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Sunday Walk 3618 Thursday 20 February Folkestone 19th April 2020

The morning section is about 6.2 miles to the Royal Oak PH,Capel Le Ferne. For those wishing to just do the morning section,there are buses back to Folkestone every 20 minutes,approx. 1330, 1350 and 1405 etc(15 minute journey).The bus stop is opposite the pub. From Folkestone Bus Station, the Three Hills car park is about a 15 minute walk away. The afternoon section is about 4.9 miles.Some of the footpaths can be slippery,so a walking pole could be helpful. Lunch: ALL MEALS ARE £2.95 1) Chicken curry and rice 2) Cottage pie and veg 3) Swedish meatballs mash and veg 4) Sausage casserole, new potatoes and veg 5) Lasagne, chips and salad Orders can be made, ia my email: 499grace@gmail.com,or personally just prior to the walk. Thank you,John

Walk Leaders wanted for the New Programme

Dear Walks Leaders and Potential Walks Leaders, We are currently working on the next walks programme, from 1st April to 31st July. We have already received a number of walks for which we thank all those people who have donated them. However, we still have 34 vacancies to fill. You will see from the list of vacancies that the vast majority are long and short Sunday walks, and where both vacancies exist together then a figure of 8 walk could suffice if you have or could devise a suitable one. The castles theme is being continued into the next programme, and we already have four more offered, namely Walmer, Canterbury, Richborough and Saltwood. In addition we wondered about walks in some of the lovely woods and forests in Kent, such as King's Wood Challock, Blean Woods, Hamstreet Woods, Perry Wood, West Wood and others. We hope to put on an easy 4/5 mile walk for the first Sunday in each month, which may encourage those who have just joined our walking group or are returning from illness, so if you're interested in leading one let us know. You may have completed a recent Navigation course and simply feel you would like some support and encouragement to lead and if this is the case please get in touch with Tony or Anne, numbers on reverse of programme. Or you may know a number of routes local to you and would like some practical advice on leading, or to walk out the route with an experienced leader. If you do have a walk to offer or wish to talk about leading a walk, please DO NOT hit 'Reply' to this email but contact Anne or Tony directly at: at.bristow@gmail.com or anne.hickey1@gmail.com : 01304 372814 We look forward to your continued support.

First Aid Kits

If you are leading a walk in this programme and do not have a Walk Leaders First Aid Kit, please contact MargaretDLubbock@gmail.com who can provide you with one. We would rather you had a kit that anyone could use on a walk rather than nothing at all.

Volunteers needed:

You will have read in the recent newsletter of the important footpath conservation work carried out by Averil and Steve Brice over a number of years for which Averil was presented with a Ramblers Volunteer Award at this year's White Cliffs Walking Festival. After almost a decade, Averil and Steve are standing down therefore we are now looking for one or more Volunteers to replace Averil and Steve’s role as Vegetation Clearance Officer. Averil tells me that they both thoroughly enjoyed their roles and made many good friends, benefiting from working out of doors and establishing excellent relations with KCC. If you are interested and would like to find out more, please contact our Group Secretary, Helena in the first instance: Helena Trevelyan, 01304 820445 or by email: helena.trevelyan@gmail.com.

EVENTS

White Cliffs Ramblers Holiday Isle-of Wight 8th-14th June 2020

Due to an unforeseen illness, a twin room has become available. I must stress this room is for two people and not sole occupancy. If you are interested please contact me at jim.bushnell.me.uk This will be on a first come first serve basis. Regards Jim Bushnell

The time has come for those booked on the holiday to pay your deposit £75.00pp. You can pay one of two ways. Our preference is by BACS. Send to, Unit Trust bank. Sort code: 60-83-01 Account number: 20376701. Please give your name as reference. OR Make the cheque payable to:- Ramblers Association (KT9) & Send the cheque to:- Margaret Milstead-Williamson 1 The Green, Lower Halstow , Sittingbourne ME 9 7DT. I have to stress that the deposit is non-returnable. However,if you do need to pull out your deposit will be refunded if a replacement can be found. We have three double rooms still available. Best Regards Jim Bushnell jim@bushnell.me.uk

Walking Opportunity in France, August 2020

Chris Boucher has spotted details of a walking and cycling event on the Cotentin Peninsula, Normandy which some of you may be interested: I got an email from Cycling UK (CTC) with a link to a report about the 82e Semaine Fédérale, which is a cycling week held in different parts of France each year. What caught my eye was that they also have a daily rambling programme. If anyone fancies a walking holiday on the La presqu’île du Cotentin this August, then this might prove interesting. Here are the links for them both: Walking report: https://www.valognes-sf2020.com/english And the cyclist's report: https://www.cyclinguk.org/article/cest-magnifique-how-enjoy-semaine-federale

Mallorca 2020 6th-14th October

There are six places (single/double and twin rooms) still available for the walking holiday in Mallorca, 6th -14th October. If you are interested please contact either Margaret Lubbock or myself. Final numbers have to be confirmed and deposits paid by 31st January. Regards Margaret M-W @ maglou1@yahoo.co.uk Margaret Lubbock @ margaretdlubbock@gmail.com

Proposed Yorkshire Holiday 2021 (Cober Hill)

Margaret MW and I would like to offer another repeat of “Alan’s Whitby Holiday” staying at Cober Hill, Claughton, Yorks. This has been approved by the committee and the dates, if we go ahead, will be Sunday 18th – 25th July 2021. The arrangements will be basically the same as in 2019 with B&B and dinner at Cober Hill, a packed lunch, and 5 walks led by Margaret and I (this time!) Those taking part will need to make their own way to Cober Hill, but as necessary we will arrange a coach to take and collect us from walks along the coast and on the moors. Alan Clewer had a number of walks already planned in the area; we will use some of the same ones as in 2019, and will probably substitute some others. The walks are HILLY, challenging, and about 10 miles in length. On some there are shorter options, self-guided, and at one’s own risk, but you will enjoy the holiday more if you are fit and able to tackle the long walks. The accommodation cost is likely to be approaching £560 per person whether sharing or in a single room and there will be an additional charge for the coach taking us to walks. This could be £60 for the week. We await an update on prices at the end of January; (this year they would be £524.50, and a 5% increase may be expected). Although this is a long time in advance, we need to know what level of interest there is. We must place a definite booking early in February to ensure that another, larger group does not book and fill the spaces we need. (The dates are set as they are the only summer ones Cober Hill can offer except ones clashing with our Walking Festival, as it is full of groups who return annually.) Margaret and I require a minimum number to make the holiday viable and Cober Hill specifies a minimum number to secure “group” rates. Please contact Rowena if you are interested and prepared to pay an initial (small) holding deposit early in February, by which time we will have definite accommodation costs and details about how payments will be made. Email – rmpearce@vfast.co.uk or Tel: 01304 614789. Regards Rowena

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