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Our next Sunday walk will take place on 5th March 2017 and will start and end from the Racehorse at Catworth, just over the Cambridgeshire border and just South of the A14. As always the walk will start around 10.00 and the walk desk will not open before 09.30 so please do not arrive before then as neither the walk organiser nor the venue will be ready for you - and the venue might have had a busy night on the Saturday so a little consideration for them would be appreciated. Give yourself an extra half hour in bed instead - you know it makes sense. Also remember that non-members now pay a walk fee of £1.00 - members continue to pay just £0.50 so you may wish to join us for just £4.00 per year and you can pick up a form at the walk desk or download it from this site. Check out the Membership Benefits page for more details.
The first coach trip of 2017 will take place on Sunday 19th March and the booking list is now open. We are now four weeks away from the event an there are still over 10 seats on the coach still available. As a point of information the walk will end at Kings Lynn in Norfolk. If you are considering joining us please let us know as soon as possible, and if you have already booked please spread the word to your colleagues to ensure we fill the coach. The cost of the trip is very reasonable, usually less than £15, as we only plan to break even, so the fuller the coach the less the cost per head. Bookings can be made at any walk desks, via this site or Facebook, or by directly contacting John or Alison Percival (see the committee page to download contact details).
The seventeenth annual Valley and Views event will take place on Sunday 30th April from Wilbarston Village Hall as usual, and more details can be found on the events page of this website along with a downloadable entry form for those who wish to pre-register and save themselves time on the day.
On a point of information and to avoid any confusion, the George in Fenstanton, from where we will walk on 23rd July was closed but has now reopened under the new name of the Duchess. This website and the downloadable Sunday schedule have been updated to this effect. The planned walk in July will of course still take place.
A further change to your schedules - the Bull at Olney which suffered a fire last year is unlikely to re-open in time for the scheduled Sunday walk on 28th May. It has been decided that, like last year, this walk will instead take place from the Two Brewers in Olney. This website and the downloadable Sunday schedule have been updated to this effect.
After having to cancel the annual pilgrimage to Belgium to participate in the Clermont Walking Festival due to non avaialability of Ferries I am pleased to confirm that the club will be participating again in 2018. For your diaries, the dates are Friday 9th Feb 2018 (leaving Castle Way in Wellingborough around 19.00) returning to Wellingborough by mid evening on Monday 12th February 2018. More details and a downloadable registration form will be provided in the events section of this site in due course.
If you would like to get more involved in your club, we are always looking for additional walk co-ordinators - there are eight of us on the committee and almost 40 walking events every year - and whilst most committee members will organise and run up to three events each year we still need non-committee members to organise the occasional event. If you have never organised a walk before, one of us will "buddy up" with you to help plan and run the event and we have a comprehensive "beginners guide" covering everything from choosing your venue through to details of the administration and what makes a good walk description. Why not give it a go - you'll enjoy it. If you would like a no obligation chat about what is entailed please contact me through the website and I will call you back.
Newsflash - great news for all members. The committee has decided that our membership year will, with immediate effect, be changed to the Calendar Year. All members who were paid up at 1st January 2017 will automatically have their membership extended to 31st December 2017 at no charge (those of you who have paid multiple years ahead will gain the extra 7 months membership expiring at the end of the calendar year they have pre-paid). New members yet to join will also get their first years membership up to 31st December 2017 so if you are not a member and wish to join why not do this sooner rather than later? More details as to the finer implications of this change will be communicated in the normal ways, but this year it has been decided that the AGM will remain as 1st June 2017 - a date for your diaries.
Lapel Badges. Club lapel badges are now available from Andrew Whitehead or through this website or the Facebook page. They will also be available at walk desks and will cost £3. Please buy one and wear it on your lapel to support your club.