Ringing the changes with London LDWA! (Wilkes walk Wed 7 AND Lee Valley Sun 11 Mar PLUS AGMs)


Ringing the changes with London LDWA! (Wilkes walk Wed 7 AND Lee Valley Sun 11 Mar PLUS AGMs)
Ringing the changes with London LDWA! (Wilkes walk Wed 7 AND Lee Valley Sun 11 Mar PLUS AGMs)

Dear all

As you read this and contemplate the sludgy tramp to work, spring probably feels a very long way off.  But cheer up - it's less than three weeks till British Summer Time - and to fill the intervening gap we have got a couple of great walks programmed in, designed this week especially to lighten the mood.   And what's more there are even a couple of meetings too, for good measure.

So, before we start on the walks, let's get the meetings out of the way.

 

Meetings, Meetings...

London Group AGM, Thur 8 March

The first meeting this week - and possibly the one with the greatest relevance to our readership - is the London Group AGM this Thursday, 8 March, being held from 18.30 onwards, at the The King & Queen pub, 1 Foley Street, London, W1W 6DL, tel 020 7636 5619.   There's more information in our Secretaries' three most recent emails, which you can download and read by clicking here, here and here.   Do make every effort to attend!

By the way, the Secretaries' last email also contains lots of useful info (including the Walks Secretary's report), in case you're interested in learning more about where we went and what we did in 2017.

 

National AGM and Social Weekend, Fri 9 - Sun 11 March

Hot on the heels of our London group AGM, next weekend National LDWA is following suit and convening the annual social weekend and AGM, being held in Lincolnshire this year.   There are more details on the National website (click here) if you want to learn more.   Hopefully, a decent number of London members will be going to what promises to be an interesting and enjoyable event.

 

Now it's time to look at this week's walks.

Wednesday's walk is the first of our brace of outings this week, and it traces the life and footsteps of John Wilkes, a radical 18th century parliamentary reformer.   For those interested in the history of democracy - and for those who just fancy a good evening leg-stretch and most likely a beer at the end - this will be an unmissable occasion.   To join the throng, you need to make your way to the Nelson Mandela Statue in SW corner of Parliament Square, from where your highly knowledgeable walk leader, Christopher, will be setting out at 18.00

Our second walk this week is on Sunday, when Lonica will be leading us on a circular walk showing off the best of the Lee Valley, complete with an examination of a mind-expanding sculpture trail en route.   Her walk kicks off from Broxbourne station at 09.35 on Sunday, and will be an excellent alternative for anyone not heading up to Lincolnshire for the National AGM.

 

So - on that note, I'll finish.   Except that this time, I won't be back next week.
Yes - you will be relieved to know that after authoring 191 editions of this bulletin, and organising 269 social walks since October 2014, I am stepping down as London newsletter editor and walks secretary.   I leave these tasks in very capable hands, however.   Waiting in the wings to take over after this week's AGM are Julie Welch, who will be assuming Editorship of this weekly email, and Marie Heracleous who will become the new Walks Secretary.   I wish them every success in their new roles, and would like to thank everyone - especially our walk leaders - who have made my tenure of these posts over the last three and a half years so interesting and rewarding.

 

Adam

 

Cartoon of hiker waking goodbye

Out with the old and in with the new!
...and its goodbye from him.

 

 

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Wilkes and Liberty

Wed 7th Mar 2018

 

Event Details:

Event Type
Group Walk
 
Region
Southern England
 
Local Group
London
 
Distance
8ml.
 
Start Time
18.00
 
Route
Meet at Nelson Mandela Statue in SW corner of Parliament Square. Nearest tube Westminster. Finish Clerkenwell Follow the life of libertarian John Wilkes from Parliament Square (he was an MP) to Clerkenwell Green (where he was born). Feel the adulation of the crowds welcoming him back from exile in 1768 only to be fired on by troops. Lots of other sites and anecdotes
 
General Notes
(This walk is filched from the excellent book, “Walking across London” by Patrick Hamilton.)
 
Contact
Christopher Hedley Telephone number 07941 685449
 
 
Start
TQ300795
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Finish
TQ313825
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Winter Lee Valley Circular

Sun 11th Mar 2018

 

Event Details:

Event Type
Group Walk
 
Region
Southern England
 
Local Group
London
 
Distance
18ml.
 
Start Time
09.35
 
Route
Start and finish Broxbourne station (dep Liverpool Street 08.55; 3 return trains per hour.) Includes 10 sculptures on the Sculpture trail
 
General Notes
Lunch at Waltham Abbey - choice of pubs and cafes
 
Contact
Lonica Vanclay Telephone number 07835 102864
 
 
Start and Finish
TL374072
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London LDWA - http://www.ldwa.org.uk/London