St Francis of Assisi Catholic Rambler's Club



The Club is approved by the Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster


Affiliated to the Ramblers Association and HF Holidays


Programme of Rambles / Events for Winter 2016/2017

(Items for the next programme by the beginning of February please)

Thank you once again to the few who help to make a complete programme posssible.


Sunday 4th December.   Leader: Paul Brunning   OS map 188

Meet       : Cannon Street 0915 for 0937 train to Otford (arr 1013)

Lunch     : The Bull - Otford

Tea          : Unlikely

Distance : 9 miles returning from Shoreham

Fare         : £8.50 CDR Otford with NSE discount


Click HERE to see photographs taken on the ramble on 4 December 2016


Sunday 11th December.  Leader: Robert Slater.(OS map 166)

Meet            :King's Cross 0915 for 0938 to Stevenage(arr.1009)

Lunch           : The Rusty Gun, St.Ippolyts. Isolated pub on B656.Grid ref.199253. (Carvery)

Tea               :Hitchin

Distance      : 10 miles returning from Hitchin.

Fare             :  £8.30  Hitchin return with Network card


Click HERE to see photographs taken on the ramble on 11 December 2016


NB.Aim to arrive in Hitchin market square in time for the carol singing and mulled wine at 4pm followed by visit to Angel Vaults (Wetherspoons) nearby. Robert will meet walkers at Stevenage.


Sunday 18th December Leader: Martin Harrison   OS map 176

Meet      : Cockfosters (Piccadilly line - zone 5) for 10.30 start

Lunch     : Chequers - Potters Bar

Tea          : Trent country park - time permitting

Distance : 9miles returning from Cockfosters

Fare         : Travelcard/Oyster/Freedom pass options. 


Tuesday 27th December (map Explorer 146).      Leader:  Maurice Hickman

Meet    : Victoria 10.10 for 10.31 train to Holmwood (arr. 11.32).

Lunch  :  The Surrey Oaks, Parkgate near Newdigate.

Tea     :  Not likely

Distance :  8 miles returning from Holmwood.

Fare        : £8.70 with Network Car Some hills on this walk but they are not too demanding.

Maurice will meet everyone on the train at Dorking.


Click HERE to see photographs taken on the ramble on 27 December 2016


Monday 2nd January.     Leader: Paul Brunning    OS map 188

Meet        : Victoria 0930 for 0950 train to Chelsfield (arr 1034)

Lunch      : Fruiterers Arms - Crockenhill

Tea          : Hmmm.....

Distance : 9 miles returning from Chelsfield

Fare        : Travelcard/Oyster/Freedom pass options


to see photographs taken on the ramble on 4 December 2016


Click HERE to see photographs taken on the ramble on 2 January 2017


Saturday 7th January 2017    Map: Landranger 187    Leader: John Burbage

Meet        : Waterloo 0900 for 0924 train to Epsom (arr 0957) then change to 10.15   to Boxhill and West Humble (arr 1027)    0924 train calls at Vauxhall 0928, Clapham Junction 0933, and Wimbledon 0940

Lunch      : The Tree on the Hill, Boxhill Village.

Tea           : Bikers cafe at Box Hill car park.

Distance : 9-10 calorie burning (hilly) miles depending on weather and light.  Bring appropriate footwear, sticks (if you have them) and torch.

Fare        : Day return to Boxhill & West Humble £7.75 with Network Cards discount.


Freedom Pass holders should obtain a day return from Epsom to Boxhill & West Humble.

Notes     : Oyster Cards are accepted at Boxhill & West Humble but make sure you have registered your Network Card with TFL to get the NSE discount. John may meet the walkers en-route.


Sunday 15th January.   Leader: Henriette Van Zalen 

Meet        : Finsbury Park for 1030 start (Piccadilly and Victoria lines. Also mainline services from Kings Cross and Moorgate.)

Lunch      : Upper Street Islington (Angel, Northern line City branch) - plenty of options. 

Tea          : Maybe

Distance : Approx 8 miles finishing at Limehouse.

Fare         : Travelcard/Oyster/Freedom pass options. 


Sunday 22nd January  Leaders: Lizzie Cripps and Antoinette Adkins 

Meet: Richmond Station concourse for 10.30 start

Lunch: Pembroke Lodge/various options 

Tea: Probably 

Distance: 10 easy miles finishing at Richmond station.

Fare         : Travelcard/Oyster/Freedom pass options


Click HERE to see photographs taken on the ramble on 22 January 2017


Sunday 29th January   Leader:  Maurice Hickman   Explorer map OL34

Meet        : Victoria at 10.20 for 10.47 train to Ifield (arr. 11.37 )

Lunch      : Lamb Inn, Lambs Green ( good food and beer )

Tea          : Jubilee Oak ( Wetherspoon ), Crawley

Distance : 7 miles returning from Crawley

Fare : £11.95 with Network Card but much less if bought in advance.
Walk is level all day.  Nowhere to eat own food near the pub.


Click HERE to see photographs taken on the ramble on 22 January 2017


Sunday 5th February Landranger 176    Leader: John Burbage

Meet :West Ruislip (Central line, zone 6, 38 mins from Oxford Circus) for 10.15 start.

Lunch : The Bear on the Barge, Harefield. Medium to upper price range.

Tea         :  Possibly.

Distance : 9-10 miles with rolling hills, woods and canals. Walk returns from Gerrards Cross.

Fare   : Travelcard/Oyster/Freedom pass options plus Gerrards Cross to West Ruislip £2.90 single with Network Card.


Click HERE to see photographs taken on the above ramble on 5 February 2017


Sunday 12 February 2017  Leaders Roger Yelland and Ann Brooks.   (London Streetfinder, or OS map 177.)

Meet         : St Pauls Underground station (Central Line Z1), for 10.00am start.

Lunch      : The Ledger Building (Wetherspoons), West India Quay, close to Westferry DLR (Z2). 

Tea     : Probably Fatboy's Diner or the Bow Creek Cafe, both at Trinity Buoy Wharf.

Distance:10 miles finishing (probably) at East India DLR(Z2).    

Fare        : Oyster card, Travelcard, and Freedom Pass options


Click HERE to see photographs taken on the ramble on 12 February 2017


Saturday 18th February.   Leader: Maurice Hickman

Meet       : Victoria at 0900 for 0931 train to Ockley (arr. 1036)

Lunch     :  Scarlett Arms, Walliswood

Tea         :  Sussex Oak, Warnham

Distance : 10.6 miles, returning from Warnham

Fare       :  £11.55 Warnham with Network Card

Fairly level walk. Maurice will meet all on train at Dorking.


Sunday 26 February   Leader: David Crundall          OS map Landranger 177

Meet : Victoria station 0940 for 1004 Canterbury East train to Sole Street (arr. 1055)

Lunch      :  Ship Inn - Cobham, Kent.

Tea          :  Railway Inn, Sole Street.

Distance :  9 miles?

Fare        : £9.40 CDR Sole Street with NSE discount. 


 Please bring a torch for along for Winter walks.

                                                  Club Committee 2016-2017


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


President:  Fr Chris Vipers, 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,


Ben Sealey


Committee Members

The committee remains largely unchanged since last time. Ben Sealy has kindly agreed

to take over some of the record keeping of the Club. The extent of this will be discussed

soon after the first meeting of the new committee.


New Committee Members?

The committee would welcome new blood on to the committee even if you are a new

member of the Club. A lot of the present committee are in need of a rest.



Quite a number of members are on Facebook and the committee will discuss whether to

set up a Facebook group. If you are an active user of Facebook please let Maurice know.


Joe Lobo R.I.P.

It is with sadness that I have to relate the death of Joe Lobo. Please pray for him.


Tony Finnegan's brother R.I.P.

Sadly Tony's brother Bernard passed away recently. Please pray for him.


Alison Clarke's Father

Please pray for Alison's father who is in a critical condition.


Explorer Maps

Maurice has 10 Explorer maps of areas of the SE (mainly south of London) which he does

not need as a neighbour in his road has given him some more unused editions of the maps as he is no longer able to do much walking. If any member would like one of these maps please let Maurice know. They are in good condition. It is to be preferred that they go to people who are going to make use of them, especially those who will plan rambles from them.


News and Events


Treasurers Report - AGM October 2016


My interim report of 9th February 2016 set out the circumstances which led to the breakdown in financial reporting and the steps taken by the Committee and me to rectify the situation. Copies of this report are available on request.


On the first available date i.e. 09/02/2016, I was able to ascertain the Club’s financial position and the funds stood as follows:


NS&I Savings Account                  £4486.41

Nationwide Trust Account             £2216.83

Cash in hand                                 £ 249.61

                                        Total:     £6952.85


There were some debts outstanding amounting to approximately £760. The principle creditors were Canon Peter and St. Mary Moorfields for hall hire and masses, and John Burbage for paying insurance whilst the Trust Account was frozen. 


Unfortunately the paperwork I received up to February was incomplete and this has prevented ‘end of year’ totals for 2015. Cash membership subscriptions for the last quarter of 2015 and first 2016 appear to have been mixed between late payments for 2015 and new subs for 2016. I have made a “best estimate” for these based on my  records at the time. The figure will, however, be reasonably accurate. To help alleviate the situation in the future I would urge members, where possible, to pay by cheque.


Whilst the situation appears reasonably healthy, ongoing expenditure will increase with no foreseeable increase in income. A further reduction in the assets of the Club will be necessary to balance the books. The budget for 2016/7 will be as follows:


Expenditure                                                              Income


Insurance                            £   240                        Subscriptions           £470

Ramblers Association         £     65                         Interest                   £  33

Printing & Stationery           £   420

Committee expenses          £     50

Walk leader’s expenses      £   200

St. Mary Moorfields              £   150

Recruitmaent Drive              £ 100

Total:                                   £ 1,225                       Total:                        £ 503   



As a result of the shortfall, the Committee will discuss ways of reducing costs in the future which could possibly include charging for printed programmes or raising subscriptions. However, these are unlikely to be brought in in the current year.


It is also agreed to produce some handouts for distribution after masses at key London churches as part of a recruitment drive. We are currently awaiting artwork for approval. Other matters in hand include the issue of membership cards at a projected cost of £200 to £300. Work is ongoing on this project.


Secretary's Report 2016


During the past year the attendances on rambles has been fairly good. In December Robert organised a very enjoyable visit to the Lowiczanka restaurant (POSK). I think future visits should be made if only to show solidarity to the Polish Community after the post Brexit vandalism which took place there. In January we had a new year party. A holiday in Sidmouth was organised by Dorothy. Some members also went on the Walking Pilgrimage organised by the A & B Diocese and two of the day's walks were led by Maurice and Francis.

During the past year I have not been able to take such an active part in the Club due to my ongoing cancer treatment.


I propose breaking up the present secretary's duties so that the compiling and printing of the newsletter becomes a second task. This task too could be much easier in the future as more people get it on email which they can either print or store on their tablets. Also the Club records could be stored separately on computer but there would need to be an adequate back up for this. Of course these changes would have to be discussed by the committee.


Minutes of the AGM

The minutes of the last AGM will be sent out in full to all members on email. Those not on email can get them through the Club website which is as follows:


The committee would look into producing one- off membership cards which would eliminate the need to produce annual cards. It was agreed that there would be a Saturday walk replacing the Sunday walk every third weekend each month for a trial period. Many people have Sunday commitments with their church and cannot come out for a walk on Sundays.


Christmas Dinner Wednesday 14 December


(Meeting outside the Blackfriar Pub opposite Blackfriars Station at 4 PM or in the Crosse Keys Pub, Gracechurch Street at 6 PM): As forecast in the Autumn Tony Finnegan is organising a Wetherspoon Christmas dinner and this year it will be at the Crosse Keys in Gracechurch Street and as that is only 300 yards from Monument and this year is the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London there will be a short walk beforehand led by John Muffty passing sites associated with the fire. The meeting place for the walk will be outside the Blackfriar Pub, opposite the main entrance to Blackfriars Station (District and Circle Underground Lines and Thameslink Trains). The start time will be 4 pm and the walk will finish in time to sit down at 6 pm. The Crosse Keys does not take bookings so prior booking is not required and no advance deposit will be required. However if you let Tony know that you intend attending he will make sure you are kept up to date on plans. You can e mail Tony or ring him on 020 8767 5293.




It's that time of year again! Once more Lowiczanka Restaurant(POSK),1st Floor of 238-246 King Street, Hammersmith(close to Ravenscourt Park tube station) will be our venue for the Christmas Party when we shall experience a nightclub atmosphere while enjoying a three course meal  with tea/coffee and live cosmopolitan music. The time of arrival is 6.45pm for dinner at 7pm.The cost is £34.65 including  the weekend £3 cover charge and 10% service charge. Drinks are bought at the bar.Please send Robert your choice of courses together with a cheque, payable to R.G.Slater, by Saturday 10th Dec. Let's dance the night away! Well, until midnight. Robert's e.mail address is










Main Course





Dessert + Coffee/Tea





Club Social Secretary Required

The Club is looking for someone who is willing to take up the role of

Social Secretary. He/she would need to be someone with the drive and enthusiasm to come up with ideas , liaise with members for their input and organise social events for the Club.


Subscriptions for the year 2016 -2017

This is a reminder that subscriptions for the Club year 2016 -2017

are now due. This is still at £7. If you still wish to remain a member

and receive the quarterly programme of rambles, news and events

please send your subscription to any member of the committee or failing that send it to the treasurer John Burbage. Those who fail to pay their subscription will not receive the following programmes.