Newmarket Ramblers

Guided walks in the Newmarket area


Annual Dinner April 2018

30 or so members attended the annual dinner. It was good to see friends and relatives who were non-walkers and also members who had moved away from the area. We met in the bar for drinks, and there was the usual beautiful sunset over the golf course as we sat down to the meal. The meal and service were of the expected high standard. We relaxed back in the bar for coffee and the raffle. Margaret’s husband Steven sent these comments:   

“When I was a youngster, I remember often being told by older people that time passes more quickly when you get older.  I remember thinking how that can be?  Time is not variable, surely a day is a day, a year is a year.  Such is the naivety of youth; can it really be twelve months sine the last Ramblers Dinner?  The time seems to have passed as fast as the Starship Enterprise, as it goes off on its never-ending journey.

As a non-walker, honestly, I would, folks, but the hip just won’t let me, my biggest concern as these events is trying to remember people’s names. This is something I am very bad at, and always have been.  Why is it that people can remember who I am, but their name is out there, just on the edge of the fog?  However, I never forget a face, so my apologies.  I know I know you but not what your name is.

This year presented an extra problem, well, not exactly a problem, shall we call it a challenge.

As it says on the tin, it’s a dinner, so obviously food is an important part of the event.  It’s always nice to be able to select from the menu the dishes which you prefer.  Nothing difficult so far.  However, this fact seems to have been missed by the current Mrs Lock.

When I filled in my choices and gave the form to her, she calmly and very dismissively informed me that she had chosen for me.  Her excuse being that the caterers needed to know the numbers.

So once again, my apologies to Stella and the rest of you good people on our table if I said rather too often “That look’s nice, what is it?”

The other surprise of the evening was that I won a prize in the raffle.  Thank you for all your hospitability and happy walking”.

Thank you Steven ! ,  and many thanks to Tony and Ann for organising the evening. Much enjoyed by all.

Sausage lunch Sunday 21st January 2018

It was frosty with a touch of snow in the air.  Several brave souls turned up for the walk led by Phil before the lunch. 40 of us sat down for the lunch.  Prior to sitting down Hilary set the ball rolling with a questionnaire which required us to match facts with people and their life stories within the group. This gave an opportunity to catch-up with walking friends, founder members and guests.

As usual the ‘kitchen team’ were well organised and with apparent ease prepared the large amount of sausages and mash followed by many home-made apple pies and tarts with custard. All feasted well and many hands made light work of clearing away and washing up.

After lunch there was a ‘bring and buy’ stall, innovated by David Brackenbridge to help share unwanted but useable walking clothes and equipment, and a raffle ably run once again by Maureen.  Then followed more quizzes from Hilary and Peter. First, slides of buildings to be identified –the Gateshead Millenium ‘blinking eye bridge’ was blinking difficult - and then anagrams of capital cities – who would have thought Luxembourg would be so tricky ! 

The day was enjoyed by all. There had been a steady drizzle of sleet all day with cars beginning to look rather white but temperatures were on the rise when we left, presenting no hazard to a safe journey home. 

Sausage Lunch January 21st 2018

The annual sausage feast will be held in Kirtling Hall again this year. Following a morning walk from the Hall Newmarket sausages, mashed potato, homemade apple pie/crumble and custard will be served. Bring your own drinks. Tea and coffee will be provided followed by afternoon entertainment. Please return your booking details ( given below)  to Joyce Fraser, 2 Balaton Place, Snailwell Road, Newmarket, Suffolk CB8 7YP as soon as possible and by 12th January 2018 at the latest. .


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Cheques payable to Newmarket Ramblers Social Fund

Rede Walk September 6th

The Wednesday walk this week was around Rede. Jenny sent some photos saying it was lovely walk from Rede, through open countryside, with a trip across a ploughed field and a detour to avoid a curious bull! 

Thursday, August 16, 2018