The Waendel Walkers' Club

The Number 1 Club in the British Walking Federation

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Latest News - Updated Thursday 4th August 2022

Coach Trip News - Important Update. The next coach trip will take place on Sunday 11th September.  As of yesterdays (Wednesday 3rd August) walk this is now fully booked, which is great news for the club and validates your committee's decision to revert to four coach trips a year in 2023. We will, as in the past, now open a wait list as people do drop out as the date gets nearer. Wait list registration can be made at any walk desk, or directly through Pete or Brenda. This can also be done by email from this site or by Facebook messenger and we will confirm by return. We also ask that if you are already booked and are not able to make it please let us know as soon as possible so your place can be offered to someone on the wait list. This event will be coastal ending at Wells next the Sea, and both walk routes will start at Holkham Hall. The coach will remain at Holkham for a couple of hours for those who want to visit the hall and gardens before leaving for Wells by coach rather than on foot. Cost of the trip will be £20 for members, £22 for non-members and £10 for junior members, however the cost of the coach is linked to the wholesale cost of fuel and should this rise appreciably these prices could increase by a pound or two. Admission to the hall if desired will of course be additional and down to the individual. Subject to demand we will also make a second pick up and drop off at Thrapston so please let us know when you book if this would be of interest.

Urgent - Walk Leaders Required.  We require walk leaders to organise walks on the Sundays of 9th October and 18th December 2022. If you could possibly take one of these on please let Pete or Steve know as a matter of urgency. One of us the team will happily work alongside you if you have not organised a walk before, and we have a "Walk Leaders Guide" which we can provide for you to read if this would help.

Our next Sunday walk sees us walking on the 14th August from the Bell at Marston Moretaine, just off the A421 between Bedford and Milton Keynes. As always this walk can be taken from around 10.00 onwards. As usual please do not arrive before 09.30 as neither the walk desk nor the venue will be ready for you. The walk desk closes at 1500 so we ask you to let us know if you are going to return later than this. URGENT INFORMATION REGARDING PARKING - Do NOT use the pub car park as it is managed by ANPR cameras and a vehicle registration machine is inside the venue which may not be available when you arrive. Please use the local street parking on Denton Drive, a 2 minute walk from the pub, to avoid getting a parking fine.

Our next (and last) Wednesday Walk this season will take place on 17th August and will be based from the Swan at Newton Bromswold. Just a reminder that our Wednesday walks are single distance events with just a 10km (6 mile) route and start at around 18.00 in order that you can finish before it gets too dark. Please however if you arrive before 17.30 it is unlikely that the walk desk will be ready for you. Nowever see the following paragraph regarding our charity donation. Also remember the desk will close at 21.00 so please ensure you check back in by this time or phone the desk number on your route description if you are going to be late.

Charity Awards. The benefitting charity for 2021-2022 was agreed at the 2021 AGM to be Cransley Hospice and a cheque for £500 was presented to Ashley Davies, Community Fundraiser for the Hospice before yesterdays Wednesday evening walk from the Olde Victoria in Burton Latimer.

Retail Discounts. As a member of the Waendel Walkers Club you are  entitled to a 15% discount on all purchases from Trespass. This disount applies to Sale items but not clearance items. There are branches at Northampton and Milton Keynes but the discount applies to all branches throughout the UK. In order to gain the discount please present your up to date membership card. If you have lost your card or if it was not endorsed at your latest renewal please contact Pete to arrange for this to be sorted.

Urgent - Clermont 2023 We can now confirm that, subject to Covid, the 50th Clermont Festival of Walking will take place in Belgium in February 2023 and it is planned that we will participate and organise a coach trip for the whole weekend. All are invited - first timers will be made as welcome as those who have enjoyed this event for many years. This will be somewhat special as it is the fiftieth anniversary of the event, and, due to Covid, the first time we as a club have participated in five years. We intend to leave on the morning of Friday 10th February and stay three nights travelling back during the day on Monday 13th. We anticipate there will be 50km and 35km routes as well as the usual shorter distances and of course the socialising that anyone who has been to Clermont with us in the past will be only too familiar with. Obviously, staying an extra night rather than travelling out overnight Friday as in previous years will have an impact on the cost, but at this stage we really need to gauge interest. If you are interested in participating in this great event please let Steve Sloan know in order that we can organise accomodation and finalise our plans. Steve can be contacted via message, email or telephone.

Dates are now available for the committee meetings for 2022 and can be found on the committee page of this website using the link above. As announced at the AGM these will now be open to all members who wish to attend, observe, or raise an issue for discussion. The next one is Thursday September 15th and if any of you would like to attend and/or raise any issues please let Pete know before the day.