Approved by Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor. Archbishop of Westminster
Affiliated to the Ramblers Association Registered Charity Number 306089


To:           All SFACRC Members

From:       SFACRC Committee

Date:        5th March 2001

Subject: Recent outbreak of Foot & Mouth disease

Dear Member,

In view of the Foot & Mouth outbreak and quarantine of lands, all walks for the next four weeks on the programme are cancelled. Attached with this memo is an alternative emergency programme of walks that avoid farmland or the countryside. Maurice Hickman's St Patrick's Day walk is still on.

Some of the committee members and leaders met recently to discuss this issue and we urge you to ·avoid walking in the countryside at all costs.

Please keep in touch with committee members and leaders from April
onwards. A good idea is also to keep an eye on the SFACRC website www.stfrancisramblers.ukwalkers.com and also the Ramblers Association www.ramblers.org.uk.; the BBC www.bbc.co.uk and Ministry of
Agriculture, Fisheries and Food www.maff.gov.uk.


Best wishes,



This supercedes all walks down from 18th March until 16th April 2001


Due to time constraints the usual details such as lunch stops cannot always be confirmed, but leaders will endeavor to find suitable places to obtain meals. Should we be unable to resume the normal programme from 22nd April onwards, a further emergency list will be prepared and sent out. Leaders and potential leaders please advise what rambles you could offer up to the end of May that fall within the constraints imposed as a result of the terrible circumstances. Please let me have your walks by 30th March so a
properly detailed programme can be put together if so required.

Saturday 10th March 2001 Frank Bigg's walk has been cancelled due to closure of paths around Alton Water


Sunday 11th March 2001 DAY OF RECOLLECTION - As originally announced this will take place at St. Vincent's Centre, Carlisle Place, Victoria, London SWl (TeJ. 0207 834 4004). Day starts at 11.00am with coffee and tea available on arrival. Bishop Victor Guazzelli (retired) will take us through the day with a talk at 11.30am and 2.00pm - with a break for lunch at 12.30-1.30. There will be a mass at 3.00pm, and the day will end at 4.00pm approx.


Due to the favourable location of the venue, there are plenty of options for lunch - lots of local restaurants (e.g. MacDonalds, Pizza Hut etc.), or you can bring a packed lunch if you prefer as there is a room available to have your lunch in. The cost of the day is £10.00. If you would like to attend please send a cheque to Gillian made payable to St Francis of Assisi Catholic Ramblers Club. 
Special thanks to Mary Maxwell for all her hard work in arranging this for us. 

Saturday 17th March 2001 (os map 176)                                      Leader: Maurice Hickman
MEET         : Westminster Cathedral                                                  1020 for  1030 mass, then after                          at Willow Walk, Wilton                                        road, SW1 (over the road from

                      Victoria Station) until 1200

LUNCH       : The Mad Hatter, Stamford Street

TEA            : The George Inn, Borough High St

DISTANCE : 5 miles returning from London 

FARE          : One day travel card, up to £4.80

                     This walk covers part of the 

                     the Thames Path, and after lunch

                     there will be a visit to Southwark


 Sunday 18th March 2001 (os map 176) Leader: Tony Finnegan. 
MEET         :  Gunnersbury District Line for 1045 start (allow one hour from Central London as

                      Richmond line trains are restricted to one every 16 minutes on Sundays due to

                      engineering Works).
LUNCH       :  Bridge Tavern, Barnes side of Hammersmith Bridge. Good value food but sorry

                       no really suitable place to eat own food.
TEA            :  Various possibilities in Putney.
DISTANCE :  9 MiltH)approx returning from Putney; suburban pavements and towpaths all the

                      way but Tony (naturally) managed to find some mud on the walkout so boots or

                      strong shoes still recommended.
FARE          Travelcard up to £4.80. Walk starts and finishes in Zone 3.


Sunday 25th March 2001 (os map 176)     Leader: Paul Connolly. 
MEET         :  Westbourne Park (Hammersrith & City line) for 1030 start ,
LUNCH       :  Around Greenford
DISTANCE :  10-12 level miles finishing jest Drayton or Uxbridge along the Grand Union Canal
FARE          :  £4.80 all zones travel card
Plenty of drop off points for those wishing t do shorter distances.


Sunday 1st April 2001 (os map)                 Leader Maurice Hickman
MEET         : Victoria 1035 for 1102 train to Redhill (arr 1137)
LUNCH      : To be decided
TEA           : Redhill or Reigate.
DISTANCE: 8 miles returning from Redhill
FARE         : £6.10 cdr Redhill


Sunday 8th April 2001 (os map)                    Leader Gilliam McLauchlan
MEET         : Putney Bridge (District Line for 1030 start
LUNCH      : Kew - various pubs and caf s '
DISTANCE: 12 miles returning from Ricpond
FARE         : Up to £4.80 all zones travelaard (Richmond is in Zone 4)

Friday 13th April 2001 (os map) Leaders: Tonys Finnegan and Norton
MEET           :  Victoria 0935 for 1002 train to Three

                        Bridges (arr 1052) or London Bridge 0945

                        for 1011Thameslink train to Three Bridges

                        (arr 1054)
LUNCH        :  The Cowdray Arms, - Good non-meat

TEA              :  No - it's Good Friday
DISTANCE   : 8 miles returning from Thre Bridges. Subject

                       to what the two Tony find on the walkout                              there may be some road walking on this

FARE           : £6.15 cdr Three Bridges wi1network card


Sadly the long walk has had to be cancelled due to the Foot and Mouth crisis.

Monday 16th April 2001 (os map) Leader: Maureen Cahalane.
MEET          :  Grosvenor Gardens SWI opposite Victoria Station 0910 for 0930 Oxford Tube

                       bus to Oxford (arr 1110) or 

                       Paddington 0905 for 0936 train to Oxford (arr 1033) then short bus ride or walk to
                      Gloucester Green (bus station), to join the coach travellers.
LUNCH       :  To be advised I
DISTANCE :   Approx 8 miles around Oxford (arr 10 33) then short bus ride or walk to

                       Gloucester Green (bus station) to join the coach travellers
FARE          :  Train £10.20 cdr with network card discount. Oxford Bus £7.50 return.

Please refer to original programme for notes or comments.



Minutes of Meeting on Tuesday 27th February
at The Royal Oak, Tabard Street, SE1



Apologies for absence were received from:


Bridie Barry                                  Colin Mascarenhas                        Nick Peterson
Frank Bigg                                    Mary Maxwell                                Hannia Poniatowska
Daphne Fisk                                 Tony Norton                                   Robert Slater


John Burbage                                Tony Finnegan                              Gillian McLaughlin
Maureen Cahalane                        Maurice Hickman                          Antoinette Ratnam              Paul Connolly                                Helen Hunt                                    Ranald Watson
Maria Darroch

The purpose of this meeting was to discuss the possible cancellation of walks going into the
countryside during the present Foot & Mouth outbreak.


The conclusions were:
> countryside walks will be cancelled up to April 16th;

> a memo will go out to members telling them of this on Sunday 4th March, and Paul Connolly is going to draft an alternative emergency programme of walks to go with it;

> leaders whose walks are after April have enough time to think of an alternative (i.e. a
canal/London walk) if the quarantine of farmlands is still ongoing - there may be others who
might be willing to do an alternative walk in their stead;

> leaders should inform Paul Connolly or Antoinette Ratnam of their alternative walk and they
will pass on the information to other committee members, so members can ring up any
committee member to find out what's happening after April;

> list of telephone numbers of leaders' whose walks are on the current programme is also given in the memo (but not published on the webset);

Tony Finnegan will update the club's website regularly to keep members informed on what is

a follow-up meeting is set for Monday 2nd April at the same time (6.30pm), same venue
(The Royal Oak, Tabard Street, SEI); and
~ last but not least, we have to totally avoid walking in the countryside at this time of crisis
that the farmers are facing.

Following the meeting on 2 April the following further emergency programme was circulated.

Approved by Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor. Archbishop of Westminster
Affiliated to the Ramblers Association Registered Charity Number 306089

Sadly the foot and mouth crisis shows no sign of abating, however we should express our gratitude to those members who have rallied round and come up with alternative walks that take account of restrictions in force for the forseeable future. The summer programme will have to take acoount of these curcumstances so please think hard as to what you can do. Even if you have not led before you may know of an urban or city walk (not just in and around London) that falls within the constraints imposed. The date for submission of walks has had to be brought forward to Tuesday 17th April so please let me have them by then.

One small point; just because the walks are in urban areas is no guarantee they will be mud free so, boots will still be needed.

Sunday 22nd April 2001 (os map 177)                              Leader: Paul Brunning
MEET         : Charing Cross 1010 for 1030 train to Orpington (arr 1053)
UJNCH       :  Seven Stars, Footscray
TEA            :  Orpington
DISTANCE :   9 miles returning from Orpington
FARE          :  One day travel card up to £4.90 


Saturday 28th April 2001 - A mass and party to celebrate Fr. David's silver jubilee in the priesthood.
Please read the original programme for more information on this.


 Sunday 29th April 2001 (os map 178) Leaders: Hannia, Witold and Jackie Twining
MEET         :  Victoria 0840 for 0905 train to Rochester (arr 0944)
LUNCH       :  Wherever possible in Rochester (crowds!), meeting point front of Cathedral.

TEA            :  Possibly
DISTANCE :  6 miles returning from Rochester 
                      Morning river walk in Rochester for Chimney Sweep Festival
                      Interesting mass in the evening and then enjoy the festival.
FARE          £9.50 cdr Rochester


Friday 4th -  Monday 7th May 2001 - Maureen and Trevor's Malvern weekend is still going ahead. Although no waIks can take place there are days out that can be done. Please refer to the original programme for ,travel detaiIs and information for booking accomodation.


For further information please email Manreen at mhbconway@yahoo.co.uk.

Monday 7th May 2001 (os map 168)         Leader: Frank Bigg - Colchester town walk
MEET         :  Liverpool Street 0935 for 1000train to Colchester (arr 1105)
LUNCH      :  Variety of options in Colchester
TEA           :  Colchester
DISTANCE:  Approx 9 miles around Colchester
FARE         :  £9.60cdr with network card discount. Frank will meet the ramblers at Colchester

Sunday 13th May 2001 (os map197 & 198) Leader: Hilary McNabb, Nick Peterson, and Mike                                                                                                                                                 Arnup
MEET        :  Victoria 0950 for 1017 train to Worthing (arr 1136)
LUNCH      :  Tudor Tavern, Angmering - no food, cafe nearby
TEA           :  Littlehampton
DISTANCE:  8 miles returning from Littlehampton
FARE         :  £10.90 cdr with network card discount

Sunday 20th May 2001 (os map 176)            Leader: Maria Darroch
MEET        :  Highgate (Northern line, zone 3) 0930 for 0945 start
LUNCH      :  The Spaniards Inn, Spaniards Lane, NW3
TEA           :  Holly Bush, Holly Mount, NW3
DISTANCE: 10 miles returning from Tufnell Park - hilly in parts
FARE         :  One day travel card up to £4.90 - Maria will meet the ramblers Highgate
Thewalk takes in Hampstead Garden Suburb, Fenton.House (admission£4.30), and Kenwood House (free admission). Walking boots are essential, but ramblers intending to visit either of the houses are asked to bring a change of footwear.

Monday 28th May 2001 (os map 197)            Leader: Maurice Hickman
MEET         :  Victoria 0935 for 1002 train to Littlehampton - change at Ford (arr 1153)
LUNCH       : The Cabin, Elmer Road, Middleton on Sea
TEA            :  Bognor Regis
DISTANCE : 8 miles returning from Bognor Regis
FARE          : £11.30 cdr Bognor Regis with network card discount plus excess fare Ford - Littlehampton 
Beach walk with the chance of a swim weather permitting. Maurice will join the train at Redhill



Don't forget Sunday train services can be affected by engineering works. Information on these can be
obtained by calling 08457 484950 or see the relevant ceefax or teletext pages on tv.