Greetings Ramblers


As Christmas is just
around the corner I take this opportunity to wish you all a very happy Christmas

Get your diaries out now and make your booking for our Christmas meal. This is a time when members can share a meal and socialise, exchange Christmas cards and greetings.


I would like to take this opportunity to thank you all for your support over the last four years and I hope you will continue your support over the next year.

CHRISTMAS MEAL19th December. We have booked Brahms Restaurant
In Lupus Street. Three course meal Christmas menu. Vegetarian menu also
available please mention when booking. Cost only £5.50. Drinks paid for on
the night. As this is a very attractive price and we have to pay the Restaurant by the end of November please send full price to reach Gillian or myself by the 28th of November (pay for drinks on the night). On this occasion we can not accommodate members who turn up without booking. Get your cheques off now.

AFTER RAMBLE BUFFETDecember 20th organised by Paul Connolly.
Cost £3. See Details on Patrick Crehans ramble.

NEW YEAR PARTYJanuary 16th at the Phoenix Pub, Palace Street, Victoria (opposite Westminster" Cathedral. Bring food to share, drinks purchased at the bar. Background Music not too loud. Usual Raffle, contributions for prizes welcome. There is no entrance charge on this occasion, NB Please do not bring own drink as the licensing laws do not allow it. Members found with own drink will be asked to leave. Members can attend 6pm Mass at Westminster Cathedral. Nearest Tube and Rail Statron Victoria. Look forward to seeing you all there,


I am sorry to say we can no longer get the Church Hall AlI at St. Saviours as the VIcar has put carpet on the floor and is not letting the hall any more. Gillian and myself walked Pirnlico, Victoria and Liverpool street area looking for a suitable venue at a price the club could afford and had no success. However the Phoenix Pub in Victoria is available and MIchael the manager has agreed to let us have the pub to ourselves on Saturday 16th January at no charge. Only drinks purchased on the proemises allowed. As we have failed to get a suitable hall we are willing to try the Phoenix.


If any member can suggest a venue for the Summer party please Iet me know as soon as possible.




Minutes and Accounts from A. G. M. below.


As we start another new membership year I find myself once more as secretary. I am more than pleased to serve another year which  will be my fifth year but sad to think no one has come forward to take on this task. The club members should take turns serving on the committee as it is not healthy to have the same people staying on too long. New Committee members  bring in new ideas. 


WELCOME TO NEW MEMBERS: Su AH Chung Leyton. John Brennan Surrey. Sheila Collings Redhill. Jo Lewis - Evans, Bromley. Sue Falconer, Redhill, Surrey RH1 6PB. Joy Robinson, Walton-on-Thames. John Wetherell, London WCI Michael Wheeler, Wimbledon. Marie Gentile, . Leytonstone.  Andre Langberg, Pimlico. Ines Levrero, Marian 0' Reilly, London. 



Can I .take this opportunity to remind all new members to wear suitable footwear with ankle support for their own safety. It can be muddy and rough under foot. Please read your mtroductory leaflet carefully as it gives good advice: You can also read the various items from the leaflet on the internet. Visit the club website (the sddress of which has changed from the one shown at the top of this page since this programme.was published)


Don't forget to bring your torch on these dark day's. 



Please remember to pay your membership subscription. Subs are due in October and it is a great help to the committee if members pay up on time and do not have to be reminded. It is still only £4 and cheques payable to "St Francis of Assisi Catholic Ramblers Club" should be sent to our Treasurer: Gillian McLauchlan. Could members let Gillian know if- their address or post
code needs altering.

Please pray for Daphne Solly who is currently in Hammersmith Hospital undergoing treatment. Daphne sends her thanks to the club for flowers and Mass enrollment also to the many members who have sent flowers, Masses, cards and visits. We wish her a speedy recovery.

We also wish Ossie Barrett a speedy recovery after a recent fall.

This year we were pleased to return to St. Mary Moorfields Church, Eldon Street. Fr David Barnes our President celebrated the Mass for members' intentions on October 3rd. Fr Peter Grant who is an active member of the club celebrated the Mass for deceased members. 15 members attended. We
would like to thank both Fr David Barnes and Fr Peter Grant for celebrating both Masses. Members enjoyed 
a meal after both Masses. 


THANKS: Dorothy Hickman thanks all who took part in the Life Walk on the
30th August. The day made £135 and goes towards a Life House in the Redhill area.

Dorothy Hickrnan is organising a holiday at the above destination for August 7th-11th 1999 to see the Eclipse of the Sun weather permitting. Accommodation is bed and breakfast, evening meal. Early bookings are advisable. Details from Dorothy Hickrnan.

Day of Recollection 1999:.

News of date and venue will be in next programme.


Club members meet on the first Saturday of each month for a meal at a Central London Restaurant (not too expensive). Meeting place is outside Westminster Cathedral after 6 pm Mass. Dates as follows, Saturday 5th December, 2nd January, 6th February. Contact any committee member for details.

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

Obituary:We offer our sympathy to the Culba family on th recent death of their Mother. 

Angela and the Shardlow family would like to thank the Rambling Club and
members for Mass cards, Sympathy cards, letters or anyone who expressed sympathy in any way. Mass will be offered for their intentions.


Items for next programme should reach the secretary or ramble list
compiler hy the 22nd of January. 1999

Happy Rambling

Club Committee 1998-99

President: Fr David Barnes, Parish
Priest, St. Mary Moorfields.

VIce President: Paul Brunning. 

Secretary: Helm Hunt, 

Treasurer: Gillian McLauchlan, 

Ramble List Compiler: Paul Connolly,

Membership Secretaries

Bridie Barry, and
Francis O'SuIlivan, 

CommIttee Members:

Maurice Hickman, 

Maria Darroch, 

Robert Slater.







Social and buffet on 20th December. Details in Patrick Crehan's walk

Please see below (at the end of the list of rambles)  for notes and midweek walks


Sunday 6th December 1988 (OS Map176)         Leader: Greg McCormick

MEET         : Perivale Station (Central line) 1000 for 1015 start. (Approx 30

                     mins from Oxford Circus)

LUNCH       : Southall. Choice of Curries, McDonalds, and pubs for food.

                           Rendezvous outside McDonalds approx 1.45 pm for afternoon part of the walk

TEA             : Mid-afternoon on the way or at Perivale
DISTANCE  : 12 miles urban and country walk returning from Perivale.

                       Muddy in the afternoon
FARE           : £4.30 all zones travelcard

Sunday 13th December 1988   (os maps 166 & 167) Leader: Philip Groves
MEET        :Liverpool Street 0825 for 0848 train to Ware (arr 0925)
LUNCH     : Axe & Compasses, Braughing (Good food)
TEA           : Yew Tree Inn, Manuden
DISTANCE: 18 miles returning from Stanstead Mountfitchet
                     (The last 3 miles are under cover of darkness!!!)
FARE         : £9.70 cdr Stanstead Mountfitchet plus 2.20 single Broxbourne                        to Ware

Sunday 20th December 1988 (os map 177)              Leader: Patrick Crehan
MEET           : Highgate (Northern line) 1015 for 1030 start
LUNCH         : Anchor and Hope, or Princess of Wales, Lea Bridge road,                               Clapton E5.
                       Don't forget to save your appetites for later.
TEA              : Informal social with buffet at 'Pride ofSpitalfields' , Heneage                             Street (off Brick Lane) E1.
                       From about 4.OOpm.Aldgate East station 5 mins walk/                                   Whitechapel station 8 mins walk/Liverpool Street station 10                             mins walk/bus 25 nearby on Whitechapel Road.
                       Cost 3.00 per head for the food. The Landlady does a good                           spread including vegetarian options.
                       We need to confirm final numbers for catering by 17                                       December so please send cheque or postal order made                                 payable to Paul Connolly, along with an sae. Or see Paul or                           other committee members on the walks who will happily take                         cash!! For further information you can telephone Paul. 
DISTANCE   : 9 miles urban 'country' walks, parks, canal towpaths, and                               historic streets finishing at Whitechapel station for those not                           coming to the social.
FARE            : £4.30 all zones travelcard.


Monday 28th December 1988 (os map 188)          Leader: Hilary McNabb
MEET           : Charing Cross 1010 for 1030 train to Sevenoaks (arr 1103)
LUNCH         : The Windmill, Sevenoaks Weald
TEA              : Sevenoaks
DIST ANCE : 8 miles returning from Sevenoaks
FARE           : £5.70 cdr Sevenoaks

Sunday 3rd January 1989 (os map 187)               Leader: Maurice Hickman
MEET       : Victoria 0840 for 0902 train to Horsham (arr 1004)
LUNCH     : Dragon Inn, Colegate
TEA           : Horsham
DISTANCE: 11 miles returning from Horsham
FARE         : £9.40 cdr Horsham
Maurice will meet the ramblers at Horsham

Sunday 10th January 1989 (os map 187)              Leader: Tony Finnegan
MEET        : Victoria 0905 for 0926 train to East Grinstead (arr 1028)
LUNCH      : Plough, Dormansland
TEA           : Possibly in East Grinstead
DISTANCE: 10 miles returning from East Grinstead
FARE         : £7.90 cdr East Grinstead

Sunday 17th January 1989 (os map 165)            Leader: Francis 0' Sullivan
MEET          : Grosvenor Gardens (near Victoria Station) 0900 for 0930                                Oxford Tube coach Lewknor (arr 1030)
LUNCH       : Choice of three pubs in Sokenchurch
TEA            : No 'T'
DISTANCE : 9 miles returning from Lewkwnor
FARE          : £7.00 return Lewknor

Sunday 24th January 1989 (os map 188)            Leader : Paul Brunning
MEET          : Charing Cross 0940 for 1000 train to Tonbridge (arr 1043)
LUNCH        : The Royal Oak, Lower Haysden
TEA             : Tunbridge Wells
DIST ANCE : 9 miles returning from Tunbridge Wells
FARE           : £7.00 cdr Tunbridge Wells


Sunday 31st January 1989 (os map 186)             Leader: Maurice Hickman
MEET         : Waterloo 0855 for 0915 train to Guildford (arr 0957)
LUNCH      : The Bricklayers Arms, Manley Green
TEA           : Guildford
DISTANCE: 14 miles returning from Guildford. Some stiff hill climbing in the                       afternoon
FARE        : £7.80 cdr Guildford

Sunday 7th February 1989 (os map 179)             Leader: Paul Brunning
MEET         : Charing Cross 0915 for 0930 train to Chilham (arr 1109)
LUNCH      : The Artichoke, Chartham
TEA           : Canterbury
DISTANCE: 8 miles returning from Canterbury
FARE        : £ 11.50 cdr Canterbury

Saturday 14th February 1989 (os map 187) Leader: Tony 'St Valentine'   Finnegan
MEET       : Waterloo 0935 for 0959 train to Effingham Junction (arr 1037)
LUNCH    : The Plough, Martyrs Green
TE            : No chance
DISTANCE: 10 miles returning from Effingham Junction
FARE         : £5.40 cdr Effingham Junction

Sunday 21st February 1989 (os map 187)          Leader: Ranald Watson
MEET       : Victoria 0940 for 1006 train to Boxhill & Westhumble (arr 1054)
LUNCH     : Prince of Wales, Westcott
TEA           : Highly unlikely
DISTANCE: 12 miles returning from Leatherhead. Very hilly and muddy
FARE         : £5.80 cdr Boxhill & Westhumble

Sunday 28th February 1989 (os map 176)      Leader: Rena Borg
MEET        : High Barnet (Northern line) 1015 for 1030 start
LUNCH      : The Cock & Dragon, Chalk Lane, Cockfosters (Good food)
TEA           : Yes
DISTANCE: 10 miles returning from Oakwood station (Picadilly line)
FARE         : £ 4.30 all zones travel card Sunday 31st January (os map 186)


Midweek walks


Tuesday 15 th December 1988 (os map 176) Leader: Rena Borg
MEET        : Richmond Sttation 10 15 for 1030 start
LUNCH      : Dysart Pub, Petersham
TEA           : Yes
DISTANCE: 10 miles returning from Richmond
FARE         : £ 4.30 all zones travel card (Please note only valid after 9 30)



There may be engineering works affecting services. Please phone the rail enquries on 0345 484950 for information or look up ceefax on your tv.

If you do not sight the ramble leader at the London Terminus please board the train shown in the programme as the leader is very likely to be at the station where the walks starts from.

We have been going to Worth Abbey for the Good Friday service for the last three years and  those who have come along will attest as to how fulfilling this service is. We would like to start a tradition that this is one of the fixed points in the club calendar and therefore are looking for members who would be agreeable to learning the route and leading the walk from Three Bridges
to Worth Abbey and back, which is a total of eight miles. If you are interested please contact Tony Finnegan or Paul ConnoIIy to discuss further.

Ramble leaders please include os map numbers in your details and if you know you will not be starting from London please also include this information in your submissions.

And finally ...
Don't forget your Network cards or Gold cards for all those wonderful discounts on the fares!! 






  1. Refreshments were provided by Helen Hunt and Peter Lobo and were served to members on arrival.

       The later start allowed members to enjoy their refreshments and to
       socialise. It also gave members time to study the accounts and agenda.

  1. Paul Brunning opened the meeting by leading members in reciting the
    Prayer of St Francis

  2. Apologies: Fr David Barnes, Maureen Cahalane, Maureen Furlong, Mary Hennessy, Mary Hickman, Denis & Margaret Moran, David Robbins, Witold Sokolowski, Ranald Watson, Lyn Woolham.

  3. The minutes of the 67th AGM were reviewed and agreed.

  4. Matters Arising: Paul Connolly is not a trained First Aider.

  5. Secretary's Report: Helen highighted parts of her report which is no longer available. Helen was thanked for the tremendous work she has done for the club.
  1. Treasurer's Report: Gillian highlighted areas of the accounts which are

       Membrship numbers remain the same despite over 40 members failing        to pay their subs before the 31st Dec.

      The payments received for 98/99 already number 66 which is very                  heartening. The club photocopier is no longer willing to print large                  quantities so we are having to contract out. At present Tony Finnegan            not only prints our programmes at competitive rates but also designs and

      prints party tickets etc. The cost for the whole set of membership cards          for 98/99 is £10.

      We are grateful to Tony for his time and assistance.

      Parties: Gillian thanked members who have donated raffle prizes, the            variety adds to the fun.

      Largely due to increased printing costs and Summer Party loss the club
      made a loss in 97/98 of £52. Gillian has calculated that despite these
      increased costs the basic expenses: printing, postage, Insurance etc

      is still less than £4 per member and does not foresee a need to raise the
      membership fee next year.

      Gillian said she had enjoyed her year and was willing to stand again.
      Paul led the meeting in thanking Gillian for her work as Treasurer.

  1. Ramble Compiler's Report: Paul has been very pleased with the standard of rambles offered, the variety of areas and distances.
    He does however have some concerns. He would prefer it if leaders could think further ahead (2 or 3 programmes) this would make planning a balanced programme easier and would reduce the numbers of last minute calls, he would prefer too many rambles than too few. Also by booking ahead leaders are more likely to get their preferred date.
    New leaders are also needed especially as some of the most experienced are  no longer available.
    Experienced leaders are asked to take new leaders and interested ramblers on walkouts, or to plan and lead a ramble together. Paul is willing to put people in touch with each other. Both Paul and Tony would like the Good Friday Worth Abbey walk to become an annual event, with different leader each year. An easy start for a new leader.

    Tony complimented Paul on the ramble lists he has compiled and on his work to encourage new ramble leaders.
    Paul Brunning led the meeting in thanking Paul for his stirling work for the club.
  1. Membership Secretaries' Reports: Bridie reported that she has received
    69 enquiries of which 9 have become members.
    he enquiries tend to come in a rush making it quite hectic at times.
    Francis reported similar numbers.

   10.  Election of Committee.
     Paul began by thanking everyone for their support during the past 8               yrs that he has been Vice President, and for the cards and gifts on                 his marriage. They are planning to join a ramble monthly. A discussion on

     the role of Vice President followed. John Lawrence believed it was an

     honorary post for life, the first being Fred McAndrews - who later

     resigned. Tony has archive papers dating back to 1934 which refer to a

     V.P. We agreed that the role needs definition

     Dorothy Hickman felt that the V.P. gives the club continuity and helps

     to preserve the constitution. Mike Hoffman felt the V.P. gives useful

     links for new committee members, especially if there have been several
     changes. Paul has taken on Chairman roles but has no direct respon-
     sibilities. He feels the V.P. needs to be someone who is both respected
     and has the club's best interest at heart.

    John suggests addition Of V.P. to constitution, to be brought to next
    year's AGM.

    After the support Paul has recently received he is willing to stand.
    Nominations for V.P. Helen Hunt, Mary Hickman, Paul Brunning.

   Results of ballot:             10                    3                    11

The Committee:

Secretary: As no-one else is willing to stand Helen will stand once
again! Treasurer: Gillian willing to stand again. Ramble List: Paul happy
to continue.

Welcome to Robert Slater and Maria Darroch, together with Francis
O'Sullivan, Bridie Barry and Maurice Hickman.

11.Election of Auditors.

Peter Lobo is no longer willing to stand. He was thanked for his service
as auditor and his 'behind the scenes' work at parties etc.

Both John and Gillian apologised for misunderstandings over the audit.
John is willing to stand again. To put a request in Newsletter for a
second auditor.

12.Any Other Business:

Dorothy Hickman asked if the club is planning a trip to Cornwall for
the eclipse in August 1999.

The Club History Account: Only Tony and Dorothy have been working on
the archives. Tony feels the amount of work and cost of publication are
prohibitive and suggests the funds be absorbed by the club. We agreed
to the initial £500 being 'paid back'. Tony is willing to put another
booklet together, if approved by the committee.