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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 following all rules and guidance in respect of gatherings and outdoor activities during the Covid crisis.

The pub with no lunch

Nine walking stalwarts left their meeting point at a Caterham tea shop at 11.30 on October 19, intent on having lunch at the Harrow in Caterham.  The walkers were following lock-down guidelines  governing walking activities, and also arrived at the Harrow in separate groups of six (now including Ted Mouat) and four. 

The hungry nine at Chaldon 

But the Harrow guvnor refused to serve us on the grounds that we were really one composite group of ten, rather than two groups.  In vain did we offer to sit on opposite sites of the garden; he would not be budged and even mentioned the police.  He did look excited when the group of four offered to move on and allow the group of six to eat; but the group of six gallantly displayed their solidarity with the group of four and followed them out of the pub. 

The walkers posed for a photo at Chaldon church, and here are some more photos from the walk.




And on December 3, a group of stalwarts walked a mile or so from the Feathers in Merstham to conduct a ditties session in an unsalubrious location under the M23 (pictured above).  It was cold and raining but the group was undaunted, as the photograph shows.  They repaired to the Feathers where each of the eight singers was allocated their own table in the spacious dining room.  Sadly this occasion marked only a brief respite in the lockdown and the choir's outdoor activities.  

September delights and surprises

The walkers went out twice in September.  On September 7, on the last walk before the Rule of Six, a group of nine departed the Kingswood Arms and headed northeast beside the railway. After crossing the tracks they followed the path between the mansions of Kingswood to Surrey Downs Golf Club.

Eight of the September 7 nine (photo Banners)

An eventful August for walkers

The group undertook two eventful walks in August. 

On August 10 there was a near catastrophe when our host pub, the Bletchingley Arms, revealed it had run out of beer. Fortunately, some walkers were delayed in roadworks, enabling navigator Dave to search for alternative post-walk venues. Meanwhile our landlady checked her reserve supplies and confirmed all would be well on our return.

Crossing meadowland  following pub with no beer scare 

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)

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