The Waendel Walkers' Club

The Number 1 Club in the British Walking Federation

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Latest News - Updated Sunday 18th August 2019

Our next Coach trip will take place on Sunday 15th September and the booking list is now open. There are still around 20 unfilled seats on the coach so if you would like to join us please contact us - bookings can be made at any walk desk; through this website or our Facebook event page; or directly by contacting John and Alison Percival. We hope to see many of you there.

Prior to the above, our next Sunday walk will take place on 1st September and will see us walking from the Olde Three Cocks in Brigstock. Please note this is a different venue to that shown on your walk cards as has already been notified on this website and at all recent walks. 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. Give yourself an extra half hour in bed instead - you know it makes sense. Important - if you are planning on taking lunch at the Olde Three Cocks on Sunday it is requested that you book in advance directly with the venue.

This year's Wednesday evening summer series has now reached its end, with the final event event taking place on Wednesday 14th August from the Stag at Maidwell. Sadly, largely due to the weather earlier in the day only 13 die hard walkers participated in this walk which was generally enjoyed. Some statistics for the series are as follows: Largest event turnout - 44 walkers, Smallest event turnout - 13 walkers. 93 different participants went on at least one walk, and 3 individuals (Ian Richardson, Steve Frost and Derek Gowan) walked all 10 events with a further 4 walkers missing just one event. Our 2020 Wednesday evening series will commence next April but of course our Sunday series continues throughout the year as always. Thanks again to everyone who participated this year.

As many of you may be aware we donate a percentage of all our walk fees to a local charity each your which changes from year to year. I am pleased to confirm that last year the nominated charity was Thomas' Fund - a charity which provides music therapy to children with degenerative conditions who have been shown to benefit from such therapy. The amount donated was £700 and a cheque was presented to Lucy Smith from the charity before the recent walk from the Albion Brewery.  A photograph of this presentation can be seen here and the letter of thanks can be seen here. Further details of Thomas' Fund can be found on their website which can be accessed from this link.

Newsflash - The venue for the Sunday walk on 27th October which appears on your walk cards (and previously on this website and downloadable schedule) as TBA can now be confirmed as the Vane Arms in Sudborough. The Sunday schedule web page and downloadable schedule have been updated.

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. We are already starting to plan our 2020 walk schedules so 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 merchandise including polo shirts, sweat shirts, fleeces and baseball caps. See the Club Merchandise section of this site for prices and availability.