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EVENTS

Dates for your diary:

Sat 3-Feb-18: The correct 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 2018.Our annual Map Reading course: Book the date in your diaries now. Further details will come out on our web site and by email shortly.

30th July–5th 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 johnapolden@gmail.com

Walking Festival in Mallorca 2018

There are four places available on the walking holiday to Mallorca. We leave on Tuesday 9th and return Wednesday 17th October 2018. Walkers must be members of White Cliff Ramblers and fit enough to undertake six days of walking in challenging terrain. Our hotel is in Port de Soller, about a 40 minute coach drive from Palma. Please contact either of us for further info. Margaret M -W & Margaret L. maglou1@yahoo.co.uk or margaretdlubbock@gmail.com

Map Reading & Navigation Course: Sunday 20th May 2018

For those new or old members 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. 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 Preston at les@skynet4595.myzen.co.uk and give your name and telephone number,or give me a call if you wish to discuss it further. Best wishes! Les Preston Tel:01303-63495 or Mobile:07526557663

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. Peter Corkhill

Curling:

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 njcussans@btinternet.com 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 grahamlsmith53@btinternet.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

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