The Waendel Walkers' Club

The Number 1 Club in the British Walking Federation

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Latest News - Updated Monday 14th May 2018

We are delighted to welcome in our Wednesday evening summer walk series and after a good start the next event of 2018 will take place on 16th May and will see us walking from the Queens Arms at Orlingbury. 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.

Our next Sunday walk will take place on 27th May and will see us again walking from the Cock Inn at Roade. 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 pub will be ready for you. Give yourself an extra half hour in bed instead - you know it makes sense.

We are still hoping to find a volunteer to run the Sunday walk scheduled for 11th July. If no volunteer offers to help in the next few weeks this event may reluctantly have to be cancelled. Watch this space for more information, and if you would like to organise this event please contact Peter or Steve as soon as possible.

The final puzzle piece for our Sunday schedule is now in place and I am pleased to announce that the walk scheduled for 23 December will be based out of the Albion Brewery Bar in Northampton - the downloadable Sunday schedule and website have been updated.

The booking list for the 24th June Coach trip opened at the Blue Bell walk desk on 29th April, and over half of the seats are now taken. As this event will clearly sell out, if you wish to join us please book soon by contacting us through this website or our Facebook page, at subsequent Sunday walk desks or directly from John or Alison Percival.

For your diaries please be aware that the club Annual General Meeting will be held on Thursday 7th June at 19.30 at the Old Grammarians Headquarters on Oxford Street in Wellingborough. We hope to see many of you there.

A final 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 almost 150 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 about 30 of you still to renew!! If you are one of these please renew by the end of April otherwise we will assume your membership has lapsed. 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. If you have decided to no longer be a member of the club (and we hope this is not the case) please let us know via this website so we can mark you as an ex-member rather than chase you for your renewal.

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.

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.

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.