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Welcome to our Newsletter. This is a new venture for our club members. We produced an electronic version in Spring 2007 but it is clear that very few people saw it and we hope that this printed version will be more popular. Please let us know what you think. If it is popular, we hope to publish two editions each year. Holidays without the Hassle! October. It shows how popular they are. But Fly to Spain in only two hours – sounds great we still have some places left for holidays in doesn’t it? What they don’t tell you is – April and New Year 2008/2009. Both of these Trying to park at the airport - Queues to check are based at the award-winning, family-run in - Even longer queues for security checks - Auckland Hotel in Morecambe. See page 2 for What you can take and what you can’t - full details of these holidays. Waiting for your luggage to arrive on the carousel – unless they’ve lost it. Is it all worth Auckland Hotel, Central Promenade, Morecambe. it? They tell you it’s cheap but think how much it costs to get a passport, change your money, buy travel insurance (especially if you are over a certain age). Is it all worthwhile? Holidays are supposed to help you relax – aren’t they? Well here’s how. Most of our holidays are by comfortable coach, picking you up near your home. No queues. No parking problems. No security checks. No foreign currency. Take as much luggage as you like. It’s virtually door- to-door and you pay for the holiday in easy instalments. How hassle-free can it get? Holidays in Morecambe 2008 Two of our holidays in 2008 are already fully booked: Windermere in January and Bude in 2 Dates Friday 25 April – 4 days Price £169 (£179 non –members) The venues are decided by a group Deposit £10 per person representing the interests of the four walking Final payment 6 March 2008 parties. They are: Book with Ivy Collinson 0151-526 4249 A Party: David Steen. Single supplt. None (but limited places). B Party: Harry Carr. C Party: Cath Pearson or Linda Barton. Dates Tues. 30 December – 4 days D Party: Tom Griffiths or Ian Filby. Price £235 (£245 non-members) If you have any comments on the coach trips Deposit £10 per person or walks please contact the appropriate Final payment 6 November 2008 representative. Book with Brenda Hall 0151-531 0272 Single supplt. None (but limited places) It is abundantly clear that walks in the Lake District, the Yorkshire Dales and the Peak District are favourites. Unfortunately Wales is The holiday price includes coach travel not popular. If authorities in Wales spent less throughout, 3 nights’ half board, walks and on advertising and more on ensuring paths are excursions and nightly entertainment. walkable, perhaps we would want to visit the Welsh countryside. Climbing over barbed wire is not everyone’s idea of a fun day out! Phew! We just made it. Below is a rare picture of members of the A Party standing still! They’ve just climbed to the top of 2633 foot-high Coniston Old Man in the Lake District. We are now planning our monthly coach trips for next year in association with Don Fraser Coaches. Although the cost of coach hire is rising due to fuel costs and restrictions on driving hours, we will peg our fares (for as long as we can) at £10 whatever the What a gentleman ! destination. We can do so because like By contrast, here are some of our D walkers EasyJet, we aim to get as many ‘bums on taking a stroll through some lovely seats’ as we can. Our increased membership countryside. Notice the kind gentleman has helped to make this possible. holding the gate open for the ladies! Destinations for the first six months of 2008 are as follows: January: Hadfield (near Glossop). February: Whaley Bridge (High Peak). March: Bakewell (Derbyshire). April: Langdale Valley (Lake Dist.). May: Keswick (Lake District). June: Hawes (Wensleydale). In addition we are planning a social day out to Our cover picture shows Silver How and Blea Rigg York on Sunday 6 April. This will be at the in the Langdale Valley. Thanks to Sue Quinn for usual coach fare. 3 putting this and many more on our website Photo Gallery. Her caption is: “Glad I got up this morning, it‟s so beautiful.” Thanks also to Mary Hogan for her photos including „What a gentleman!‟ There are hundreds more pictures on our gallery. Thanks to all who have submitted their photographs. You can view all of them on the website: www.maghullramblers.com. For those over 60 living on Merseyside there is a valuable free travel scheme on buses trains and ferries, which is the envy of those living outside the area. We have made good use of this concession by arranging monthly walks by public transport at little or no cost to those who take part. As from April 2008, the Government is introducing free off-peak bus travel on all local (not express) bus services anywhere in England. This means free travel after 9.30 on It will soon be Christmas and we will be weekdays and all day at weekends and bank celebrating the festive season in style. The big holidays. We’ll be taking advantage of this by event will be our Santa Special coach trip on planning some public transport walks in the Sunday 9 December. We start the day with surrounding counties. But when we go on sherry and mince pies before boarding the short break holidays we’ll also be able to have coach to Skipton. The usual four walks are concessionary travel on local buses in that part arranged but in addition, the trip coincides of the country. This will be especially helpful with Skipton’s Medieval Festival with all when we stay in the Lake District, where bus kinds of events in the town throughout the day. fares seem to be very expensive. Some of the walkers may wish to visit the festival at the end of the walk and others who would just like a day out, are very welcome to join the coach. Walking is not compulsory! Carvery Meal We end the day with a three-course carvery meal at the Calf’s Head at Worston. This was very popular last year. The cost of the coach plus the meal will be £21 (non-members +£1). You can start booking places for this trip on Thursday 1 November at our monthly meeting (see Janet Kavanagh) and the money At the time of going to press our membership must be paid to Sandra Rawlinson at our next reached an all time high of 211. We are still meeting on Thursday 4 December. Please getting new enquiries and the figure could rise pay by cheque payable to Maghull Ramblers. even further. This is great news and so long as Our December meeting will also have a festive we can accommodate members at our monthly theme. There will be a free draw for a meetings and on the coach trips, we see no Christmas hamper (but only for those who reason to close the list. have renewed their membership!). There will also be a raffle and mince pies. So come along Subscriptions are due for renewal at the end of and help us celebrate the festive season. September and we hope that most of our current members will renew. We are pegging the subscription at £10 a year. Membership enquiries to Geff Williams 0151-531 9913. 4 Enjoy walking? Then join the Benefits of membership include: Ramblers’ Association. Subscription to ‘Walk’ magazine, full of ideas to help you get the most out of The Ramblers’ Association has been working walking. since 1935 to protect the places you love to Free copy ‘Walk Britain’ guide, packed walk in Britain. As a charity, their work can with useful walking information and only continue with the support of their places to stay. members. Discretionary discounts in many outdoor stores, including 10% off at Millets and They work to safeguard the countryside, keep Blacks. public paths open and promote walking as a Reduced rate for Stair chalet weekends. healthy and enjoyable activity. As an Satisfaction that your contribution is independent club, Maghull Ramblers are helping the Ramblers’ Association affiliated to the Ramblers’ Association and continue their work for all walkers support their aims. Join now and you get 20% off To join, visit www.ramblers.org.uk/offer Ramblers membership and enter the code MRC Single annual membership: or call 020 7339 8500. £19.20 (normally £24) Joint annual membership £25.60 (normally £32) NB This offer is not available to (2 adults at the same address) existing Ramblers members and expires on 31 Dec 2007. If you have any comments, queries or suggestions, don’t keep them to yourself. You can always speak to the following members of our Management Committee in person, by phone or e-mail: Position Name Phone E-mail Chairman Peter Neild 0151-526 0140 firstname.lastname@example.org Treasurer Jeff Milne 0151-548 4771 email@example.com Membership Secretary Geff Williams 0151-531 9913 firstname.lastname@example.org Social Secretary Pauline Smith 0151-531 9037 email@example.com Don’t forget our website for the latest news and pictures about Maghull Ramblers: We’ve had over 4,000 visits so far! www.maghullramblers.com Our social committee is now planning events Our Club Nights for 2008. Some of these have yet to be arranged but here is the plan so far: It’s not all about walking - we organise a variety of social events during the year. Most of these are part of our monthly club nights at Thursday 3 January – Bring and buy sale. the Royal British Legion near the Red Lion Thursday 7 February – ‘Right to Roam’. Bridge in Maghull. Meetings take place on the Friday 23 February – Dance. first Thursday of each month, starting at 7.15 Thursday 6 March – Cheese buffet. pm. This is a useful opportunity for members Thursday 1 May – Summer buffet. to meet and book for coach trips and holidays.
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