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
Our next coach trip will take place on 11th September 2016 and the booking list is now full. However there is a waiting list so if you would like to join us on this event which is clearly popular please contact John or Alison Percival directly or contact us via this link or our Facebook page.
Our next Sunday walk will take place on 28th August 2016 and will see us walking from the Old Crown in Ashton. To avoid confusion this is the Ashton near Roade and Stoke Bruerne NOT the one in the North of the county near Oundle. 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.
Oh well - thats the Summer Wednesday season finished with a fantastic walk last night from the Stags Head at Maidwell yesterday - they always make us so welcome and the walking countryside is stunning in that part of the county. We are already planning another Sunday walk from the Stags Head next year - probably in June, and it may well coincide with one of the pub's summer beer festivals or their "sausage and cider" festival. It seems like no time at all we were announcing the start of the Wednesday season and now its over for another year. However no need for withdrawal symptoms until next April - come ond join us on one of our all year round Sunday walks.
On the subject of 2017 walks 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 and would ask any club member who would like to nominate a charity, preferably local, to contact us via this link before the end of August 2016 with their name and that of their proposed charity. A short list will be made by the committee from the list of nominations and this will appear in the September edition of the Waendeller. All members will be 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.