Last update: 14th October 2018
Roger tragically passed away on Saturday July 7th 2018. Our Chairman Ron writes the following tribute.
For nearly 25 years, Roger was a leading light in Redbridge Ramblers and passionate about rambling. He also was a proud family man. One way we will remember him is for the fantastic work he did for us. Over time, he did nearly all the jobs needed by the Club. His teaching skills certainly came in to our advantage, but his helpfulness showed he was a caring man. He certainly cared for many years for his wife during her long illness.
Roger organised long term the Club’s coach assisted holiday and backpacking holiday. He planned them, booked hostels and coaches, led almost all the walks, and did dinner and sandwich orders – strangely the last of these was surprisingly complex. On holiday, Roger always gave out earplugs to those who shared his room. He went to a loud snoring sleep as soon as his head hit the pillow, so they were definitely necessary.
Roger and Martin, with the help of some others, walked, waymarked and up-dated two long-distance paths. The first was The Saffron Trail (Southend to Saffron Walden). This booklet is now updated thanks to him, and also is marked on the Ordnance Survey map. The second was the Harcamlow Way (Harlow to Cambridge in a figure of 8). Two artistic Club members (Rosemary and Gill) each designed one waymark. Martin and others have nearly finished completing the waymarking of this walk.
Roger and Geoff pushed for e-mailing of the Newsletter and Programme to members. This has worked well. Roger was strongly interested in the campaign to save pedestrian rail crossings.
Roger and his friend Steve worked out the questions for our annual quiz, and Roger was quizmaster. When he was ill, Roger joked that we would no longer have him as a brake on Steve’s difficult questions. We moaned at Roger about this as we thought it was him, and he said nothing. Apart from walking with the Club, Roger walked long distance paths with Terry, Steve and Mike. Later he went with Eve on difficult walking holidays, including the Inca Trail. I promised Roger that I, and I was sure others, would try our most to make sure Redbridge continued as a walking group. We of course talked about the difficulty of getting people to take over the Committee jobs. In his last few weeks Roger asked if we had got people to take over the two committee jobs coming up.
Roger was our man, and we will miss him. Ron W.
Tea, coffee and biscuits will be served from 12.15 – 12.55pm1 Apologies for absence
To be held at Luigi’s Italian Restaurant, 5 Beehive Lane, Ilford, Essex IG1 3RG.
This restaurant is conveniently situated on the corner of Beehive Lane and Cranbrook Road, a very short walk from Gants Hill Station. Cost per person is £24 (which includes service charge and coffee)
Please make cheques payable to Redbridge Ramblers and send, with the booking slip on page 14 of newsletter
Come on your own or bring your friends. Tables of 8 or individual tickets and make up a team on the night. Warm welcome guaranteed. Tickets: £10 per person including a ploughman’s supper. Bring your own drinks. (Please book early to facilitate catering.)
Our next Spring holiday has now been arranged for Weymouth, which is situated some 120 miles from London half-way along the Jurassic Coast, a UNESCO World Heritage Site on the south coast of England. Our hotel, the Fairhaven, is located on the Weymouth Esplanade overlooking the bay and near the historic fishing harbour.
The price of the holiday is £269 per person and includes en-suite accommodation and half-board (Full English breakfast and a choice of evening meal). All rooms have colour television and tea/coffee making facilities. Additionally, a wine reception is included, as is coach travel, with toilet, to and from Weymouth and all the necessary transport to the walks each day. (Holiday insurance is recommended – please make your own arrangements).
When booking, please consider pairing up with a friend and show this on your booking slip because single rooms are as usual very limited. This holiday is again being organised through Isle of Wight Tours Ltd and more information about the hotel can be found on its website.
There will be a choice of either a long or a short walk on the Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, a short walk on the Monday en route to the hotel and perhaps a short walk on the Friday morning prior to departure. Pick-ups on the morning of Monday 29th April 2019 will be arranged from Wanstead, Hawkey Hall and Gants Hill and exact times will be given in the next Newsletter.
To book a place, please complete the booking slip on page 13 and return it together with your deposit of £50 per person to: Penny G. If booking for two people, please give the Ramblers Group together with the Ramblers Association Member-ship Number for each person. The balance of £219 must be received by Penny G no later than Friday 1st February 2019. If you have to cancel for any reason, your deposit will only be returned in line with the Redbridge Ramblers’ Group Refund policy. In the interest of fairness, places will be allocated strictly on the basis of chronological order of the date applications are received by Penny, but subject to Redbridge Ramblers’ holiday booking policy (see Page 15 for this detail).Dave S.
Walking the Southern part of the Cumbria Coastal Way, led by Martin H, organised by Ron and
(see here) - now privately owned, with
pool and nearby railway station.
We now have a firm booking for this holiday, with 30+ people already booked following email communication in August via the Membership Secretary, so places are now at a premium. If you haven’t already booked and are interested in attending please contact Ron and Naomi directly to find out the latest position re numbers/waiting lists etc.
On Sunday 5th August 8 of us met in Holyhead to start the first half of the Anglesey Coast Path. We all ate together in the Stanley Arms.
The next morning we started off from St Cybi’s Church for the first section with the greatest height gain of 600m/ 2000 feet. We walked from the port of Holyhead to the isolated Heather clad cliffs past the South stack lighthouse to the sandy coves of Trearddur. Having walked nearly 14 miles we had a short ride back to our accommodation in Holyhead where we enjoyed a meal to celebrate Lyn’s birthday.
The next morning we got a bus back and continued walking from Trearddur, where lots of yachts were observed racing in the bay. We saw some sure footed goats on the cliffs. After some beautiful coastal scenery we walked through some woods and farmland, grateful for a raised path provided by Ramblers volunteers. After 13+ miles we arrived at Four Mile bridge.
After another night in Holyhead we set out for day three; 15 miles from Four Mile Bridge. We were grateful to Helen for taking our over night bags by car. We saw a number of RAF planes that day and trudged the sand dunes and passed the Motor Racing Circuit, to arrive in Aberffraw.
The following day we walked a tiring 14 miles via a forest track and secluded beach to Newborough, where Helen met us and gave us a lift back to our B & B. Our penultimate day was 13 miles to Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerchwrndrobwyllllantysiliogogogoch, which means “ Saint Mary’s Church in the hollow of white hazel near a rapid whirlpool and the church of saint Tysilio near the red cave”. This leg included some stepping stones; unfortunately they were submerged so we had to find an alternative route, which included moving a large stone to open a locked gate. Eventually the farmer came across his field and directed us back to the path. At last Martin managed to find some mud, despite the dry hot summer.
For the final leg of this years “Back Packing” we walked 9 + miles, passing some pigs, a large bull and the Menai Bridge to Beaumaris, from where will be starting next September. (see page 7 for more details ).
We very much missed Roger Y., who had started the planning for this holiday prior to becoming unwell. Our thanks go to Martin for leading us
29 of us enjoyed a fantastic week’s walking the length of the river Derwent in Derbyshire in the full heat of the hot summer we’ve just experienced - 55 miles over 5 days of walking! The week was a fitting final tribute to the organiser, Roger Young-I think everyone there will remember the week for that fact alone. Special thanks go to Ron Whiting for picking up the organisation from Roger and especially to Martin Howells for his fantastic walks leadership during the week. The walks schedule went precisely to Roger and Martin’s plan, Viz: -
Sun 1st July -Walk from Hartington village around local area about 6 miles as an introduction the Derbyshire Hills.
Mon 2nd - Walk from Ladybower Reservoir to Calver about 10 miles PS Leadmill Bridge – Plough Inn
Tue 3rd - Walk from Calver to Matlock about 11.5 miles PS Rowsley - Grouse and Claret
Wed 4th - Walk from Matlock to Belper about 11. 5 miles Late PS Ambergate – The Hurt Arms
Thur. 5th - Walk From Belper to Derby about 10.5 miles PS Little Eaton – The Queens Head
Fri. 6th - Walk from Derby to Shardlow about 9 miles to end of DVHT at its junction with the river Trent.
Highlights for me as a first timer on a RR Coach Assisted Holiday were; -
*Excellent accommodation in the Youth Hostel in Hartington -our party did increase the average age of the other guests there somewhat! The Sunday night saw an interesting clash of culture/age profiles over the battle for the remote in the TV lounge -it was “Love Island” vs. “World Cup football”. A large party of 17 year old girls on their pre-Duke of Edinburgh evening eventually saw off us older folk wanting the football but only after the game went to penalties!
*Superbly led walks everyday in the wonderful Derbyshire countryside.
*The Wednesday saw us leaving Matlock to climb up to High Tor above the Derwent with spectacular views (as the rest of the walk was on the valley bottom this was particu-larly impressive) -only a couple of lightweights did the optional valley bottom route!
*Thursday saw an interesting confrontation after a clash between a very burly young cy-clist and one of our party (who was about 6 stone lighter and 50 years older than his ad-versary!) just as we approached Pride Park football ground in Derby at the end of the walk -it was on a shared path! Martin sensibly called a halt to the heated discussion be-fore any blows were stuck by moving the group on. Perils of walking on a cycle path I guess!
*I was very impressed by the organisation of the walk -all the pub stops were excellent, the coach timings and service was spot-on and the conviviality of the party superb. A thoroughly enjoyable experience. I’ll definitely go again.