Latest activities

Wednesday 26 June - Walk – Keston area - Meet at the Rosary Church car park; depart at 9.30am for a walk with possibly 4 stiles, generally flat terrain around the Keston/Leaves Green area, with a 50/50 mix of woodland and open country. The walk starts at the car park in Heathfield Road near the junction with Westerham Road. Start to lunch: 4.8 miles, lunch to finish 0.9 miles. Lunch at “The Greyhound” Commonside, Keston BR2 6BP. Telephone 01689 856338. Walk leader Tony Archer 07886 680546.

Wednesday 17 July - Outing – Didcot Railway Centre and the historic town of Wallingford (NOTE – revised itinerary – 8.30am departure from Husseywell Crescent - Cost £35 (includes coach and entry to the Centre) - To book this Outing contact David Smith on 020 8462 6799 or 07762 708549, or sign up at the July meeting - Didcot Railway Centre is a living history museum of the Great Western Railway (GWR) set in 21 acres alongside Didcot Parkway Station. From Brunel's Broad Gauge to the modern trains running past, Didcot Railway Centre's unique collection of buildings, locomotives, carriages, wagons and other artefacts shows how the GWR developed to be the premier railway company of the 1940s. There is something of interest for everyone of all ages. A large site which is not too crowded, it can be explored at an unhurried pace. Wednesdays are limited running days, there will be at least one train on a half mile track. There are several refreshment rooms at the Centre. During the afternoon, there will be an option to stay at Didcot or to visit the nearby historic market town of Wallingford situated on the Thames. Wallingford has a local museum, the remains of a medieval castle (destroyed in the Civil War) and a medieval road bridge over the Thames. A claim to fame is that Agatha Christie used to live there. In addition, the town offers many opportunities for shopping, eating or drinking. Disabled access: At Didcot, there is level access from the Main Entrance to most areas and there are accessible toilets. The Museum at Wallingford has disabled toilets.

Wednesday 31 July - Walk – Green Street Green - Meet at the Rosary Church car park; depart at 9.30 for a walk with NO stiles, generally flat terrain around the Keston/Leaves Green area, with a mix of woodland and open country. The walk starts at the car park in High Elms Road near the junction with Shire Lane. Start to lunch: 4.2 miles, lunch to finish 1.3 miles. Lunch at “The Rose & Crown” Green Street Green, Farnborough Way BR6 6BT. Telephone 01689 869 029. Walk Leader Tony Archer 07886 680546.

Wednesday 21 August – Annual Boat Trip – This is always popular so please be sure to book early – Oxford to Abingdon on the River Thames – 08:30 departure from Husseywell Crescent - Cost £35 (coach and boat trip) - Organiser Michael McGuire on 020 8466 9006, or sign up at the July meeting: We first head for the City of Dreaming Spires, Oxford. Founded in the 8th. century Oxford gained city status in 1542 and is positioned at the confluence of the river Thames (known locally as the Isis) and the river Cherwell. Home to Oxford University which is the oldest in the English speaking world. Oxford boasts 3 branches of Wetherspoons; two of which are located close to Salters Steamers jetty. We board the Salters Steamers vessel at around 12.30pm. for a leisurely two to two and a half hour trip on the river Thames before arriving at the historic and picturesque market town of Abingdon. Famous for its annual bun throwing event, a 250 year old tradition, Abingdon claims to be the oldest town in England. There is only one branch of Wetherspoons in Abingdon. We will spend 2 to 3 hours in each location before rejoining the coach in Abingdon for the return journey. The aim is to be back in Hayes for around 7.00pm.

Wednesday 28 August - Walk – Edenbridge area - Meet at the Rosary Church car park; depart at 9.30 for a FLAT walk of 4.4 miles around the Edenbridge area with 4 or 5 stiles (one is avoidable). The walk is through a mix of woods and fields with NO HILLS! Lunch will be in “The Old Eden” 121 High St, Edenbridge TN8 5AX Tel 01732 862398 The walk starts from the car park of “The Old Eden”.

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