Hello and welcome to the new look website for the Waendel Walkers' Club. Should you have any feedback or suggestions for content please email me using the link here
Thank you for visiting this website and for your interest in our club. You can also find us on Facebook by using the link below.
Pete Rickwood - Webmaster
You may be interested to know that as part of Northamptonshire County Council's third annual 20 million steps initiative our club has provided a circular walk route which goes between Wellingborough, Irchester and Wollaston libraries and is just over 10 miles in length. You can start this walk from any of the three libraries any time your chosen starting library is open (please check the NCC website for these details or contact the library directly), and the route can be taken in either direction. You can also walk part of the route and return, or walk part of the route one way and arrange your own transport back to your start point. The event takes place on Friday through to Sunday of the weekend 23rd to 25th September. Our club is not involved in the day to day organisation over the weekend but supports the initiative.
Advance warning - if you wish to eat at the pub after walking the 25th September walk below from West Perry can you please book this in advance directly with the pub on 01480 810253.
As mentioned above, our next Sunday walk will take place on 25th September 2016 and will see us walking from the Wheatsheaf in West Perry, just over the county border in Cambridgeshire and very close to Grafham Water. 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.
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.
Charity Donation Update. As members will know your club makes an annual donation to a charity based on a percentage of the walk fees taken during the membership year, and usually amounts to around £500. The choice of charity has traditionally been made by a "show of hands" vote at the club AGM from a short list offered by your committee. This year, in order that our members know who they are supporting and to include the wishes of members who do not attend the AGM, we are taking a different approach. A short list has been made by the committee from the list of your nominations and this appears in the September edition of the Waendeller along with a voting slip. All members are invited to vote from this short list. We would then endeavour to announce the chosen charity well before the end of 2016.
Subscriptions. Thank you for the majority of our members who have renewed their membership, which became due on 1st June 2016. To keep your membership subscriptions as low as possible we do not send out routine reminders. However there are still a significant number of you who have yet to renew and I would ask that you please renew directly with Peter Rickwood or at the desk of your next walk - remember it's still only £4 per year, little more than the cost of a pint!!
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.