Greetings Ramblers


This year the club is celebrating a very special event, the 70th anniversary. We have organised a special weekend at Aylesford Priory to enable members to get together to socialise, walk and pray to mark this special event. Twenty members have booked into Aylesford for the weekend. All members are welcome to attend for the individual days walking or social events.

The weekend starts off on Friday June 16th. • Most members will arrive in the afternoon and check into their accommodation. The Club will have the use of the Conference Room from 6pm on Friday. Light supper is served at 7pm. Bar is open from 8pm to 11pm.

The highlight of the weekend will be the celebration of a Mass of thanksgiving for the Club's 70 years in existence on Saturday 17th at 6pm.

After Mass there will be a social evening and the cutting of the 70th Anniversary Cake. Members of the club who are not staying for the weekend are invited to attend Mass and the social evening. Members are invited to bring photos, posters and anything else that may be of interest for a display board. All material will be returned.

TRAVEL: Trains from London Victoria to Maidstone East. There is a bus service from outside Maidstone East Station. The 155 bus stops outside the Friars. Aylesford Station is approximately 3 miles from the Friars. Taxis are available from Maidstone East Station but not from Aylesford Station. For the energetic members, there is a riverside walk to the Friars from Aylesford Station, (about 15 mins.)


Several walks of varying lengths to suit all tastes have been arranged for the weekend. (See Ramble List for full details).


Members who are not interested in the.walks will find plenty of interesting features. RosaryWay, The Chapels and the grounds are interesting.There is a Pottery, an Upholsterer,a  Gift Shop. There is also a lovely walk along the river to the Malta Inn, about 40 minutes walk from The Friars. The Malta Inn provides a nice venue for a relaxing drink and there are Boat Trips on the Medway.

MASS TIMES AT THE FRIARS: Weekdays, 7.30am/12 noon,

Morning Prayer-8am. Rosary, Evening Prayer 6.30pm.

Night Prayer - 8pm.

Sunday Mass, 8.00/ 10. 15am.

Evening Prayer and Benediction-Check notice board for times.

There will be a souvenir programme to mark the anniversary week end.


Reminder to members. that the new telephone' codes have now come into effect on April 22nd.


Life Membership Cards:  Any life members who would like a membershipcard in the design 

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

New members Please read your introductory leaflet carefully as it gives good advice, especially about wearing suitable footwear with ankle support for your own safety Don't forget your torch.

Tuesday June 13th. THE STRING OF PEARLS MILLENNIUM FESTIVAL: A visit to some of the buildings especially opened for the festival. Meet outside Westminster Tube Station
from f1.30 to 11.40 to visit the Foreign Commonwealth Office King Charles Street. Lunch
possibly at Windmill, Lambeth High Street then visit the Royal Pharmaceutical Society
Lambeth High Street for a guided tour (2.30-4pm) and a possible visit to it's rooftop terrace. All enquiries to DDl'othy Hickman. 

SATURDAY JULY 15th: Meet outside Monument Station from 10.20 to 10.30am. A visit to the Custom House Lower Thames Street for an insight into the workings of one of the oldest Government Departments. Walk along the Thames Path (Lunch possibly the Founders Arms.) for tour of Horse Guards, Whitehall and Somerset House (Cafe) Strand, finishing about 5pm.
All enquiries to Dorothy Hickman. 

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

OBITUARY: Our sympathies to Mary Hennessy, former secretary of the club, on the sudden death of her father John in Cork, Ireland. The 6.15 Mass on Sat. June 3rd in St Anselms Church, Tooting Bec, will be celebrated for the repose of his soul.

Saturday July 22nd SUMMER PARTY Tgyear we are holding the summer party on the REGALIA BOAT. The boat is moored on the north bank of the Thames opposite Southwark Cathedral. The Regalia is located at the bottom of Swan Lane off Lower Thames St. Go down the steps by 33 King William St near the entrance to Monument Station on City side of London Bridge. Swan Lane is by the traffic lights on the opposite side of Lower Thames Street. The top deck of the Regalia is open to the public and has a bar!! Below is a seated area with a bar and
will be for our use. Food will be served inside and we have full use of the facility below deck. Price of the buffet is £7.00, with a selection of seven dishes. Drinks at own expense from the bar. Please do not bring your own food or drink. You are not obliged to have food so if you fancy a drink and social get together all are welcome. Anyone ordering food should send a
cheque to John Burbage for £7 payable to St Francis of Assisi Catholic Ramblers club by the
30 of June. Look forward to seeing you all there.

VACANCY: The Secretary's Post is still vacant. I would like to urge members to give some
thought of serving on the committee. I know it can take up some of your time but it can also be very rewarding. I have enjoyed my time as secretary but would like to hand it on now. You will have the opportunity to come forward for nomination to serve on the committee at the A G M
in October. Please give it some thought.

Happy rambling,

Club Committee1999-2OOO


President: Fr David Bames.                          Vice President:

Parish Priest, St Mary Moorfields.                  Helen Hunt


Secretary:                                                      Treasurer:
See vacancy notice above.                             Gillian McLauchlan.             

Ramble List CompiIer:                                  Membership Secretaries:

Paul Connolly                                                  Bridie Barry

                                                                        Francis O'Sullivan


Committee Members:          


                                           Maria Darroch
                                           Robert Slater

                                           Jo Lewis-Evans

                                           John Burbage.


It's nice to see some more new leaders, so lets hear it for Robert Slater and Jo Lewis-Evans, and David Clark and what they are doing in this current programme.
But let us not forget the now regular leaders, particularly those who are involved with the Seventieth anniversary celebrations, as their efforts are giving added worth to all that  Barbara Bridle has done to make the weekend at Aylesford possible in the first place. Good luck to all involved.


Saturday 3 June 2000: Mass for Mary Hennessy's father R.I.P. above for details.



Sunday 4thJune 2000 (OS map 175)                Leader :Peter MacDonald
MEET       : Paddington at 1015 for 1043 train to Windsor - change at Slough

                   (arr Windsor 1126)
LUNCH     : Fox & Hounds (Nr. Bishop's Gate) - filled baguettes only
TEA           :Windsor
DISTANCE: 9 miles returning from Windsor
FARE         : £5.90 cdr
This walk goes through Windsor Great Park so beware of self-drive monarchs!!!


Sunday 11th June 2000 (OS maps 165 & 166) Leaders: BobbyJo (Robert                                                                                Slater and Jo Lewis-Evans)
MEET        :Euston 0840 for 0908 train to Tring (arr 0952)
LUNCH      :The Red Lion, Dagnall
TEA            :Aldbury (Stocks on the village green for those who misbehavell)
DISTANCE: 14 miles returning from Tring - hilly in places
FARE         :£5.70 cdr Tring with Network card discount




Tuesday June 13th 2000:  THE STRING of PEARLS MILLENNIUM FESTIVAL: A visit to some of the buildings especially opened for the festival. See full details above.

All enquiries to Dorothy Hickman. 



In the warmer weather you may find it useful to carry a hat and some water to reduce the danger of burning and dehydrating



Saturday 17th - Sunday 18th June 2000


A limited number of the many photographs taken on this weekend can be seen by clicking HERE


This weekend the club celebrates 70 years of its existence with a weekend at Aylesford Priory ("The Friars") organised by Barbara Bridle. On Saturday and Sunday there will be a choice of short and medium distance walks. Also on Saturday at 6 pm there will be a celebration Mass which all members of the club past and present are very welcome to attend whether they have been walking or not. Details of walks are as follow: (NB On both Saturday and Sunday, if you are travelling from London, you are strongly recommended to be at the station at the meeting time stated because there is a possibility that the train will be diverted and leave from another London terminus and you will need time to get there on the underground.)

FARES ARE AS FOLLOWS: Cheap day return £ 9.70
                                                Weekend return £ 15.00 (After 1000 Friday                                                   and any time
                                                Saturday for returning Saturday or Sunday)


Friday 16th June 2000

Some of those going to Aylesford for the weekend will be catching a train at Charing Cross shortly after 10 00 am. There is a train at 10 06 which gets to Aylesford at 11 38 am. There will be a short ramble from the Friars in the afternoon.

Saturday 17th June 2000

Option 1 - Medium distance (OS map 188)               Leader: Paul Brunning
The leader will meet the ramblers at the destination station.
MEET         :  Charing Cross at 0900 for 0927 train to Aylesford, change at                          Strood (arr 1107)
LUNCH       :  The Robin Hood, Blue Bell Hill
TEA            :   The Friars, Aylesford (have 20p pieces for the drinks                                       machines).
DISTANCE : 12 miles returning from Aylesford


Option 2-also Medium distance (OS map 188) Leader: Hania Poniatowska

                                                                                           and Witold
MEET         :  Charing Cross at 0935 for 0957 train to Strood (arr 1100)
LUNCH      : The Robin Hood, Blue Bell Hill Common. Picnic area nearby for

                     people to eat their

TEA           : The Friars, Aylesford. Celebration Mass at the Friars at 6 PM -

                    all welcome whether walking or not

DISTANCE: 9 Miles returning from Aylesford


Option 3 - Short Distance for those staying at the Friars on Friday night. Tony Finnegan will lead a short walk to join the day walkers at the pub on Saturday. Be ready to leave the Friars at 11 am.

2 1/2 miles to the pub. Back to the Friars down hill or you can choose to join one of the longer walks for the afternoon if you wish.

Sunday 18th June 2000

Option 1 - Medium distance (OS map 188) Leader: Maurice Hickman and                                                                                      Tony Finnegan
The leader(s) will meet the day walkers at Aylesford Station.
MEET        : Charing Cross at 8.35 for 8.57 train to Aylesford (change at

                    Strood to platform 3 - train to Aylesford leaves Strood at 10.30)

                    Arr. Aylesford 10.45.

LUNCH     :  The Cock Horse, Detling. Good food and a place

                     nearby to eat your own.

TEA           :  Unlikely.
DISTANCE: 13 Miles.
FARE         : £9.70 CDR Returning from  Aylesford


Option 2 - Short distance (OS map 188): Take the same train as the medium distance walkers but join a shorter walk (about 6 miles from the Friars and back, about 8 miles from the station and back to the station) led by Hania Poniatowska and Witold Sokolowski with lunch at the Golden Eagle in Burham.

Hania and Witold will meet the day walkers at the station at Aylesford

Sunday 25th June 2000  (OS maps 153 & 154) Leader : Paul Connolly 
MEE          : Kings Cross 0925 for 0951 tram to Baldock arr.10 28)

LUNCH     : Rose and Crown, Ashwell
TEA           : Royston
DISTANCE: 12 miles returning from Royston
FARE         : £9.00 cdr Royston with network card discount

Sunday 2nd July 2000 (os maps 166 & 167)     Leader: John Burbage
MEET         :  Liverpoo Street 0850 for 0913 train to Broxbourne (arr 0943)
LUNCH       : Travellers Friend, Epping Green
TEA             : Epping Forest Conservation Centre
DISTANCE  : 16 miles returning from Chingford (Zone 5)
FARE          :  All zone travel card £4.80 plus extension Zone 6 to

                      Broxbourne £2.30


Sunday 9th July 2000 os map 166)                   Leader: David Clark
MEET         : Kings Cross 0845 for 0911 train to Bayford (arr 1032)
LUNCH      : The Woodman, Wildhill
                      (No food, but you can eat your own packed lunch in the pub

TEA            :  Little Berkhamstead, cream teas available
DISTANCE :  13 miles returning from Bayford
£6.00 cdr Bayford



Saturday 15th July 2000 : Meet outsjde Monument  Station from 10.20 to 10.30am. AVisit  to the Custom House lower Thames Street for an insight into the workings of one of the oldest .Government Departments. See full.detailsabove. All enquiries to Dorothy Hickman.



Sunday 16th July 2000 (os map 199)                Leader: Maurice Hickman
MEET         :  Victoria 0915 for 0947 train to Eastbourne (arr 1124)
LUNCH       :  Tiger Inn, East Dean
TEA             :  Birling Gap (Possibility of a swim at Birling Gap if weather

DISTANCE  : 12 miles returning from Eastbourne
FARE          :   £11.40 with network card discount Eastbourne


 (os map 199) Leader: Maurice Hickman
MEET Victoria 0915 for 0947 train to Eastbourne (arr 1124)
LUNCH Tiger Inn, East Dean
TEA Birl ing Gap (Possibil ity of a swim at Birling Gap if weather permits)
DISTANCE: 12 miles returning from Eastbourne
FARE £11.40 with network card discount Eastbourne



Saturday July 22nd  2000 SUMMER PARTY This year we are holding the summer party on the REGALIA BOAT. The boat is moored on the north bank of the Thames opposite Southwark Cathedral. The Regalia is located at the bottom of Swan Lane off Lower Thames St. Go down the steps by 33 King William St near the entrance to Monument Station on City side of London
Bridge. Swan Lane is by the traffic lights on the opposite side of Lower Thames Street. The top deck of the Regalia is open to the public and has a bar!! Below is a seated area with a bar and will be for our use. Food will be served inside and we have full use of the facility below deck. Price of the buffet is £7.00, with a selection of seven dishes. Drinks at own expense from the bar. Please do not bling your own food or drink~ You are not obliqed to have food so if you fancy a drink and social get together all are welcome. Anyone ordering food should send a cheque to John Burbage for £7 payable to St Francis of Assisi Catholic Ramblers club by the 30th of June. Look
forward to seeing you all there.



Sunday 23rd July (os map 175) 2000

Leader         : Ranald Watson
MEET          :Paddington 0900 for 0930 train to                           Reading. change for 10.10 train to                            Mortimer (arr 1020)
LUNCH       :  Turner's Arms, Mortimer West End
TEA             :  Unfortunately impossible
DISTANCE  :  16 miles returning from Mortimer. In                         the morning a walk along the                                   Roman Walls of Silchester, in the                             afternoon pleasant walking through                         Hampshire/Berkshire woodland
FARE           :  £12.00 cdr Mortimer


Saturday 29th July 2000 (os map 150)                  Leader: Maria Darroch
MEET        :   Paddington 0820 for 0848 train to Honeybourne (arr 1039)
LUNCH     :  Crown & Trumpet, Broadway
TEA           :  Broadway (this is a circular walk)
DISTANCE: 20 miles returning from Honeybourne, very hilly in the afternoon
FARE         :  £14.70 with network card discount Honeybourne

Sunday 30th July 2000 (os map 197)

Leader: Peter MacDonald

MEET         :  Victoria 0835 for 0902 train to                                   Bognor Regis (arr 1048), then short                         bus ride to Pagham
LUNCH      :  Crab & Lobster, Sidlesham
TEA            :  Pagham (chance of a swim)
DISTANCE :  7 miles returning from Pagham to                            Bognor Regis by bus
FARE          :  £16.60 cdr Bognor Regis plus local                         bus fare each way

Sunday 6th August 2000 (os map 155)              Leader: Frank Bigg
MEET        : Liverpool Street 0805 for 0832 train to Marks Tey, change
                     for train to Sudbury (arr 0947)
LUNCH      :  The Hare Long Melford
TEA            :  Sudbury
DISTANCE : 12 miles returning from Sudbury
FARE          : £10.60 cdr Sudbury with Network Card discount.
Frank will meet the ramblers at Sudbury

Sunday 13th August 2000 (os map 188)           Leader: Paul Brunning
MEET         :  Victoria 0950 for 1022 train to Otford (arr 1102)
LUNCH       :  Rising Sun, Kemsing
TEA             :  Maybe in Otford
DISTANCE  : 12 easy miles returning from Otford
FARE           :  £6.50 cdr Otford

Sunday 20th August 2000 (os map 174)           Leader: Francis O'Sullivan
MEET         :  0830 for 0900 train to Reading, change for 0950 to Bedwyn                            (arr 1032)
LUNCH       :  Crown and Anchor, Ham
TEA             :  Maybe at Kintbury
DISTANCE  : 12 miles returning from Kintbury, the return trains are direct to Paddington
FARE           :  £1 0.50 cdr Bedwyn with network card discount

Monday 28th August 2000 (os map 165)           Leader: Paul Connolly
MEET        :   Euston 0935 for-1003 train to Tring(arr 1051)
LUNCH      :   Rose and Crown, Ivinghoe - Good value food
TEA            :  Near the Bridgewater monument in the Ashridge Estate
DrSTANCE : 12 miles returning from Tring - fairly level apart from one short

                      stiff climb up Ivinghoe Beacon (as usual just after lunch!!!)
FARE          :  £5.70 cdr Tring

Please ensure you bring your Network cards or Gold cards so that you can get the 1I3rd off full fares for yourself and up to three guests travelling with you.
Unless otherwise indicated the fare shown is the full fare from the London terminus.