The Waendel Walkers' Club

The Number 1 Club in the British Walking Federation

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Latest News - Updated Tuesday 13th February 2018

A great time was had by all who joined us for the Clermont Walking Festival in Belgium this weekend and it was great to welcome a number of new folks, many of these have stated they will be joining us again for the 2019 event. Dates and more details will be published later in the year.

Our next Sunday walk will take place on 18th February 2018 and will see us walking from the George Inn just north of 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.

If you require any club clothing or other merchandise be aware that Andrew Whitehead will be placing an order on our supplier for any out of stock items at the end of February, as many of our Belgian colleagues are coming to the Valley and Views event in April and have requested club merchandise. If anyone wants any particular items please contact Andrew before the end of February and these can be included in this order.

A reminder that for those members who have not yet done so, we ask you to renew your 2018 annual membership at your next walk, which remains at only £4. Thanks to the over 100 members who have already renewed (and the few of you who by accident or choice also paid their 2019 subs - that's forward planning for you!) but there are almost 90 of you still to renew!! Be aware that those 2017 members who have yet to pay their renewal will be charged non-member rates for all walks until they do so please come to your next walk prepared to renew, or do so by post to the Club Secretary if it's easier - it saves you money and saves us time chasing up late membership renewals.

The first coach trip of the year will take place on Sunday 18th March and will depart as usual from Castle Way in Wellingborough at 08.00. The booking list is now open and over half the seats have already been booked. To join us on this popular event please contact us through this website or our Facebook page, at future walk desks, or directly from John or Alison Percival.

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.

The dates for the Wednesday evening 2018 Season are also now available on this website for those with nice new 2018 diaries who want to bookmark these dates. As usual, the venues and a downloadable schedule will be made available once the venues are finalised.

Details and a downloadable pre-registration form for the eighteenth annual "Valley and Views" event taking place on April 15th 2018 are now available on the Special Club Events section of this site.

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, and whilst we have the 2018 Sunday season sewn up we are now planning our 2018 Wednesday summer season of events! 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 - 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.

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.