Programme of Events September to November 2006


Greetings Ramblers,


Please let Maurice have ramble details for the next programme by October 29th.

New ramble leaders always welcome to cut their teeth on their first walks as some of the present ones are already getting a bit long in the tooth! Details of other items for inclusion in the programme to Tony, also by 29th October (even if we are replaced at the AGM we will help our successors with their first programme).


Please do not eat your own food anywhere on pub premises: Your leaders have gone to considerable trouble to find pubs that do good food and are welcoming to ramblers. This is an important and sometimes difficult exercise and it is not tolerable that ramblers should then eat their own food on the pub premises. So please - DON'T DO IT. 


Sunday 3rd September (Landranger Map 166)            Leader: Robert Slater


MEET         : King's Cross 0945 for 1006 train to Welwyn North (arr. 1034)
LUNCH       : Papillon (The Woodhall Arms ), Stapleford

TEA             : The Cowper Arms by Welwyn North Station (ideal end of walk stop).
DISTANCE  : 13 miles, returning from Welwyn North

FARE           : £5.60 CDR with Network Card. Robert will meet walkers at Welwyn North.


Dover to Deal Weekend


Saturday 9th September (Land ranger Map 179) Leaders: Chris McNicholas and

                                                                                                  Catherine Scott

MEET        : Victoria 0930 for 1003 train to Dover Priory (arr. 1146) NB Read
                   "Fare line" below for advice on the ticket to buy.

LUNCH      : The Coastguard, St Margaret's at Cliffe

TEA            : The Zetland Arms, Kingsdown (pub on beach)
DISTANCE : 14 miles, returning from Deal

FARE          : £14.60 CDR Deal or Awaybreak £16.35 (return Sunday); with Network Card

                      For those staying over, B&B's will be arranged. Contact Tel. No. 07717220163.                           Visits will be made to Botanical Gardens, village, beach- St Margaret's. There is                            an opportunity for a swim - bring towel and costume. Useful telephone: Deal                                Visitor Centre: 01304 369576 


Sunday 10th September                                                                 Leaders: As for Saturday


 MEET         : Charing Cross 0800 for 0824 train to Deal. Take Margate train and change

                     at Ramsgate for Deal. (arr. Deal 1112). Chris will meet train at station.
LUNCH       : The Port Arms, Deal

TEA             : The Chequers Restaurant & Bar (arriving before 4pm)
DISTANCE  : 10 miles, returning from Deal

FARE           : £14.60 COR Deal with Network Card 


Visits - Mary Bax's Stone and Sandwich Bay; there is an opportunity for a swim - bring
towel and costume.


Sunday 17th September (Explorer Map 133)                                  Leader: Terry Dobson


MEET         : Waterloo 0910 for 0930 train to Haslemere (arr. 1026)

LUNCH       : The Crown, Chiddingfold (pre-reformation pilgrim hostelry welcomes ramblers)
TEA             : Wetherspoons, Haslemere

DISTANCE  : 13 miles, hilly in parts, returning form Haslemere
FARE           : £9.40 COR Haslemere with Network Card



Holiday in Dumfries & Galloway, Monday 18th September to Monday 25th September.


Staying in guesthouses in Dumfries for 7 nights. Cost £20-£30 bed & breakfast per
night for a single room. Travel to Dumfries by 11.46 am train from Euston, changing at
Carlisle; takes about 5 hours. Returning on the 11.45 am train to Euston, changing at
Carlisle. Fare is £79 (£52 with senior citizen card) for a Saver Return.

Walking up to 8 miles with sightseeing. Attractions include forests with red squirrels,
prehistoric hill forts, historic castles and abbeys, scenic hills and coastlands.

If interested contact Dorothy Hickman for details.


Monday 25th September to Monday 2nd October This week of short walks which Peter
Culba hoped to lead is unfortunately now unlikely to go ahead in September. For up to date
information contact Peter. 



Sunday 24th September 2006 (Explorer Map 134)        Leader: Maurice Hickman


MEET              : Victoria 1010 for 1034 train to lfield (arr. 1139) NB Please read "Fare"line

                           below for advice on ticket to buy.

LUNCH           : The Lamb Inn, Lambs Green

TEA                 : The Jubilee Oak (Wetherspoon), Crawley

DISTANCE      : 8 miles, returning from Crawley

FARE              : £7.60 COR lfield with Network Card

                         The afternoon walk includes a visit to a watermill called 'Ifield Mill'. 


Sunday 1st October 2006 (Landranger Map 161)         Leader: Witold Sokolowski


MEET        : Waterloo 0950 for 1014 train to Teddington (arr. 1052 )
LUNCH      : Pembroke Lodge or nearby pub

TEA            : The Windmill, Wimbledon Common
DISTANCE : 10 miles, returning from Wimbledon
FARE          : One Day Travelcard

Sunday 8th October 2006  (Land ranger Map 153)            Leader: Paul Connolly


MEET        : King's Cross 0955 for 1021 train to Arlsey (arr. 1056). NB Please read
                    "Fare"line below for advice on ticket to buy.

LUNCH      : The Cock, Broom (good food & traditional pub games eg Northants skittles)
TEA            : Sandy

DISTANCE : 12 level miles returning from Sandy

FARE          : £9.10 COR Sandy with Network Card



Saturday 14th October 2006 Annual reunion at St Mary Moorfields. If you had a note
in your diary that this would be held on the same day as the AGM please note that
due to circumstances beyond the control of those organising it the reunion will
now take place on Saturday 14th October from 12.30. This is an annual event when
present-day ramblers and some who are no longer regular walkers get together for a
social occasion. This year the survivors of a holiday that was held in Conwy, North
Wales during the year are also expected to attend. No need to book but bring a plate
of food to share. If you feel the need to make contact in advance please EMail Marie
Tisi at



Sunday 15th October  2006 (Explorer Map 147)                       Leader: Paul Brunning


MEET        : Victoria 10.00 for 1020 train to Eynsford, Kent (arr. 1106)
LUNCH      : The Crown, Shoreham (good reasonably priced food)

TEA           : Question Mark

DISTANCE: 10 miles, returning from Eynsford

FARE         : £5.90 COR to Eynsford with Network Card


Sunday 22nd October2006 (Explorer Map 136)         Leaders: John & Marta Haworth


MEET        : Charing Cross 0845 for 0910 train to Wadhurst (arr. 1013)
LUNCH      : Carpenter's Arms, Mayfield

TEA           : Possible but not guaranteed

DISTANCE: 14 miles, returning from Wadhurst

FARE         : £8.70 COR Wadhurst with Network Card 


Sunday 29th October 2006 (Explorer Map 121)        Leader: Maurice Hickman


MEET        : Victoria 0940 for 1004 train to Ford (arr. 1138)

LUNCH     : Maypole Inn, Yapton. This pub is holding a Beer Festival.
TEA           : Arundel, if possible

DISTANCE: 5 miles, returning from Ford or 8 miles, returning from Arundel
FARE         : £12.35 COR Ford with Network Card


Sunday 5th November2006 (Land ranger Map 187)     Leader: Helen Hunt


MEET        : Waterloo 0940 for 1002 train to Effingham Junction (arr. 1050)
LUNCH      : The Black Swan, Ockham (newly refurbished)

TEA           : None

DISTANCE: 10 easy miles, returning from Effingham Junction
FARE: £4.90 with Network Card

Sunday 12th November 2006 (Explorer Map 147)                 Leader: Paul Brunning


MEET        : Charing Cross 0935 for 0954 train to Sevenoaks (arr. 1029)

LUNCH      : The Bucks Head, Godden Green (no own food in pub please!)
TEA           : Sevenoaks (optional)

DISTANCE: 11 miles, returning from Sevenoaks

FARE         : £5.70 COR Sevenoaks with Network Card 


Sunday 19th November 2006 (Explorer Map 146)                  Leader: Terry Dobson 


MEET        : Meet Victoria 0910 for 0934 train to Merstham (arr. 1008)
LUNCH      : The Fox, Coulsdon Common (466 bus from Croydon)

TEA            : The Good Companions, Hamsey Green (403 bus from Croydon)
DISTANCE : 10 miles, hilly in parts, returning from Purley

FARE          : £4.60 COR Merstham with Network Card


Sunday 26th November 2006 (Explorer Map 2)                     Leader: Tony Finnegan


MEET        : Baker Street 0920 for 0940 train to Chesham (Arr. 1033). Take Amersham                                   train and change at Chalfont and Latimer. NB Please read "Fare" line below for                           advice on ticket to buy).

LUNCH      : The Bell Inn, Chartridge

TEA            : Various options in Chesham.

DISTANCE : 10 fairly strenuous miles, returning from Chesham.

FARE          : Buy all zone travel card, including Zone D (only available at underground
                      stations). £4,80 with Network Southeast Card Discount.


Future Dates for Your Diary 


Many thanks to members who have come forward with plans for social events, holidays,
weekends etc. It gives them great encouragement if a good number of members attend
and bring their families and friends. So please note the following events, beyond the
period covered by this programme, in your diary and do your best to support them when
the time comes.


Saturday 2nd December: Christmas meal - see box on previous page.


Sunday 17th December Christmas Ramble and Social: This is an annual event and this year
will be on Sunday 17 December when I hope there will be a good attendance. Full details in
the next programme.


Saturday 20 January 2007. New Year Party at St Mary Moorfields. Please put this date in your
diary as soon as you get your 2007 diary or loose leaf pages. The party will be at St Mary Moorfields Church Hall (for the benefit of new members St Mary Moorfields is at 4-5 Eldon Street which is immediately outside Liverpool Street Station - carry on past Platform 1 and up the ramp into Eldon Street). Bring food to share and your choice of drink and pay £4 on entry. Prizes for the raffle will be gratefully received. Our regular friendly disco will be provided by Canute with soft music for the first hour and music to dance to later. Please bring your family and friends and get the social side of the rambling year off to a good start.


Holiday in St Ives, Cornwall 24 - 31 May 2008: Looking well ahead to 2008, Marie Tisi is
organising a week's walking holiday in St Ives, Cornwall. The dates have been fixed and
accommodation arranged for 24 - 31 May 2008. Accommodation has already been booked
so if you want to be included email Marie at


Lourdes trip in 2008: As I said in the last programme 2008 will be the 150th anniversary of
the apparitions at Lourdes and we will be organising a club pilgrimage to Lourdes to mark the
occasion. Offers of help will be very welcome. As a first thought there has been a suggestion
that it would be nice to have one of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal along as a spiritual
leader and that idea can be discussed. Preliminary expressions of interest to Anne Dunne
please. Thanks to those who have already made contact.


News, Views and items of interest


Renewal of Membership: The membership year comes to an end in October so if you are not
a life member please send a cheque for £5 payable to St Francis of Assisi Catholic Ramblers Club to the Treasurer (address in box on the last page of this programme) to ensure that you continue to receive details of the club's activities.


Changes at Bunhill Row and St Mary Moorfields: From 2 September this year our President
Fr Peter Newby has assumed responsibility for St Joseph's, Bunhill Row in addition to his
responsibility for St Mary Moorfields. We wish him well as he assumes this double responsibility. Because of this change the Mass for members intentions after the AGM and the Mass for deceased members on 11 November will both be at St Mary Moorfields and not at Bunhill Row as stated in the last programme.


Welcome to New members: A hearty welcome to Frances Casey of London N11, Ciara Murphy
of London N10 and Anna Trusgnath of London NW1 who have become members since the last
programme went out. We wish them many years of happy rambling with the club. And
congratulations to Anne Walsh on achieving Life Membership. We don't see so much Qf Anne on rambles nowadays but for several years, from her home in Scotland, she has provided the labels which bring the programmes to members and this service is much appreciated.


Wedding Congratulations: Congratulations to Ranald Watson and Maria Darroch who were
married on 20 August in Melbourne. We wish them a lifetime of wedded bliss.


Help Find a Missing Life Member: Does anybody have a current address for Linda
Gribble? The last programme addressed to her was returned marked "Linda Doesn't live here
any more". She is one of our longest standing members and was one of the first to become a
life member when life membership was introduced. I have made enquiries of members I
thought might be in touch but so far have not been able to find a current address. So if you
can help I'd be very grateful.


Have you introduced any new members to the club?: We appreciate the efforts of
members who have asked their Parish Priest to put up notices about the club on parish notice
boards. Another very good method of attracting new members to the club is to tell friends and
relatives how much you enjoy its activities. So please talk about the club to prospective new
members and, if they are at all interested, give their names and addresses to one of the
Membership Secretaries who will send them a special welcome pack with full details of the
club and what they need to do to enjoy rambling with us.


Ursula Kaltenbach, now back in her native Germany has sent greetings to all the ramblers.
This summer she completed the 800 kilometre "Way of St James" to Santiago de Compostella.


Club Committee 2005-06


(Please note: Addresses and telephone numbers are not included in this  internet version of the programme)  


President: Fr Peter Newby, Parish Priest, St                  Vice President: Helen Hunt,

Mary Moorfields, 4-5 Eldon Street, London EC2M 7LS.      


Secretary: Tony Finnegan,                                               Treasurer


Ramble List Compiler: Maurice Hickman                        Membership Secretaries:

                                                                                           Alison Clarke, 

                                                                                           Paul Connolly, 


Social Secretary:                                                              Committee Members

Anne Dunne,                                                                       Antoinette Connolly,  and

                                                                                            Francis O'Sullivan, 



Click HERE to see a copy of the club constitution as it was in 2006