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Maldon and Dengie Hundred Group of the Ramblers Newsletter/Programme No 55 Winter 2017
Maldon and Dengie Hundred Group of the Ramblers Newsletter/Programme No 55 Winter 2017

Maldon and Dengie Hundred Group of the Ramblers

Newsletter/Programme No 55

Winter 2017


No 55 Winter 2017 www.maldondengieramblers.org.uk From the Chair After a lifetime spent studiously avoiding

From the Chair

After a lifetime spent studiously avoiding doing anything to do with committees I find myself not only on a committee but Chairman to boot! However, as I said at the AGM, taking on the position was an easy choice given the friendly and supportive nature of the committee and members of Maldon and Dengie Ramblers.

I would like to take this opportunity to give many thanks to the committee members who stood down at the AGM. Tracy Rayner who has been working hard as Social Secretary, Ray Pearce our longstanding Treasurer and Norman Hodson our webmaster. Also of course retiring Chairman Jim McWhirr who thankfully will be on hand for another year to provide valuable guidance.

The new composition of the committee is listed at the bottom of the Newsletter but please bear in mind that there are many other members who are providing their time to ensure the Maldon and Dengie Ramblers runs smoothly and gives us all the opportunity to enjoy the countryside with like minded friends and companions.

As we continue our journey down the footpaths I hope to be able to report a continuation of the walks programme. Plus other social and walking events with perhaps some new ideas that are open to all group members, be that regular walkers or less active supporters. Watch your emails and the website for events and updates.


emails and the website for events and updates. Russell Dates for the diary Sunday 10 December

Dates for the diary

Sunday 10 December 2017 Mince Pie walk. Four mile walk starting at 1pm followed by mince pies and festive nibbles from 2.30. Open to all members - walking or not! No charge & no booking required. Venue - Purleigh playing field pavilion, Howe Green Road, CM3 6PE.

Saturday 27 January 2018 New Year Lunch at Le Bouchon Brasserie, Maldon See attachment to newsletter for booking information. Booking form also available for download from M&D website. Space is limited and the closing date 6 January.

Saturday 3 March 2018 Charity Quiz, 6.30 for 7.00pm start. Venue - Wickham Bishops Village Hall. Details later in newsletter.

New webmaster!

Alan Davey has taken over the running of our website. Articles, photos, updates etc. for the

website can be emailed direct to Alan at


and very best wishes for 2018

Annual Charity Quiz

Our annual charity quiz will be held on 3 March 2018 in Wickham Bishops Village Hall, ( CM8 3JZ ) at 6.30 for 7pm, but this year in the smaller hall so that you will need to use the side entrance. Teams of up to 8 are welcome and the cost is £5pp. BYO drinks and supper but tea and coffee will be provided. To reserve a table please contact Jim McWhirr on james.mcwhirr@btinternet.com. Book early because space is limited.

Bring plenty of money because there will be a raffle with valuable prizes in support of Rett UK. Rett Syndrome is a complex neurological disease, rare, but with devastating consequences for sufferers, mainly girls, who develop normally for their first 18 months but then lose the abilities they have gained, until, in the worst cases, they are left doubly incontinent, cannot speak, are confined to bed and cannot move unless someone moves them. Rebecca Marshall, now about 26, the daughter of one of our former members, is so affected and has lived all her life in residential care.

Footpath Maintenance Work

The footpath maintenance group is up and running. Leaders and walkers, if you find a footpath we use in Maldon district in need of some TLC let me know and we might be able to do something about it. Currently the group is only undertaking vegetation clearance work. Later we may be able to take on construction work such as stiles and bridges. For more information contact Russell at russgriffiths1@aol.com, with 'path clearance' as the email subject.

Reporting a path (or any highways) problem in Essex Please report any footpath problem, anywhere in Essex using the online system. As follows:

log onto essexhighways.org,

click on 'tells us something', then click on map, click on PROW option and identify the type of problem. You will be asked for a post code, road/place name etc - just put in something nearby and zoom in on the map, click exactly where the problem is.

Complete the boxes - exact location with grid reference and details of the problem & submit

Donate a Gate

Two of our members have encountered a scheme on the Isle of Wight called 'Donate a Gate' whereby members can pay to replace a stile with a gate bearing a plaque in memory of a loved one. The committee are still considering how to approach this scheme, but anyone interested should please contact Jim McWhirr at james.mcwhirr@btinternet.com for more details.

New Walking Venue

Maldon Golf Club have extended an invite to our walking group to use the club facilities. To make use of the facilities please contact the club in advance on 01621 853212. They are able to provide bar snacks and sandwiches. A named contact at the club is Kevin Clarke. Address - Beeleigh, Maldon, CM9 4SS.

WANTED!! Walk Leaders

Please contact Alison (TA) or Alan (Sunday) or Jean-Pierre (Tuesday all day) if you would like to take on the challenge of leading a walk. There are plenty of people who are willing to help if this is your first time.




Useful Websites

www.gridreferencefinder.com - easy to use & useful for identifying post codes and grid references

www.mapmywalk.com - library of many walks and helps with plotting your own

www.walk4life.info - UK site useful for plotting and finding walks

www.essexhighways.org - has host of information to local PROWs e.g. guides, policies, access.


Maldon & Dengie Hundred Ramblers' Committee 2017/18







Russell Griffiths




Vice Chair




Jim Roche





Wendy McWhirr




Membership & Publicity Secretary

Chris Elliott




Rambles secretary

Alison Taylor





TA walk co-ordinator


Countryside & footpath officer

Jackie Harrop





newsletter editor


Committee member

Jim McWhirr




Committee member

Dennis Miller




Dennis Miller 01245 223894 millers8@btinternet.com Maldon & Dengie website

Maldon & Dengie website


Essex Area website www.essexarearamblers.co.uk

Maldon & Dengie Hundred Ramblers Members Annual Lunch

When - Saturday 27 January 2018, 12.15 for 1pm Where - Le Bouchon Brassiere, Heybridge (CM9 4LT)

Price -

£30 pp, this includes three courses, tea or coffee and a gratuity

There will be no walk before the meal.

Please support this annual event which has proved so successful in the past. If you wish to join us please complete the tear off slip below with your menu choices and return it, together with your cheque for £30pp. Cheque payable to Maldon & Dengie Social Account. Send completed form and cheque by Saturday 6 January 2018 to:

Wendy McWhirr, 18 Blacksmith's Lane, Wickham Bishops, CM8 3NR Please advise of any dietary requirements. For more information contact Wendy on 01621 891055 or wbm.145@hotmail.com

Name(s) contact details (phone or email)

Please tick your choices



Name 1

Name 2

English white onion & cider soup, crispy shallots


Beetroot, soft hen's egg, horseradish & watercress


Ham & savoy cabbage terrine, pickled vegetables, caper mayonnaise




Roast hake, white bean, samphire & cockle cassoulet


Breast of chicken, morel cream, herb gnocchi & spinach


Tian of aubergine & tomato, balsamic & shallot dressing & goat's curd




House crѐme brulee, vanilla tuille & berry coulis


Sticky toffee pudding, ginger ice cream & caramel sauce


Selection of European cheeses, quince paste, celery, grapes, biscuits & breads