For Your Diary
At the White Cliffs Ramblers AGM, Richard Frith was appointed to serve as the Group Footpaths Officer.
Also at the AGM, John Polden stood down as Sponsorship / Adverts Officer and as Social Secretary. There were no nominations to fill either of these posts during the meeting. Although all the advertising income is now in place for the coming year it is crucial that a replacement is found for John as soon as possible. During the meeting we heard that out of your Ramblers subscription the White Cliffs Group receives approximately £1.40 per member - this is barely enough to cover the cost of posting the Newsletter to all members, let alone meeting the cost of printing. Without the income from adverts, it is unlikely that we will be able to produce the Newsletter in its current format. So, which one of you is willing to take on this important role?
Dates for your diary:
25th November 2017: Barn Dance, 7.15 for 7.30pm, £7 per head, tickets from Jill & Ted, 01304 364856
9th December 2017: Christmas Cruise around Calais, see listing in the walks programme for further details.
Sat 3-Feb 2018: the date for the Kent Area AGM
4th March 2018: Club's Annual Dinner, the Rose & Crown, Stelling Minnis. Menus / tickets from John Polden or Walk Leaders AFTER 1st Jan 2018.
25th March 2018: Start of British Summer Time, don't forget to put your clocks forward 1 hour or you could miss the start of a walk!
19th May 201818: the date of our next Map Reading & Navigation Course
30th July - 5 th August 2018, Cotswold Holiday, led by Margaret Milsted-Williamson. Fully booked, waiting list for possible cancellations.
23rd - 29th August 2018 White Cliffs Walking Festival.
1st November 2018: "Tina", the musical, about Tina Turner's amazing life story, Thursday, matinee. Tickets £35 for good seats, contact John P, 01304 823705 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Map Reading & Navigation Cours:
Saturday 19th May 2018
For those new members, or old, who would like to solve the mysteries of map reading, the annual White Cliffs Navigation Course is being run again next spring. It is simple, entertaining and includes a beautifully scenic walk to try out your new-found skills. The course may even inspire you to graduate to a walk leader. But it is suitable for anyone who just wants to crack the code of map reading and know which way is north on their compass.
The first part of the course involves simple self-learning. You will receive an email with links so you can watch techniques being demonstrated on video. There is no pressure. You can watch it in the comfort of your own home. We will let you borrow a compass and map and assign you a pre-course Coach to guide you through any techniques or skills that are unfamiliar to you. You may have a chat with your Coach during one of our group walks or arrange to go with the Coach on one of their own pre-walk recce’s, which many do in preparation for one of their Programme walks.
On the day of the course we spend a couple of hours in a ‘class room’ setting, confirming map reading skills and discussing walk leadership skills. In small groups of 3 or 4 we then walk a 5.5 mile course with our trainees taking it in turns to lead a section of the course. We are constantly using the compass and map throughout the walk confirming and embedding map reading and navigation skills. We, of course, have a lunch meal on the way!
The course finishes at about 4pm with cakes and coffee at a local pub, followed by the presentation of course certificates. It’s a good day out and a great walk with spectacular views. The skills you have learned can be applied to walk leading or enjoying walks with a greater understanding. For those that do want to share their love of the Kent countryside and become walk leaders, we will mentor you right up to and including your first outing. You can, of course, also lead a walk jointly, thereby sharing the pleasure and responsibility.
Anyone who would like extra tuition can benefit from our after-course Mentoring scheme. If you’re interested contact Les at email@example.com and give your name and telephone number, or give me a call if you wish to discuss it further.
Elham Valley Walking Festival:
Saturday 2nd and Sunday 3rd June 2018
This year we will be working even more closely with White Cliffs Ramblers in the hope of offering an even better (is this possible?) menu of walks with something for everyone. Please pencil the above dates in your diaries and tell all your friends and relations so that they don't miss out on this great little walking festival.
Ever fancied trying the Olympic Sport of CURLING? Nigel Cussans is trying to gauge your interest in another trip to Fenton's Curling Rink - 16 of us went on 15-Mar-17: please see the pictures & review on our WCR Events page: (http://www.whitecliffsramblers.org.uk/events.php). It is the only such facility in the UK outside Scotland. Fenton's is part of Dundale Farm, near Tunbridge Wells in Kent, and they have a tremendous indoor curling rink with 3 lanes. Play includes provision of all equipment & shoes, training & tuition from dedicated coaches, a bar and extensive group catering options during the sessions: see http://www.fentonsrink.co.uk/ for more information. The curling rink is open during the period 6-October to 24-April, and I'm suggesting a Group event (with max 24 places - at 8 per lane) next year 2018, probably during March-18. The cost (not including car-sharing transport) would be about £32 per person, to include a light meal. We would need to book several months in advance due to its popularity, so please consider if you would like to take part, and let me know by 10-Dec-17. Nigel Cussans : eMail firstname.lastname@example.org or tel. 01304-611834 / 07447936074
Cinque Ports 100:
The Cinque Ports 100 In the last Newsletter (August to November 2017) there was a short article about the LDWA's Cinque Ports 100-mile challenge walk. Help is still required for this event, which takes place over the Bank Holiday weekend of May 26th-28th, 2018. Help will be required at Northbourne Village Hall, where members of the White Cliffs Ramblers are manning a checkpoint, and at the Duke of York's Royal Military School - event HQ - helping with catering, car parking, transport, and IT and other jobs. Anyone happy to help is asked to contact Graham on 01304 367853 or email him on email@example.com Ramblers are, of course, welcome to enter the Cinque Ports 100, but they will need to complete a 50-mile qualifier. Details of the Cinque Ports 100, and qualifiers, are on the Kent LDWA website www.ldwa.org.uk/kent
Carers Walk held on Friday 27th October 2017
Carers Walk held on Friday 26th May 2017
Annaul Navigation Course, organised by the White Cliffs Ramblers, held on the 20th May 2017
A link with the ADRA (Dunkirk) group was established eight years ago in 2009 when it was felt that as the nearest RA group to France White Cliffs should have some connection with a French walking group.
Thus on May 7th of that year 'yours truly' led a walk for 50 French ramblers and around a dozen White Cliffs members to the "Cat and Custard Pot" where the laws of mathematics were seriously tested as to how one can accommodate such a large number of people in such a confined space. Somehow it was achieved. .
It has now become a regular event every year, taking place on the first Thursday in May, and this year pride of place was given to "The Black Robin" which hosted 45 French visitors enjoying a 10 mile fig 8 walk and an excellent two course lunch. We are already considering possible venues for 2018.
ADRA, by the way, is not just a walking group but offers its thousand or so members numerous activities and classes more along the lines of U3A. It originated in the 1970's when the ship yard in Dunkirk closed down and a large number of people, many around retirement age, were looking to fill the void. In English ADRA stands for "Dunkirk Association for the Active Retired."
Hosted by the White Cliffs Ramblers
16 WCR Members visited Fenton's Curling rink, near Tunbridge Wells, on 15-March-2017. This is the only UK rink outside Scotland.
We had 4 teams of 4 and, after an enjoyable lunch, saw a short safety video and took coaching instructions about how to play the Olympic sport of Curling.
We were on the ice for 2 hours and all 4 teams played each other at least once.
A range of skills were evident!
Everyone enjoyed casting the Curling stones; not sure about the sweeping!
5 Churches Walk
The first Five Church Walk was on 29th April 1984 on an initiative by Molash church parishioners to raise funds for its restoration inviting Chilham, Challock, Boughton Aluph & Godmersham, to join in organizing a sponsored walk. A 24 page A4 size guide (price 25p) provided church & route descriptions plus marked-up O.S. maps, (part was very different from today). So successful was it that a year or so later it became an annual event for all comers on the May Day Bank Holiday.
Apart from the guide book being replaced by putting up red dayglow arrows where required along the way the registration & checking in procedure has remained virtually unchanged. In the earlier years the services of the Raynet amateur radio organization set up masts at each church to radio number details of each walker as they arrived, the idea being that anybody well overdue could be searched for. In fact it gave Raynet good practice for a Cold War disaster; nowadays we have mobile phones, so we're able to make the procedures less demanding.
The Pilgrims Hospices & Kent Air Ambulance also were added for people who wish to support secular charities. Together they now account for about a third of the total distributed, with the rest split among the churches (who also benefit from sales of refreshments to several hundred hungry walkers).