Newsletter - November 2019


So long, farewell, auf wiedersehen, goodbye ... to Lesley!


From Lesley Bellis:

"This announcement may come as a surprise to some of you but after much thought and consideration over the last 6 months I have decided to move back up to the frozen north. I could say it’s because it’s too warm for me down here, hence I am always in a t-shirt, but several incentives have come together to persuade me to move, not least that I became very homesick for Northumberland when up there for this year's 100.  I left Newcastle 46 years ago and have lived all over Europe and the UK and never gave returning to the North East a second thought and yet here I am surrounded by boxes just waiting for a date which I expect will be before Christmas.

I have thoroughly enjoyed being your Chair for 2 years and it has been an honour to be involved with such a motivated and positive group, I couldn't wish for  better support for checkpoints and of course the Pewsey Downsaround which I am sure you will all continue to give your best to enable our flagship event to continue to flourish.

I intend to still manage our checkpoint at Trellech for the Y 100 Sir Fynwy next year and hope to see many of you there.

If any of you are brave enough to come north and own an extra jumper, it would be lovely to see you."


Gan canny, Lesley!


In this month's newsletter:

  • Annual General Meeting (AGM) & Xmas Meal; and
  • Forthcoming Walks



Annual General Meeting (AGM) & Xmas Meal

This year’s Xmas Meal and AGM will be held at the Royal Oak, Wootton Rivers, Marlborough, SN8 4NQ on Sunday 1st December.

The plan is to meet at the pub to start our walk at 0900hrs, led by John Walker. There is additional parking at the village hall just a few yards further on from the pub. We will return to the pub by 1230ish and, after a quick change and the opportunity to buy a drink, the meal will be served at 1330hrs. We have used this venue on several occasions and the food is excellent.

The meal costs £25 per head, however, all members who have contributed either a walk or marshaled at a checkpoint will receive a £10 subsidy towards their meal.

To book your place(s), and place your meal order(s), please visit the Wiltshire LDWA Payment Site at by 1st November. Please choose from the following:



Roasted butternut squash risotto topped with rocket

Smoked trout with hot horseradish on a bed of mixed leaves

Traditional prawn cocktail with Marie rose sauce, fresh bread and butter

Homemade chicken liver parfait with thick Seville orange marmalade and wholemeal toast

Pear, Manchego cheese and walnut salad drizzled with honey

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Sumblers roast topside of beef with Yorkshire pudding & horseradish sauce

Local turkey traditionally roasted with stuffing, chipolata sausage and served with cranberry sauce

Homemade local game, red wine and walnut casserole

Xmas pie with chicken, stuffing, Brussel sprouts and pigs in blankets

Rich venison sausages with creamy mash potato and red current gravy

Bean tagine with roasted cashew nuts (v)

Fillet of hake on a bed of roasted leeks, peas and bacon

Nut roast with all the trimmings (v)

All served with seasonal vegetables and potatoes

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Rich chocolate pudding with thick double cream

Christmas pudding with homemade brandy cream

Rice pudding with cinnamon and nutmeg

Almond and amaretto trifle

Spiced apple and Christmas pudding crumble

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Coffee and mini mince pies £3.50 each



Forthcoming Walks

Finally, here's the usual look ahead to all the group walks and challenge events that are taking place this month within a 50-mile radius of the geographical centre of Wiltshire.


Date Name Type Mileage Organiser
Sun 3rd Nov 2019 King Alfred’s Tump Group 17ml. Wiltshire
Sat 9th Nov 2019 Osleworth Bottom Group 19ml. Bristol & West
Sun 10th Nov 2019 All Quiet on the Chiltern Front Group c19 or c16ml. Thames Valley
Sun 10th Nov 2019 Rinse and Repeat Group 16ml. Dorset
Sun 10th Nov 2019 Roman Wiltshire Group 18ml. Wiltshire
Wed 13th Nov 2019 Compton circular Group c15ml. Thames Valley
Sat 16th Nov 2019 The bog and beacon - back after the beast Group 18.5ml. South Wales
Sun 17th Nov 2019 A Walk in the Woods Group 16ml. Dorset
Sun 17th Nov 2019 Box, Bradford-on-Avon and Batheaston Group 18ml. Wiltshire
Sun 17th Nov 2019 Two Feet and Four Marks Group 19ml. Wessex
Sun 17th Nov 2019 Walking Pang Group c20ml. Thames Valley
Thu 21st Nov 2019 Touching Trowbridge Group 17ml. Wiltshire
Sat 23rd Nov 2019 Pre Christmas Lunch and AGM Walk Group 8ml. Bristol & West
Wed 27th Nov 2019 Thames Valley and Villages Group c15ml. Thames Valley
Sat 30th Nov 2019 Beavers, Boar & Buzzards Group 19ml. South Wales


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That's it for another newsletter. All our newsletters are available via the Wiltshire LDWA website. If you have anything to contribute to future editions, please can you get it to me by the 20th of each month. I look forward to seeing you out on our group walks this month.

Warmest regards


Secretary of the Wiltshire LDWA