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SUNDAY, MARCH 26, 2017

Saturday 25th March 2017 Walk Report.

Looking at the pictures below you could belieive that Spring had finally sprung as the group made it way from the Exeter Arms at Barrowden although it was cool at at first but it turned into a lovely day.
The walk was around 6 miles and took in part of Wakerley, returning for lunch at the Exeter Arms.
Thanks to Richard for organising and leading the walk and to Julie for back marking. Thanks also to Carna for the lovely pictures
                                              Harringworth Viaduct.
                                                        Slightly soft going?
                                   Does rambling get any better than this
                                    South of the Border down old Rutland Way
                 No holding them when their nose is to the stable door!
                                        "Last one in the pub buys the drinks!"
 Finally:Could anything say Spring has arrived more than the sight of this one day
 old lamb?

posted by CHANGERINGER on  March 26, 2017 9:56  under Walk Reports

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Thursday 23rd March 2017 Walk Report

24 of us set off from the Red Lion at Warmington on a bright and breezy Spring day for a six mile walk across mostly field edge paths with a little bit of road walking and just one or two muddy fields. After a climb up a gentle slope about a mile from the village we were rewarded with brillints views back across to where Fotheringhay church could be seen in the distance.
During our "banana break" we were diverted by seeing a single roe deer then a separate group of five or six was seen.
At this stage the wind was more wintry than springlike but the sun shone continuously.
We returned to the Red Lion for a well deserved lunch.
Thanks to Sue and Jem for organising and leading an excellent walk.

posted by CHANGERINGER on  March 23, 2017 15:47  under Walk Reports

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80th Anniversary Walk 11th march 2017.

The celebrations for the club’s 80th birthday started on the morning of the 11th March with a walk around Hills and Dales.  The day was dry and mild and a group of 28 members set off through this quarry area towards Twywell.   On the way a dog attached itself to us and seemed that we were more interesting than its owner who was some distance away and calling to the dog.  Eventually after much persuasion dog and owner were reunited.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" />

We arrived at The Olde Friar in Twywell who were expecting us for coffee.  A nice surprise and lovely to be able to sit outside the pub and chat for a while.  There was a lot of talk and excitement about the forthcoming evening celebration

The return journey passed through the edges of some slightly muddy fields and we bumped into Anne, our chairman’s wife, who was out walking the dog  (obviously she had left her husband at home presumable doing some housework!)
A big thank you goes to Gloria and Linda for leading the walk and organising the coffee break.
  Thanks to Carna for the picture of the happy band at the Old Friar.


posted by CHANGERINGER on  March 18, 2017 12:11  under Walk Reports

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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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Thursday 9th March 2017 Walk Report.

Around 24 of us set from the Woolpack at Islip on a morning when you could almost believe spring had sprung with bright sunshine from the start. The was a bit of a biting wind though which caused the donning of extra layers by many.
Our walk took us through Islip then along along the side of Ryson fishing lake then we paused for a welcome break before returning  by way of parts of the Nene Way which proved to be a bit squelchy but nothing too serious. After crossing the Nene we had an improptu strip off stop as many of us were finally feeling the power of the sun and took the opportunity to divest ourselves of the extra layers.
On return to the Woolpack an enjoyable lunch was had.
Thanks to John for organising and leading the walk and Robert for acting as back marker.
A very warm welcome is extended to a new member Ann W who joined us for her first walk today.

posted by CHANGERINGER on  March 09, 2017 14:59  under Walk Reports

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