St Francis of Assisi Catholic Rambler's Club



The Club is approved by the Archbishop of Westminster


Affiliated to the Ramblers Association and HF Holidays


Programme of Rambles / Events for Summer 2016

(Items for the next programme by mid August please

Rambles from 5th June to 4th September.


A big thank you to Sue and Bryan Shakespeare, and Tom Gilmartin for offering to lead for the first time, and to Helen Hunt for stepping into the breach after so many years.

Now, what about the rest of the membership who are able bodied? If ten of you who have not led before committed to two rambles a year each it would give us old stagers a breathing space and the opportunity to come up with new rambles, or revisit ones from many years ago. Many of the present leaders will be only too happy to walk a ramble out with you. This is also usually a very enjoyable experience. Speak to Paul or Maurice about this.


Sunday 5th June.                           Leader: Paul Brunning (OS maps 177 & 188)

Meet:              Cannon Street 0920 for 0940 train to Chelsfield (arr 1026)

                       Train also departs London Bridge 09.44

Lunch:           the Three Horseshoes, Knockholt

Tea:                ???

Distance:       10 miles returning from Sevenoaks

Fare:               CDR Sevenoaks £9.40 with network card

Paul will meet the ramblers at Chelsfield

Click HERE to view photographs taken on the ramble on 5 June 2016.



SATURDAY 11TH JUNE London 5 mile Michael Collins urban walk with Zahira Uddin

See News and Events pages


Click HERE to view photographs taken on the Michael Collins Walk onSaturday 11 June 2016.



Sunday 12th June.                         Leader: Tom Gilmartin (Explorer map 146)

Meet               : London Bridge 0900 for 0924 train to Tadworth Station (arr 10.23)

Lunch              : Well House Inn, Mugswell

Tea                 : Unlikely

Distance        : 9.5 miles returning from Tadworth

Fare                : Travelcard/Freedom Pass/Oyster Card options

Click HERE to view photographs taken on the ramble on 12 June 2016.


Sunday 19th June. Leader: Helen Hunt (OS map 187)

Meet               : Waterloo 0905 for 0932 train to Effingham Junction (arr 1024)

Lunch              : The Black Swan, Martyrs Green

Tea                 : No chance

Distance        :10 miles returning from Effingham Junction

Far                  : £7.80 cdr Effingham Junction with Network Card Reduction


Click HERE to view photographs taken on the ramble on 12 June 2016.

Sunday 26th June. Leaders: Sue & Bryan Shakespeare (OS maps 166 & 167)

Meet               : Moorgate at 0930 for 0949 to Hertford North (arrives 1039)

                        Train also calls Highbury and Islington 0957 (Overground and Victoria

                         line) and Finsbury Park 1002 (Tube and Mainline)

Lunch             : The Waterside Inn, Ware

Tea:                Several cafes in Hertford

Distance        : 8 miles returning from Hertford North

The ramble includes riverside walks, commons, woodland and tow paths

Fare                : £5.60 with Network Rail card

Sue and Bryan will meet ramblers at Hertford North.


Click HERE to view photographs taken on the ramble on 26 June 2016


Sunday 3rd July.                                                    Leader: Paul Brunning (OS map 177)

Meet               : Blackfriars 0920 for 0942 train to Eynsford (arr 1031)

Lunch             : The Crown, Shoreham

Tea                 : ???

Distance        : 10 miles returning from Eynsford

Fare                : CDR Eynsford £7.80 with network card

Paul will meet the ramblers at Eynsford


Click HERE to view photographs taken on the ramble on 3 July 2016


Sunday 10th July.                          Leader: Paul Connolly (OS map 153)

Meet               : Kings Cross 0900 for 0922 train to Sandy (arr 1006)

Lunch            : The Cock, Broom - a pub with no bar counter and a room

                        where you can play traditional games such as Northamptonshire skittles.

Tea                 : Let's see.......

Distance        : 12 level miles returning from Arlesey.

Fare                : £9.10 cdr Sandy with NSE discount.


Click HERE to view photographs taken on the ramble on 10 July 2016


Sunday 17th July. Leader: David Crundall (OS map Landranger 175 or 176)

Meet               : Waterloo 0900 for 0925 train to Windsor & Eton Riverside (arr. 1016)

                       :Train also calls Vauxhall 0929, Clapham Junction 0935, and Richmond 0945

Lunch             : The Savill Building in The Savill Garden, Englefield Green,

Tea                 : Windsor

Distance        : 10 miles returning from Windsor & Eton Riverside

Fare               : £7.80 Off-Peak Day Return with Network Railcard


Click HERE to view photographs taken on the ramble on 17 July 2016


Sunday 24th July.                                      Leader: Robert Slater (OS Map 166)

Meet               : King's Cross 09.30 for 0952 to Stevenage (arr.1016)

Lunch             : The Bull, Whitwell.            

Tea                 : Hitchin

Distance        : 13 miles returning from Hitchin.

Route crosses Knebworth House deer park and the late Queen Mother's estate. Aim to say prayer in front of stained glass window of St.Francis in church where she was baptised.

Fare : £8.30 Hitchin return with Network Rail Card. Robert will meet the ramblers at Stevenage.


Click HERE to view photographs taken on the ramble on 24 July 2016.


Sunday 31st July.                          Leader: Henriette Van Zaelen (OS map 188)

Meet               : Victoria 0910 for 0942 train to Sevenoaks (arr 1016)

Lunch              : Ightham Mote National Trust café.

Tea                 : Sevenoaks.

Distance        : 10 miles returning from Sevenoaks.

Fare                : £7.90 cdr Sevenoaks with NSE discount


Click HERE to view photographs taken on the ramble on 31 July 2016.


Sunday 7th August.                       Leader: Paul Connolly (OS map 167)

Meet               : Liverpool Street 0935 for 1002 train to Ingatestone (arr 1036) Train

                         calls Stratford 1009 -Tube, DLR, Overground, and mainline connections.

Lunch             :  White Hart, Margaretting Tye.

Tea                 : Writtle or Chelmsford

Distance        : 12 mostly level miles returning from Chelmsford.

Fare                : £10.10 cdr Chelmsford with NSE discount. 2 trains per hour to


Paul will meet the Ramblers at Ingatestone.


Click HERE to view photographs taken on the ramble on 7 August  2016.


Sunday 14th August.                                Leader: John Burbage (OS map 187)

Meet               : Victoria 9.10 for the 9.32 train to East Croydon (arr 09.48) to meet the

                        09.58 train to Tadworth (arr. 10.28).

Lunch              : The Royal Oak, Brockham (medium priced mains, light bites, etc.

Tea                 : Possibly in Tadworth.

Distance         : 11 miles mainly on the level but with one large descent and climb over

                        the North Downs.

Fare                : Travelcard/Oyster card/Freedom pass options

Note : Leader may meet the group at East Croydon.


Click HERE to view photographs taken on the ramble on 14 August  2016.


Sunday 21st August.         Leaders: Virginia & Roger Yelland (Explorer Map 174)

Meet :              Liverpool Street 09.20 for 09.43 to Cheshunt (arr 10.10). Train also calls

                        Seven Sisters (Victoria line) 09.56 NB This is a change from the printed

                        programe made necessary by the dreaded engineering works.

Lunch              : The Crown, Broxbourne (TL373 067). Good Ale & Food, with a

                        Garden alongside the Lea Navigation towpath. Very close to

                        Broxbourne station.

Tea                 : Cheshunt.

Distanc          : A leisurely 9-10 miles in the Lea Valley: the Lea Navigation Canal,

                        Lakes, Woods, a Hill, Wetlands, and a working millwheel. Returning

                        from Cheshunt.

Far                  : £7.25 cdr to Cheshunt with NSE discount.  


Click HERE to view photographs taken on the ramble on 21 August  2016.


Sunday 28th August.                        Leader: Angela Shardlow (Explorer map 120)

Meet                : Victoria 0850 for 0917 to Chichester (arr 1059) - change for 1126 train

                        to Bosham (arr 1132)

Lunch              : Anchor Bleu, Bosham

Tea                  : Chichester Marina

Distance          : 12 miles

Fare                 : £19.20 CDR, returning from Chichester. The ferry charge will be £2.50 across

                           to West Itchenor.  The rail fare quoted is that with  a Network Card.


Angela will meet the ramblers at Bosham


Sunday 4th September (Explorer 146)                    Leader: Maurice Hickman

Meet                : Victoria at 10.00 for 1027 train to Redhill (arr. 10.57)

Lunch              : The Feathers, Merstham

Tea                  : Gatton Hall and/or Redhill

Distance          : 7-8 miles returning from Redhill

Fare                 : £7.45 with NSE discount. Oyster can also be used at Redhill


There should be an Open Day today at Gatton Park. The entrance fee for this is £4.

There is much to see including the Japanese Gardens and The Lake. A visit would only be made if the weather conditions are favourable.


Click HERE to view photographs taken on the ramble on 4 September 2016.



    Club Committee 2015-2016


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


President: Fr Peter Newby, Parish Priest,     Membership Secretary         

St Mary Moorfields, 4-5 Eldon Street,              Antoinette Adkins, 

EC2M 7LS                                                     


Secretary                                                         Ramble List Compiler

Maurice Hickman                                           Paul Connolly                  


Treasurer                                                                 Publicity

John Burbage                                                 David Crundall



Other Duties

Henrietta Van Zaelen,


Maria Vaz,



News and Events


Tony Chainey R.I.P.

Tony Chainey, a Club member, has recently died. Tony was out shopping when he fell and broke his arm. He was taken to hospital but unfortunately developed pneumonia from which he subsequently died. His funeral Mass was on 12th of April at St Teresa's Church, Newbury Park. Please pray for him and his family.


Christine Bosman (nee Murray) R.I.P.

Christine, a former Club member, died on Tuesday 19th of April. She joined the Club in 1960/61. Her Husband Tony died in April 2010. She was a lovely friend.

Please pray for her and her family.


Peter Storrow R.I.P.

Sadly I have to report the death of Peter Storrow who died on 16th April. His funeral was on the 4th of May at St Joseph's Church in Brighton. Several members of the Club attended. He came out every year when he was fit and able on the Arundel and Brighton Walking Pilgrimage. He was also a member of our Club from 1993 to 1994. In 2005-06 he decided that his heart which had always been weak had had enough of walking.


Spirit in the City Festival 1st - 4th June 2016

This is the annual evangelisation festival in the West End of London. It is a time of prayer, teaching, celebration, music and outreach. The events gather people of all cultures for a joyful and dynamic celebration of faith in the heart of London.


Festival of Mercy - invited by Pope Francis to a conversion of heart the events this year are dedicated to the celebration of God's mercy for us and to be bearers of His mercy in the city of London.


Wednesday 1st June - UK Premier of Full of Grace

You can buy the ticket for this in person at the Prince Charles Cinema (7 Leicester Place, London WC2H 7BY or on line : grace

The performance starts at 6.30 pm.


Thursday 2nd and Friday 3rd June - Inspiring Evening Programme

This takes place at Notre Dame de France, Leicester Square. There will be talks, prayer, opportunity for confessions, uplifting music and fellowship.


Saturday 4th June - Festival of Mercy

Leicester Square Gardens will be filled with worship, live music on stage, Eucharistic Adoration, confessions, prayer ministry and workshops.


Saturday 11th June   Michael Collins Walk- Urban 5 Miles

Zahira Uddin is organising a joint walk for the Club in conjunction with the Catholic Singles celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising in 1916.                        


The details of the walk are as follows:


Meet 13.30 Shepherd's Bush Underground - Central Line exit

Finish: Sloane Square District and Circle Line


A tour of some of the areas where one of the players of the Easter Rising, and Ireland's most charismatic leader of the 20th century - Michael Collins, lived and worked during the  nine years that he stayed in the capital. The walk will pass several sites where he lived with his sister Hannie. Pausing near the location where he stayed at, as a leading figure of the treaty negotiations that cost him his life.

Pub stop: Antelope  - Eaton Terrace at end of walk.



14th August 2016

Denis O' Mahoney is going on a camping holiday in Cornwall on 14th of August.

Please contact him for further details. Tel. No: 07946436796


A & B Ecumenical Walking Pilgrimage - Winchester to Canterbury

Saturday August 13th to Sunday August 28th

The theme of the pilgrimage this year is 'walking a prayer for peace'. We shall start and finish along the Pilgrim's Way and stop overnight at Alresford, Alton, Hindhead, Cranleigh, Horsham, Worth Abbey, Forest Row, Tunbridge Wells, Goudhurst, Tenterden, and Challock en route. We shall walk an average of 15 miles per day. We sleep in church, school or community halls, dine together, walk, laugh, sing and pray together, We follow footpaths rather than roads wherever possible. There will be a rest day in Horsham and Tunbridge Wells. Bookings for this pilgrimage can now be taken. For more information and to download a booking form go to: .uk or contact the bookings secretary Clare Gamble, 30 Blackberrry Lane, Four Marks,GU34 5DF. Tel. No: 01420 562234. The cost if you go for the whole fortnight is £160 if you are under 21 but £195 (still very good value) if you are over 21. If you just want to go for 7 nights the cost is £120, otherwise the cost is £17 per night. If you contact Maurice by email a booking form in pdf format can be sent back to you as an email attachment.



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Future Date for Your Diary - AGM

The date for the next AGM of the Club has been set for 8th October 2016. Please consider now what you can do for the Club rather than what the Club can do for you. There will be tea/coffee and biscuits before the meeting which will start at 4 p.m. After the meeting there will be Mass at 6 p.m.