members of the

Club; all of these were at one time very active members of the Club.


Pat Shanahan

Pat Shanahan died on 2nd June 2010.  A Memorial Mass for him will be held on Wednesday 1st September at 12 noon.  Details at


John Rowe

John Rowe died earlier this year.  He was at one time the treasurer of the Club.


Rosaleen Talbot

Rosaleen Talbot who was the wife of John Talbot who died some years ago.


Club WebsiteTony Finnegan has agreed to keep the Club website going. It includes many details about what is happening in the Club including photos taken of Club members by members themselves.  The address of the website

Ann Milner's Exploits

Ann Milner has been walking solo through Italy.  The latest news received by E-mail is that she has arrived in Citta di Castello.  She spent one rest day in Assisi and another in Valfabrica.


Farewell Denise Collilver, who for seven years was the manager of the Open House Project at St Pauls, Brentford left that position on 21st July, her 50th birthday.

Maureen Furlong has sent her a card on behalf of the Club with all our best wishes.


Club Reunion

The annual reunion this year is being organised by Esther Harris and will take place at Bunhill Row 15 Lamb's Passage EC1Y 8LE on Saturday 25th September from 12.30 onwards.  Bread and butter, plates, cups, tea, milk and sugar will be provided.  He/she who comes must, hopefully, provide the rest.  There will be a charge of £3 per head to cover a donation to Father Peter and other costs incurred.  At the meeting we will need to agree arrangements for the next holiday so any ideas you might like to investigate would be greatly appreciated.


Thursday 30th September Tour of Lambeth Palace- Friends of Westminster Cathedral

A guided tour of the historic Lambeth Palace, the London residence of the Archbishop of Canterbury.  Tickets £10 available from the Friends Office, Clergy House, 42 Francis Street, London SW1P 1QW.  Telephone 0207 798 9059.  The nearest tube to Lambeth Palace is Lambeth North on the Bakerloo Line( Helpline 0207 222 1234  Please congregate outside the main entrance to the Palace at 1045.


SATURDAY 9TH OCTOBER   AGM, Mass and 80th Anniversary Celebrations

This will take place at St Mary Moorfields Church, 4-5 Eldon Street (between Moorgate and Liverpool Street Stations).

Make a special note of this date in your diary.  It is important that members try to put in an attendance at the AGM.  At this meeting we shall be electing a new committee.  Members are invited to either get someone to nominate them or, with the agreement of the other member, to nominate someone else. The committee must consist of four ladies and four gentlemen.  A nomination form is on the front page.



The AGM will start at 4.15, with tea and coffee available beforehand.  The hall will be occupied by other people in the afternoon of this particular day so we shall not be able to get in until 3.45.  Hence the later start.



There will be a special concelebrated mass at 6pm with the chief celebrant being Bishop George Stack.  Gillian McLauchlan would welcome any help that members could give in planning the liturgy for this mass, including the hymns and bidding prayers.  Also readers and eucharistic ministers will be required.


80th Anniversary Meal - this includes a glass of wine!

The Anniversary meal will take place in the hall below the church after the mass from about 7pm onwards and Bishop Stack has been specially invited to attend.  The cost of the meal will be £15 and it will be prepared and cooked by the catering school who regularly use the hall premises to teach the art of cooking.  If you wish to come to this meal  please either give your full name and £15 to any member of the committee who you meet on any ramble on or before Sunday 26th of September or send a cheque for £15 to the treasurer, Gillian McLauchlan, 64 Pankhurst House, Du Cane Road, London W12 OUL  made out to 'St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Ramblers Club' to reach her by the end of September.  Please, however, if you definitely know that you will be coming to the meal do not wait until the end of September but make your payment as soon as possible.  The numbers to be catered for have to be known some time in advance for the caterers' benefit.  Also the caterers may need some money up front to make the food and wine purchases. 


Saturday November 13th. - Mass for Deceased Members

There will be a mass for the deceased members of the St Francis of Assisi Catholic Ramblers Club at 6pm.  A full list of deceased members will be handed out to all those present at this mass.  Those members who have died within the past year will be printed in red.


Walks programme, September 2010 – November 2010

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

Apology. Due to late notification of engineering works two rambles did not proceed as advertised. In cases such as these and where no replacement transport is provided an alternative walk may be available from the meeting point. We apologise to those who went directly to the arrival point.


Sunday 5th September( Map Ex 147)                   Leader: Paul Brunning 

MEET: Charing Cross 09.50 for 10.08 to Sevenoaks (arr.10.42).

LUNCH: The Woodman near Ide Hill (good food but a bit expensive).

TEA: Possibly at Sevenoaks

DISTANCE: 10 miles returning from Sevenoaks.

FARE: £6.15 return to Sevenoaks with Network card.


Sunday 12th September (Map LR 17                  Leader: Tony Finnegan

MEET: Marylebone 9 55 for 10 15 train to Gerrards Cross (Arr. 10 36)

LUNCH: The White Horse, Hedgerley. GR 970875. Does food at reasonable cost. There are seats nearby where self catering ramblers may eat their own but definitely no eating your own in the pub or the pub garden.

TEA: The Cricketers, Seer Green.

DISTANCE: 8 miles - returning from Seer Green. We hope to find blackberries ripe for picking in the afternoon so bring a plastic bag or margarine box.

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

This is the famous “Bramble Ramble” immortalised by Ossie Barrett.


Sunday 19th September(Landranger Map 167)         Leader: Carol Anley

MEET: Liverpool Street at 1010 for 1028 direct train to Sawbridgeworth(arr 1104).Those who wish to start with morning coffee at Herts & Essex Antiques Centre(Aladdin's cave of antiques),The Maltings,Station Rd (to right of station) catch 0955(Plat 4).Change at Harlow(arr Sawbridgeworth 1034 ).

LUNCH: The George,Little Hallingbury.

TEA: St James the Great church hall,Thorley.

DISTANCE: 8 miles returning from Bishops Stortford.Opportunity to try your hand at tenpin bowling.

FARE: £8.10 Bishops Stortford return with Network Railcard.

Carol will meet walkers at Sawbridgeworth.


Sunday September 26th (map LR186)               Leader: Henrietta van Zaelen

MEET : Waterloo at 09.00 for 09.15 train to Alton (arr. 10.35)

LUNCH : Selbourne - choose from a selection of pubs.

TEA : Possibly

DISTANCE : 13 miles, returning from Alton. Hilly in places.

FARE : £11.20 Antime return to Alton with Network Card.


Sunday 3rd October (Ex 122/123)                      Leader: Philip Groves

MEET: London Victoria at 8.30 for 08:47 train to Lewes (Arrive 09:58)

LUNCH: The Rose Cottage Inn, Alciston (excellent food)

TEA: Perhaps Alfriston

DISTANCE: 17 hilly miles

FARE: £16.53 CDR to Eastbourne including Network Card discount

NB Possible for walkers to take a train to or from Berwick not far from the pub if anyone wishes to do half the walk - the afternoon is the longest part (10 miles). We will be at the pub between 1.15 and 2.30 pm.


Sunday 10th October (Map LR 199)                              Leader: Robert Slater MEET: Charing Cross 0900 for 0923 train to St.Leonards, Warrior Square (arr 1059).Train calls at London Bridge 0931.

LUNCH: The Plough Inn, Crowhurst.

TEA: Battle.

DISTANCE: 10 miles returning from Battle.

FARE: £17.15 return to St.Leonards Warrior Square with Network Card.

Alternatively, enjoy the English Heritage family fun day in Battle. Annual re-inactment of Battle of Hastings 1066 et al. Tickets £11(£9.30 concessions).Train fare: £14.90 to Battle.  Join ramblers at end of day for usual refreshments.


Sunday October 17th (Map Ex 123)                 Leader: Maurice Hickman

MEET : Victoria at 0820 for 0847 train to Polegate (arr. 1011 )

LUNCH : (early lunch) Sussex Ox, Milton Street (home cooked food and good beer)

TEA : Polegate Windmill

DISTANCE: 12 miles, returning from Polegate

FARE: £15.25 with Network Card. From £5 single each way if bought in advance

               Hilly walk taking in the' Long Man of Wilmington'


Sunday 24th October (Map LR 179)               Leader: Penny Rivett

MEET: Paddington 10.25 for the 10.43 train to Pangbourne (arr 11.52)

LUNCH: Early lunch with a choice of pubs and cafes at Pangbourne.

TEA: Possibly Goring

DISTANCE: Afternoon walk of 9 gentle miles to Goring

FARE: £10.90 return from Goring & Streatley


Sunday 31st October (Map LR 179)    Leader: Maureen Cahalane

MEET: Victoria 08.45 for the 09.05 train to Birchington (arr 10.47)

LUNCH: A choice in Reculver

TEA: Herne Bay Wetherspoons

DISTANCE: 8 Level miles to Herne Bay. Return from Herne Bay

FARE: £18.10 return Birchington With Senior Rail Card 14.50. Check with Southeastern for cheaper fares. A second attempt at this gentle autumn seaside walk.


Sunday 7th November (Maps LR 166 & 153) Leader: Robert Slater

MEET: St.Pancras Domestic 0910 for 0932 to Harlington(arr.1020).

LUNCH: The Cross Keys, Pulloxhill (includes standard roasts at £5.75).

TEA: Flitwick.                 

DISTANCE: 11 miles returning from Flitwick.

FARE: £10.25 return to Flitwick with network card.

Hilly in morning (part of Chiltern Way). Robert is hoping to arrange a visit to the historic ‘de Grey’ Mausoleum (English Heritage) and church at Flitton in the afternoon.


Sunday 14th November (Map LR 165)           Leader : Tony Norton

MEET : 09.10 for 09.27 train to Wendover. NB Due to engineering work we will take the next available train to Wendover.if times are altered. Further details on Chiltern Railways website nearer the time.

LUNCH : The Plough, Lower Caddesdon

TEA : Unlikely

DISTANCE: 10 to 11 miles. Tony will tailor the walk to meet transport requirements and light.

FARE: £10.00 return to Wendover with Network Card.


Sunday 21st November (Maps Ex 161/ 146) Leader: Terry Dobson

MEET: Victoria 09:45 for 10:02 train to East Croydon (arr 10:21)

LUNCH: Coombe Lodge, Croydon (Lloyd Park tram stop is near)

TEA: The Good Companions, Hamsey Green (403 bus back to Croydon)

DISTANCE: 9.5 miles. Morning 4.5 miles. Afternoon to Hamsey Green 5.0 miles. Optional extension to Purley 3 miles

FARE: Travelcard for zones 1-6 £7.50 (discount available with Network card)


Sunday November 28th(Map Ex 146) Leader: Maurice Hickman

MEET : Victoria at 0910 for 0932 train to Redhill (arr. 1006)

LUNCH : Plough, Leigh

TEA : Garland, Redhill (Harvey's pub)

DISTANCE : 12 miles, returning from Redhill

FARE : £5.90 with Network Card

Mostly level pegging through park and farmland

Please note: LR  stands for Landranger  and Ex stands for Explorer



Evening Recital Sunday 5th September at 7.30

Harriet Dykes( a member of the club and a classically trained singer)and Anthea Fry(piano) are giving a recital of romantic songs and piano music at St Johns Church,Spencer Hill,off Worple Rd,Wimbledon SW19,on Sunday 5 September at 7.30pm.Tickets are £10(£7.50 concessions). The recital is in  aid of the charity Treetwist. All are welcome.


Additional Walks


If you fancy an occasional mid-week walk, then please contact Dorothy

Hickman Tel: 01737 765231




By the end of the period covered by this programme it will be time to pay

your subscriptions for 2010-2011 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. No.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 to October 2011.  As a means of reducing the work involved in the collection of subscriptions it would be very helpful if a Standing Order Form could be completed and returned to our treasurer Gillian at the fore-mentioned address.


Prayer for the Papal Visit to the UK  16th - 19th September 2010


God of truth and love, your Son, Jesus Christ, stands as the light to all who

seek you with a sincere heart.  As we strive with your grace to be faithful

in word and deed, may we reflect the kindly light of Christ and offer a witness of hope and peace to all.  We pray for Pope Benedict and look forward with joy to his forthcoming visit to our countries.  May he be a witness to the unity and hope which is your will for all people.  We make our prayer through Christ our Lord.  Amen

Our Lady, -Mother of the Church - pray for us.

St Andrew - pray for us.

St George - pray for us.

St David - pray for us.