ANNUAL PROGRAMME 1964 (Circular dated 20th February 1964)
The Rambling Club has arranged an exciting programme of events for the coming year and it is hoped that as many members as possible will give us their support.
March 21st - Annual Dinner Dance
April 25th - Saturday Afternoon Ramble
May 16th to 19th - Whitsun Weekend (The Lake District)
June 20th to 21st - Midnight Ramble
July 19th - Anniversary Ramble
August 16th - Sunday Ramble
September 13th - Sunday Scrimmage Ramble (Sutton Park)
October 10th - Saturday Afternoon Ramble (Club Year Ends)
J Davenport (Hon Secretary)
Details of the above Events will be forwarded to the Branches before the due date.
CONTACT: SPRING 1964
Since the inauguration of the Rambling Club nearly four years ago many interesting and varied rambles have taken place, due for the most part to the keenness and vigour shown by the regular members of the club.
What we think will be another interesting programme has already been circulated to the branches, before the opening of the Club's season. Let us hope 1964 will be another successful year.
A cordial welcome is extended to the new members of the staff to accompany us on our rambles; to share in the pleasure and satisfaction to be obtained from a day in the countryside; a day well spent!
CONTACT: SUMMER 1964
Fifteen members of the Rambling Club, foregoing their more normal means of transport (Dormobile) in the cause of economy, converged on Keswick by way of three cars and a scooter for their annual Whitsun Week-end.
Leaving Birmingham in bright sunshine on the Saturday lunchtime the journey went fairly smoothly and easily via the M6, stopping once on the way to Kendal. Then on through the beautiful Lake District, an ever changing vista of woods, lakes, hills and dales, arriving in Keswick about 7.15pm just in time for dinner at the Hotel which was to be our HQ for the next few days. A short stroll alongside Derwentwater before turning in for the night ensured us waking bright and early ready to make the most of Sunday.
The Club split into two groups. The more hardy members set out to reach the summit of Skiddaw, a feat which, despite the rough steep going, they achieved by early afternoon affording a panoramic view of Keswick, Derwent and beyond, Windermere. For rambling in a more leisurely way, the rest of us caught the bus/boat service round the lake, alighting at Barrow Landings for the short steep walk up to Ashness Bridge, a well-known beauty spot, there to lie in a scorching sun and collect our first tan of the year. On returning to the lake for a short paddle, the bus/boat was going alongside the jetty waiting to take us back to Keswick, a refreshing spray adding to the excitement of the ride for our youngest member - two year old Patricia Whittaker.
Monday saw a change in the weather but undaunted the hardy types set off to walk over the Derwent Fells on the far side of the lake whilst we less adventurous motored along to see the Bowder Stone. This is a huge rock delicately balanced on its edge allowing us not only to shake hands underneath it but also to climb a 40-rung ladder to the top where eight of us could sit together quite comfortably. We then continued to Buttermere for lunch returning over the Keskadale Pass, the highest and wildest pass in the district.
All too soon it was Tuesday and time for the return journey. Gradually moving south, we arrived at Esthwaite Water for lunch and the afternoon was spent at the lakeside. Later we continued across Windermere by ferry, then over the hills by the back roads to meet the A6 at Heversham. A short step was made whilst repairs were carried out to one of the cars then it was on again to tea at the first Motorway Restaurant. The efficiency of the Motorway Police was demonstrated to us soon after when the backmarkers, trying to catch up, had a tyre burst whilst travelling at 80mph. Within a minute of stopping a patrol car was there to offer assistance, the mishap having been seen by the control room TV cameras. All was well though, and we were soon on our way again, little Patricia having made firm friends with the man in blue who loudly hailed their goodbyes to her as they drove away.
Although it was midnight before reaching home, the verdict of all was yet another splendid week-end.
Thank you Rambling Club.
CONTACT: AUTUMN 1964
It is a far cry from the cool clear dales of Dovedale, where we ventured for our Mid-night Ramble in June, to the mist wreathed mountains towering above Barmouth, North Wales, but nevertheless it was here that the club went for the Anniversary Ramble in July. The weather was ideal for those who dared to climb up the lower slopes of the mountains, or for those amongst us who decided that a leisurely saunter along the beach was the order of the day.
The county town of Warwickshire was the start and finish of our ramble in August. From the railway station, a short walk along the course of the river Avon brought us to Guy's Cliffe. It was here that we left the beaten track and wandered across the fields and along lanes to Old Milverton. Was it warm! we had just left this small village when who should come along the lane to greet us but an ice cream vendor. What a welcome he received. Our rendezvous for lunch was at a pleasant country inn, and how we needed that refreshment. But Alas! Owing to a trivial monetary matter at the Brewery, the Inn was out of mild, a point we all felt rather bitter about. However, a good hearty meal in Warwick at the end of the day was well worth waiting for. How we tucked in.
September held a beautiful day in the Arden country for us. From Henley we left by the main road then branched off to Claverdon. After lunch just outside the village, we walked to Yarningale Common where we found time to sit and chat over a good cup-of-tea, or was it lemonade? Such was our thirst that we did not mind what it was. Returning to Henley by way of fields and lanes, we were welcomed by a charming hostess who had rightly guessed what hearty appetites we would all have.
Now October has crept upon us, yet another ramble is due, to where will it be? When will it be? What will we see? The answer to all these questions can be obtained from the circular. Then perhaps you will come along and join us.
CONTACT: CHRISTMAS 1964
At the 1963 Annual General Meeting of the Rambling Club a proposal not to have any rambles during the winter months was carried, and in consequence the season did not commence until March this year, when the Club arranged a Dinner Dance at the Chalet Country Club, Rednal. This most informal evening was a great success, and was thoroughly enjoyed by members and non-members alike. It is hoped that memories of such an occasion will be revived in the New Year.
As usual, the Annual Week-end holiday, this year spent in the Lake District at Keswick, will long be remembered, so happy was the time we all spent there.
The weather once again has been kind to us, apart from one or two showers on the Moonlight ramble to Dovedale in June when spirits were not dampened.
Two Saturday afternoon rambles were held during the year providing a nice change from the longer Sunday walks. We intend to encourage them in the coming year.
The countryside through which we have walked during the spring and summer months has been delightful, and has given us all much pleasure. May we walk further in 1965.
Support given by the regular members of the Club has been as keen as ever, and their enthusiasm has been proved by the way in which they have encouraged their friends to join us, and in their desire to lead rambles.
It has given me great pleasure to be secretary of the Club during the past year for it would be difficult to find a happier group of colleagues with such boundless energy and unequalled zeal, making an all out effort to make our outings successful. Away with Monday morning blues, let the fresh air get into your lungs and blow through your hair. Come with us on one of our rambles. We hold them once a month, winter included this year; you will enjoy yourselves.
I should not like this opportunity to go by without expressing appreciation for the assistance received from Head Office Secretarial and Typists offices for the help they have given in distributing circulars, and to the Management for allowing the Club the use of these facilities.
M J Davenport