The club is approved by Cardinal Cormac Murphy O'Connor, Archbishop of Westminster, 
Affiliated to the Ramblers Association Re istered Charit No. 306089

Dear Ramblers

Hail Summer, and goodbye to the cold showers and gales of February and March. Summer of course, brings with it it's own fun and activities in the club - as you can see above. We look forward to seeing you at the BBQ if
you can make it.

I was a stranger ... (Mt 25:35)
We would like to remind members that this club welcomes walkers from other denominations to come and sample our unique hospitality. All
members please ensure that you are welcoming and not judgmental. Under our constitution members of other denominations may become associate members of our club.

New Club Secretary for 2003: It may seem a bit early to talk about the

AGM and the election of a new committee, but as there was a year's gap the last time before a new Secretary was elected, we wanted to give you advance notice of this impending vacancy. If you would like to volunteer please advise any member of the committee when you see them next - you will be welcomed with open arms!

The post does not require much time on your part, or any special skills. In
fact, whatever attributes you have always come to the fore. And of course, it's very sociable and personally rewarding in return, and you'll be in good company too.


Welcome to new members:
Christina Bartolo, London W9; Helen Nelson, London SE26; Susan
Richards, Croydon and Norah Ryan, Morden.

Welcome back to: Phil Doorley, London SE5; David Gallo, Finland; Chris Goode, Harrow and Greg McCormick. Stanmore.


London String of Pearls Golden
Jubilee Festival - Wednesday, 5th June and Friday, 5'" July.
Organised by Dorothy Hickman . Please see the
programme for details of this.

Dorothy has 5 spare tickets for the
3.30pm guided tour of the Innholders'
Hall (30 College Street) on Thursday
19'" September. Please contact her
on the given if you would like one of

Holidays in Durham - Further details from Dorothy Hickman.


Sunday 4th August· Saturday 10th August Ushaw College (3 miles from Durham City) are holding a week of pilgrimage and prayer entitled Joumeying with the Northem Saints. Places visited include Lindisfarne, York, Rievaulx, Mount Grace. Cost £240. Details and booking form can be obtained from

Tracy Maratty, Course Administrator, Ushaw College, Durham, DH7 9RH.
Tel. 0191 3738517.

Saturday 10th August - Saturday 17th August Week in Durham city, walking and sightseeing. Staying in University holiday accommodation. B&B from £20 (more if ensuite) and plenty of single rooms.

Summer Party - Saturday, 7th September. Full details to follow in the next newsletter.

Informal Reunion - Saturday, 28th September at 1.00pm, Royal Festival Hall, organised by Maureen Furtong. 



Our deepest sympathies to Stephen Graham, on the death of his mother,
who passed away in January and to Terry Dobson, on the death of his
father in March of this year. Our sympathies also to Mrs Sheila White on the death of her mother, Patricia Crocknell, who used to make the Christmas cake for our club parties for a number of years. They will all be remembered in our annual mass in November for the deceased family of members.

Clare Fruin by Maureen Furlong: As reported on our last newsletter, Clare
Fruin a former active club member died in February R.I. P. She was 94
years of age! It was in the club that she and Mary Frazer first met. Mary
eventually went to live in Ireland but came over to visit Clare several times
a year, and was one of the chief mourners at Clare's funeral. At the
Requiem Mass, Mary gave a reflection on Clare's life, mentioning, in particular, the various walks and club activities in which they had taken

Mary Frazer is planning to come to visit Audrey Stiles, a life member,who also knew Clare. Audrey is now in a nursing home in Ipswich. She sends her regards to everyone, and is always glad to have news of the ramblers. Anyone wishing to write/send a card etc to Audrey should address it to her brother: Mr Peter Stiles, who will see that she gets it.

Please note change of name and address: As many of you are aware, Paul and I got married early in May, hence my change of surname and new address. Many thanks for all the best wishes received.

Ramblers' Day of Recollection by Mary Maxwell

Some 35 of us spent a very rewarding Day of Recollection given by Father David Barnes, our President, at St Mary Moorfields on Sunday, 2th February.

It was the second Sunday of Lent and Father David chose as his theme one
of the readings for Ash Wednesday, from the Book of Joel, "Come back to me with all your heart". He used this to illustrate the three important
themes of Lent; Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving. He pointed out that these were meant to be tools to help draw us back to God and wean us away from our inclinations to  over-emphasise worldly attractions.

We were indeed privileged to have Father David give up his Sunday for us. It was most memorable and a wonderful preparation for Lent He gave us two thought provoking talks which were followed by a lively general discussion on some of the points he had raised. We also had the opportunity for some quiet time for reflection in the Chapel where the Blessed Sacrament was exposed. In the afternoon session, Father David spoke about the parable of the Prodigal Son which seemed to lead naturally into a discussion about the
importance of forgiveness and hence the Sacrament of Reconciliation in
our lives. It was a day filled with spiritual blessings and I am sure I can speak for all when I say we went home spiritually refreshed and inspired and hopefully trying to put into practice at least some of what we had heard.

Many grateful thanks to Father David Bames from all of us and it appeared
to be the general consensus that we would hope the Day at St Mary
Moorfields would become an annual event.

An abbreviated version of the Country Code submitted by Tony Finnegan

1. Respect the life of thecountryside.


2. Guard against fire.



3. Fasten all gates. 

4. Keep dogs under proper control.

5. Keep to the paths and walk in
single file across farm land.

6. Avoid damaging fences, hedges
and walls.

7. Leave no litter.

8. Safeguard water supplies.

9. Protect wildlife, plants and trees.

10.Take extra care on country roads
and face oncoming traffic on the
right hand side of the road.


Items for next programme should reach the secretary or ramble list compiler by 20 July 2002.

God Bless and happy rambling.

Club Committee Members 2001/2002



Fr David Bames, Parish Priest,
St Mary Moorfieids,
4-5 Eldon Street
London EC2M 7LS


Vice President:

Helen Hunt, 



Antoinette Connolly, 


Gillian McLauchlan

Ramble List Compiler:

Paul Connolly, 

Membership Secretaries:


Nick Peterson,
Mike Hoffman,

Sunday 2nd June 2002 (os map 189)              Leader: Maurice Hickman
MEET           : Charing Cross 0945 for 1010 train to Robertsbridge (arr 1128)
LUNCH        : Castle Inn, Bodiam
TEA              : Robertsbridge (if possible)
DISTANCE   : 8.5 miles returning from Robertsbridge
FARE            : £9.25 cdr Robertsbridge with network card discount
In the morning a visit will be made to Springfield Wood, Salehurst, to see the six trees dedicated to Gennet Berhe RlP. In the afternoon there will be time to visit Bodiam Castle (N.T.)

Tuesday 4th June 2002 (os map 198) Leader: Catherine Scott and                                                                                          Christopher McNicolas
MEET           : Victoria 0920 for 0947 train to Worthing (arr 1127)
LUNCH        : Angmering - Tudor Tavern (Booze, but no food), or Bluebird                           Cafe (Food, but no booze)
TEA              : Littlehampton
DISTANCE   : 8 easy and level miles returning from Littlehampton
FARE            : £11.15 cdr Littlehampton with network card discount
Bring your costume and a towel as there should be a chance for a swim.

Wednesday 5th June 2002 - London String of Pearls Golden Jubilee Festival. A visit to some of the buildings
specially opened for the Festival. Details from Dorothy Hickman (01737765231).
MEET    : 1145-1200 outside the Temple Underground Station.
LUNCH  : Possibly at The Old Bell Tavern, 95 Fleet St, then walk to St Bride's Church for the 2.00pm guided tour. Afterwards, if time, visit other nearby String of Pearls' events.

Sunday 9th June 2002 (os map 186)   Leader: Philip Groves
MEET Waterloo 0845 for 0915 train to Haslemere (arr 1005)
LUNCH        :  Duke of Cumberland Arms, Henley
TEA              : Wait and see
DISTANCE   : 22 partly hilly miles
FARE            : £8.00 cdr Haslemere with network card discount


Sunday 16th June 2002 (os map 187)  Leader: David Robbins
MEET          : East Croydon 0845 for 0905 train to Ashurst (arr 0943) 
Connecting trains: Victoria dep 0834 arr East Croydon 0853 or 
                                 London Bridge dep 0840 arr 0856 East Croydon
LUNCH         : Anchor, Hartfield
TEA              : Crow and Gate, Middle of Nowhere
DISTANCE   : 13 miles returning from Crowborough
FARE            : £10.10 cdr Crowborough.

David will meet the ramblers at Ashurst

Sunday 23rd June 2002 (os map 154) Leader: Robert Slater
MEET           : Kings Cross 0850 for 0915 non-stop train to Cambridge (arr                            .10 00)
LUNCH        : The Eagle, Benet Street, Cambridge
TEA              : The Plough, Fen Ditton
DISTANCE   : 9 miles
FARE            : ,£ 10.35 cdr Cambridge' with NSE discount Robert will meet the ramblers at Cambridge. Walk includes the Botanical Gardens (£2.50 admission) in the morning. Punting on the River Cam available for
the romantics (£12 per punt per hour, £60 deposit). Guided tours of Cambridge also available).

Sunday 30th June 2002 (os map 188)   Leader: Tony Finnegan
MEET           : Victoria 09 00 for 09  26 train to Oxted: (arr 10 12)

LUNCH         : The Grasshopper on the Green Westerham - reasonably                                pnced good food.
TEA              : Oxted
DISTANCE   : 13 fairly strenuous miles
FARE            : £9.15 cdr Oxted with network card discount


Friday 5th July 2002 - London String of Pearls Golden Jubilee Festival. A visit to some of the buildings specially opened for the Festival. Details from Dorothy Hickman.

MEET 0945 to 1000 at Victoria Railway Station, near booking office.
LUNCH &     Walk (about a mile) to visit Marlborough House, (The Commonwealth Secretariat), Pall Mall
VISITS         . Walk (2 miles) to St Ethelread's for the 1.00pm Mass and                                 lunch at their cafe or at Ye Olde Mitre. Walk (l mile) to                                     Goldsmiths' Hall. Possibly walk (about a mile) via Millennium                           Bridge and Thames path to finish at London Bridge.

Saturday 6th July 2002 (os map 178)   Leader: Barbara Bridle
MEET        : Victoria Station 0945 for 1011 train to Sole Street (arr 1057)
LUNCH     :  Golden Lion, Luddesdown
TEA           : Wetherspoon pub, Bromley South
DISTANCE:  6 miles returning from Sole Street. Walk includes visit to                                 Cobham College (Alms House) and the Leather Bottle pub                             (Pickwick Papers)
FARE         : £5.15 cdr Sole Street with network card discount.
Barbara will meet the ramblers at Sole Street.

Sunday 7thJuly 2002(os map 166 & 167) Leader: John Burbage
MEET           : Liverpool Street 0910 for 0933 train to Broxbourne (arr 1007)
LUNCH         :Travellers Rest, Epping Green
TEA              : By Epping Forest Conservation Centre
DISTANCE   : 16 miles returning from Chingford (zone 5)
FARE            : One day all zones travel card £5.00 plus extension to                                      Broxbourne £2.70

Saturday 13th July: Summer Barbeque. Please see above for full details of this.


Sunday 14thJuly  2002 (os map 199)        Leader: Maurice Hickman
MEET:           Victoria 0915 for 0947 train to Eastbourne (arr 1124)
LUNCH        : Tiger Inn, East Dean
TEA              : BirJing Gap or Beachy Head
DISTANCE   : 12 miles returning from Eastbourne
FARE            : £12.00 cdr Eastbourne with NSE discount
Maurice will meet the ramblers at Eastbourne


To see some photographs taken on Maurice's walk above click HERE


Sunday 21st July 2002 (os map 177)          Leader: Paul ConnolIy
MEET          : Fenchurch Street 0845 for 0910 to Upminster (arr 0934). Train                         calls at West Ham 0918 (interchange with Jubilee, District,                             and Hammersmith & City lines)
LUNCH        : The Old Dog, Herongate Tye
TEA              : Billericay
DISTANCE   : 15 miles returning from Billericay
FARE            : All zones travel card £4.40 with NSE discount plus single                                from BilIericay - zone 6 £2.10 with NSE discount. Paul will                              meet the ramblers at Upminster.

Sunday 28th July 2002 (os map 187)           Leader: Tony Finnegan
MEET:          Victoria 0855 for 0922 train to Barming (arr 1021). NB it may                           be  necessary to change at Swanley so listen for                                             announcements.
LUNCH       : Kings Arms, Boxley
TEA             : Malta Inn (on the banks of the River Medway)
DISTANCE  : 11 generally easy miles but steep ascent to the North Downs                            returning from Maidstone East
FARE           : £7.65 cdr Maidstone East with network card discount

Sunday 4th August 2002 (os map 165)       Leader: Tony Norton
MEET           : Marylebone 0935 for 0959 train to Wendover (arr 1040)
LUNCH        : Cock and Rabbit, Lee (near Great Missenden)
TEA              : Hardly
DISTANCE   : 19 miles returning from Rickmansworth
FARE            : £6.60 cdr Wendover with NSE discount


Sunday 11th August 2002 (os map 175 & 176) Leaders: Maureen                                                                                              Calahane- and Bridie Harry
MEET          :Waterloo 0915 for 0947 to Windsor & Eton Riverside (arr 1045)
LUNCH        : The Stag, Datchet. There is a village green here for those not                          requiring pub food.
TEA              : Nr Runnymede
DISTANCE   : 9 miles returning from Staines
FARE            : £6.30 cdr to Windsor

Sunday 18th August 2002 (os maps 174 & 175) Leader: Paul Connolly
MEET     : Paddington 0850 for 0918 train to Goring and Streatley (arr 1025)
LUNCH   : The Bell, Aldworth - no hot meals but good value filled rolls.
TEA         : Maybe
DISTANCE : 12 miles returning from Goring & Streatley
FARE         : £7.95 cdr Goring and Streatley with NSE discount

Monday 26th August 2002 (os map 179) Leader: Catherine Scott and                                                                                           Christopher McNicolas
MEET          : Charing Cross 0840 for 0900 train to Deal (arr 1059)
LUNCH        : ZetJand Arms, Kingsdown (by the beach)
TEA              : St Margarets Bay
DISTANCE   : 8 miles returning from Dover
FARE            : £12.85 cdr Dover Priory with network card discount
                        May be a chance of a swim, so bring a costume and towel


I Additional walks:
Please ring Dorothy Hickmanfor occasional midweek walks, and when the main walk is too long or hilly for you - phone Witold or Hania for a short, or long and leisurely walk with lots 

Greater restrictions to the new Network Card are planned this Summer. They will not apply to those cards already in use before the implementation date. Members should check at their local station to see if they are affected and purchase a new card before the cut-off date if this saves money.