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Special Occasions


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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SUNDAY, MARCH 12, 2017

80th Anniversary Celebration at Pytchley Village Hall 11th March 2017.

To say the joint was jumping is putting it mildly as over seventy members, spouses, former members, families gathered to celebrate the 80th anniversary of the founding of KDRC in 1937.
Earlier in the day there was an anniversary walk but that will be the subject of a separate post.
Guests at the do were greeted with a chioce of fruit juices and invited to look at the collection of club memorabilia which evoked much interest and comment such as "oh that's me in that picture, do you remember when? and similar comments Thanks to all those who contributed items for this.
Adjacent to this table the specially made cake was on display and it was a beauty.
Our thanks to Sue C for providing the cake and to Rona for the for the superb icing job.
 Prior to commencement of the meal a specially composed grace was said by Julie S.
Catering for the evening was provided by DDW catering and was first class.
During the main cousre our entertainers  the Market Harborough Ukelele Group struck up a number of sing along favourites.
Following dessert there was the chairman's brief speech of welcome and thanks made all the briefer because he lost the piece of paper it was written on. John C one of our Honourary Life Members made a short speech then cut the cake which was followed the the toast"to Kettering and District Rambling Club".
When coffee and cake were being served the band really went to town and a couple of members were so overcome they showed us how the twist should be done. Perhaps the imbibing of mood altering liquids had a hand in this.
When the band finished the chairman thanked everyone for coming and wished them safe jouney home.
An undertaking like this requires the efforts of a lot of people who deserve the thanks of all those attending.
Hopefully everyone who should be thanked is included below:-
Organising sub committee comprising Sue H, Sue C, Gloria S.
Beautiful table decorations Rosemary W.
Sue C and Rona F for cake.
Help with setting up and taking down of tables etc, serving drinks and generally helping things go snoothly: Linda D, Ann R, Carna B, Jem C, Robert W, Susan and Mike W,
Official photographer Ian B.
DDW catering.
Market Harborugh Ukele Group for entertaining us so well.
And for his invaluable help with how the hall works special thanks to Alan L.
If anyone has been missed off please accept my sincere apologies but I am still coming down to earth after such a wonderful evening.

posted by CHANGERINGER on  March 12, 2017 10:00  under Special Occasions

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80th AGM. Friday 3rd March 2017.

The 80th AGM of KDRC was held in St. Andrews church hall, Kettering on the evening of Friday 3rd march 2017 at 7.30p.m.
The meeting followed the usual format for these occasions with one of the highlights being the talks given by representatives of the local Samaritians and the Air Ambulance who were the recipeints of our goodwill collections taken at walks throughout the year.
The meeting closed at 08.15 and was followed by light ( and very tasty) refreshments provided by the members.
There was also an opportunit to pay subs for the coming year.
Would all members not present at the meeting please note that subs are now due and remain at £6.
The chairman would like to extend his thanks to all who helped set up the hall, provide and serve refreshments and help put chairs and tables away after the meeting.

posted by CHANGERINGER on  March 04, 2017 10:37  under Special Occasions

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LLangollen Weekend First Pictures.

Little Bo Peep: "Never mind the sheep, where have the rest of the walking group gone?
" I thought you said this was the easy walk"
"It's how far back to the hotel?"

posted by CHANGERINGER on  October 20, 2016 20:30  under Special Occasions

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