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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
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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.
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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.
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    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      peterneild@btopenworld.com
Treasurer                   Jeff Milne            0151-548 4771      jeff.milne@parkrow.co.uk
Membership Secretary        Geff Williams         0151-531 9913      geffwill@tesco.net
Social Secretary            Pauline Smith         0151-531 9037      pauline531@btinternet.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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