The Waendel Walkers' Club

The Number 1 Club in the British Walking Federation

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Latest News - Updated Wednesday 6th February 2019

As a reminder, the 19th annual Valley and Views event will take place on Sunday 14th April from Wilbarston Village Hall as usual. All last year's routes have been reviewed and the 26k and 42k routes are totally new. More details can be found in the Special Club Events section of this website and in order to save time on the day a pre-registration form can be downloded from there or from this link.

Our next Sunday walk will take place on 17th February and will see us walking from another new venue, the Beerhouse in Market Harborough. 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. Also be aware that the pub will be closed until at least 11.00 so there will be no toilet facilities etc before you set off and the walk desk will be located outside the pub.

Our next coach trip will take place on April 7th and the booking list will open at the walk desk at Market Harborough on 17th February, after which it will be available from subsequent walk desks, from the website or Facebook event page, or by contacting John or Alison Percival directly. We hope to publish the walk destination very soon as it is currently still subject to final confirmation from the coach company.

One of the recipients of our charitable donation in the past has been Cransley Hospice. They are organising a short lantern-lit one-mile walk on 24th March from Stanwick Lakes and this may be of interest to anyone who has lost someone and wants to take time to reflect. Full details can be found at their website at www.cransleyhospice.org.uk and also on the poster which can be viewed and downloaded from here. The event starts at 17.00 and entry is by ticket in advance (£10, £5 for children) which includes a lantern, and ticket holders get free parking. Under 3 year olds enter free but this does not include a lantern

Many of you will be aware that the British Walking Federation organised an Armistice Challenge last year - including a number of Permanent Trails - and many of us even participated in this challenge. Your club actually contributed two such trails (from Middleton Cheney and Towcester). While the challenge has now ended we have agreed to continue to maintain and support these two trails for at least the whole of 2019 and they are still available from this website (or the BWF website).

As you may 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 next meeting will take place on Thursday 21st March 2019.

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 finalising the 2019 summer schedule and are looking for more walk leaders 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 become 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.