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Choir walking group

Choir walking group

Choir members take part in informal local walks once every 3-4 weeks.  These are mostly circular walks of 5-6 miles with a mid-walk refreshment stop, following a route proposed by a navigator.  During British Summer Time they usually start at 2.30pm and finish around six, with a meal at the start/finish pub to follow.  When the clocks revert to GMT, the walks start progressively earlier, starting around midday or 12.30 during the winter.  All choir members are welcome to take part, and they are welcome to invite guests too.   Please note that members and guests take part in the walks as individuals, and so take full personal responsibility for their own safety. The walkers have been observing lockdown rules and guidance during the Covid crisis.

Covid walkers score second best

The choir walkers staged an impressive outing on July 29, with eleven taking part and covering 6.8 miles - second in distance only to the record walk of 7.28 miles notched on 3 April 2017.

Walkers en route to new second-longest walk record  (photo Banners)

Chins up during lockdown

The choir walkers have notched up an impressive roster of outings during lockdown, observing the rules throughout.  Following the Banners/Polly walk on May 15, the intrepid duo conducted two more outings in the ensuing three weeks. Then on June 5, the five walkers from the March 23 walk, the last day before lockdown, regathered at Dave's house in Caterham and were joined by regular walker Polly Perkins.

Five of the Sixers stage walking return (photo Banners)

Keeping the spirit alive

Choir walkers have been keeping the wandering spirit alive during the lockdown.   On Thursday 14 May, Peter Gillman and Phil Willis undertook a relay walk from the old West Wickham parish church, St John’s, which sits on the hill to the south of the former village.  

The bridge over the stream in Spring Park Wood

Walkers keep their distance

Five choir walkers undertook a 5.5 mile circular walk from St Margaret's, Hooley today, 23 March.  As our photograph shows, they followed government instructions to stay two metres apart from each other.  The photo was taken by Neil Pontin and the four shown are Phil Willis, Dave Bannister, John Parker and Dick Jones.  Congratulations to them for keeping the choir spirit alive!

The walkers rest on a sunny bank overlooking Chipstead Lane - not far from Well House Inn (closed)




Walkers carry on 

Twelve walkers left the delightful Hare and Hounds in Godstone on 16 March ready to enjoy the most glorious sunny weather for many walks. 

The group departs from the Hare and Hounds

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