On Saturday 14 March, just ahead of the more stringent advice on social distancing, the Club held its AGM at Better Bankside. With the increasing threat of coronavirus, the organisers had thought long and hard about whether to go ahead and email reminders had been sent out about the importance of hand washing, so I was expecting a much reduced attendance. In the event 36 members turned out, only two down on last year, and this in spite of a few older members sensibly deciding to stay at home to reduce their risk of infection. Perhaps we all had an inkling that would be our last physical gathering for a while. Hilary, in the chair, began the meeting with tributes to Solvig Starborg who had died in January and Ian Gordon who had passed away last May. Both had been AGM regulars. Continue reading AGM 14 March 2020
With great regret we have taken the decision to suspend our programme until it is safe to resume. All best wishes to our members. We hope to be back walking before too long.
Fifteen of us set off from Balcombe station, prepared for a day of mud. We knew what to expect & were prepared, we are not fair weather walkers nor dilettantes but, thankfully, the worst was over. No one fell over, slipped into a river or had to be pulled out of a mud lake with ropes, in fact it was a lovely day! A lot of the walk was in woodland with little two-plank bridges over streams but there was some lovely meadow land too. We also passed a gorgeous and super friendly grey tabby who got a lot of attention from the group. The staff at the Royal Oak pub in Handcross were also very friendly, did pretty good chips & I saw a massive fish arrive on someone’s plate so they are clearly generous with their portions.
Pam & Harriet had had to finish the last 2 miles on the walkover in the dark by the -pathetic- light of a mobile phone so we were interested to see what it really looked like. Nice, actually with a strange & huge rock outcrop split by tree roots where no one would expect to see such a thing. We got to the station in good time & weren’t so covered in mud that we elicited looks of disgust from other passengers.
Harriet. Photos by Ida and Gillian
In spite of mud and bog warnings and heavy rain for the past 24 hours, ten Poly Ramblers still turned up at Gerrards Cross on Saturday morning in sunshine punctuated by heavy showers. We crossed the common, passing some impressive properties (including one that Andew remembered visiting), and paused to view an Iron Age hill fort, not much to look at, I admit. Continue reading GERRARDS CROSS AND HEDGERLEY CIRCULAR – 29 FEBRUARY
Saturday’s walk was completed under leaden skies with little or no sign of the sun, but thankfully it remained dry. Twenty Poly Ramblers convened at Chipstead station, most looking to walk off the excesses of the previous few days. We walked downhill past the parade of shops in the village and passed a coffee shop /wine bar which Stuart and Lorna had already discovered. We were invited by the owner to return for lunch or afternoon tea. Continue reading CHIPSTEAD CIRCULAR – 28 DECEMBER