St Francis of Assisi Catholic Ramblers Club


The club is Approved by the Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster;

Affiliated to the Ramblers Association

Greetings Ramblers,


NB Items for the next programme must reach the Secretary or Ramble List Compiler by 31st January.


Reminder: Please book early for the Royal Oak on 14th December (this page), Christmas Dinner at Lowiczanka on 20th December (Page 2) and Christmas Lunch at St Paul’s on 22nd December (also on Page 2).


Sunday 7th December (Landranger Map 154)                                       Leader: Carol Anley

MEET: Kings Cross 0915 for 0940 train to Cambridge (arr 1031)
LUNCH: Green Man, Grantchester
TEA: Cambridge
DISTANCE: 7 miles, returning from Cambridge
FARE: £11.90 cdr Cambridge from Kings Cross, £10.55 from Zone 6 boundary, both with Network card

Notes: Carol will meet the ramblers at Cambridge. There will be an opportunity to visit a couple of colleges – St John’s can look quite ghostly on a winter’s afternoon – or go to an Advent carol concert at Robinson College at 1700. Those who wish can attend sung Latin Mass at the Gothic church of Our Lady and the English Martyrs at 1815 – en route to the station.


Sunday 21st December (Landranger Map 166)                      Leader: Martin Harrison


MEET: Cockfosters Station (Piccadilly Line, Zone 5) at 1045 for 1100 start
LUNCH: The Chequers Pub, Coopers Lane, Potters Bar – has reasonably priced food
TEA: Trent Park
DISTANCE: 9 miles
FARE: £7.00 Zones 1-6 Travelcard, £4.80 with Network Card, free for Freedom Pass holders.

Sunday 28th December (Landranger Map 177)                        Leader: Paul Brunning


MEET: Charing Cross 0935 for 0953 train to Hayes (Kent) arr 1026
LUNCH: The Quuen’s Head / George and Dragon, Downe
TEA: ?
DISTANCE: 11 miles, returning from Hayes
FARE: £3.30 cdr Hayes from Charing Cross with Network Card, free for Freedom Pass holders.


Sunday 4th January (Landranger Map 198)                          Leader: Maurice Hickman


MEET: Victoria 1020 for 1047 train to Gatwick Airport then change for 1137 train to Ifield (arr 1148)
LUNCH: Lamb Inn, Lambs Green (pub does good food, eat your own elsewhere)
TEA: Jubilee Oak, Crawley (Wetherspoon)
DISTANCE: 8 level miles, returning from Crawley
FARE: £8.10 cdr Ifield from Victoria, £4.70 from Zone 6 boundary, both with Network Card


Sunday 11th January (Landranger Map 177)                    Leaders: Marta and John Haworth


MEET: Charing Cross 0915 for 0937 train to Barnehurst (arr 1015)
LUNCH: The White Cross, North Cray
TEA: Unlikely
DISTANCE: 12 miles, returning from Bickley (to Victoria)
FARE: £7.00 Zones 1-6 Travelcard, £4.80 with Network Card, free for Freedom Pass holders.

Sunday 18th January (Landranger Map 165)                           Leader: Philip Groves


MEET: Marylebone Station 0910 for 0927 train to Great Missenden (arr 1008)
LUNCH: The Rising Sun, Little Hampden – excellent choice of food
TEA: Wendover
DISTANCE: 13 hilly miles, returning from Wendover
FARE: £8.90 cdr Wendover from Marylebone, £6.40 from Zone 6 boundary, both with Network Card. Freedom Pass holders only need a cdr from Amersham to Wendover, £3.90 with Network Card.


Sunday 25th January (Landranger Map 187)                              Leader: Tony Finnegan

MEET: Victoria 0915 for 0934 train to East Grinstead (arr 1110) (replacement bus for part of journey)
LUNCH: The Plough, Dormansland (GR 406 427)
TEA: Somewhere in East Grinstead
DISTANCE: 10 miles, returning from East Grinstead
FARE: £7.15 cdr East Grinstead from Victoria, £4.05 from Zone 6 boundary, both with Network Card.


Sunday 1st February (Explorer Map 160)                         Leaders: Lois and John Darley

MEET: Waterloo Station 0845 for 0909 train to Ascot (arr 1004)
LUNCH: The Wheatsheaf Hotel, Virginia Water
TEA: Possibly (depending on timing) at the Fox and Hounds, Englefield Green
DISTANCE: 12 miles, traversing Windsor Great Park from Ascot, around Virginia Water Lake and via the Long Walk to Windsor, returning from Windsor and Eton Riverside
FARE: £7.00 cdr Ascot from Waterloo, £3.90 from Zone 6 boundary, both with Network Card


Sunday 8th February (Landranger Map 187)                                Leader: Maurice Hickman


MEET: Victoria at 0905 for 0934 train to Redhill (arr 1012)
LUNCH: The Sportsman, Mogador (space to eat your own food outside)
TEA: Fanny’s Farm Shop
DISTANCE: 12 miles, returning from Redhill
FARE: £5.35 cdr Redhill from Victoria, £2.30 from Zone 6 boundary, both with Network Card.


Sunday 15th February (Landranger Map 179)                                     Leader: Paul Brunning


MEET: Charing Cross 0910 for 0930 train to Chilham (arr 1106)
LUNCH: The Artichoke, Chartham – good food, but a bit pricey
TEA: Optional at Canterbury
DISTANCE: 9.5 miles, returning from Canterbury
FARE: £13.60 cdr Canterbury from Charing Cross, £11.20 from Zone 6 boundary, both with Network Card


Sunday 22nd February (Explorer Maps 145, 160)                               Leader: John Burbage


MEET: Waterloo 0920 for 0940 train to West Byfleet (arr 1024)
LUNCH: New Inn, Cart Bridge
TEA: Guildford
DISTANCE: 12 miles on the level, returning from Guildford
FARE: £7.60 cdr Guildford from Waterloo, £4.75 from Zone 6 boundary, both with Network Card


News, Views and items of interest


Report from the Annual General Meeting: The AGM was held on 4 October.  In response to one of the comments received when we asked members for opinions earlier this year this is a brief summary of what was decided:   The AGM, which was held on the Feast of St Francis and attended by 32 members, elected a committee to run the club for the next year (details on page 8; agreed the statement of accounts (page 9), agreed to an increase in annual membership to £7 from membership year 2009-2010 and agreed that the club should apply for membership of the Holiday Fellowship (see next page below).  The AGM also agreed that in accordance with the requirements of our insurance policy it should be the stated policy of the club that “St Francis of Assisi Catholic Ramblers Club will endeavour to ensure that no child or vulnerable adult is left in the company of a lone adult on a ramble or at a club event”.  This is recorded in the minutes of the AGM and will be a standard item in the newsletter from now on.


Membership contributions: Membership contributions for 2008-09 became due in October so if you have not renewed already please do so today. It is still £5 for this year but next year will go up to £7 following a decision of this year’s AGM. So to avoid further expense in future years why not take out life membership. It is only £100 now but will be £140 from October 2009 (£9 annual and £180 for life for members resident overseas). Existing members or anyone wishing to join the club should send a cheque for £5 (or £100 for life membership) payable to St Francis of Assisi Catholic Ramblers Club to the Treasurer, Gillian McLauchlan, 64 Pankhurst House, Du Cane Road, W12 0UL.


Welcome to New members: A hearty welcome to the following who have

become fully paid up members since the last programme: John Casey of Abbey Wood, Paul Duff of Sutton, Odile Koh of London NW11, , John Murphy of Erith, Kent, Mary Murphy of Erith, Kent, Kevin McNamara of Beckenham, Kent and a huge welcome back to Diana Fox of Egham, Surrey.

Welcome to Life Membership to Jim and Alice Kennedy, the first to become life members since the new Life Membership scheme was introduced last year.

Special Request to Members for Help Publicising the Club: We have two new membership secretaries this year so it is important that our publicity with their details is made available as soon and as widely as possible. Some members have already kindly put up our new poster in Churches that they visit. A copy is enclosed with this newsletter and we are asking a special favour that every member check whether their parish has a poster with previous contact details shown on its notice board. If it does then please replace it with the new one enclosed. If it does not then please please please ask your parish priest for permission to put one up. It is very rarely that our request is refused and in the last year several priests asked for a second copy of the notice and several have also given us a mention in the parish newsletter. Incidentally I have now acquired a laminator so if you want your parish to have a posh laminated notice let me know and I will be delighted to let you have one or more.

Obituary: We were sorry to hear of the death of Barbara Deubzer who put East Grinstead back on the club map in the late 1980s and generously entertained us to tea many times at the end of East Grinstead walks in the 1990s. The walk in this programme on 25th January 2009 was originally one of Barbara’s walks which first appeared in our programme in 1992.


Joining the Holiday Fellowship






Thanks to the alertness of Mary Maxwell I had this advertisement at the AGM which invites rambling clubs to join the Holiday Fellowship and the AGM agreed that we should apply. If accepted the benefits to the club and its members will be significant.

Future Dates for Your Diary


Tuesday 17 March 2009 7.00 pm St Mary Moorfields Church, 4-5 Eldon Street
St Patrick's Day Mass 7.00pm Mass for St Patrick followed by reception in the Hall
NB This is not specifically a club event but we are invited to take part in it as a happy parish event.


Tuesday 7 April 2009 6.30pm St Mary Moorfields Church, 4-5 Eldon Street
Lenten Meditation with soloist. Tea/Coffee Light Refreshments at the nearby Costa Coffee/Tea Bar with modern large lounge area.
NB Like the Advent and St Patrick’s Day items above this is not specifically a club event but we are invited to take part in it as a parish lenten event.


Saturday 11th April 2009
Worth Abbey are staging a Passion Play on Holy Saturday 11th April 2009. It will start about 3pm and will be mostly outdoors whatever the weather. Further information will be available early next year and will be in the next club programme. This event is one of a number of events celebrating Worth's 50th anniversary.

Sunday 10th or 17th May 2009 - Day of Recollection. Details and chosen date will be in next programme but please keep both dates free for now.

Sunday 5th July to Saturday 11th July 2009. Following the event which was much enjoyed by all who went on it in 2008 Ushaw College's Holiday/Pilgrimage' Journeying with the Northern Saints is planned again for 2009: The pilgrimage will take place from Sunday 5th to Saturday 11th July next year. Visiting Lindisfame, Farne Islands, the ruins of Rievaulx and Mount Grace Priory, Durham Cathedral, Jarrow and Monkwearmouth. Cost is £460 which includes meals, coach transport and entrance fees (but not the boat trip to the Farne Islands). It is possible to stay at the College before and after the pilgrimage.
Details and application form from Course Administrator, Ushaw College, Durham, DH7 9RH. 0191 373 8517


Tuesday 1st to Friday 11th September 2009: Dorothy Hickman hopes to arrange a holiday in West Wales staying in Aberystwyth (probably at the University), to visit the Shrine of Our Lady of the Tapers at Cardigan. Then in Anglesey. Probable dates 1st to 11th September 2009.
If interested ring Dorothy Hickman 0173 776 5231 for details as soon as possible.


October 2009 - veneration of the relic of St Therese of Lisieux. The relic of St Therese of Lisieux The Little Flower will be taken around England and Wales next year and it would be nice if the club could play some part in the celebration. The relic will be in the South East from Wednesday October 7th to Thursday 15th October and we hope to organise visits to one or more of the following:

Wednesday 7th October - Oxford Oratory;

Thursday 8th October - St Joseph’s Carmelite Priory, Gerrards Cross

Friday 9th October - Aylesford Priory

Sunday 11th October - Carmelite Church in Church Street, Kensington and

Monday 12th October to Thursday 15th October - Westminster Cathedral.
Full details of the itinerary of the relic on website

The secretary and/or ramble list compiler will welcome any ideas or volunteers to lead any of those events.


We wish all our members, their families and friends a very happy Christmas anh look forward to seeing as many as possible at the various events shown in this programme.

God bless and happy rambling.


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