The Waendel Walkers' Club

The Number 1 Club in the British Walking Federation

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Latest News - Updated Monday 12th November 2018

It is some sadness that we have had to cancel the annual pilgrimage to Clermont planned for next February, predominantly due to lack of participants. We need around 36 to make the trip commercially viable at the price we wished to charge, and with a couple of recent cancellations we ended up with only 29 firm bookings. All deposits or full payments already made will be refunded by Steve Sloan in due course.

Our next Sunday walk will take place on 25th November and will see us walking from the Saracens Head in Little Brington, a few miles West and slightly North of Northampton, near Althorp. 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.

As you know, your committee meets about once every six weeks and there may be issues that you as members wish us to raise and discuss at these meetings. Any such matters can be notified to us by email by following  this link no less than 24 hours before the meeting. A schedule of meetings has been added to the "your club committee" page on this website. These meetings remain closed however anyone who is considering joining the committee will be welcome to come along to one of our meetings before making their decision.

The final coach trip of 2018 will take place on Sunday 9th December and as is customary it will be London based. The booking list is now open and bookings can be made online through this website or the Facebook page or directly from Alison and John Percival, or of course at any walk desk.

Also in December the club Christmas social event will take place on Friday 14th December at 19.30 at the Wellingborough Old Grammarians Headquarters. The event will include a quiz, music and general socialising with your fellow club members. Tickets are available from Barry Crick or at any walk desk, and are priced at £7.00 (£8.00 for non-members and guests) and will include a buffet supper.

The 2019 schedule is being finalised but for those who just want the dates, these are now available on this website. Very few venues are yet finalised but these will be added as they get agreed with the host pub or club. You will notice that the Valley and Views event is confirmed as taking place again from Wilbarston Village Hall on Sunday 14th April, and if you wish to pre-register and save time on the day a downloadable form is available from this website by following this link which also appears on our events page.

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. We are currently planning the dates for our 2019 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 and perhaps you will choose to be one of our 2019 walk organisers.

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.