The Waendel Walkers' Club

The Number 1 Club in the British Walking Federation

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Latest News - Updated Tuesday 12th December 2017

First and foremost I must apologise for the curtailment of Sunday's coach trip to London due to the adverse road and weather conditions that arose on the day and the inherrent traffic problems and inevitable delays. It is the first time we as a club have ever had to take the action we did and I appreciate the disappointment that many of you experienced having got up early and fought your way to Castle Way for this trip. I would also like to thank Ian Richardson for all the effort put in to organising the day and planning the route which sadly didn't get used.

Our next and final event of 2017 will take place on Wednesday 27th December and will be our annual "Wellie Womble", a leisurely 10km walk starting and ending as usual from the Wellingborough Old Grammarians HQ in Oxford Street. As is customary, 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 so a little consideration for them would be appreciated. Give yourself an extra half hour in bed instead - you know it makes sense. As with previous years the entry fee for this event will be £1.00 per person; members and non-members alike and 100% of this fee will go to this year's charity which as you hopefully are aware is Headway, the charity that supports people who have suffered brain injuries.

The 2018 Sunday season is now complete and is now on this site, along with a downloadable printable schedule, although a couple of venues at the end of 2018 are still being agreed and will be added as soon as we can.

The dates for the Wednesday evening 2018 Season are 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 details are finalised, sometime early in 2018.

 Remember that for those members who have not yet done so, we will ask you to renew your 2018 annual membership at the Wollaston Wobble or your first subsequent walk of the series, which remains at only £4. Thanks to the almost 40 members who have already renewed (and the 3 of you who by accident or choice have also paid their 2019 subs - that's forward planning for you!).

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.

Our Christmas social event takes place on the evening of this coming Friday, the 15th December which will include a quiz, raffle and supper. Should you still wish to come along and have yet to book, more details and a booking link can be found on the Special Club Events page of this website.

After having to cancel the annual pilgrimage to Belgium in 2017 to participate in the Clermont Walking Festival due to non-availability of Ferries I am pleased to confirm that the club will be participating again in 2018. For your diaries, the dates are Friday 9th Feb 2018 (leaving Castle Way in Wellingborough around 16.00 - note the earlier time than in previous years) returning to Wellingborough by mid evening on Monday 12th February 2018. More details will be provided in the Special Club Events section of this site in due course.

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.