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 2013

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




Walkers should check the website for any changes to the scheduled walks. Alternatively send us your e-mail address to receive the programme and regular updates.


Sunday 1st September   (Map Explorer 159)         Leader: Maurice Hickman

Meet: Paddington 0815 for 0842 train to Reading (arrives 0922)Lunch: The Fox and Hounds, Sheffield Bottom (good beer and food)Tea: Horse and Groom, Mortimer and then 1 mile walk to stationDistance: 12.5 miles, returning from Mortimer (change at Reading for fast London service). In the morning there is a pleasant walk along the river Kennet. The guide from which this walk is taken can be found on the Confraternity of Saint James website- Guide: £12.75 Mortimer with Network Card.Please Note: Leader will be travelling from Redhill and his train arrives in Reading at 09.35, i.e. 13 minutes after the London train. Please wait at the station entrance where there are refreshments (teas/coffee) available.


Sunday 8th September (Landranger Map 165)       Leader: Carol Anley.


Picnic Ramble. (This ramble was postponed from 25th August because of severe engineering works.)Meet: Euston 0930 for 0954 train to Leighton Buzzard(arr.1035)

Coffee: Possibility of midday coffee at Three Locks,Stoke Hammond (by canal)Lunch: Picnic in Stockgrove Country Park.Small cafe and toilet facilities available.Tea: The Globe Inn,Linslade. By Grand Union Canal. Good selection of reasonably priced meals.Tea and cake £2.95.Distance: 10 miles.Couple of manageable hills in amongst the pine trees.Picturesque lakes and woodlands.Fare Guide: £9.55 return Euston to Leighton Buzzard with Network Railcard.

Please Note: Carol will meet walkers at Leighton Buzzard.


 Sunday 15th September  (Landranger Maps 165 & 166) Leader: Robert Slater

Meet: Euston 0940 for 1001 train to Tring(arr. 1036)Lunch: The Red Lion,DagnallTea: The Valiant Trooper,AldburyDistance: 14 miles. Hilly in places. We shall walk to perimeter of Whipsnade Zoo where we should see wallabies and other animals of interest.Fare Guide: £9.85 return to Tring with Network Card.

Please Note: Robert will meet walkers at Tring.


Saturday 21st September                                    Leader Henriette Van Zaelen

Walk and guided visit to Alexandra PalaceMeet: 10.45 for 11.00 start outside Finsbury Park Underground Station (Wells Exit).Morning: A fairly easy 4-5 miles amble via the Parkland walk and Highgate Wood to Alexandra Park for lunch.Lunch: Ally Pally Palm court pub/kitchen or picnic in the park. Around 1.00-2.30pmGuided Tour of Alexandra Palace: (Limited places see below) After lunch we gather together for a guided visit to “Ally Pally” to see the stage of the Victorian theatre, the North service Yard, Palm Court and the former BBC Transmitter Hall with footage and photographs illustrating the BBC,s time at the palace between 1935-1981.After visit: After the visit there are several options-- to walk back to Finsbury Park-4miles- or stroll around the Lake and the Garden Centre -under2 miles or still take a bus home.Tea In the garden Centre of Ally Pally or at The 12 Pins Pub in Finsbury Park.

Fare Guide: Finsbury Park (Zone 2) is on Victoria, Piccadilly (U/G) and Network RailPlease Note: 14 places only are booked. To join us at lunch, the bus W3 goes directly to Alexandra Palace from Finsbury park underground station, ask for the Palm Court stop.Henriette will meet group at Finsbury station -well exit.

Sunday September 22nd (OS map 178)                       Leader: Paul Connolly

Meet : Fenchurch Street 0920 for 0940 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 optionsTea : Maybe at BenfleetDistance : 11 miles returning from Benfleet - level in the morning and tide permitting a chance to visit Two Tree Island on the way, and a climb up to Hadleigh Castle after lunch before the downhill into BenfleetFare Guide: £7.50 CDR Benfleet with Network Card discount

Please Note: Paul will meet the ramblers at Pitsea.


Sunday 29th September                                            Leader: Joseph O’Reilly


Meet: Paddington 09.15 for 09.41 train to Twyford with quick (3mins.) change to catch the train to Henley on Thames (arr. 10.55). Please Note: Early arrival recommended as the ticket office gets very crowded on Sundays and is on the opposite side of the station from platforms 13/14 where the train to Twyford normally leaves. Alternatively, buy your ticket at any Network Rail ticket office in advance.

Lunch: Stag and Huntsman, Hambleton. Meals, bar snacks/sandwiches available in the medium/upper price range. Seats available nearby to eat your own food.

Tea: Catherine Wheel, Henley on Thames

Distance: 12 miles, returning from Henley on Thames. Some hills after lunch. 

Fare Guide: £ 9.85 return Henley on Thames with Network Card. (£6.55 from Zone 6)


Sunday 6th  October                                    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 £6.80 with Network Card

Please Note: Leader will join group en route.


Sunday 13th  October                                            Leader: Joseph O’Reilly


Meet: Kings Cross 09.50 for 10.14 train to Gordon Hill (arr. 10.39)

Lunch: The Plough, Cuffley. Good food.

Tea: Rose & Crown, Clay Hill NB Due to road works on the M25 the walk will not be able to follow the planned route in the afternoon so tea at the Rose and Ground may not be possible.  To get to the Rose and Crown it will be necessary to walk a mile or so along a busy road with no pavements and the leader may instead retrace a short section of the outward route to return to Gordon Hill on footpaths.

Distance: 11 miles, returning from Gordon Hill

Fare Guide: Anytime return Gordon Hill £6.85 with Network Card. Other discounts available e.g. group of 4 £5.20 each.


Sunday 20th October                Leader: Jan Hildebrand & Danny McCardle

Meet: Lewisham DLR and National Rail Station ticket office at 11am. Trains from Charing Cross (10.35) and London Bridge (10.43) will arrive in plenty of time (10.51)Lunch: TBA Many cafes, pubs etc. on route. 

Tea: Pommelers Rest (Weatherspoons), Tower Bridge (South side).

Distance: 7 miles approx. at a gentle pace. Walk visits Blackheath, Royal Park and Observatory, Cutty Sark, Greenwich footunnel then via the Isle of Dogs, Thames Path to Limehouse,Wapping ,St Katharine's Dock to Tower Bridge. Opportunities to leave the walk at Limehouse, Wapping, Tower Hill, DLR or on the many bus routes. Leaders plan to finish around 5 pm.

Fare Guide: Lewisham is in Oyster zone 3.


Sunday 27th October (Landranger Map 177)   Leader: Paul Connolly

Meet : Liverpool Street 0920 for 0944 train to Brentwood (arr 1016). Train calls Stratford at 0951 (various Tube, Overground and DLR services). There are ticket machines and a ticket office in the main concourse.Lunch : The Old Dog - Herongate Tye. Friendly pub with good food and ales. Tea : Blue Boar (Wetherspoons) Billericay.Distance : 11 fairly level miles returning from Billericay - may be muddy in parts.Fare Guide: £8.20 CDR Billericay with Network Card discount. 

Sunday 3rd November  (Landranger Map 165) Leader: Maurice Hickman


Meet: Victoria at 10.00 for 1023 train to Coulsdon South (arr. 1059)

Lunch: Fox, Coulsdon Common. Good pub food and service.Tea: Fanny's Farm Shop, Markedge LaneDistance: 12 miles, returning from RedhillFare Guide: £7 Redhill with Network Card

Please Note: Maurice will meet the walkers at Coulsdon South


Sunday 10th November        Leaders: Roger and Virginia Yelland.

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


Meet: Loughton Station (Central Line) at 09.40 for a 10am SHARP departure. Loughton is approximately 45m from Oxford Circus.Lunch: at The Owl, Lippitt’s Hill (TQ399968), or possibly Chingford. Call Roger on 07910 358646 for details.Tea: either at the historic Butlers Retreat, or in Chingford.

Distance: 10 miles at an easy pace, including Loughton Camp (a Bronze Age earthwork dating from 500BC), Grimston’s Oak, and Connaught Water. Returning from Chingford (Zone 5)

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.

Fare Guide: Loughton is in Oyster Zone 6.

Please Note: Roger and Virginia will meet walkers at Loughton.


 Sunday 17th November ( Landranger Map187)  Leader: John Burbage


Meet:  Victoria Station 09.30 for the 09.49 train to Boxhill & West Humble (arr. 10.51).  Train also available from Waterloo departs 10.02 with change at Epsom to meet the Victoria train.

Lunch:  William IV, Mickleham. Good food, medium price. 

Tea:  Weatherspoons, Leatherhead

Distance:  8-9 miles with some hills.

Fare Guide: Return Boxhill and West Humble £5.55, £2.50 from Zone 6 boundary, both with Network Card.

Please Note: Leader will join group en route.


Sunday 24th November                                         Leader: John Burbage


Meet:  Victoria Station 10.00 for the 10.21 train to Beckenham Junction (arr. 10.44).  Beckenham Junction is also on the Tramlink from East Croydon Station.

Lunch:  Grape and Grain, Crystal Palace (Camra pub with good inexpensive food). A wide selection of other food retailers are available in the area.

Tea:  Possibly Norwood Grove or Balham

Distance:  8-9 miles returning from Balham Rail & Underground Station (Northern Line and frequent services to Victoria). The route follows the Capital Ring through parkland but with some street walking. A visit will be made to Crystal Palace Park to see the famous dinosaurs, lake and maze. Walk is generally on the level but there are some hills.

Fare Guide:  Walk is in fare Oyster Zones 3-4




Confraternity of Saint James Open DaysSaturday 28th September & Saturday 26th October, 10:30-16:0027 Blackfriars Road, London SE1 8NYThe Confraternity of Saint James was established as a non-denominational association in 1983 to give help and advice to those considering walking the Camino, the pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela.They are holding a series of Office Open Days to meet pilgrims planning their journeys, buy Guides, use the Library etc at 27 Blackfriars Road, London. This will be an opportunity to receive advice, ask questions and meet other pilgrims.Nearest station Blackfriars. For more information, please see: of Prayer Space to Archbishop Oscar RomeroThursday 19th September 6pmSt George’s Cathedral, St George’s Road, Lambeth North, LondonThere will be a new prayer space in St George’s Cathedral (Diocese of Southwark) dedicated to Archbishop Oscar Romero.The way to proclaiming Archbishop Oscar Romeo blessed, has now been changed by our new Pope, so hopefully, one day, he will be canonised. The Romero Trust has commissioned a reliquary and it will contain a precious fragment and a bust of the Archbishop.The Ecumenical Service of Prayer to bless and dedicate this Chapel Space, is for Thursday 19 September at 6pm. This project is also being dedicated to the memory of Bishop Michael Evans, a Southwark Priest, who was Bishop of East Anglia and supported Justice, Peace and the Cause of Archbishop Oscar Romero. Monitors and Screens have been positioned for this service.For more information:Telephone : 020 7928 5256



This year the AGM will take place on Saturday 5th 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 along this dotted line....................................

sfacrc :  election of Committee for the Year 2013 - 2014

nb Please return to: Maurice Hickman, 75 Carlton Road, Redhill,

Surrey,  RH1 2BZ by 21st September 2013.

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 31st August 2013.

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 2012-2013


(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.


Publicity Co-ordinator

Robert Slater,


Ramble List Compiler

John Burbage,


Other Duties

Tony Norton,

(Please refer any social events to him)


Committee Member

Noelle de Freitas


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


News and Events - Autumn 2013


    ANNUAL   REUNION   2013

The Annual Reunion will take place on Saturday 28th September  2013. While still being a Reunion, particularly for those who have a long standing connection with the club, many of whom travel long distances to be with us for the occasion,we hope that it will become an annual event when all members can come together to socialise, renew friendships, exchange news etc. Thanks to Canon Peter Newby, our President, we are able to do this at St. Mary Moorfields where the Club began 84  years.ago..


A letter giving full details is enclosed with the programme.


Tuesday 3rd September Visit to Lullingstone Roman Villa

The Villa has one of the earliest surviving Christian Chapels in England.  It has also a tea bar and toilets. 


Catch the 11.12 train from Blackfriars to Eynsford (arrives 12.00 )

Lunch and walk to Roman Villa and back to Eynsford about 2½ miles.


Ring:  Dorothy Hickman on:  01737 765231 to let her know if coming in case

of problems. 


Annual General Meeting - Saturday 5th 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 2nd 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. 

Request for Prayers

Recently the newsletter for Cornelius McCarthy who liked to be known simply as 'Con' was returned in the post by his wife.  She said that he is now in a nursing home and therefore no longer requires a newsletter.  She requested that prayers be said for him.  Please remember him in your prayers and all other members and former members who can no longer enjoy the beauty of our countryside on our walks.



Future Events


Christmas Dinner

A venue for Christmas Dinner is being investigated.  The White Eagle in Balham is a real possibility.


Christmas Ramble

The Christmas Ramble could be held on a Saturday.  A meeting point at the Knight's Templar in Chancery Lane is to be investigated. 


New Year's Party - Date not fixed but will be a Saturday in January 2014.


Other Matters



Please be conscious of the great deal of mud which can collect on your boots during a ramble.  When the Club went to the Worth Abbey Good Friday service last Easter it was noticed that a member had left a trail of mud leading from where he/she was sitting to where the communion was being given out.  The trail of mud was very noticeable and led to the walk leader sending a donation of £25 towards the cleaning of the church.  If you intend to come on this walk next year please bring a spare pair of shoes to wear in the church or at least bring some plastic bags to cover your boots.  Please also remember to clean your boots or cover them before entering public houses and churches

especially if there are carpets on the floor. 



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

your subscriptions for 2013-2014 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 2014.