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 Ramblers Association. Website:


Programme of Rambles I Events for September to November 2011

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


This year the AGM will take place on Saturday 15th October at 4 pm 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.

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NB Please return to: Maurice Hickman,  by 30th September 2011

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 10th September 2011.

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


                     Secretary      ()

Ramble List Compiler ( )


         Treasurer        ()

Committee Member ( )


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

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

Signature of person nominated ..........................................................


 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,           


Secretary: Maurice Hickman,                       Membership Secretaries

                                                                       Antoinette Adkins,                                                                                               Francis O'Sullivan, 


Treasurer: Gillian McLauchlan.                     Ramble List Compiler          

                                                                       John Burbage, 

Publicity Co-ordinator

Paul Brunning,     


Committee Members                     

Barbara Bridle,

Maureen Cahalane,


News and Events - Autumn 2011 Joan Chapman R.I.P.

I am sorry to have to announce the death of Joan Chapman. She was a likeable, friendly, mild mannered and good natured person. She died on the 13th of May and her funeral was on the 16th of June at Christ the Eternal Priest, Gidea Park.

Compostella Walk

Last Spring 5 intrepid Club members completed the journey from Orthez in France to Burgos in Spain. We now have only 316 miles to cover to reach Santiago de Compostella. Photos taken on

 this journey can be viewed on the Club website:

Westminster Record

The St Francis of Assisi Catholic Ramblers Club has been given a full page spread on the back of

the August edition of the Westminster Record and is very well worth reading. Copies can be

obtained from Westminster Cathedral and other churches in the Westminster Diocese. Each paper costs 20p so why not buy several copies to give away to friends or relatives who may be interested. In this way you can help to promote the Club still further.

A&B Ecumenical Walking Pilgrimage

The Arundel and Brighton Ecumenical Walking Pilgrimage this year runs from 13th to 28th of August. Five members of the Club, Maurice, Francis, Catherine, Carol and Henrietta, are going on this pilgrimage. Maurice, Francis and Henrietta are leading some of the walking days. Photos of each of the days walks can be viewed at the end of each day on the internet at:

Annual Reunion - Saturday 24th September

The Annual Club Reunion for all members both past and present will be held at St Mary Moorfields, Eldon St. EC2M 7LS on Saturday 24th September 2011 at 12.30pm. No booking required. This is a great opportunity for the sharing of news, socialising and, no doubt, reminiscing. Please bring and item or two of food so that we can partake of a light buffet lunch. Bread, tea, coffee etc. & disposable table ware will be provided. If further info. is required please ring Maureen. 

Treasures of Heaven 1 & The Way Friday 30th September.

Meet Robert Slater at 2pm at the main entrance of the British Museum, Great Russell Street, London WC1 (nearest tube station Russell Square) for the favourably reviewed exhibition entitled Treasures of Heaven covering saints, relics and devotion in Medieval Europe. Entrance fee £12. Tickets on door although booking may be advisable.Tel,no.0207 3238181.

In addition, starting at 6.30pm at the British Museum on the same day is the showing of the film The Way, starring Martin Sheen and James Nesbitt. The Camino de Santiago de Compostella (The Way of St James) is taken for many reasons. The film tells the touching story of Tom who walks down The Way in memory of his son who tragically died on his travels. The tickets are £3 on the door although there will be some free tickets available shortly before the start.


Beyond the WAY


After the film you may wish to stroll to Wetherspoons, Penderel's Oak, 283-288 High Holborn, WC1, for a meal or just a drink while discussing what you have seen.


Annual Newman Pilgrimage - Saturday 8th October

The Annual Newman Pilgrimage to Littlemore will take place on Saturday 8th of October with Mass at 12 noon at the Church of Blessed Dominic Barberi, Littlemore. That same evening will also be the Night Walk from Oxford to Littlemore and Newman's reception into the Church the next day.

For further information ring: 01865 779743

Annual General Meeting - Saturday 15th October -


On this day, hopefully, the Club will be electing a new committee. If you have not served on the Club committee before please give it serious consideration. The future of the Club depends upon it. Remember no committee no Club. The front page contains a nomination form. The AGM will start at 4pm with tea and coffee available beforehand. The AGM will be followed by Mass at 6pm.

Annual Mass for Deceased Members – Saturday 12th November There will be a Mass for Deceased Members of St Francis of Assisi Catholic Ramblers Club at 6pm. A full list of the 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.



By the end of the period covered by this programme it will be time to pay your subscriptions for 2011-2012 so please don't put it off. Send a cheque for £7 (payable to "St Francis of Assisi catholic Ramblers Club") to Gillian McLauchlan. 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 2012.




Sunday 4th September Leader: Paul Brunning

MEET: Victoria 09.20 for the 09.28 train to Eynesford (Kent) (arr. 10.25). LUNCH: The Crown Shoreham - good food, well worth the wait.

TEA: Possibly at Shoreham Museum

DISTANCE: 10 miles, returning from Shoreham

FARE: £6.00 return from Shoreham with Network Card.

Note: Leader may join train en route.

Saturday' 10th September - SPECIAL RAMBLE IN FRANCE Leader: Philip Groves


MEET: 7.15 am sharp in each case with drivers as follows:

1: Philip Groves Canary Wharf tube station (go out via main ticket office

concourse, turn up steps to your right, past All bar One on your left, and wait at small layby at top of steps).

2. John Burbage Will pick up from Victoria or Northern Line U/G station by arrangement

Lunch: Le Retour des Flobards, Audresselles, main dishes from around 8 euro (£7) Tea Stop: Wissant

Around 14 miles, cliff walking, sandy beaches and some minor hills with possible views of the

White Cliffs of Dover

The evening meal will be in Calais (around 18 euro) before we take our return shuttle at 22:20

local time - arrival back in London around 23 hrs, at same meeting point.

SHARED COST PER PERSON FOR RETURN TRAVEL TO FRANCE £20 (based on 4 people sharing a car). Please book your place and arrange payment with your driver of choice.

NOTE: It is also possible for anyone to offer an additional car or to travel independently on the day

or to join us at the start of the walk. If so please try and let the leader know in advance so he can

look out for you.

Sunday 18 September (Landranger Map 176) Leaders: Mary Lydon & Mary McHugh

MEET: Uxbridge Station (Piccadilly Line) at 1040 for 11.00 start to walk to Iver. LUNCH: The Swan at Iver (pub with garden). the pub does a good selection of food at various

prices. Vegans and vegetarians welcome. (Benches nearby to eat your own.)

TEA: Cowley Lock

DISTANCE: 8 miles. Walk begins and ends in Uxbridge.

A leisurely walk partly by the Grand Union Canal and River Colne.

PS Telephone number in case of query: 07964174438. Menu available on the internet:

Sunday 25th September (Landranger Map 167) Leader: Robert Slater

Meet: Liverpool Street 09.10 for 09.28 train to Sawbridgeworth (arr 10.04) Lunch: Sir John Houblon, Bedlars Green, Great Hallingbury.

Tea: Hatfield Forest. Visitors centre by lake in medieval royal hunting forest. Distance: 15 miles returning from Bishops Stortford

Fare: £8.25 Bishops Stortford return with Network Card.

Robert will meet walkers at Sawbridgeworth


Sunday 2nd October (Landranger Map 135)   Leader: Maurice Hickman


Meet Victoria at 0920 for the 0947 train to East Croydon (arr. 1002 at platform 3) to connect with the 1015 train (from platform 6) to Eridge (arr. 1100)

Lunch: Coopers Arms, St John's, Crowborough (Ta 508319) - Good Beer

Tea: Bocky's Kitchen, Burrswood near Groombridge

Distance: 12 miles, returning from Ashurst

Fare: £7.85 to Eridge with Network Card

Burrswood (a Christian Hospital and Healing Centre) was founded in 1948 by the 20th century healing visionary, Dorothy Kerin (1889 - 1963), regarded by many as a modern- day Christian saint. It has extensive grounds with fine views to the south over the Sussex Weald.

Leader will meet group at East Croydon


Sunday 9th October (Landranger Map 166 & Explorer Map 194) Leader: Robert Slater

Meet: King's Cross 08.45 for 09.06 to Baldock (arr.1 0.02)

Lunch: Moon & Stars, Rushden.

Tea: Old Bull Inn, Royston (15th century hostelry) for final refreshments including Jester's

 coffee and cakes.

Distance: 15 miles returning from Royston Fare: £12.55 Royston return with Network card. Robert will meet walkers at Baldock.


Sunday 16th October (OS Landranger map 165) Leader: Paul Connolly

Meet: Marylebone 0910 for 0938 train to Princes Risborough (arr 1017)

Lunch: Thame - Choice of cafes and pubs; including one you can eat your own food Tea: Haddenham

Distance 12 fairly easy miles returning from Haddenham

Fare: £13.30 cdr Haddenham with NSE discount


Sunday 23rd October Leader: Tony Norton

Meet: Euston at 9.05 for the 9.23 train to Berkhampstead (arr. 9.58) Lunch: The Valiant Trooper, Aldbury

Tea: Unlikely

Distance: 12 Miles returning from Berkhampstead Fare: £8.25 return with Network Card


Sunday 30th October Leader: John Burbage

Meet: Waterloo 08.45 for the 09.00 to Milford (change at Guildford) arr. 10.17 Lunch: Probably the Three Horseshoes, Thursley. Free House but expensive food. (Pub may change if leader can find a nearby alternative.)

Tea: Possibly Hindhead or Haslemere

Distance 11 miles hilly in places, returning from Haslemere

Fare: £10.90 return from Haslemere with Network Card

PLEASE NOTE: BST ends. Clocks go back one hour.


Sunday 6th November Leader Witold Sokolowski

Meet: Earlsfield Station 10.30 (Train departs Waterloo 10.11 for 13 minute journey) Lunch: Merton Abbey Mills - good pub and cafes, market stalls etc.

Distance: 7 leisurely miles along the Wandle River and Morden Hall Park

Fare: Oyster Zone 3 returning from Colliers Wood U/G

Note: The walk will end with a celebration of Witold's 50th Birthday. The venue is to be confirmed but all club members (including non walkers) are welcome. Please telephone Hania for more details and to confirm attendance.


Sunday 13th November (Explorer map 174) Leader: Paul Connolly

Meet: Liverpool Street 0950 for 1017 train to Manor Park arr 1029 Lunch: Chingford - choice of cafes and pubs

Tea: Maybe at Epping

Distance: 11 miles returning from Epping (Central line zone 6)

Fare: All zones travelcard up to £8.00 - Cheaper options with NSE card no cost for Freedom pass holders

Paul will meet walkers at Manor Park


Sunday 20th November (Landranger Map 146)    Leader: Maurice Hickman


Meet Victoria at 0905 for 0932 train to Redhill (arr. 1003) Lunch: Dolphin (Youngs), Betchworth

Tea: Sun (Wetherspoon), Redhill

Distance: 12.5 miles, returning from Redhill Fare: £6.25 with Network Card

Steep climb up to the North Downs in the afternoon. Distance 2 miles shorter if returning from Reigate (change at Redhill).


Sunday 27 November (Explorer Map 174) Leaders: Virginia & RogerYelland.

Meet: (leaders) Liverpool St station at 09.05 for 09.28 train to Cheshunt (arr 10.03). You can also join the train at Totlenham Hale (09.40) (from Victoria Line and London Overground).

Lunch: The Crown, Broxbourne. (TL373 067). Good Ale & Food. Call Roger on 07910358646 if you need more information.

Tea: Waltham Abbey (adjacent to the historic Abbey). Choice of Tea Shops and Pubs. Distance: 10 easy miles, mostly flat, in the Lea Valley Park: this is a good time to visit as the winter migrants (birds, that is) will have arrived.

Fare: £7.50 £4.25 with Network Card returning from Cheshunt


Additional Mid-week Walks

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

HF Holidays Limited - Changes to Group Membership Benefits

From Monday 18 July 2011, the 10 % bar, mini shop and cafe discount for group members at their UK Country Houses, was withdrawn as a benefit of group membership.

To avoid disappointment HF Holidays will honour the 10 % discount for group members' holidays booked before 18 July and departing in 2011 and 2012.

HF Holidays constantly review the benefits for their members and are looking for a suitable replacement. We shall be informed as soon as it's available.

For more information contact James Mitchell, Communications Executive.


Email:              Tel. No.: 0208732 1235

New Leaders

The Club desperately needs new leaders to take the place of those members who are no longer able to lead walks and give relief to those leaders who have to lead two or more walks on a programme. Please contact John or Maurice.

Please Note: Considerable savings can be made by the use of railcards. Most members have different types of card - Network Card, Senior Railcard and Freedom passes. Southern Railways sell cheap tickets on line; see the' Loco' adverts starring a big fat Mexican hombre. Visit