Greetings Ramblers,


Welcome to the New
Millenium. As you can see the bug did no tget to the computer.

On this programme we continue the practice of putting details ofall dates in date order on theRamble List. Views would  be weIome as to whether members think this is beIpful or not.


Thank you all for the beautiful flowers that Witold presented to me at the Christmas Ramble in

the Kings Head Pub. This was an unespected surprise.

As we will be into the club's 70th year I would like to thank all members for their support,
especially long standing members in ensuring the club's survival down through the years. It is
great to have survived seventy years and still have a large group out onSuaday rambles. I am sure members who have bought the History of The Club will see how the unity and bonding of members kept the club going. It is interesting to note however that many the rambles are the same as years ago .
Reminder to members that the new teIephone codes come into effect on 22 April.

Life Membership cards: Any life member who would like a memership card in the design 

we are using this year is very welcome to have one. Send Gillian a SAE.

Welcome to New Members:
Carol Anley. Chiswick, W4 4BN, Anne Brierley, London SWI9. Terry Connell, Stoke Newington. N16, Margaret Corconm, East Duhrich, SE22, Tom Gilmartin, BmmIey, Kent, Brigitte 0Loghlen,' St AIbms, Herts. Nicky Sullivan, Ealing W5.

WeIcome New Life Members:
Paul & Bridget Brunning, Terry Dobson, Eugene Donnelly, Johm &Genevieve Geary. Eddie

New memmbers please read your introductory leaflet carefuIIy as it gives good advice, especially about wearing footwear with ankle support for your own safety. Don't fcrget your torch.
There are still 50 outstanding subs due at the time of dispatch
Please encourage members  to pay their subs, as it is unfair on members wIIo do pay up. Life
membership subs those with ordinary membership for 10 years are £40 and ordinary Membership £4.


Monthly Dinners: Club members meet on the first Saturday of each month for a meal in at a central London Restaurant (not too expensive). Meeting place is outside Westminster Cathedral
after 6pm Mass e:sceot for 4th March when we will be attending the the 5 30 Mass at St Mary MoorfieIds in remembrance of Madeline Lane R.I.P. (see obituary noticebelow).


Day of RecoIIection: Sunday March 12th. This year we return to Tybum Convent, 8 Hyde Park
Place London W2. Full details on the Ramble List but be sure to sure to send your £6 to GiIIian or Maria. as soon as possible if you are coming.

Saint Patrick's Day: See Ramble List for special announcement of event being planned by Hanna and Witold. 

Rent-A-Hostel Weekends: 
CoIin Mascarenhas is orgnising two weekends away in March and April. 1) 31st March to April
2nd to Dover 2) 14th-16th of April at Steps Bridge, Devon. Numbers are limited so act quickly. Full details on the Ramble list.

Reunion of Club Members: Saturday 20th May. Esther Harris is holding a reunion  in the
Festival Hall, London. Meet at 12.3Opm at the main box office. The group will then eat and find
a space to sit and catch up with all the news like last time. A group will be going on to the
concert in the evening (balcony seats) and hope others will join them. Details from Esther.  


70th Anniversary Celebrations:June 17th to 19th


Barbara Bridle will be writing to the 20 members who have sent their deposit for the Aylesford Weekend. See ramble list for details.

Antler Suitcase: Betly Morrison is lookking for a home for an Antler suitcase. Length 27ins.
WidIh 17ins. Depth 7 ins. If interested contact Betty.

Change of Paul Connolly's E Mail address:

Please note Paul's new e mail address.


YHA Group Membership Card:
The club is .in possession of a group memership Y.H.A. card. _ Coutact me (Helen) if you would ike to borrow it for hostel weekends.

ORDINATION: Congratulations to PhiIip Miller, son of Marion (nee Rigg) and Geoff Miller who was ordainecl a Priest on 4th September 1999 by Bishop James O' Brien Bishop of
Hertfordshire at the Church of SS Alban and Stephen, St Albans.


Congratulations to Peter Crosland on his marriage to Andrea in August1999 in Budapest in Hungary. Andrea is from Hungary and has now become a member of the club. Peter informs me that some members of our club attended their wedding. We wish them many years years of 'happiness together. 

Congratulations also to Caroline Nolan on her marriage in West Cork, Ireland last year. 



Madeline Lane: The unexpected death has occurred of Madeline who was a member since 1950/51 and until last year an active walker. 5 30 Mass at St Maary Moorfields on Saturday 4thbMsrch will bebin remembrance of Madeline. Her family asked thatno messages be sent to the house.

Desmond O'NeiII: News of the death of Desmond O' NeiIl at St Catherine's Hospice, Crawley. 
was a prominent member of the club from 1954 to 1975. He was a talented dancer aad a member of the Kentish Travellers Group who toured villages each summer demonstrating Country Dancing. In his retirement Des was a keen worker for the Bluebell Line and had hoped to see the proposed link up with East Grinstead completed; but it was not to be. Thanks 10 Fred McAndrew  for this information. The 1pm Mass at St MaIy MoodieIds Church, EIdon Streel, will be CeIebrated tor by Fr PhiIip MilIar on a date to be arranged.


Dorothy Fisk: The 6pm, Mass will be offed for Dorothy Fisk, Mother of Daphne Fisk, on March
18th in St Aidan's Church . The Presbytery, 1 Portnalls Road, Coulsdon. Surrey. This fo'IIows
Dapbne's Ramble and is around the corner from her house.
Members are invited to Daphne's home for tea before the Mass. If you are going to tea Telephone Daphne. See ramble list for details of ramble.

Happy rambling,

Club Committee1999-2OOO


President: Fr David Bames.                          Vice President:

Parish Priest, St Mary Moorfields.                  Helen Hunt


Secretary:                                                      Treasurer:
TBA.                                                                Gilliaa McLauchlan.             

Ramble List CompiIer:                                  Membership Secretaries:

Paul Connolly                                                  Bridie Barry

                                                                        Francis O'Sullivan


Committee Members:


                                                               Maria Darroch
                                                               Robert Slater

                                                               Jo Lewis-Evans

                                                               John Burbage.






Many thanks to John and Marta Haworth for joining the ranks of leaders, and thanks as well to all the other members who have led rambles over this and the last programme. We are still on the lookout for new talent and Maureen Cahalane has kindly offered prospective leaders the chance to join her on her walkout for her Easter Monday walk. Please telephone her if you want to find out what goes into leading a ramble. In fact any present leader is usually happy to have some company when
checking their walks out. So don't be nervous, just ask when we are going route finding and come along and enjoy the day.

Sunday 5th March 2000 (os map 177)     Leaders: John and Marta Haworth
MEET        : Charing Cross 0915 for 0939 train to Chiselhurst (arr 1008)
LUNCH     : The Greyhound, Eltham
DISTANCE: 13 miles returning from Erith - Drop off options are available for                       a shorter walk
FARE        : £ 4.70 all zones travelcard
John and Marta will meet the ramblers at Chiselhurst

Saturday 11th March 2000(os maps 155& 168) Leader        : Frank Bigg
MEET          :Liverpool Street 0920 for 0945 train to                                   Manningtree (arr ]041)
LUNCH       :The Swan, Stratford St Mary
TEA            :Station Buffet, Manningtree station (No                                ordinary station buffet)
DISTANCE  2 miles around Constable country, returning                         from Manningtree
FARE          :£ 9.80 cdr with network card discount                                   Manningtree

Happy St. Patrick's Day

Friday 17th March 2000: Hanna and Witold would like members interested in celebrating St Patrick's Day to join them for the 10.30 Mass in Westminster Cathedral and afterwards for a short walk and perhaps a meal at the Polish Club in Hammersmith, where Hanna is a member. Interested? Contact Hanna

Saturday 18th March 2000 (os map 176)             Leader: Daphne Fisk
MEET         :Victoria at 1045 for 1110 train to Purley (arr 1133)
LUNCH      :The Fox, Coulsdon Common - Good food available
TEA           : Daphne's house. Please phone her if you are coming for tea.                          You do not have to be onthe ramble if you want to turn up for


                     After tea fhe 6pm Mass at St Aidan's, Coulsdon will be said for

                     Daphne's mother
DISTANCE: 5 miles returning from Coulsdon South or Woodmansterne
FARE         : £ 4.70 all zones travelcard

Sunday 19th March 2000 (os map 187)               Leader: Tony Finnegan
MEET        :Victoria 0900 for 0926 train to Dormans (arr 1028)
LUNCH     :The Swan, Forest Row
TEA           :Various Possibilities in East Grinstead
DISTANCE: 12 miles returning from East Grinstead
FARE         :£8.60 cdr East Grinstead

Sunday 26th March 2000 (os maps 186 & 187)  Leader: John Burbage
MEET         Waterloo 0940 for 1003 train to Woking (arr 1046)
LUNCH      : The Anchor, Ripley
TEA            : Possibility at Ockham Common
DISTANCE: 12 mostly level miles returning from Byfleet & New Haw
FARE         : £ 7.00 cdr Woking


31st March to April 2nd 2000 : the first of two Rent-A-Hostel Weekends arranged by Colin Mascarenhas. The venue is Dover. Numbers are limited so act quickly. Send a £10 deposit to Colin ASAP. Cost will not exceed £30 for two nights Friday and Saturday and includes food. Rambles on Saturday and Sunday
Contact Colin 

Saturday April 1st 2000: Club members meet on the first Saturday of each month for a meal in a central London Restaurant (not too expensive). Meeting place is outside Westminster Cathedral after 6pm Mass.


Sunday 2nd April 2000 (os map 187)                       Leader: Ranald Watson
MEET         :  Victoria 0840 for 0906 train to Box Hill & Westhumble (arr

LUNCH      :  Abinger Arms, Abinger Hammer
TEA            :  Wait and see
DISTANCE : 16 very hilly miles returning from Box Hill & Westhumble
FARE          :  £ 6.40 cdr Boxhill& Westhumble

Sunday 9th April 2000 (os map 188)                        Leader: Hilary McNabb
MEET         :  Victoria 0955 for 1002 train to Borough Green & Wrotham
LUNCH      :  Papermakers Arms, Plaxtol
TEA           :  ??
DISTANCE: 9 miles returning from Borough Green & Wrotham
FARE £ 7.90 cdr Borough Green &Wrotham


14th to 16th April 2000: the second of two Rent-A-Hostel Weekends arranged by CoIin Mascarenhas: this time the venue is Steps Bridge, Devon. Numbers are limited so act quickly. Send a £10 deposit to Colin
ASAP. Cost will not exceed £30 for two nights Friday and Saturday and includes food. Rambles on Saturday and Sunday. Contact Colin 

Friday 21st April 2000
Choice of two walks, both of which join together for the Good Friday service at Worth Abbey.
Walk 1 (the long one) Leader: Catherine Scott and Tony Finnegan

MEET          :  Victoria at 0800 am for 0832 train to Balcombe
LUNCH       :  White Hart West Hoathly (good food and we will arrive

                       early enough to beat the queues and have time

                       to walk on to Worth Abbey for the 3 O'Clock Sacred 

                       Good Friday Liturgy
TEA            :  None (fast day
DISTANCE :  13 miles returning from Three Bridges
FARE          :  £9.50 CDR Balcombe

Walk 2 (the short one)                               Leader: Maureen Cahalane
MEET           :  Victoria 0930 for 1002 train to Three Bridges
LUNCH        :  Cowdray Arms, near Worth Abbey
TEA             :  None (fast day)
DISTANCE  :  8 miles returning from Three Bridges
FARE           :  £ 8.80 CDR Three Bridges

Monday 24th April 2000 (os map 175) Leader: Maureen Cahalane
MEET        :    Paddington 0915 for 0940 train to Henley-on-

                       Thames (arr 1052) Change at Twyford

LUNCH     :     Stag & Huntsman, Hambleden. Expensive food. Shop

                        in the village, and possibly a craft fair

                        with refreshments

TEA           :     Fawley Court, or HenJey-on- Thames

DISTANCE:     9 miles returning from Henley-on-

FARE         :     £9.00 cdr Henley-on- Thames

Saturday 29th April 2000 (os map 184 & 185) Leaders: Paul Connolly and

                                                                                          Tony Finnegan
MEET        : Waterloo 0810 for 0835 train to Andover (arr 0937)
LUNCH     :Tally Ho, Broughton. Good food and rambler friendly.
TEA           :The Blackbird Inn, Salisbury (5 minutes walk to the station)
DISTANCE: 26 miles returning from Salisbury taking in the Test Way, and

                    the Clarendon Way.
FARE        :  £ 14.60 cdr with network card discount Salisbury
The morning part is fairly level if any ramblers want to finish at Broughton. Buses run from there to Andover and Salisbury.


Monday 1stMay 2000 (os map 198) Leader: Maurice Hickman
MEET         :  Victoria 0905 for 0932 train to Hassocks (arr 1038)
LUNCH      :  Jolly Sportsman, East Chiltington
TEA           :  If possible
DISTANCE: 14.5 miles returning from Hassocks
FARE        :£ 12.10 cdr


Saturday May 6th 2000: Club members meet on the first Saturday of each month for a meal in a Central London Restaurant (not too expensive) Meeting place is outside Westminster Cathedral after 6pm Mass.


Sunday 7th May 2000 (os map 166) Leader: John Dean - Joint ramble with Mid-Herts Catholic Ramblers
MEET : Kings Cross Thameslink 0940 for 1001 train to St Albans (arr 1033)
This train calls at East Croydon 0931, London Bridge 0943, Blackfiiars 0952, and Kentish town 1005
LUNCH Green Man, Sandridge
TEA           :  St Albans
DISTANCE:  9 miles returning from St Albans
FARE         :  £ 7.90 cdr St Albans. John will meet the ramblers at St Albans

Sunday 14th May 2000 (os map179)      Leader: Maria Darroch
MEET        : Victoria 0800 for 0822 train to                        Wye (arr 1010)

LUNCH     :  Compasses Inn, Sole Street
TEA           :  Only if you bring your own
DISTANCE: 12 occasionally hilly

                     miles returning from Chilham

FARE         : £10.15 cdr Chilham with                                 network card discount 

Sunday 21st May 2000 (os map 187)          Leader: Maurice Hickman

MEET         :  Victoria 0855 for 0919 train to Dorking (arr 1027)
LUNCH      :  Plough Inn, Coldharbour
TEA           :  No T today
DISTANCE: 16 hilly and energetic miles returning from Dorking
FARE         :  £ 6.70 cdr Dorking. Maurice will meet the ramblers at Dorking

Saturday 27th May 2000 (os map 150) Leader: Paul                                                                                         Connolly
MEET         :  Paddington 0820 for 0848 train to Evesham

                      (arr 1046)
LUNCH      :  Queens Elizabeth, Elmley Castle
TEA           :  Per shore
DISTANCE: 16 miles returning from Pershore
FARE         :  £ 15.60 cdr with network card discount Pershore plus 30p for
the chain ferry across the River Avon at Evesham.
Possibility Paul may meet the ramblers at Evesham. This walk takes in Bredon
Hill from which some beautiful views of the heart of England can be enjoyed.

Monday 29th May 2000 (os map 179) 2000      Leader: Paul Brunning
MEET        :  Charing Cross 0910 for 0930 train to Chilham (arr 1109)
LUNCH      :  Chapter Arms, Chartham Heath - Good food
TEA           :  Canterbury
DISTANCE:  9 easy miles returning from Canterbury
FARE         :  £ 6.60 with network card discount cdr Canterbury.

Paul will meet the ramblers at Chilham

Please ensure you bring your Network cards or Gold cards so that you can get the 113rd off full fares.
Unless otherwise indicated the fare shown is the full fare from the London terminus.