The Waendel Walkers' Club

The Number 1 Club in the British Walking Federation

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Latest News - Updated Tuesday 15th October 2019

Our next Sunday event will take place on 27th October and will see us returning to the Vane Arms in Sudborough. Please be aware this appears on your walk cards as 'TBC' as this venue had not been finalised at the time of printing at the end of 2018. 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.

Our next coach trip will take place on Sunday 8th December and as is convention will be London based. The booking list will open at the walk desk on 27th October after whic bokings can be made at any subsequent walk desk, through the website or facebook page, or directly from John or Alison Percival.

We will be running a Christmas social event on Friday 13th December at the Wellingborough Old Grammarians headquarters in Oxford Street and will take the form of a quiz, buffet and raffle along with the chance to chat to fellow walkers in a social environment. Bookings can be made at any walk desk or via this website or our Facebook page as usual and we ask for payment at the time of booking. Costs are £6 per member, £7 per non-member and will include a buffet. The event will commence at 19.30 and we hope to see many of you there.

As usual we will be organising our annual Valley and Views event in 2020 and this will be a bit special as it wil be our twentieth run of this event. The date is set for 26th April and more details and a downloadable pre registration form is available in the Special Club Events page of this website.

The 2020 dates for your committee meetings have now been agreed and are available on the Committee page of this site. A reminder that while these are not public meetings you can submit any issues you wish to be raised by email and we will respond to you after the meeting. Alternatively you could consider joining us on the committee and raise the issue at the meeting in person!! New committee mebers are always welcome!!

Along with the above, the date for the 2020 AGM has been set as Thursday 21 May and this now appears in the Events secion of the website.

Newsflash 1 - As stated above, the venue for the Sunday walk on 27th October which appears on your walk cards (and previously on this website and downloadable schedule) as 'TBC' can now be confirmed as the Vane Arms in Sudborough.

Newsflash 2 - The venue for the Sunday walk on 24th November which appears on your walk cards (and previously on this website and downloadable schedule) as the Queen Victoria at Burton Latimer has been changed to the Montagu Club in Weekley, near Kettering. Be aware that this venue does not serve food.

Newsflash 3 - the event on your walk cards scheduled for 22nd December and designated 'TBC' can now be confirmed as being based from the Royal Oak at Cogenhoe. The downloadable schedule and Sunday walk web page have been updated to reflect all the changes.

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.

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.