Choir walking group

WINTER SOLSTICE WALK

The walking group had a challenging outing on 21 December – the winter solstice and the shortest day of the year.  Eight members set out from Godstone Green at 11 a.m. and were provided with illuminating details of the key sights en route by navigator Dave Bannister  In Godstone’s Church Town we saw the church restored by Victorian architect Sir George Gilbert Scott, together with the beautiful almshouses and chapel  built to his design next door.

 

Winter walk midway between Godstone and Bletchingley

 

THREE AUTUMN WALKS

The choir walking group has been busy over the past two months, notching three walks in quick succession.   On 30 September eleven walkers set off from the Inn on the Pond in Nutfield in glorious sunshine and passed Spynes Mere lake and the gatehouse to Bletchingley Palace, the home of Anne of Cleves.  Then came the magnificent early Tudor Brewer Street farmhouse followed by the half-time stop at the Red Lion on the Bletchingley ridge.

September sunshine near Nutfield (Photo: Michael Pardon)

 

TWO MORE WALKS....AND A SING

The walking group has undertaken two outings in quick succession in past weeks.  On 17 August ten walkers enjoyed balmy weather on a five-mile circuit from the White Bear at Fickleshole.   They stopped at the Harrow in Farleight en route and also inspected the church of St Mary the Virgin - venue for the wedding of the daughter of choir stalwart Dick Diplock. 

The August 17 walkers pause for a breather

 

WALKERS GO RACING AT EPSOM

Big sky at Epsom

The choir walkers enjoyed an outing to the races on 28 July.  Their excursion started and finished at Tattenham Corner and included a wide sweep of the Epsom race course and downs.  The brisk five-and-a-half mile circuit also took in farmland and two stops in Walton-on-the Hill – the first at the Fox and Hounds, the second at Walton’s famed ice-cream parlour.  Nine walkers took part, together with social member Ted Mouat.  The walkers posed for a shot by the Epsom winning post, with tenor Rob Newall judged to have won by a nose.

 

WALKERS STEP UP PACE

The choir walking group has been stepping up the pace and has accomplished two more walks in the space of three weeks.

Looking over the Surrey Weald

The first, selected once again by our new navigator Dave “Banners” Bannister, began and ended at the Sportsman pub in Mogador on June 17.  Ten group members took part. The route, totalling 5.6 miles, led across the M25 and then contoured the Buckland Hills to pick up the North Downs Way, heading eastwards and merging with the ancient Pilgrim’s Way.

 

SPRING DOUBLE FOR WALKERS

The choir walking group notched two walks in the space of four weeks, both taking them through delightful Surrey countryside on routes designed by the new group navigator, Dave Bannister.

Choir walkers enjoy spring weather on April 29

The first walk, on April 29, began and ended at the Bell in Outwood.  It covered a mix of farmland and woodland, and had the customary mid-route refreshment stop at the Jolly Farmer in Horne. Fourteen choir members convened at the Jolly Farmer of whom thirteen took part in the full circuit of 5.2 miles – setting a new record for the group.

 

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