The Waendel Walkers' Club

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Latest News - Updated Thursday 15th April 2021

What a fantastic start to the resumption of our walking events we had yesterday. Almost 50 of you turned out for our first walk, from Rushden to the outskirts of Newton Bromswold and back. We also attracted lapsed members who rejoined as well as a few new members - thank you to every one of you who attended and to Andy for organising the event amidst building works being carried out at the venue in preparation for their reopening.

On this coming Sunday 18th April we will be running the first of our Sunday events, which will take place from Wollaston School car park starting around 10.00. The walk desk will be just inside the school gates at the end nearest the village, but we will have no access to the school premises including the toilets.

Subsequently our next Wednesday evening walk will take place from the public car park in Jacksons Lane in Wellingborough on 28th April. As the evenings still get dark around 20.00 I will open the walk desk by 17.30 for those who wish to get ahead of the game. Again, there are no toilet facilities at the walk desk nor on the route.

Remember we are still adopting social distancing and other practices at our walk desks. The “rule of six” will legally apply until step 3 of recovery (affecting all walks up to Sunday May 16th) but may be considered sensible even after this date. All our events remain registered with BWF and as such IVV/BWF stamps will be issued as usual. Walk fees will apply; 50p for members; £1.00 for non-members but we would request that the correct change be offered to avoid unnecessary cash handling. Membership forms will be available for those wishing to join (£4 per calendar year, under 18s FOC) and gain benefits including the reduced walk fees. Start cards will not be issued his year as we have still to establish many of the later venues – however the website and Facebook page will be updated with venues as they are agreed. We will endeavour to display details of future walks at the check in desks and at the end of your walk descriptions as not everyone has access to the Internet. We will also request a mobile telephone number on check in, so we still have a way of contacting you if you fail to return (or forget to check back in) at the end of a walk.

As you can see, we have a “game plan” to try to ensure we can offer this full program of fortnightly walks, but it is very demanding on the team. There are several regular walkers who volunteer to organise walks for the club, but it would make life a lot easier if we could get a few more folks willing to organise and run a walk perhaps from their local area. Please let Steve Sloan or me know if you feel able to help us with this – you would of course be supported by one of the team.

MICHAEL SPENCER - It is with some surprise and great sadness that I have to report the passing of Michael at the end of 2020. Whilst not recently being a regular walker with us, he was one of the original "founder members" of the club and always attended our AGMs and Clermont trips. I was notified of his passing by his sister Karen who contacted me when she received Michaels copy of the Waendeller. In Karen's own words "Walking and travelling were definitely the big loves in Michael’s life. As we have sorted through his belongings, we have uncovered a wealth of diaries, photos and paper cuttings detailing his past trips and walks and also his extensive plans for his retirement - which would have been in 2 years time. Losing him was a huge shock to my brothers and I, we feel he has been taken much too soon. However, being able to share together all his memories has brought us comfort, tears, but most of all, laughter." Those of us who knew him, perhaps from Clermont, would echo these sentiments. RIP Michael.

FORTIETH ANNIVERSARY OF WWC - This summer will mark the fortieth anniversary of the Waendel Walkers Club, and due to the strange times we are living in right now we are still considering how this might be recognised and will communicate this once things become clearer. However whatever else may or may not happen we will be organising a limited edition 40 year club polo shirt. If you would like to make a provisional order for one of these please email or Facebook message us with quantity and size required in order for us to plan order quantities, or contact Andrew Whitehead directly or register interest at any walk desk. Price and final colourways are still under discussion as our suppliers have been unavailable during lockdown. We would expect to deliver these around July.

CLUB CHAIRMAN UPDATE - As you are aware Barry ihas now stood down from this position after nine years serving the club, and I (Pete) have taken on this responsibility on a temporary basis with immediate effect. This arrangement will be offered up for ratification by the membership at the next AGM (which is likely to be held in July 2021). At least one other committee member has agreed to be part of a rota and this arrangement will continue until a permanent replacement can be identified.

WAENDELLER MAGAZINE - You should all have received your Spring 2021 copy of the club magazine by now, either in electronic or paper format. As stated in the magazine, Barry has now stood down from his role as editor, and the responsibilty for future editions of the magazine, starting in September 2021, has been handed over to John and Alison Percival. We thank Barry for his 10 years of editorship and thank and welcome John and Alison for taking this on board.