Mid November 2023

Mid November

Hello and welcome to your mid-November update from Essex and Herts.

Social Walks

We haven't got any more social  walks arranged for November, but I know lots of you will be out on BBN's Steppingley  Step  this Sunday, and  on the Stansted Stagger Marshals' walk  the following Sunday.

Details of our December social  walks are below but there are still plenty of free dates both  in the run up to and after Christmas. If there's a walk you’d be willing to lead, please pick a free date from the ‘Available Walk Dates’ tab on our website, and send Lizzie all the details on a ‘New Walk’ form.   If you can’t download and use the form, please email Lizzie the details, in the order shown on the form, as it is so much quicker for Lizzie to upload it all onto the website, and it ensures she  gets all the necessary information  in one hit.  For midweek walks, please pick your day and date, and Lizzie will add it into the spreadsheet.   Email: essexandherts.walks@ldwa.org.uk

Sunday 3rd December,  Secret Santa Walk. 13.7 miles. 9am, Willingale Village Hall car park, Willingale, CM5 0SN. Leaders: Lizzie  and Mike 

From Willingale we will  walk to Moreton and Fyfield, with carol singing along the way outside three  churches. At morning break, seasonal refreshments will be provided from the boot of Lizzie’s car. Lunch will be at  Moreton after 8 miles, either at the Church or the White Hart (please bring your own picnic lunch). At the end of the walk  there will be more festive refreshments  and our Secret Santa present exchange.

Please bring your own  mug &  wrapped Secret Santa gift (to the value of £5). Festive wear is desirable, and there will be a prize for the best Festive Outfit. Head torches would also be helpful. Carol sheets will be available for you to print iin December.

Can you let Lizzie  know beforehand if you will be coming on the walk as  she and her elves need to know how many to  cater for:   07939142016 or  lizziee65@hotmail.com

TUESDAY 12th December, Walk and Xmas Lunch  c12 miles. 9.30am,  Rose and Crown car park, Chelmsford Road, Great Waltham, Chelmsford CM3 1AG. Leader: Peter Tremain

There are still a few places left for the Christmas lunch. If you would like to join us for lunch, add a deposit (£10 per person) a.s.a.p. by phone direct to the Rose & Crown on 01245 360359, to the 1.30pm walking group party lunch on Tuesday 12th December.

Once the deposit is paid please email peter.tremain@live.co.uk or text 07427 857003 your choices from the menu. Rose and Crown Christmas Menu

Can you also let Peter know if you will just  be coming on the morning walk.

Annual General Meeting

Looking further ahead, the Essex and Herts LDWA  Annual General Meeting will be held on SATURDAY 3rd February. The venue will be the Women’s Institute Hall in Old Harlow, and it will be followed by an afternoon walk taking in some of Harlow’s many sculptures. Peter Aylmer (aka Trailman and author of a recent booklet ‘Harlow Sculpture Walks’) will be leading the walk.  

Three of our Officers will be standing down at this meeting, so we will be seeking a new Chair, Secretary and Treasurer.   All three posts are constitutionally required to be filled for our group to continue. In addition, there will be some vacancies for ‘ordinary’ committee members.

The E&H committee meets three or four times each year (and cake, coffee or occasionally beer are usually involved). Over the last couple of years we have also pioneered a ‘walk and talk’ meeting where we discuss all things walking. Notes from our recent meetings are here

If you are interested in joining the committee, any of the current members will be happy to have a chat about what is involved.  There’s usually at least one of us out on social walks, or our contact details are here: Essex & Herts LDWA - Committee Members

Or why not come along as an observer to our next committee meeting, which will be on Thursday 7th December.

Any committee  nominations should be received  by Saturday 6th January 2024.



Challenge Walks 

Essex and Herts and all  our neighbouring LDWA groups have challenge walks coming up  in the first  few months of 2024:

Sunday 7th January  - The Stansted Stagger

Saturday 11th February - The Winter Poppyline 

Sunday 3rd March - The Hannington Hike 

Sunday 17th March - The Sevenoaks Circular

Saturday 6th April - The Capital Challenge 

Sunday 14th April - The Essex Walker 

Foe Challenge Walks further afield, check out The Challenge Events page on the LDWA website. 

That's all for this update - Happy Walking everyone!

Jackie  essexandherts@ldwa.org.uk

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