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Walkers set yet another record 

Yet another record was smashed on on the choir walk on Friday 28 April.  This time 90-year-old Jean Bannister, avid choir fan and mum  of Dave the Navigator, joined the walkers at the Fleeting Brook pub for the first 400-metre stretch, thus breaking the group’s age record held jointly by (probably) Ted Mouat and Bob Mackay.  The record-breaker was serenaded with a photo-call and a chorus of Soldiers’ Farewell at the door of Elizabeth Court Care Home at Caterham Village – built on the site of the commandant’s residence when Caterham Guards' Barracks was redeveloped some 20 years ago.

Walkers with record-breaking Jean Bannister

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Walkers smash distance record

Fifteen walkers left the Feathers pub in Merstham at 1.30pm on 3 April in glorious sunshine. We stopped at St Katherine's Church, where we were invited to sing by a church official who had come to our concerts at the village hall, and My Lord soon resounded in the generous acoustic.

Enjoying the spring weather en route to a record

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Rural walk in suburbia

Ten walkers, plus Nick's dog Misty, gathered at the totally suburban Shirley Crown on 15 March, wondering how Dave the Navigator could deliver on his promise of rural walking.  Not five minutes later, after admiring Shirley Windmill, the group had plunged into the woodland of Addington Hills.  Dave explained how the Blackheath Bed pebble geology in this area was very rare, indicating the unique flora of stunted oaks, birch, gorse and heather.  To their further surprise, he led them to the viewpoint where breath-taking panorama stretched northwards as far as the Wembley Arch and the Canary Wharf towers.

Emerging from Littleheath Woods near Selsdon

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Fifth anniversary walk

FEBRUARY 18 2017: Twelve walkers set out from the Harrow pub in Farleigh yesterday on the fifth anniversary walking group outing.  They were led by our usual navigator Dave assisted by local resident Phil Willis. Sadly Phil was walking alone as his usual partner Suki was laid up at home with a sore paw.

Open grassland beyond Ledgers Road

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Pub disaster averted

JANUARY 24 2017: Eleven walkers started out from the Ramblers Rest in Chipstead Valley yesterday, having discovered to their dismay that the pub was closed due to a burst pipe in the kitchen. So would it be open in time for dinner on our return?

Walkers cross Kingswood Golf Club

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Solstice walkers set record

DECEMBER 22: It was standing room only at the Old Forge Deli in Godstone as a fourteen walkers and two guests tucked into tea and bacon butties at 10.30 on a drizzly winter solstice morning yesterday. As they struck northwards past the site of the old Godstone Windmill, they were joined by a breathless Roger Lee to make the walking party up to fifteen - a record for a complete walk by the choir walking group.

Mike and Ben enjoy the solstice landscape


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