Walks Walks

All these walks start at 10.30am (unless otherwise stated) but please arrive at the meeting place by at least 10.15am, especially if a pub lunch is planned in case we have to pre-order food.

Car sharing would be appreciated. Walking boots or sturdy shoes are recommended.

These walks, and all other sporting and leisure activities, have inherent hazards associated with them. In spite of the safety of members of each walk being of paramount concern to its leader/leaders, accidents will occasionally occur. It is important therefore that, before taking part in any of our walks, every member appreciates that they each have an individual responsibility to be aware of possible hazards, and will each be expected to take all reasonable steps to minimise any potential for an accident to occur i.e. each walker takes part at his/her own risk.

Places on the walks must be booked by contacting the walk leader via email (where available) or telephone, by the deadline date shown. Please ensure emails contain your name, contact telephone number, number of places and, where appropriate, the number of lunches required. This is particularly important for walks with pub lunches so that the managers may reserve appropriate space for us. Please note that there may be limited numbers for some pub lunches, and these will be allocated on a strictly ‘first come first served’ basis (so it pays to contact the walk leader as early as possible!).

Tuesday 11 November 2014: Sprowston, Beeston, & Catton

Leader: Brenda Mace

Tel: 01603 929039

Email: brendamace@talktalk.net

Deadline for receipt of emails or telephone calls: Monday 3 November 2014.

Walk starts from The Blue Boar Pub on Wroxham Road (park round the back). Walk will be 5miles, no stiles and easy walking. Food has to be ordered in advance. Please meet just before 10am to give plenty of time to get back for the meal.

Tuesday 9 December 2014: Poringland and Arminghall

Leader: John Harvey

Tel: 01508 558446 (mobile if needed on the day 07858 418762)

Email: chris-john.harvey@tiscali.co.uk

Deadline for receipt of e-mail (preferred) or telephone calls: Tuesday 2 December 2014. We will meet at the Railway Tavern, Poringland by 10.15 to order lunch. The walk will take us through Poringland Wood and then on the cycle/walk way alongside the B1332 to Arminghall. From there we will follow paths and minor roads (partly on Boudica`s Way) to Upper Stoke and then across fields to the southern end of Poringland and back to the Railway Tavern. The full walk is just over 5 1/2 miles and includes one stile. By returning directly from Upper Stoke to the Railway Tavern the distance becomes 4 1/4 miles and the stile is avoided.

Map ref : Railway Tavern OS Explorer 237 TG264029, post code NR14 7AB

Tuesday 13 January 2015 Thorpe St Andrew, Norwich

Leaders: Sue & Jeremy Kitchener

Tel: 01603 0610708

Email: sue.kitchener@ntlworld.com

Deadline for receipt of emails or telephone calls: Tuesday 6 January 2015 This is a light post-Christmas walk for winter days; combining woodland, quiet suburban roads, parks and an historic building or two. The walk is 4-5 miles with slight gradients and no stiles. If the weather and going are good we may opt for a short circuit of the new small broad or visit the Rosary Cemetary. We will start by the river at Thorpe Green from the Rushcutters Arms on Yarmouth Road (NR7 0HE). Please park in the side car park at 10.15 to leave around 10.30. In replying please say if having lunch; orders will be taken when we return at 1 pm.

Tuesday 10 February 2015 Eaton, Cringleford & UEA

Leader: Jonathan Parnell

Tel: 01603 811849 Mobile: 07847830531

Email: s.jparn@greenbee.net

There is no need to book for this walk of approx. 3.5 miles, just meet for a 10.30am start in Eaton at the car park between the river bridge and the entrance to Waitrose. Refreshments can be taken afterwards if wished at the Red Lion or the Cellar House Public Houses, Waitrose or Stefanies Cafe. If on the day the weather conditions are poor and you are in any doubt as to whether the walk will go ahead please ring for confirmation.

History Group History Group

Recent events

Wednesday, 17th September 2014: Norwich over the water (part 2)

21 members set off from Foundry bridge following the River Wensum to the 15th century Pulls Ferry. The channel running up to the ferry to transport the stone for the building of the cathedral is far older, and did not follow the line of the road but went to the right of the buildings. We then saw one of the best views of the Cathedral across the playing fields.

On to Cow tower, built around 1398-9 to command a strategic point in the city defence but never part of the city wall. We then came to the Swan Pit which supplied the table at the Great Hospital, followed by the new John Jarrold footbridge across the river to link the buildings on the old Jarrolds print works which from the air is in the shape of the initial J. As we passed the new law courts, opposite is the Norwich yarn company's impressive six story building built in 1839 for the weaving industry, now known as the Jarrolds print works. We crossed Palace St and followed the Quayside to Fye Bridge, where the buildings have been tastefully restored blending the old with the the new, and then on to the King of Hearts where we enjoyed tea & cakes.

Our thanks went to Jan King for her very informative talk once again. Jonathan & Sally Parnell

Future events

Thursday 27 November 2014: The Costume and Textile Centre in the Shirehall

Following our visit in December 2012 when the theme was the Norwich Shawls, I have arranged another visit. This time the theme is Clothing worn for Work and Special Occasions. The format will be as before, we will split into two groups. Whilst one group has 45mins in the study the other will do a stores tour where hopefully we will be able to try on some costumes again. We will then swap over.

The cost is £5.50 concessions or £5.00 with a Museum Pass on the day.

Meet for a 1.00pm start in the main entrance. Maximum number is 24.

Contact me to reserve places at s.jparn@greenbee.net or Tel 01603 811849

Jonathan Parnell

Wednesday 18 March 2015: Cathedral Close

Jan King has kindly agreed to take us on a walk round the Cathedral Close. This will cover how the monastic buildings were situated and the development of the Close after the reformation.

Please meet at 2:00pm by Lord Nelson’s statue inside the Cathedral grounds (on the right entering by the Erpingham Gate). The cost of the tour is £2.00 per person payable on the day. The maximum number is 25.

Please contact Suzanne Cunningham to reserve places at robert@kirkewhite.freeserve.co.uk or tel: 01603 868649 by Wednesday 11 March 2015.

Suzanne Cunningham

Wednesday 22 April 2015: The Maddermarket Theatre.

A guided tour of the theatre has been arranged on the above date. This will include the history of the building and the development of the theatre to the present day. There will also be the chance to see the extensive wardrobe of costumes and other areas of interest. Please note that parts of the building may be awkward for anyone with walking difficulties although help would be at hand.

To book a place please contact Ann Wood by telephone or email by Wednesday 15th April.

Tel:01603 810208   email:801annapp@gmail.com

The cost per person is £4 payable on the day. Please meet inside the main entrance to start at 2:00pm.

Ann Wood

Wednesday 17 June 2015: Plantation Garden, Earlham Road, Norwich - Guided Tour

Please meet at 2.00pm The cost of the tour is £3.00 per person. The maximum number 25.

The tour lasts approximately 1 hour and provides a history of the garden up to the present day. We can stay as long as we wish. WC on site. There is no parking at the garden but Earlham Road is well served by buses. Refreshments are available at the Roman Catholic Cathedral Narthex next door.

To reserve a place please email: evelyn.mould@ntlworld.com or tel: 01603 743464 by Thursday 30 April 2015.

Games Afternoons Games Afternoons

Games afternoons are held on the third Tuesday of the month starting at 2.00pm at the Pavilion. We have regular tables for Cribbage and Dominoes as well as Scrabble, Rummikub and miniature carpet bowls as alternatives. Additional board games and cards are available at each session with the opportunity to learn something new.

  • 18 November 2014
  • 16 December 2014
  • 20 January 2015
  • 17 February 2015
  • 17 March 2015
  • 21 April 2015

Contact Details: Denis Brown Tel. 01603 409905

E-mail lizden144@btinternet.com