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Special Occasions



Due to further snow and the reported state of the car park at St. Andrews Church tonight's AGM has been cancelled. The new date is Friday 16th March, same venue and same time 7.30p.m..

posted by CHANGERINGER on  March 02, 2018 16:07  under Special Occasions

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Funeral arrangements.

The funeral of Hugh Bauchop will take place at Kettering Crematorium at 2.00pm on Tuesday 13th February.

The funeral of John Sellers will take place at 3.00pm on Wednesday 7th February at Kettering Crematorium.

Would members reading this post please spread the information to other club members?

posted by CHANGERINGER on  February 01, 2018 21:30  under Special Occasions

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Saturday 9th December Christmas Walk and Lunch Report

33 walkers gathered in the car park of The Dukes at Woodford which was to be the venue after the walk for our Christmas lunch. One guest walker was the chairman's son Alastair complete with Frankie the dog.
Although the sun shone throughout there was a biting icy wind to see us on our way.
Our  route took us past the church and out into some fields where several new kissing gates had been installed replacing the previous stiles ( although three stiles were to be crossed later)
Our route then took us in a loop to the outskirts of Little Addington then via some field edges to the River Nene which features several channels at the point we crossed.
We paused here for a well deserved banana break before joining the former Northampton to Peterborough East railway line at site of the old Ringstead and Addington station. 
We stuck with the line for a couple of miles before turning at the Woodford Lock and heading back to the village for lunch where we were joined by an additional 11 members for lunch taking the total to 44.

The chairman's welcome speech was brief as always and included thanks to Sue and Jem C for organsing and leading the walk and an extra thanks to Sue C for collecting the money and collating menu choices etc. He also  wished everyone a Happy Christmas.
The venue could best be described as snug and cosy but the lunch was good and as far as the author is aware was enjoyed by all.
To add to the festivities the photograph album with the pictures from the 80th celebrations was circulated and brought back memories of a very pleasant evening.

Some pictures taken en route are shown below and thanks to Carna B for providing these.

                            Our start point and lunch venue, the Dukes at Woodford.

                                              Woodford village across the fields.

      Difficult to belief this was once a gravel pit, now a beautiful home for swans.

posted by CHANGERINGER on  December 10, 2017 15:42  under Special Occasions

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2017 Club Weekend Report.

26 members attended the 2017 club weekend which took place at the beginning of October.  

We stayed at The Lion Hotel in Shrewsbury.  This Grade 1 listed 16th Century Coaching Inn is situated in the heart of Shrewsbury  in Shropshire.  Everyone thought that the  rooms were comfortable and the food good.

The weekend was planned in conjunction with Secret Hills who organised and led the walks.

On the Friday afternoon we did a short walk along the River Severn cutting up through Shrewsbury School  and then back through the town.  We explored some of the tiny medieval streets that were named after businesses eg Fish, bakers  etc. We walked up Grope Street!! No guesses for knowing what went on there!

On the Saturday we took a coach to The Bog centre in the Stiperstones area. From here we split into two groups.  The longer walk of 9 miles went up to the Stiperstones Ridge before desending  to Snailbeach and onto the pub in the village for lunch. We passed several old tin mines and Squatters  cottages with interesting history.    

The shorter route of 6.5 miles took in the same sights but kept to a lower level. After lunch we made our way across grassy and muddy tracks back to the centre for a welcome cup of tea and for some, cake!  The weather was really kind to us with only a very short light shower. The views were spectacular and a good day was had by all.

After checking out at the hotel on Sunday all made their way by car to Church Stretton.  

Here we split into two groups. A small group headed off for the Longmynd  up a steep and fairly long climb finally reaching Polebank. This is the highest point on the Longmynd  and the 360 degree views were wonderful thanks to the beautiful weather.  

They then headed down using some beautiful grassy tracks  to Little Stretton for a pub lunch.  Afterwards they completed the walk back to Church Stretton.

Meanwhile the other group walked along Cardingmill valley and into the Batch Valley. A few deviations were added to stretch the legs a bit more before heading back to Church Stretton  for lunch.

An excellant weekend was had by all thanks to the organisation from Secret  Hills and the lovely weather.

Some members were already getting enthusiastic about next year’s club weekend in The Forest of Dean. 

Thanks to Sue H for providing this report  and for all her efforts in organisng the weekend. Thanks are also due to Sue C for looking after the money side of things.

                   Friday Shrewsbury Walk.


                                Mine on Stiperstones Walk.

                                     Shrewsbury Chain Bridge.

                                                Top of Longmynd.

posted by CHANGERINGER on  October 09, 2017 9:10  under Special Occasions

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80th Anniverary Celebration Pictures

Herewith a selction of pictures taken during the celebration at Pytchley Village hall taken by ian and Carna.
                                Everything stops for Tea.
      Keith praying that the Chairman's speech will be short.  It was.
                           Chairman's short speech.
 John C recalling times past in KDRC.
                   One of our Honourary Life Members John C cutting the cake.
                            The Toast "Kettering and Distric Rambling Club.
                     The fabulous Market Harborough Ukelele Group in full voice
                                  "Let's twist again like we did last Summer!"

posted by CHANGERINGER on  March 30, 2017 9:37  under Special Occasions

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