Christmas Celebrations 2010
December 2010 saw the ramblers taking part in several celebratory events in their customary fashion. On this page we capture the atmosphere of these events with several photographs provided by Sheila Bravin, Robert Slater, Tony Finnegan and Antoinette Adkins. Unfortunately the various cameras produced photographs in different formats which did not lend themselves to being resized to the same dimensions. So the photographs below are in different sizes. A few are actually thumbnail size but these can be enlarged on your screen by clicking on them, or If you find you cannot see the whole picture on screen try right clicking on the thumbnail and choosing "Open Link In New Window" .
The Christmas Dinner, ably arranged by Robert Slater was enjoyed by 13 members and Guests on Saturday 11 December 2010. It was held at our established venue, the Lowiczanka Polish Club in King Street, Hammersmith. Here the proceedings began with excellent food provided by the Lowiczanka kitchen and waiting staff. Scroll down to see some photos capturing the atmosphere.
In the background you can see the resident band who played soft music while we were eating
Then as the evening passed the pace of the music quickened and the movements of the dancers followed suit.
Shortly after 10 pm people began to make their way from the restaurant and by 11 pm all of the ramblers' group had departed, some to their homes near by or further afield, others to the nearby Wetherspoons where the evening concluded with a drink procured at the legendary Wetherspoon value prices.
Then on Sunday 12 December Robert gallantly led a ramble in the countryside around Hitchin finishing with carols in the centre of the town. The next 46 photographs were taken on that ramble by Sheila Bravin who has provided hundreds, if not thousands, of the photos appearing in this website.
The afternoon ramble took the group to the church of St Ippolyts in the small village of St Ippolyts. With his customary application Robert had fortunately, read up on the saint and found that the church was built in 1087 , funded by the niece of William the Conqueror, and enlarged in about 1320. It is believed to have had some connections with the Knights Templar.
The St Francis prayer was recited inside the church
The traditional Ramble Pub lunch was served in The Bull at Gosmore
Back in Hitchin the ramblers enjoyed tea and Christmas Carols
Now we have some shots taken by Robert himself on the ramble.