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SKITTLES EVENING AT ROLLESTON SOCIAL CLUB

Sunday 30th October 2016

The Skittles evening was a great success with 27 players plus Diane - who just popped in to see us, but didn't stay. The teams were selected by lucky dip with coloured stickers to identify the members. These teams were fairly evenly matched, with the Red team winning the final match and being awarded magnificent gold coloured plastic medals. Sadly, their success went to their heads which proved to be too big to fit through the medal ribbons! Many thanks to the Social Committee for setting up the whole thing, including mid evening snack.

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Past Events

JCB FACTORY TOUR AT ROCESTER - 25th October 2012

A group of 26 East Staffordshire Ramblers visited the JCB factory at Rocester organised by Graham. After a full breakfast, we watched a short presentation of 'The Story of JCB' followed by a tour of a vast exhibition of JCB products and ending with a tour of the factory floor showing the fabrication of JCB parts and assembly of the famous Backhoe Loader.


SKITTLES EVENING AT THE BRIDGE INN, BURTON - 6th July 2012

organised by Lynne and Tony. We had a few people crying off in the face of the weather warnings, but enough turned up for a very enjoyable evening to be had by one and all, as can be seen below.


NOSTALGIA EVENING - SATURDAY 29TH OCTOBER 2011

Approximately 30 to 40 people attended Night of Nostalgia at Tutbury Village Hall. Many of the participants were dressed as Hippies or Sixties Throwbacks. Some did their own interpretation of Bonnie and Clyde and Steptoe. Our DJ Phil played a selection of Oldie Goldies and paid tribute to Sir Jimmy Saville superbly.

It was an evening we will not forget in a hurry. We had so many laughs. Taking our own food and drink gave Mary and her hardworking ladies a well deserved break for a change. Although plenty of organising by them ensured a successful event. Everyone agreed it was a really good night.

ANGLESEY HOLIDAY - SEPTEMBER 2011

A group of 42 Ramblers stayed at the Victoria Hotel, for a 5 day break in the beautiful Snowdonia area. Arriving on Friday around lunchtime, a choice of 2 walks were available. The 5 mile History Walk took the walkers under the gigantic Lions of the Menai Bridge. The shorter 3 mile walk visited the local gardens.

On Saturday a choice of 4 walks were arranged: Phil's Hat Walk to Yr Elen, a short Walk of 3 to 4 miles of flat coastal walking, looking across to Caernarfon, a medium 8 mile and fairly flat coastal walk to Llandwyn Island, taking in Newborough Forest - a red squirrel hotspot, and a long walk of 12 miles to Holyhead Mountain, taking in the stunning South Stack Lighthouse. The coastal path to Porth Dafarch was brilliant.

On Sunday, various routes up Snowdon were offered. Some ramblers chose the 9 mile Watkins Path. Others took the 8 mile Pyg Track route up to the top, and then back down the Railway Path, otherwise known as the Tourist Path. On reaching the summit, the two groups met up, but were not treated to 'A view from the top'. The wind and cloud sent us all into the cafe, for a well earned hot drink and something to eat.

Monday's walks were also a choice of short, medium or long. The short walk, about 3.5 miles, along the beach through the recently improved area around Castle Lleiniog, returning to Penmon. An eight mile walk around this corner of the island, taking in Penmon quarries, Castle Lleiniog and Penmon Point. The long walk of approximately 11.5 miles through Castell LLeiniog to Bwrdd Arthur, returning via Penmon. The whole group of walkers then congregated on the lawns of Ron and Pam for wonderful refreshments, with a stunning backdrop of mountains, basking in sunshine. What a grand finale to a wonderful break in a very beautiful area.

The Hotel food and accommodation was superb. The hotel staff were so welcoming and helpful. Once again the group were indebted to Jane for her fantastic organisation. All of the members agreed - we had a wonderful break!

HIGH PEAK WEEKEND

The HIGH PEAK WEEKEND in August enjoyed walking on Kinder, Bleaklow and Derwent Edge. The weather was mixed and had bought the midges out with a vengeance, perhaps we shouldn't have walked up the stream!! Lynn's legs looked like he had chicken pox, and I have never seen so many buffs used to completely cover the head!! After discussion with participants, it has been decided to base the weekend next year on Glossop.

PICNIC IN THE PARK

The PICNIC IN THE PARK at Calke Abbey was well supported. The short walk in the morning went through both tunnels at Calke, old and new. It was nice to see Ron and Jackie there after his recent operation. Thanks to all participants and to Brian for ensuring that we didn't have all sandwiches or all desserts! We hope those who took part in the afternoon compass course improved their skills.

SWITZERLAND HOLIDAY

Saturday 18th June - Saturday 2nd July, 2011.
A very excited group of 13 ramblers met up at Jane's house to begin their holiday to Switzerland. Martin had already checked the party in at Luton Airport and this set the tone of the whole holiday - perfectly arranged. We arrived at Grindelwald with two superb chalets, nestling below snow capped mountains and an awesome glacier, allocated to us. Len and Pauline, who travelled independently, joined us on a variety of walks, arranged by Jane, (who had a fantastic knowledge of the area). Jane also sorted out all the tickets and passes for gondolas etc., so we could totally relax and enjoy the fabulous scenery. The flowers, butterflies and wildlife were absolutely breathtaking, (one member took over 400 photos). The first week passed all too quickly and 8 members had to return home.
Five members spent a second week in one of the chalets. A couple of really challenging walks were undertaken during this week. The summit of the Faulhorn was reached after trekking way above the snow line. We were treated at this altitude to families of chamois, and the very vocal marmots. All too quickly the time came to return home, but we all agreed, we had all had a fabulous holiday, thanks to Jane and Martin.
Lynnie