NEWSLETTER  Autumn 2022

This is the content of the Autumn 2022 Newsletter excluding what is already  within the website e.g Walks Programme and  Holiday / Event details

CHAT FROM THE CHAIR

Our Summer Barbecue that turned into a cold buffet because of the fire risk in the tinder-dry Paddock is now a distant memory and if the media are right, we face a doomsday scenario of a cold, wet winter and we ramblers unable to afford a crust for our packed lunches.  Still more gloom as the cost of cagoules is increasing by the month.  My dictionary defines cagoule as "Clothing worn during the French Revolution", especially by ladies as they sat knitting whilst watching the Guillotine descend.  "Qu'iles mangent de la brioche" as Marie Antoinette may have said and we all know what became of her.  Still we can relax as I confidently forecast that the economy will soon be quite wonderful again.  As you will know, the main purpose of my economic forecasts is to make astrology look respectable.  That reminds me that I have had to cancel the Club evening of Claire Voyance due to unforeseen circumstances.

It is good to see that Mr. Wainwright's Coast To Coast walk has now been declared a National Trail and its stiles will be replaced by with gates so that the less-agile will have access.  That will suit me just fine.

In November I shall spend much time slaving over a hot Sainsbury's website, so be sure to join Colin and me for our Warm Mulled Wine and Mince Pies walk on Sunday 27th so that you can truly get into the spirit of Christmas whilst splitting your infinitives.  Then in the Spring we journey to Selworthy to ramble over stunning Exmoor and look out across the Bristol Channel.  Definitely one of my favourite spots.

Happy Rambling
Tom Harrison, Chairman.

CAR PARKING

Many of our popular car parks for starting walks are now charging 7 days a week, particularly in South Oxfordshire which includes Goring, Henley and Wallingford.  In addition some Henley car parks now restrict the maximum stay to 3 hours including Sundays.

Car park charges have also been applied by the Culden Fawr Estate which covers Mill End and Hambleden.

PARKING AT NUFFIELD CHURCH

There have been difficulties parking at Nuffield Church when either a walk has clashed with a church event or when two groups have met there on the same day.

So the PCC have requested that walks leaders contact them to book a date for parking before publishing their walk details; contact Nuffield Church PCC Secretary on catherineerbetta@btinternet.com.

As this is a small rural church it is dependent on donations from parishioners and visitors for its upkeep so members are requested to make a donation to the church when using the car park.  This can be done via one of the 3 options offered: the QR code in the car park, the donations box and the card tapping Goodbox in the church.

And if one should feel in need of refreshment tea and coffee making facilities are available in the church with the possibility of a piece of cake.  These are offered free out of the goodness of the hearts of the kind people of Nuffield but a donation would be appreciated to fund this service in the future.

EVENT BOOKING

Events may be booked either on line or by paper form.

To make an on line booking send the organiser an email stating the information requested on the booking form/s (along with any additional information e.g. special dietary requirements) with a copy to the Treasurer, Vyv James, vyv@vyvjames.com; please pay by on line banking, Sort Code 08 92 99, Account 65274075, include the online payment reference given on the booking form.

To make a paper booking print the form/s at the end of the newsletter, complete and send to the organiser (along with any additional information e.g. special dietary requirements); please pay by cheque payable to Reading Rambling Club.

Please do not mix methods.