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. Website:


Programme of Rambles / Events for September to November 2012

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


This year the AGM will take place on Saturday 6th 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. 

..............................cut just below this dotted line....................................

sfacrc :  election of Committee for the Year 2012 - 2013

 nb Please return to: Maurice Hickman, 75 Carlton Road, Redhill, Surrey, RH1 2BZ by 22nd September 2012.

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 1st September 2012.

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 2011-2012 


(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,                    

London EC2M 7LS                                                   


Secretary                                                           Membership Secretaries    Maurice Hickman,                                               Antoinette Adkins, 

                                                                            Henrietta Van-Zaelen,                                


Treasurer: Gillian McLauchlan.                          Ramble List Compiler

                                                                                                John Burbage,

Publicity Co-ordinator                                       Social Secretary      

Paul Brunning,                                                    Tony Norton,


Committee Member  

Barbara Bridle, 


 On the printed version this half on the page was left blank to enable anyone

who wishes to stand for the next committee of the Club (a new committee will hopefully be elected, otherwise the Club will be in trouble) to nominate himself/herself or nominate another Club member (the consent of the other member being nominated must be obtained first).


Remember the Club cannot run on its own, it needs people to run it and that means you the members!


News and Events - Autumn 2012


We have been notified that Margaret Moran died on the 14th August after a short fight against cancer. She was a member of the club for many years as were her late husband Dennis and brother Frank Crowley. When she was unable to walk, Margaret served on the Committee, helped at events and introduced friends and family to the Club. She will be sadly missed. RIP


Margaret's body was received into St Xavier's Church, Lewisham, Monday 27th August at 7pm. Requiem Mass on Tuesday 28th August  at 12.30pm with burial at Hither Green Cemetery at 2pm. She will be buried with her husband Dennis. There will be a Dry Wake afterwards but no venue as yet has been arranged.


Mary Carroll's Mother

I am sorry to announce that Mary Carroll's mother died before Christmas and her first cousin died earlier this year.  Please pray for them.


Compostella Walk

Last Spring 4 intrepid Club members completed the journey from  Burgos to Pontferrada in Spain. We now have only 135 miles to cover to reach Santiago de Compostella plus 50 miles to reach the coast at Finisterre.  Photos taken on this journey can be viewed on the Club website:


A&B Ecumenical Walking Pilgrimage

The Arundel and Brighton Ecumenical Walking Pilgrimage this year runs from 11th to 26th of August. Several members are walking on this pilgrimage, two of whom will be leading walks.  Photos of each day's walks can be viewed shortly after they take place on the internet at www.the


Annual Reunion - Saturday 29th 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 29th September 2011 at 12.30pm. 


This should be another enjoyable occasion when all members - past and, present or even prospective, can meet together, socialise, exchange news and nostalgic memories.


Please bring an item or two of food to share so that we can have a light buffet lunch.  Bread, butter, tea, coffee etc and table-ware will be provided.


No tickets or advance booking is required.  Anyone unable to attend but wishing to send messages to be conveyed to those present or for further information please contact either


Maureen Furlong                                  or                         Anne Richardson


Pilgrimage to Glastonbury - Saturday 1st September

The Guild of the Blessed Sacrament is organising a day pilgrimage to the Shrine of our Lady of Glastonbury in Somerset on Saturday, 1 September, to be led by Fr Michael Durand.


The cost is £15 and the coach will depart Westminster Cathedral, Ambrosden Avenue at 7.30am and return by 7pm.


For further information and to make a booking please telephone Theresa on 07553 846685 or 020 7233 9670.


Annual General Meeting - Saturday 6th 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.  Please nominate yourself if you wish to make a genuine contribution to the survival of the Club by filling in your name.  Alternatively you can nominate another Club member but be sure to get his or her permission first. 


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 10th 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.  We remember especially Philip Evans who contributed so much to the Club by leading many walks and serving a number of times on the Club committee.


Future Events


Charles Dickens Festival in Ware, Herts - Sunday 2nd of December

More details from Henrietta Van Zaelen - see page 2 for contact details. 


New Year's Party - Date not fixed but will be a Saturday in January 2013.


CHISLEHURST KENT (Southwark), St. Mary.

Last March Barbara Bridle led a walk to Chislehurst Caves.  She also led the ramblers to the cemetery and church of St Mary's in Chislehurst (a Roman Catholic Church).  Below is a history of the church which should be of interest to Club members, particularly those who went on Barbara's walk.


Historical Notes on English Catholic Missions by Bernard W Kelly  (1907) and reprinted by

Michael Gandy 1995 Catholic Family History Society. 

This mission dates from 1852.  The present cruciform church was opened August 8, 1854, mainly owing to the munificence of Captain Bowden, of the Scots Guards.  Local Catholicity made great strides under Canon Todd, the well-known founder of the Boy's Orphanage, Blackheath.  Most of the congregation in his time  (1855-60) consisted of poor Irish employed in the mills at Crayford, St. Mary Cray, and adjoining districts.  During Canon Todd's incumbency, the present fine presbytery, in the Gothic style, was erected and opened.  The mission will always be associated with the exile of Napoleon III., Emperor of the French, who, after the Franco-German war, resided at Camden House, Chislehurst, from 1871 till his death in 1873 (January 9).  Her Imperial Majesty the Empress Eugenie, and their son, the ill-fated Prince Imperial, were familiar figures in the neighbourhood.  The Prince Imperial, after completing his studies at Woolwich, joined the Artillery(1875), and in March 1879 proceeded to Zululand as a volunteer on Lord Chelmsford's staff.  On June 1 he was slain while on reconnaissance.  His obsequies at Chislehurst were attended by the Prince of Wales and a crowd of notables(July 12, 1879).  Bishop Danell of Southwark, sang the Mass, assisted by Canons Wenham Moore, Mgr. Goddard, Fr Sammons, &c.  In 1888 the bodies of Napoleon 111. and the prince were removed to the Imperial Mausoleum, Farnborough(Hants), since 1881 the residence of the Empress Eugenie-'the sole remnant of a shipwreck which proves how fragile and vain are the grandeurs of this world'.  Mgr. Goddard, rector since 1870, was succeeded by Fr. A. Boone, the present incumbent.  A notable feature of the church is the beautiful recumbent monument  to the Prince Imperial by Mgr. Goddard shortly before he left the mission.  A fine stained glass window and wrought iron screen were added to the Sacred Heart Chapel in October 1906.   


Other Matters



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

your subscriptions for 2012-2013 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 2013. 



(Deadline for ramble details by end of October please)


Sunday 2nd September (Landranger Map 166)    Leader:       Robert Slater

MEET: King's Cross 0930 for 0953 to Baldock(arr.1029)

LUNCH: The Cricketers,Weston

TEA: Baldock

DISTANCE: 8 miles returning from Baldock.

FARE: £11.15 Baldock return with Network Card.%u2028This is a Bramble Ramble,so have appropriate containers/bags with you or suitably lined pockets for blackberries.

Note: Robert will meet walkers at Baldock.



Sunday 9th September(Explorer 124)                  Leader: Maurice Hickman

MEET: London Bridge (main indicator boards) at 0815 for 0846 train to %u2028Tonbridge (arr.0920) to connect with 0934 train to Hastings (arr. 1021)

LUNCH: The Two Sawyers, Pett (good beer, food and large garden)

TEA: John Logie Baird(Wetherspoon), Havelock Road (on road to station)%u2028DISTANCE: 6 miles (morning), 8 ( afternoon). Bus back available after lunch at Guestling which is 1.5 miles walk from pub.

FARE: £19.35 with Network Card. Note: Can usually get train from Charing Cross(0838) or Waterloo (0841) but check with National Rail Enquires first as train sometimes diverted to start from Cannon Street. Train usually comes in at platform 5 at London Bridge which is about 6-7 minutes from main concourse.%u2028Afternoon walk is through Hastings Country Park which involves cliff walking. 


Note: Maurice will join the ramblers at Tonbridge where you can also enjoy a 14 minute coffee break.


FRIDAY 14th September 2012                            Leader: Henrietta van Zaelen  


MEET: Borough Underground Station (NORTHERN LINE) at 12.30 pm. Enjoy an urban walk 3/4miles-full of surprises. there will be a brief stop at Southwark Cathedral before leading for Octavia Hill's Red Cross Garden where, to celebrate Octavia's centenary, a special flower and vegetable show with art display will take place. We will return to Borough station via Little Doritt's Way. Drinkies will be available at a local pub. A local artist specialising in mosaic will be grateful for any gifts of old crockery, so if you have an unwanted cup,saucer, plate ect,please bring it will hear about Octavia Hill (1838-1912)on the day but in the meantime you may wish to


Sunday 16th September(Explorer 150)              Leader: Maureen Cahalane


MEET:  08.45 for 0905 train to Westgate on Sea

Brunch - We stop at Margate for coffee and snack

LUNCH:  Botany Bay where there ais a cafe, restaurant and food facilities. Opportunity for swimming if the weather is good.

DISTANCE:  8 miles returning from Broadstairs

FARE:  Broadstairs return £23 (£17.70 from Z6 Seniors) Check South East Trains website for advance fare discounts.


Note: 8am Mass available at Westminster Cathedral (5 minutes from station but get your ticket in advance)


Sunday 23rd September    (Landranger 166)                 Henrietta Van Zaelen 

Discover the Eastern/Northen side of Stevenage( Stoop 4 )

MEET: Kings Cross 09.45 for the 10.06 train to Stevenage (arr.10.42). We then take a very short bus journey to Dale End. Walkers can join the train at Finsbury Park (Victoria Line) departs at 10.11.

LUNCH: choice of pubs at Gravely

DISTANCE: 9 miles returning from Stevenage

FARE: £9.75 return with Network Rail Card. Bus fare about £1(Freedom Pass holders free)


Note:Henrietta will join the train at Finsbury park


Sunday 30th September  (Landranger 197)                   Leader: Philip Groves 

MEET: London Waterloo station 09:10 for 09:30 train to Petersfield (arriving 10:39)

LUNCH: The Ship Inn, South Harting

TEA: Quite possibly.

DISTANCE: around 18 hilly miles

FARE: £16.25 CDR to Petersfield with railcard


NB: If the leader is not at the departure station he will meet the group at Petersfield.



Sunday 7th October (Explorer 147)                       Leader: Paul Brunning 

MEET: Charing Cross 10.00 for the 10.25 train to Sevenoaks. 

LUNCH: George & Dragon, Chipstead 

TEA: Unlikely 

DISTANCE: 9 miles returning from Sevenoaks  

FARE: £7.50 return with Network Rail Card 


Note: Paul will join the train en route.


Sunday 14 October2012 (Explorer Map 174: but better is the dedicated map of Epping Forest produced byOS for the Corporation of London).

Leaders Virginia & Roger Yelland.

MEET: with the leaders at Loughton Station (Central Line: Zone 6) at 9.40am. Loughton is approximately 45m from Oxford Circus).

We will visit Copped Hall for the annual Apple Day. Entry is £7 per person. Those not wishing to visit Copped Hall can continue to walk with Roger, to the Forest Gate, returning later to meet Virginia's group

LUNCH: Copped Hall (TL430015), or The Forest Gate Inn at Bell Common (Camra)(TL451014).

TEA: possibly at Theydon Bois if the tea shop is still open.

DISTANCE: 9 miles for those visiting Copped Hall, 12 miles for those going on to The Forest Gate. Returning from Theydon Bois (also Z6).

FARE: Oyster off peak day price cap is £8.50. Freedom Pass holders -free.

Copped Hall. The Hall was a one time home of Queen Mary Tudor. It is now being restored by the Copped Hall Trust and tours of the house and gardens and other activities and entertainment will be available. Also refreshments, a bar and lunches. Play some traditional games, help with the juicing and have your own apples identified by our expert. There will be a display and apples for sale. Apple Day is a national annual celebration of our apple orchards and local distinctiveness, initiated by Common Ground in 1990.

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 20th October 2012(Explorer 136)  Leader: Maurice Hickman 

MEET: Charing Cross at 1015 for 1040 train to Paddock Wood (arr. 1128)

LUNCH: Dovecote Inn, Capel

TEA: Sir Humphrey Bean (Wetherspoon), Tonbridge

DISTANCE: 8 miles, returning from Tonbridge

FARE: £10.65 with Railcard%u2028In the afternoon by popular demand a return visit will be made to %u2028Tudeley Church which has the famous Chagall stained glass windows


Sunday 21st October (Landranger Map 166)            Leader: Robert Slater MEET: King's Cross 1000 for 1022 to Hitchin(arr.1048)

LUNCH: The Raven,Hexton or Village Hall

TEA: Cafe Nero and/or The Sunrunner,Hitchin.

DISTANCE: 15 miles

FARE: £11.15 Hitchin return with Network Card. Note: Robert will meet walkers at Hitchin.


We welcome Ann Milner as a new walk leader. Ann is well known for her photos and correspondence on her Pilgrimage walks around the UK, Europe and Middle East.


Sunday 28th October                 (Landranger 177)     Leader: Paul Connolly


Meet: Liverpool Street at 09.25 for 09.45 train to Brentwood (arr. 10.14) Train calls at Stratford 09.52.

Lunch: Old Dog, Herongate

Tea: The Blue Boar  (Wetherspoons), Billericay

Distance: 11 easy miles, returning from Billericay Fare: £7.80 return from Billericay with Network Railcard

Note: Paul will join walkers at Brentwood


 Sunday 4th November      (Landranger 187)     Leader: Maurice Hickman


Meet: Victoria at 10.15 for 10.34 train to East Grinstead (arr. 11.35)

Lunch: Dunnings Mill, East Grinstead

Tea: The Ounce and Ivy Bush (Wetherspoons), East Grinstead

Distance: 8 miles, returning from East Grinstead Fare: £8.80 with Railcard


Note: Maurice will join walkers en route.


Sunday 11th November      (Landranger 176)                 Leader: Ann Milner


Walk two sections of the London Loop. Starting at Uxbridge and ending at Moor Park.


Meet: Uxbridge tube (Piccadilly & Metropolitan Lines) 10.00 for 10.10 start (TFL website gives times from all stations otherwise allow an hour from central London))

Lunch: Coy Carp Inn - canalside pub. (Bus stop Harefield West 5 minutes from pub)

Tea: Olde Greene Manne pub, Batchworth Heath (dates back to 1728 & supposedly visited by Dick Turpin)

Distance: 9.5 miles (morning canal walk, afternoon undulating with a steep hill) returning from Moor Park Underground (Metropolitan)

Fare: Oyster Zone 6, Moor Park Zone 7. Travelcard and Oyster capped at £8.50. Freedom Pass - free.


 Sunday 18th November                                                   Leader: Tony Norton


Circular walk from Saunderton via Knaphill


Meet: Marylebone at 09.30 for 09.52 train to Saunderton (arr.10.47)

Lunch: West Wickham, selection including the George & Dragon

Tea: The Ounce and Ivy Bush (Wetherspoons), East Grinstead

Distance: 10 miles, returning from Saunderton

Fare: £11.90 with Network Railcard


 Sunday 25th November                                            Leader: John Burbage


Meet: Victoria at 09.27 for 09.47 train to Tattenham Corner (arr. 10.42)

Lunch: The Cock, Headley

Tea: Unlikely Distance: 9 miles, returning from Tattenham Corner

Fare: £5.60 with Network Railcard


Note: John may join walkers en route.