The Waendel Walkers' Club

The Number 1 Club in the British Walking Federation

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Latest News - Updated Thursday 14th June 2018

The next Sunday event will take place on 24th June and will be our Summer Coach trip which keeping with tradition will end up at a coastal location, on this occasion Aldeburgh in Suffolk. There are still just a few seats available, and as we hope this event will sell out, if you wish to join us please book soon by contacting us through this website or our Facebook page or directly from John or Alison Percival.

Our next Wednesday evening summer walk take place on 27th June and will see us walking for the first time from the recently opened "Old House" in Wellingborough, which is the "brewery tap" for the wellingborough-based Harts brewery and offers a full range of their beers. Be aware that the Old House does not provide food other than pre-packed snacks in the evenings. The event officially starts at 18.00 but please do not arrive before 17.30 as there will be no start desk set up and the venue may well not be ready for you either (in fact the pub doesn't open until 17.00 on Wednesdays). Also be aware that the venue has no car park; please park in Doddington Road or in the Castle Theatre car park. Do NOT use the multi-storey car park as the gates are locked at 19.00.

I am now pleased to confirm we have a volunteer and a venue for the Wednesday walk scheduled for 11th July, which will take place from the Great Doddington Club, famiiliar to anyone who has ever walked the annual Waendel Walk. This website and the downloadable schedule have been updated to this effect.

We will be holding our first social event of the year on Friday evening 17th August. The event will follow on the success of our "crazy games" event a couple of years ago and as such will be "crazy games 2". It will take place at the Old Grammarians HQ and tickets will be £7 (£8 for non-member guests) to include a finger buffet. Room capacity will limit this event to 50 tickets and the event is being organised by Tony and Steve. Tickets will be available at all walk desks and full payment is requested at the time of booking. Team selection will take place at 19.30 and the games themselves will commence at 20.00.

If you would like to get more involved in your club, we are always looking for additional walk co-ordinators - there are just seven 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 and would like to, 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 - I promise you'll enjoy it. If you would like a no obligation chat about what is involved please contact me through the website and I will call you back and perhaps you will choose to be one of our 2019 walk organisers.

As you will all be aware, your club is a long standing member of the British Walking Federation (BWF), indeed being club no 1. During 2018 the BWF along with its member clubs will be organising the 2018 Armistice Centenary Challenge, commemorating 100 years since the end of World War I, and the Waendel Walkers Club has contributed two new permanent trails to this project. Those wishing to participate in this challenge event need to register with the BWF and more details and a registration form can be downloaded from the link on the new Permanent Trails page. Walk instructions for the two Waendel Walkers Club routes and further details are now available on this website using the link above and a link to the appropriate BWF page has now been added.

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.  Of course Andrew can provide other club branded merchandise as well such as polo shirts, sweat shirts, fleeces and baseball caps. See the Club Merchandise section of this site for prices and availability.