The Waendel Walkers' Club

The Number 1 Club in the British Walking Federation

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Latest News - Updated Monday 10th October 2016

A couple of reminders for members of the club.  Firstly around 20 members have still not renewed their annual subscriptions which were due on 1 June.  Anyone not renewing by the end of October will be considered lapsed and will have to rejoin.  Secondly you will all be aware of the ballot allowing you, our members, to choose our 2016-17 charity.  Thanks to those who have completed and returned their ballot form - those who have yet to do so please can you email the club or fill out the form in the Waendeller and post it to Peter Rickwood before the end of October (or hand it in at the walk desk on 23rd October - see below).

Our next Sunday walk will take place on 23rd October 2016 and will see us walking from the Old Red Lion in Litchborough, south-west of Northampton near Towcester. 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.

Attention all non-members who walk with us.  From January 2017 the walk fees for non-members will be set at £1.00 per walker. Members will continue to enjoy walk fees of £0.50, so if you walk with us regularly and have not yet joined our club why not become a member.  Annual membership is still only £4.00 per adult member, and co-resident dependents under 18 years old enjoy free junior membership status. A membership form can be downloded from this website or can be obtained at any walk desk.

The next coach trip will take place on Sunday 4th December, and as is customary for our Winter coach trip will be heading for London. The booking list will open at the walk desk at the Vane Arms on 9th October, after which bookings can also be made through this website, by messaging us through the Facebook page, or by contacting John or Alison Percival directly. No bookings will be accepted before this date, but as the London trips are always popular please book as soon as possible to secure your seat. As usual the coach will depart at 08.00 from the Castle Way lay-by in Wellingborough. Ample free public parking is available behind the Castle Theatre.

Dates for the 2017 Sunday season of walks are now available here for those who already have 2017 diaries or who want to put the dates in their smartphones or computers.  Please note that most of the venues are still being finalised but the dates are firm and the site will be updated with venues as they are agreed with the pubs.  A complete list should be available by the end of November 2016.

If you would like to get more involved in your club, we are always looking for additional walk co-ordinators - there are eight of us on the committee and almost 40 walking events every year - and whilst most committee members will run up to three events each year we still need non-committee members to organise the occasional event. If you have never run a walk before, one of us will "buddy up" with you to help organise 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 probably enjoy it. If you would like a no obligation chat about what is entailed please contact me through the website and I will call you back.

Charity Donation Update. As members will know your club makes an annual donation to a charity based on a percentage of the walk fees taken during the membership year, and usually amounts to around £500. The choice of charity has traditionally been made by a "show of hands" vote at the club AGM from a short list offered by your committee.  This year, in order that our members know who they are supporting and to include the wishes of members who do not attend the AGM, we are taking a different approach. A short list has been made by the committee from the list of your nominations and this appears in the September edition of the Waendeller along with a voting slip. All members are invited to vote from this short list. We would then endeavour to announce the chosen charity well before the end of 2016.

Subscriptions. Thank you for the majority of our members who have renewed their membership, which became due on 1st June 2016. To keep your membership subscriptions as low as possible we do not send out routine reminders. However there are still over 30 of you who have yet to renew and I would ask that you please renew directly with Peter Rickwood or at the desk of your next walk - remember it's still only £4 per year, little more than the cost of a pint!!

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.