Programme of Events December 2007 - February 2008
Greetings Ramblers, 
Please Note the new Ramble List compiler’s details in the committee list on page 8 and let him have your ramble  details for next programme by 27th January. Other items to the Secretary by the same date please.  NB From January onwards some fares will increase but details are not available as we go to press.
Sunday 2nd December   (Explorer Map 146)             Leader:  Mary Hickman
MEET         :Victoria at 0940 for 1004 train to Redhill (arr 1037) NB See fare line below for 
                     which ticket to buy.
LUNCH       :William IV, Bletchingley
TEA            :Station Hotel, Nutfield (near Nutfield Station)
DISTANCE :6 miles or 10 miles (optional) if returning from Redhill
FARE          :£5.30 cdr Nutfield with Network Card
Sunday 9th December   (Landranger Map 166)        Leader:  Robert Slater
MEET         :Kings Cross 0930 for 0952 train to Hitchin (arr 1021)
LUNCH       :The Bull, Gosmore (Latin wall inscriptions for scholars amongst us)
TEA            :Caffé Nero, Hitchin, after carol singing in Market Square.  Hostelries and other  
                     eateries also available.
DISTANCE :11 miles, returning from Hitchin
FARE          :£8.60 CDR Hitchin, with Network Card.
NOTE          :Robert will meet the ramblers at Hitchin Station
Sunday 23rd December   Landranger Maps 176 and 177)   Leader:  Paul Connolly
MEET : Highgate Station, Northern Line, Barnet branch, 1000 for 1015 start.  Approx 25 minutes     from Waterloo / Charing Cross and approx 15 minutes from Euston / Kings Cross
LUNCH : Rochester Castle (Wetherspoon’s), Stoke Newington High Street, London N16.
TEA  :Angel – a vast array of options including a very cheap Indian vegetarian restaurant (£3.50   all you can eat buffet, hot and cold drinks extra)
DISTANCE :9 downhill and level miles, returning from Angel (Northern line, City branch, plus
                     around 15 bus routes).  Surprisingly rural in parts, considering how close to the
                     centre of London this walk is.
FARE          :All zones Travelcard £6.70 or £4.80 with Network Card discount or £0.00 for
                     Freedom Pass holders.
Sunday 30th December   (Explorer Map 121)          Leader:  Maurice Hickman
MEET        :Victoria 0940 for 1004 train to Ford (arr 1138)
LUNCH      :Maypole Inn, Yapton  (grid reference SU978042)
TEA            :Ship and Anchor, Ford
DISTANCE :6 miles, or 10 if returning from Arundel
FARE          :£12.35 cdr Ford with Network Card.
Sunday 6th January 2008 (os map 187)       Leader: Tony Finnegan
MEET          :Victoria 0900 for 0922 train to Oxted (arr 1012)
LUNCH       :The Grasshopper on the Green, Westerham (GR 448541). Pub does good not-
                     too-expensive food.  Lots of space on green in front of pub and seats where you
                     can eat your own.
TEA            :Oxted station (Wetherspoon).
DISTANCE :13 fairly strenuous miles.
FARE          :£4.80 cdr Oxted with Network card discount, returning from Oxted.
Sunday 13th January   (Landranger Map 177)               Leader:  Paul Connolly
MEET          :Liverpool Street 0920 for 0945 train to Brentwood (arr 1014) NB See fare line
                     below for which ticket to buy.
LUNCH       :The Old Dog, Herongate – good food
TEA            :Billericay
DISTANCE :11 mostly level miles (this is Essex, after all!!), returning from Billericay.  May be
FARE          :£6.75 cdr Billericay with Network Southeast card discount.  Paul will meet the ramblers at Brentwood. 
Sunday 20th January     (Landranger Map 188)                   Leader:  Paul Brunning
MEET          :Charing Cross 0945 for 1010 train to Tonbridge (arr 1053) NB see fare line below
                     for which ticket to buy.
LUNCH       :Hare and Hounds, Bidborough (good food but a bit expensive)
TEA            :Possibly at Tunbridge Wells
DISTANCE :9 miles, returning from Tunbridge Wells
FARE          :£6.50 CDR Tunbridge Wells with Network Card.
Sunday 27th January    (Explorer Map 146)            Leader:  Maurice Hickman
MEET         :Victoria 0940 for 1004 train to Redhill (arr 1037)
LUNCH       :Station Hotel, Nutfield (near Nutfield Station)
TEA            :Home Cottage, Redhill
DISTANCE :8 miles, returning from Redhill
FARE          :£5.10 cdr Redhill with Network Card.
Sunday 3rd February     (Landranger Map 177)                      Leader:  Ron Scott
MEET          :Fenchurch Place (outside Fenchurch St Station) to start at 1000
LUNCH        :Wetherspoon, The Tyburn, Marble Arch
TEA/Late refreshments: Wetherspoon, The Liberty Bounds, Tower Hill
DISTANCE :10 miles approx
FARE          :Depends where you’re coming from.  Walk is entirely in Travelcard Zone 1.
Sunday 10th February (Landranger Map 177)         Leaders:  Marta and John Haworth
MEET          :Charing Cross 0850 for 0912 train to Chislehurst (arr 0939)
LUNCH       :The Banker’s Draft (Wetherspoon’s), Eltham
TEA            :Not guaranteed
DISTANCE :up to 12 miles, returning from Erith – other finishing points available
FARE          :£6.70 All-Zone travelcard (£4.80 with Network Card).
Sunday 17th February   (Explorer Map 182)                Leader: Phil Evans
MEET          :Kings Cross (Main line) 1015 for 1036 train to Welwyn Garden City (arr 1101)
LUNCH       :The Nelson, Wheathampstead
TEA            :The Brocket Arms, Ayot St Lawrence
DISTANCE :12 miles, returning from Welwyn Garden City
FARE          :£5.95 cdr Welwyn Garden City with Network Card
Sunday 24th February      (Landranger Map 179)                   Leader: Paul Brunning
MEET        :Charing Cross 0905 for 0924 train to Chilham (arr 1103). NB see fare line below for
                   which ticket to buy.
LUNCH      :Chapter Arms Inn, Chartham Hatch (good food but a bit expensive)
TEA            :Canterbury
DISTANCE :9½ miles, returning from Canterbury
FARE          : £12.85 CDR with Network Southeast card discount.
News, Views and items of interest
Welcome to New members: A hearty welcome to the following who have become fully paid up members since the last programme: Pam Fleming of Penge, London SE20, Mary Hanna of Bromley, Kent and Sister Cecily Parvi of Cheshunt. We wish them many years of happy rambling with the club.
And a reminder to “old” members that subscriptions for 2007-08 are now over due.  At the time of going to press there less than half the existing members had renewed.  If you are one of those who had not please renew your membership  immediately by sending a cheque for £5 payable to the club to Gillian McLauchlan, 
AGM 2007: The committee that was elected at the AGM on 7th October are listed on page 8.  The secretary, treasurer and Ramble List Compiler were directly elected by the AGM.  Other roles will have been decided by the time you read this and will be included in the next programme.  The accounts for 2006-07 are on page 9.

Also at the AGM we decided to abolish the rule that three rambles had to be completed before applying for membership of the club.  This change is already paying dividends and hopefully will help to build the membership back up to the level it has been in the past.
Holiday accommodation in the Pyrenees:  One of our members, Philip Groves, has a large village apartment which sleeps up to six people in a very scenic area of the Eastern Pyrenees which has many good walks and surrounding summits and which is available for holiday lets. Full details are on the following web link: In addition, Philip is offering a 10% discount off the normal prices to Club members. He can be contacted on 07736 060 254 or e mail

Reunion 2007: The Club Reunion took place on 27th September and was another happy and successful occasion.  Nearly 40 people attended and there were apologies and good wishes from some who could not attend (including from Geoff and Marion Miller whose son Fr Philip had been installed as a Parish Priest the previous day).

Some had come from as far away as Norwich, the Isle of Wight and Wales.  Some had not met since last year or were meeting newer members for the first time.

There was a wonderfully convivial spirit in a very congenial atmosphere and plenty of volunteers to help in the kitchen, including the washing up. 

Marie Tisi gave an update on the arrangements for the holiday in St Ives next May - an event to which a large group is looking forward.

Everyone was grateful to Marie for the preparation and time consuming work that goes into organising reunions and, not least, for all the planning which has to be made for the St Ives trip - not always an easy task - Thank you Marie.

We look forward to next year’s reunion (if I am given the date I will even see that it is trailed in the summer Newsletter).  No doubt there will be more exchange of news and photos from St Ives, which can also go up on the club’s website.  In the meantime we pray that the spirit of St Francis will guide us and the Lord be with us all.  (Based loosely on a draft provided by Maureen Furlong).
Two Pairs of Lady’s boots: I have two pairs of Lady’s size 6 boots.  The kind donor said she would donate to the club whatever anyone would like to pay for them.  So, ladies, name your own price and they are yours.

Publicising the Club: As soon as we have decided on the distribution of duties among committee members we will be producing a new notice board announcement and asking members to get it put up in their local Church.  If your parish does not  have our poster on its notice board please get a copy of the new one from one of the membership secretaries and ask your parish priest for permission to put it up, or if there is one there already just replace it with the new one showing the names and details of the membership secretaries for the current year.
Future Dates for Your Diary
Monday 28th  April to Thursday 1st  May 2008 Holiday in North Wales
The English Catholic History Association are holding their Biennial Conference at the Loreto Centre Llandudno from Monday 28th April to Thursday 1st May 2008. There will be talks and visits to nearby places of Catholic interest. Details should be available in December. After the conference it should be possible to stay nearby (perhaps Anglesey or Holywell) for a few days to do some walking & sightseeing.
If interested contact Dorothy Hickman for more details.
3rd  to 9th  August 2008 Holiday at Ushaw College, Durham
Ushaw College are holding their holiday/pilgrimage 'Journeying with the Northern Saints' from 3rd to 9th August 2008. Visiting Lindisfarne, Rievaulx, Monkwearmouth etc. Cost is £390 for accommodation, transport, entrance fees, guided tours and talks by staff and seminarians. It should be possible to stay on at Ushaw College for a few more days and see more of the area.
If interested ring Dorothy Hickman 01737 765 231 for more details.

First Leg of Santiago Pilgrimage

Maurice Hickman is planning to do the first part of a long pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostella in Spain. He will do the first leg in France beginning from Le Puy and walk from 5th to 19th April 2008. More details will be available in the next programme concerning the expected dates of travel to and from the pilgrimage. If interested contact Maurice Hickman 

The Pilgrims of St Francis; 2009 walking pilgrimage: This is an international pilgrimage group with aims highly compatible with ours.  They organise an annual walking pilgrimage in a different country each year on lines similar to the Arundel and Brighton Ecumenical Walking Pilgrimage which several of our members have joined over the years.  In 2009 the annual international pilgrimage will be in the United Kingdom.  We will keep in touch with the organisers and give full details of how to join in the pilgrimage as time goes on. Visit their website at for further details  


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Spaghetti House Christmas Menu

Price £14 two courses; £17.50 three courses PLUS 12.5 % service charge
NB Please let Tony Finnegan have your selection plus £5 deposit by 1st December
cream soup of seasonal vegetables with toasted garlic crostini
spicy crab rucola garlic & chilli bruschetta
buffalo mozzarella from Campania plum tomatoes Tuscan virgin olive & fresh basil
Main Course
penne tossed with mushrooms courgettes chilli garlic chopped parsley & olive oil
traditional roast turkey chipolatas & cranberry sauce sauté rosemary potatoes & Brussels sprouts
roast Scottish salmon capers black olives & vine tomatoes served with garlic spinach
Dessert Course
baked Panettone pudding with fresh cream
chocolate ice cream with a zabaglione centre coated with crushed hazelnuts& dusted with cocoa powder
Savoiardi biscuits layered with mascarpone flavoured with espresso coffee & liqueur
apricot prunes & sultana compote flavoured with cinnamon topped with custard cream & sliced almonds