Thanks to those who organised events for the club in December:

Jan P and Jane B for the meal at Cote Brasserie French restaurant.

It was good to see an 18 piece big band (Soundforce) playing music from the likes of Basie, Miller, Ellington plus more up to date songs. Thanks Pete. 16 of us enjoyed a turkey lunch at the Crooked Billet hosted by Maggie W. A lot of members turned up at the Billet on the Tuesday before Christmas, making the evening a warm and jolly one, thanks again to Bill and Anita for providing the sandwiches. Thanks to Pat again for organising the annual Christmas Dinner Dance (which Pat's done for nearly 10 years), It's nice to dress up for this event, and the ladies looked lovely (men too of course!). Those who were on their own on Christmas Day were grateful to Mike B for organising the meal at George and Dragon, Marlow. The New Years Eve do at Flackwell Heath Legion (new Venue) was a very good evening and start to the new year. Ian hosted.

Walk leaders this month: Ian, Pete, Richard and Maye, unfortunately for Maye, the snow came that morning, so no one ventured out, but she did walk on her own anyway-plucky lady eh!

All club activities and events are at own risk and appropriate footwear is advisable for walks.

Whenever a member wishes to attend an event they must first contact the organiser of the event by phone or in person to confirm their place.

We look forward to receiving suggestions from other members, who have not yet been involved in hosting or running an event, to come forward and consider putting on an event. The Committee members are keen to help you with this, as required. The more ideas the better to give us all a varied choice.

Full Membership Discount Scheme: the committee would like to reward those dedicated members who make the effort to host at least two events each year for the benefit of us all.

As a condition of membership all members are required to host one event per year but some members excel and arrange more events. Their efforts help us to build a varied programme to meet the needs of all our members.

Any fully paid up member who puts on one event in any one year attended by 6 members or more is entitled to claim a £10 discount off the cost of a full year's membership (£48). The onus to be on the member to apply for the discount.

All Annual paid up members are entitled to claim a maximum discount of £20 per annum. Thus allows any member to be able to pay an annual membership fee of £28 rather than £48.

The onus always being on the member to claim the discount on the annual renewal date of their membership.

Planning to run an Event? You need to get the information to one of the committee members (preferably Jim) 4-8 weeks ahead.

For example, at the committee meeting on the last Monday in January we finalize the program for March.

 What we need to know:

  • Event title and brief description.
  • Where it is being held, preferably with directions and post code.
  • The date and start time.
  • Any costs involved.
  • Pre-booking instructions if relevant.
  • Your name and contact details.

Why not let other member try-

  • Your favourite hobby?
  • Your favourite restaurant?
  • Your favourite pub?
Alternatively find out what is on and block book some tickets. Talk to a committee member - the club will usually subsidise forward sales of tickets.

Spa / Retreat Day - Anyone interested in getting a group of us on a spa/retreat day?  I am guessing it will cost a bit over £100. I will have to look at the deals but I am looking at a couple of treatments, lunch and some classes as well as use of gym & pool.

Contact Lindsey

Liaisons walks
: walking is a great way to keep fit and to keep in touch with fellow members, plus you get to see some beautiful countryside, canals and river views, all for free! After the walk we meet in a local pub or cafe for much needed refreshment.

We walk every Sunday meeting at 10.45am for an 11.00am start usually finishing by about 1.00pm.