The Waendel Walkers' Club

The Number 1 Club in the British Walking Federation

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Latest News - Updated Monday 24th October 2016

A couple of reminders for members of the club.  Firstly around 20 members have still not renewed their annual subscriptions which were due on 1 June.  Anyone not renewing by the end of October will be considered lapsed and will have to rejoin.  Secondly you will all be aware of the ballot allowing you, our members, to choose our 2016-17 charity.  Thanks to those who have completed and returned their ballot form - those who have yet to do so please can you email the club or fill out the form in the Waendeller and post it to Peter Rickwood before the end of October.

As I am sure that everyone who had booked is aware, but just to be certain, due to unavailability of suitable ferry crossing times the club will not be participating in the February 2017 Clermont weekend. However, we expect "normal service to be resumed" for the 2018 Clermont festival and information will be published as soon as it is finalised. The club offers its profound apologies to those regular Clermont participants for the disappointment but we can assure you this decision was not made lightly and was due to circumstances outside of our control.

We are holding a pre-Christmas social event on Friday 9th December at the Old Grammarians Headquarters in Oxford Street, Wellingborough starting at 19.00 and finishing around 22.00.  This event will be a chance to socialise with fellow club walkers and will include a quiz, raffle and supper.  Tickets are on sale now directly from Barry Crick or via email or Facebook private message to the club page, and the cost will be £6.00 for members; £7.00 for guests and non-members which will include your meal. Tickets wil be limited to 50, and as of yesterdays walk 10 have already been taken.

Our next Sunday walk will take place on 6th November 2016 and will see us walking from the George Inn in Tiffield, which was the Northamptonshire CAMRA branch rural pub of the year 2015 so there will be some good post-walk ale to be quaffed! 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.

Attention all non-members who walk with us.  From January 2017 the walk fees for non-members will be set at £1.00 per walker. Members will continue to enjoy walk fees of £0.50, so if you walk with us regularly and have not yet joined our club why not become a member.  Annual membership is still only £4.00 per adult member, and co-resident dependents under 18 years old enjoy free junior membership status. A membership form can be downloded from this website or can be obtained at any walk desk.

The next coach trip will take place on Sunday 4th December, and as is customary for our Winter coach trip will be heading for London. The booking list is already full, but as usual there is a wait list and you can add your name to this by messaging us through this website or the Facebook page, or by contacting John or Alison Percival directly. As usual the coach will depart at 08.00 from the Castle Way lay-by in Wellingborough. Ample free public parking is available behind the Castle Theatre.  If you have booked and are now unable to come for whatever reason PLEASE let John or Alison know as soon as possible as we have a number of walkers who would like to join us.

Dates for the 2017 Sunday season of walks are now available here for those who already have 2017 diaries or who want to put the dates in their smartphones or computers.  Please note that most of the venues are still being finalised but the dates are firm and the site will be updated with venues as they are agreed with the pubs.  A complete list should be available by the end of November 2016.

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 run up to three events each year we still need non-committee members to organise the occasional event. If you have never run a walk before, one of us will "buddy up" with you to help organise 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 probably 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.

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.