Editor: Keith Thompson Dateline: Sleaford Wednesday 14 th November 2012Happy Christmas: No doubt we are one of the the first again but there is only 34 shoppingdays to Christmas and this is the last Newsletter before Christmas. Anyway the Committeewanted to take the opportunity of wishing you all a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year.Hope you can make it to some of the Christmas social events we have included in the Newsletter.The social evening on Friday 14nd December, the Carol service is on Saturday 8 th December andthe last walk of the year and Christmas lunch is on 9 th December; something for everyoneperhaps.The Social Evening at Heckington Village Hall shown in the programme as being on 14 thDecember has unfortunately been cancelled. Costs are rising significantly and unfortunatelythey are fixed costs rather than costs that changed with the numbers attending so the reducednumber of people attending would have to pay a disproportionate increase. We would alsohave to find a new DJ and a new caterer as those used in previous years are no longer available
to us. As we go to press the committee have made a booking for a night of ten pin bowling atAncaster on 14th December. The booking form is attached to this Newsletter. Come and join us for abit of Christmas fun!Coach Trip to Harrogate on Sunday 2nd FOLLOW THE TARKA TRAIL ON FOOTSeptember 2012Those of us who travelled on this trip thoroughly 9 day/10 night walking tourenjoyed it and Clive did not let us down with anexcellent walk in a beautiful part of the country Tarka 2 will be happening on 25th September 2013. The second part of this walking tour takes a further 8where he lives. We will do well to match this trip days/9 nights completing the south loop tracing the travels ofin the future but in spite of this and the low cost Henry Williamsons much loved “Tarka the Otter”. Again you can choose to do just the morning or afternoon walk or doof the trip is was very poorly supported by the your own thing sight seeing and well behaved dogs are welcome as long as their owner brings a collapsing cage tomembers. The committee is at the moment keep them in when they are left unattended in the hotel.considering the future of coach trips, whether wecan afford to run them in the future and indeed As before we will be staying at the 4 star Durrant House Hotel on the outskirts of Bideford with outstanding views over thewhether members want us to run them in the Torridge estuary. All rooms have en-suite Italian marblefuture. About 25 of our own members regularly bathrooms, tea and coffee making facilities, clock radio, hair- dryer, TV, thick white fluffy towels, in-house laundry facilitiestravel on the coach trips and of these 7 are and room service menus.committee related. So perhaps the other 60 DAY 2 – Eggesford Station for a great trip along the River Taw,members can perhaps help us and tell us why they then to the B3220 at Tawbridge for lunch and finally to North Tawton, a town once famous for wool, with a fine church anddo not support coach trips so that we can, if clock towerpossible, incorporate any changes to our DAY 3 - North Tawton, along the River Taw crossing theprogramme to gain more support. For example it Dartmoor Railway steam railway. into the Dartmoor National Park at Sticklepath, passing the National Trust Property ofhas been suggested that the second coach trip of Finch Foundry and on through Belstone to stop for a latethe year in early September should be moved lunch.because at the moment it coincides with the last DAY 4 - Oaehampton, the “gateway to Dartmoor” with fineweek of the school holidays when Grandma and old pubs, a steam railway and a fine park. Through the hamlet of Jacobstowe for lunch and on to finish at HatherleighGranddad take the last opportunity to spend some DAY 5 – Hatherleigh to the Balaclava Monument, on past thetime with their Grand Children. Perhaps I ought village of Iddesleigh for lunch at Dolton then to Petrockstoweto say also that we would of course welcome where we will be picked up.Grandma and Granddad with the Grand Children DAY 6 - Day off or possibly Lundy Island (extra cost)on the coach trips! Anyway please let us know if DAY 7 – Petrockstowe along the former railway, past thethere is something we can change or do with the Puffing Billy Inn, that used to be Torrington Station. Then,coach trips to make them more attractive to the following the course of the River Torridge well end up in the town of Bideford.members. DAY 8 –Bideford Station, well go past the River Torridge, toRon Bramley had been our Vice Chairman and Instow where there is a nice beach and on to the South Westhis wife Di had been the Minute Secretary until Coast path with fine views of the estuary Fremington quay for a late lunch before finishing at Barnstaple.2010 when they retired from the committee butboth still play an very active part in the Group. The price will be £430 per person for 9 days, assuming twoMany of you will have now heard that Ron has at sharing. There will be a single supplement. Please obtain a booking form or more details pleaselast had the much delayed operation to remedy contact Alex Russell on email@example.com orsome of the problems left by the original 07903054604operation. He is now back home and weunderstand the pain he was suffering in his back has eased. The road to recovery after an operationlike this is never straight forward and this week we understand he was not so well but is being closelymonitored. TLC is now the order of the day as he still has a long way to go but hopefully one daysoon we shall see him walking with us again
The Antrim Coast and the Giants Causeway . A joint effort with Boston. In the Mayedition of the Newsletter we asked members to let us know if they were interested in a holiday toNorthern Ireland in 2014. Only four members of Sleaford Group notified us that they were definitelyinterested in this holiday and a further half a dozen members said they could be interested. Notwhat you would call overwhelming enthusiasm for the trip from a potential of 90 members.Annual General Meeting on 28th October 2012About 25 people set off for an enjoyable walk around Digby led by Dave and Joan and all but two ofthem sat down for a buffet lunch provided by the Red Lion. All the existing committee were re-elected for the coming year and they have been joined by David Mellor who has therefore had togive up his role as honorary auditor. Questions concerning coach trips for next year and socialfunctions at Christmas were raised from the floor. The Treasurer and the Chair said that there wereproblems with cost because of the lack of support and the high fixed and increasing costs for theseevents. Reduced numbers resulted in the fixed costs having to be spread over fewer people whichin turned resulted in disproportionally higher costs per person. Alternatives were therefore beinglooked at. One idea the committee was looking at for the coach trips, was for us to join a coach tripbeing run by a coach company, perhaps even at our suggestion, and guaranteeing the sale say of 25seats. An alternative to the Christmas function at Heckington was an outing to a ten pin bowlingalley or a theatre.The day was rounded off with an interesting talk and slide show by Dr Simon Pawley about the earlyfounding of Sleaford and why places are where they are now. Apparently the only reason forSleaford to exist was the wealth derived from the various, and up to 18, water mills eastwards alongthe Slea; but their value only lasted for 150 years.WalksThe descriptions of the walks, if any, below are those given to us just before the Newsletter was published by the walk leaders and soare the most up to date details available to us. At the time of publication, errors and omissions excepted, the details contained in theRamblers Lincolnshire Area Walk Lincolnshire Programme are the most comprehensive details of the walk programme for the currentyear but the programme is prepared at the end of August in the previous year and things change for various reasons so please do notrely on this publication and check for any changes in this Newsletter, on Radio Lincolnshire on the morning of the walk and athttp://www.lincolnshireramblers.org.uk/group-walks/sleaford.html or http://www.sleafordramblers.co.uk/2012-walk-programme.php11th Nov 2012 – Old Somerby - Pam is the walk leader. 10 am startA 5.5 mile walk from the car park following the footpaths and tracks around Old Somerby.25th November 2012 – Heighington – Richard was the walk leader but it is nowHarold. 10 am startand not 27th as included in Lincolnshire Ramblers Group Walks ProgrammeStarting point: The Butcher and Beast Pub on the High Street. Parking: in the High Street and in theVillage Hall car park, High Street. Leave Heighington SE down Potterhanworth Road. Take footpathright crossing the railway, Pudding Busk Lane and Branston Lane. After a diversion towardsDyehouse Farm and Branston return along Heighington Beck via Cliff Farm and Sheepwash Lane tothe starting point. Lunch at Heighington then East to Newcot Lane, Brinkle Spring Lane and back viaLow Park Lane. Footpaths across fields, country lanes and roads. 7 miles.
9th December 2012 – Ruskington – Pam is the walk leader. 10 am startWe will meet as usual at 10am at the pub and have a short walk of about 5 miles before we sit downto lunch at 1.00pm. You need to choose your starter and desert and main course and show it on thebooking form. The price of the meal is £10.95 per head for the 3 courses and tea or coffee.23rd December - North Rauceby – Pam is the walk leader. 10 am startThe last walk of the year! Meet at the church for a “figure of 8” walk which means that we shallarrive back at the church for lunch time before setting off again on the second half of the walk. Thewalk is about 9 miles but anyone who wants to finish at lunch time can make a 4.5 mile walk of it.6th January 2013 – Honnington – Mike is the walk leader. 10 am startThe walk starts at the lay by on the A607 at Honington at Grid ref SK 941 434.Starting from the lay by we head up toward Barkston Heath and West Willoughby vie Heath lane.Crossing the Railway line and Sudbrook Moor, we make our to Carlton Scroop and then fromthere we walk down Howdale lane, before returning vie Deepdale plantation. crossing the A607we make our back to Honington and the lay by. About 9.5 miles.20th January 2013 - Wellingore – Russell is the walk leader. 10 am start3rd February 2013 – Creeton – Richard is the walk leader. 10 am start17th February 2013 – Frampton Marsh – Dave Richardson is the walk leader. 10am start.Registered Assistance dogs only on this walk please. Starting from the car park at the FramptonMarsh RSPB visitor centre (any donations would be most welcome please) the walk will take in seabanks, salt marsh, bird reserves and farmland, heading south towards Kirton Marsh and the riverWelland, with views out into the Wash. Venturing out to the Haven Mouth is possible but itdepends on the weather and the tide. Do bring binoculars if youre into bird watching, and wrap upagainst the wind. The only strenuous bits will be up and down the sides of the sea bank and a fewsteps. Approximately 8 miles,Part of the Ramblers Association: Email address: firstname.lastname@example.org web site: sleafordramblers.co.ukA Company limited by guarantee Telephone Number: 01529 300104 Fax: 0870 7060224Registration number 4458492 Address: 15 Clay Hill Road, Sleaford NG34 7TFCharity Registration number 1093577 Walk-day Mobile: 07504 074925
Ramblers Traditional Carol Service On Saturday 8th December 2012 At Temple Bruer Church starting at 19.00 hours or 7 pmThis is a traditional Carol Service for the Ramblers and Tea or Coffee and mince pies are served afterwards Mince pies and help with the washing up would be appreciated. Everyone is welcome
BOOKING FORMChristmas walk and Lunch to be held on:Sunday 9th December 2012 at 13.00 hours or 1.00pm in old moneyat:The Red Lion, 107 High Street, Ruskington, Lincolnshire, NG34 9DZ£10.95 per personPlease book me................places for which I enclose herewith cheque to the value of£......................... (£10.95 x number of places booked)Name:........................................................................... email address:...................................................Telephone Number: …................................................................................................Cheque payable to Sleaford & District Ramblers Group, should be sent to Julia Pepper, 1 The Row,Swaton, Sleaford, Lincs, NG34 0JJ to arrive not later than Saturday 24 th November 2012.Please choose from the menu below one course from each of the starters, main dishes and desertssend your menu choice with your booking: Lunch Menu StartersVegetable SoupPrawn CocktailMelon Main CoursesHand Carved Turkey Breast Served with Sage & Onion Stuffing and sausagewrapped with baconTender Slices of Roast Beef with a Home made Yorkshire Pudding and Rich MeatyGravySteak & Ale Pie DesertsChristmas Pudding with Brandy SauceLemon MarangueSelection of Ice Cream Tea or Coffee
BOOKING FORM come and join Sleaford Ramblers for their Christmas Social at Ancaster Bowling, Woodlodge, Ancaster, NG32 3PY for 2 games of TENPIN BOWLING and a BUFFET for £12 per person or Anyone not wishing to Bowl may have a Buffet for £4 per person 7:30 until 10pm. On 14th December 2012 Fully Licensed BarPlease book me................places for the bowling and the buffet and/or …...................places for buffetonly which I enclose herewith cheque to the value of £......................... (£12.00 x number of placesbooked) and/or (£4.00 x number of buffet places booked)Name:........................................................................... email address:...................................................Telephone Number: …................................................................................................Cheque payable to Sleaford & District Ramblers Group, should be sent to Julia Pepper, 1The Row, Swaton, Sleaford, Lincs, NG34 0JJ to arrive not later than Saturday 1st December2012.