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St Francis of Assisi Catholic Ramblers Club


The club is Approved by the Archbishop of Westminster; Affiliated to the Ramblers Association

Programme of Events March - May 2010


Greetings Ramblers,

This is a special version of the Newsletter available to all on the internet. Paid up members can see the full newsletter including ramble details (but not addresses or telephone numbers) online by keying their unique access code. Non members can get a full copy of the current programme and a welcome booklet by e mailing their postal address to one of the current joint membership secretaries - Antoinette Adkins e mail address is . Please note that the welcome pack does not lend itself to e mailing so a postal address is essential.

NB Items for the next programme must reach the Secretary or Ramble List Compiler by end of April.

NNB Allow extra time to queue for tickets in summer time, especially at Waterloo and Victoria where many seaside train journeys begin.


Club Committee 2009 - 2010

Please note that the contact details of the committee members below should only be used  for the sole purpose of members being able to contact them on legitimate club business.


President: Fr Peter Newby,                             Publicity Co-ordinator 

E-mail:                Robert Slater,



Secretary: Maurice Hickman,                            Membership Secretaries

 E-mail:                  Antoinette Adkins,     


                                                                             Francis O'Sullivan,

Treasurer Gillian McLauchlan,                         


Ramble List Compiler John Burbage,          



Committee Members                                                                                        

Carol Anley,


Maureen Cahalane, 87




 The Venue is the Franciscan Capuchin Centre of Our Lady of the Angels Church, Carlton Road(off Bexley Road), Erith and a Capuchin Friar, Brother (Father ) Michael Pooley will lead the day's reflections. 

 Time:  The day will begin at 11am with coffee/tea and biscuits before the first talk starts at 11.30.  Confessions will be available. Following is a detailed order of the day's events:


11.00    Arrive and have refreshments - tea/coffee/biscuits

11.30    Opening talk

12.15    Time for Reflection -Prayer etc.

1.00      Lunch

2.00      Second talk

3.00       Exposition - opportunity for the Sacrament of Reconciliation

3.45        Benediction

4.15        Tea

4.45        Feedback and discussion

5.30        Mass


 Getting there: there is a train from London Bridge at 1011 which gets to Erith (Zone 6) at 1042.(Four trains an hour and also some slower trains from Victoria.)  On arriving at Erith, exit the station without crossing the railway and take the 229 bus from Bus Stop B on the opposite side of the road.  Get off at Our Lady of the Angels Church, Bexley Road.  For a street map showing how to reach Our Lady of the Angels, Google 'Our Lady of the Angels, Erith'

 Cost: 8 towards the cost of booking the Centre for the day.  Tea and coffee will be provided but please bring your own food to eat at lunctime.  Please make cheques payable to St Francis of Assisi Catholic Ramblers Club and send them to Gillian McLauchlan (address on committee list on previous page of this newsletter) but since there is no food order you can pay on the day if preferred.

 Mass: Those who want to can join the Parish Vigil Mass which is at 5.30pm.


After Mass:  Those who wish to could go for a meal together somewhere.


Many Thanks

Helen Hunt and Tony Finnegan have asked me to pass on their deep appreciation for the many messages they have received both from individual members of the Club and on the card signed by a large number of members.  They were astounded and delighted with the totally unexpected presentation of theatre vouchers which they will very much enjoy using. Thank you very much to everybody.


Mike Hoffman R.I.P.

I am deeply saddened to have to announce the death of Mike Hoffman who was a much loved member of the Club.  His death is even more distressing considering it happened so suddenly. It happened on Sunday 7th of February.  He had once served on the Club committee and until his death was an auditor for the Club.  He was a fairly active member of the Club and had come along on many holidays organised by Club members.  He will be greatly missed.


Mother of Paul Brunning R.I.P.

I'm sorry to announce the death of Paul Brunning's mother who died on 20th January.

 We are sorry to announce the death of Philip Grove's father who died last year

 We are sorry to announce the death of Jacqui Twining who died last October.  She was a Club member in the early years of the last decade and some members remember out on some of

the short walks led by Club members

 "We are sorry to report the death of Maureen Dunne, mother of Anne Dunne, who died

peacefully in hospital on 19th of August last following a serious deterioration in her health.

Anne would like to extend her warmest thanks to the Ramblers who attended the funeral and especially to those who read bidding prayers.  The thoughtfulness of other ramblers in sending Mass cards and sympathy was also greatly appreciated at a difficult time.  Maureen had a genuine regard for the St Francis Ramblers, attending some Club Social Events and enjoying the company of members at her 80th and 85th birthday celebrations.  May she rest in peace.  Deo Gratias."

God bless and happy rambling.

Maurice Hickman



John Burbage

Ramble List Compiler

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