Hello, West London Ramblers,
As West London celebrates its 60th anniversary this year, I’ve been looking back at our early programmes, in the hope of being able to reproduce our first walk in this current one. It was on Good Friday, 8 April 1955, and was to Wargrave, Shiplake and Henley-on-Thames. Apart from train departure times, that was the only information given! So I have put a walk on at the end of June which covers those places – but in a different order and almost certainly by a different route. There were more social events than rambles in those early days, so possibly information was exchanged then, but a 5-page ‘Introduction for New Members’ states that walks are between 12 and 15 miles, a sandwich lunch would be needed, and tea booked for the party. This sounds a little like the holidays I took with CHA and HF in the 1960s and 1970s.
Some things have changed, but not our love of walking. Many members spend their holidays walking, possibly with HF, which is still going strong, and with Ramblers Holidays, which offer a wide choice of holidays in the UK and abroad. Please don’t forget that if you, as a Ramblers member, book a holiday with Ramblers Holidays, under their ‘Walking Partnership’ scheme WL group will get a donation, but you have to ask for it.
And speaking of holidays – there is plenty going on within the group. A few people enjoyed a weekend in Ely last month, and a group of us are about to leave for 4 days walking on the Isle of Wight. The long weekend on the South Downs being organizedWL members near Ely Cathedral
by Elizabeth Jackson (26-29 June) is still open to participants, with accommodation in Seaford or possibly Eastbourne.
I am thinking of arranging a few days in Bath, probably 19-23 October. There should be plenty of good walks around there, as well as sightseeing for those who want to mix their pleasures. Please contact me by 18 July if you are interested.
David Slater will be inviting members to join him again in Malta next spring (5-10 April – more details in the next programme) but at the moment he is throwing his energies into organizing a group holiday in the Peak District, 3-10 September 2016.
This is at the Christian Guild Willersley Castle Hotel, near Matlock, Derbyshire, 10 minutes from
Cromford station, and in the heart of the Derwent Valley Mills World Heritage Site. The hotel is offering us a 7-night half board package, with a packed lunch on walking days, and walks of 7-8 miles with a leader. A standard en-suite room is £553, but other options are available. To keep the
group manageable, it will be restricted to 20 people. A deposit of £20, payable to West London Ramblers, is required by 10 August 2015, with the balance payable by July 2016. Please make sure you have cancellation cover, as sums paid are not refundable. Please check availability direct with David, who will give any further information and collect deposits.
NEPAL EARTHQUAKE APPEAL
But life as a rambler is not all holidays. One of our Bucks Area Committee is seeking to recruit a few volunteers to help with footpath work, initially installing gates, and a piece on this will be in the next South East Walker. Please look out for it.
And to finish with, a photograph of the excellent display board which Maureen, our new Publicity Co-ordinator, made for our stand at the Selborne Society’s Open Day in Perivale Wood at the end of April. Some of the committee and another member were there all day, and as well as enjoying the bluebells were able to talk to a number of people, including MP Stephen Pound, about rambling. We hope to do something similar at other events in the future. Does anyone else have a gazebo to lend?