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MONDAY, MARCH 4, 2019


Saturday 2nd February 2019 Walk Report.



16 walkers and two dogs met at The Snooty Fox in Lowick ready to set off for a late Winter/early Spring walk.


The day started off with a bit of a chilly breeze and then within half an hour the sun was out and it became very warm. After leaving the pub we walked from Lowick up to Drayton Manor which is a beautiful building as seen in the pics and is one of the hidden gems of Northamptonshire. The walk actually skirted within feet of the side and back of the main building. We also took the opportunity for a group photograph in front of the house.














We then cut through fields ending up in Slipton, another lovely village and home to the Samuel Pepys pub whose gable end could do with a visit from Lou and Keith.














Then the  footpath actually went through a 5 bar gate right into someone's garden and about 20 feet further on another small gate which went across fields and down to Twywell, coming out at The Old Friar.




  The worst of the walk was then a 3/4 mile trek along a busyish country road which was a little unpleasant but then back through fields, across a bridge over a "babbling" brook which had suprisingly very clear water.




We then came out onto the main road in Lowick and a short distance from the Pub.  Two members joined us then at the Snooty Fox for very reasonably priced meals.


Thanks to Gloria S and Vonnie M for organising, leading and back marking this walk. Thanks also to Vonnie for pictures and providing the report. Thanks also to Julie S for additional photographs.


posted by CHANGERINGER on  March 04, 2019 14:48  under Walk Reports


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MONDAY, FEBRUARY 25, 2019


2019 AGM.



A brief reminder that the 2019 AGM will be held this coming Friday 1st March at St. Andrews Church Hall. Kettering.
Car Park entrance off Crown Street.
7.30 p.m. prompt start.
Light refreshments will be served at the conclusion of the meeting whilst members take the opportunity to renew their subscriptions. 

posted by CHANGERINGER on  February 25, 2019 12:07  under General


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FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 22, 2019


Thursday 21st february 2019 Walk Report.






21 walkers assembled at the Bull’s Head, Arthingworth, on an unseasonally warm and dry February morning. We were pleased to welcome two new ladies, Caroline and Ann, who joined us for the walk and were keen to join the club.



After a short briefing, Chris S led us on her first walk as leader. We walked along the road, past St Andrew’s Church then headed east across the the undulating fields with clear views towards Harrington, eventually dropping down to cross the River Ise at Newbottle Bridge.





By now the sun was shining as we steadily made our way up the hill on a country road to St Peter and St Paul’s Church Harrington for our "banana break”.  The numerous snowdrops and aconites in the graveyard were at their peak of perfection so the keen photographers of our merry band were able to snap away.


















We then continued on the  pavement up into the village of Harrington and past the Tollemache Arms to reach the footpath to take us back to Arthingworth.  From the footpath, we were able to see "The Falls”, the remains of the medieval fishponds and terraces as well as sunken garden belonging to the manor, which was pulled down by the Lionel Tollemache in 1745.




               Back marker and chairman

  After climbing a few stiles, we reached the old bridge to, once again, cross the River Ise and then walk back to the Bull’s Head  where we were joined by Margaret B and David S for a well-earned lunch.

Thanks to Julie S and John A for all their help as support and back markers.


Chairman's note. A very big thank you to Chris S on leading her first walk which she did in a most assured manner and provided a wealth of information en route. She also provided this excellent report.

 


posted by CHANGERINGER on  February 22, 2019 21:10  under Walk Reports


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SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2019


Saturday 16th February 2019 Walk Report.



17 walkers gathered at the Stag at Maidwell on a dry, overcast day with a light wind blowing.
Three new walkers ( Mark T, Chrissy O and Margarite H) were welcomed by Julie S.



On leaving the pub and taking the side road to Manor Farm they paused to to view the magnificent waterfall and dry ironstone wall with a grinding stone as a feature.



Continuing on to Blueberry Lodge the footpath became very muddy. 
Had the horse been on the same footpath?



Next they turned towards Houghton crossing and en route saw a pack of foot beagles in full flight accompanied by hunting horns.
As if that wasn't enough excitement they next met up with a group of twitchers with scopes on tripods and they were kind enough to let the group view a distant Great grey Shrike, a very rare sighting .

On following the Brampton Way to the Maidwell turn by way of the old railway cast iron footbridge they arrived back at the pub where they were joined by Honourary Life Member John C plus Margaret B, Ann R and Shirley H.
All agreed that it had been a good friendly and happy walk as evidenced by the smiling faces in the pictures below.




                                         Who's a naughty boy then?

Thanks to John A for organising and leading this very interesting walk and to Julie S for acting as back marker and providing the photographs.















posted by CHANGERINGER on  February 17, 2019 14:29  under Walk Reports


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WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 13, 2019


Rambles Secretary



Gloria S has decided to step down as Rambles Secretary after completion of the 2019 Summer card and the club requires a replacement for this important position which includes membership of the committee.

 

The main duties involved occur twice a year and are as follows:-

 

Around February/September each year, approach potential walk leaders to fill programme card for the next 6 months. Weekend walks mostly take place on alternate Saturday/Sunday, the week when there is not a Thursday walk. (Summer card runs from beginning of May to end of October, Autumn/Winter card from beginning of November to end of April)

 

Once dates are filled, forward details to Sarah S, who will type the programme card and publicity leaflet. Liaise with Sarah as to the date this information is required.  Printing is done at Bishop Stopford School,so there is a need to be aware of school closures, particularly at Easter for printing of Summer Card.

 

Sarah will then

·         Prepare labels from the membership register.

·         Purchase enveloped

·         "Stuff” envelopes

·         Arrange for envelopes to be distributed

·         Enter (weekend) rambles on to website (inform Sarah of any changes/cancellations of rambles) for updating on website

 

 

Ideally, delivery of forthcoming card, should be completed at least two weeks prior to the first ramble on programme.

 

If you are interested in taking on this important role in the club please contact the chairman via his normal contact details.

 

 

 

 

 


posted by CHANGERINGER on  February 13, 2019 7:58  under General


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