25 April 2013 - Up the Kreek again... Ten fit and energetic krawlers assembled in the welcoming
sunshine on the front drive of President Peter W's beautiful Georgian house in Faversham. After casting off
sweaters and jackets and with two members even exposing their knees, we set off on a similar route to last
year's creek walk. This time however we undertook the walk in the reverse direction. This had the welcome
impact of putting the halfway house, Shipwrights Arms, just over an hour into the walk! We
arrived there 6 minutes after opening time - the delay being due to an interesting diversion to the old
gunpowder factory and a few minutes spent chatting to a TV film crew who were shooting in the boatyard. After
an extremely pleasant pint from a selection of 6 real ales, we had to stop for a second as we had forgotten to
drink a toast to the absent BN! Sitting in the sunny pub garden we could have dallied longer but the creek
beckoned. President for the day Peter had organized things well with sun shining, a gentle breeze (and no hills
commented Chris Haines) we also saw the creek with the tide right up and a few boats out and about. By the time
we completed the circuit to Peter's we were more than ready for further refreshment. A short walk into
picturesque Faversham brought us to the Anchor, where the president had arranged a splendid
roast pork meal. Absent members were suitably toasted (a number of times!) Apples
Present: Peter Ward (President), Dave Cordell, Michael Tyler, Phil Draper, John Berry, Chris Haines, Roger
Counter, Dave Appleton, Fred Spalding, & Rae Smith - 10 krawled
Apologies: Jim Barker, Harry Sargent, Dave White, Colin Brand, Ian Aiken, Dennis Copper, Ken Mitchell, Peter
Eade, Anthony Ponifex and Mike Peel (ill) (10).
28 March 2013 - A Krawl in deeper Kent... Herewith a couple of photos from the Krawl. They all look
as if they are on the conning tower of a wooden submarine. This was the Look Out at Perry Wood.
Nice walk but the lunch, at the Rose & Crown, was pretty mediocre and as we arrived at 1.50
instead of 1.30, and they stop serving food at 2pm (I thought it was 3pm) we nearly didn't get any lunch.
This was the employee speaking. The landlady then appeared and smoothed some ruffled feathers. John Berry
introduced his guest, Harry Sargent, and proposed him as a new member.
The halfway house, The White Lion, at Selling was very good with a charming landlady and worth a lunch
in the future. Everybody enjoyed the Krawl and it was about 5 1/2 miles. Antnony
Present: Anthony Pontifex (President), Phil Draper (walk only), Dave White, Fred Spalding, Roger Counter,
Michael Tyler, Chris Haines, John Berry & Harry Sargent, Peter Ward and Dave Cordell - 11 krawled.
Apologies: Dave Appleton, Jim Barker, Colin Brand, Ken Mitchell, Brian Stone, Ian Aitken, Rae Smith, Peter
Eade and Mike Peel (ill) (9).
28 February 2013 - A Krawl in Knowle Park... Only 2c with a very sharp wind and an overcast sky did
not deter our 10 hardy krawlers. Some Pink Champers, courtesy of our President Dave White, saw us set off
at a steady pace enjoying the vistas of the park. Whilst we saw a few deer most must have been in hiding as
were other visitors. When we arrived at Knowle house we were entertained to some interesting facts by the Pres
and Phil (who is a member of the Knowle Golf club). Did you know it was/is a calendar house? 365 rooms, 52
staircases, 7 courtyards and is the biggest house in the land. Onward to The Buck for an
enjoyable half-way stop and then to The White Hart for a fine lunch in good company, as
Present: Dave White (President), Mike Peel, Dave Cordell, Jim Barker, Phil Draper, John Berry,
Roger Counter, Fred Spalding, Colin Brand and Peter Ward - 10 in total.
Apologies: Rae Smith, Brian Stone, Chris Haines, Ken Mitchell, Ian Aitken, Dick Morley, Bonzo, Ian
Laurie, Peter Eade, Mike Tyler, Denis Cooper, Dave Appleton & Tony Pontifex (13).
31 January 2013 - A Krawl up to Downe... After the very cold snowy weather and
thaw we were fully expecting a muddy krawl, and we got it! Not withstanding, we had a very enjoyable time
notching up 6.7 miles in total. The halfway house, The Queens Head, served a good pint and we repined
in their comfy chairs. The King's Arms greeted us well and we had a substantial meal, good wine and a
reasonable bill at the end, so all-in-all a good day was had. Phil Draper was presented with his badge and
Colin Brand with his replacement badge.
Present: Colin Brand (President), Dave White, Phil Draper, Jim Barker, Anthony Pontifex, Mike
Peel, Roger Counter, Dave Cordell, John Berry, Dave Appleton, Chris Haines, Ian Aitken; Peter Eade joined at
the half-way and Ken Mitchell for lunch, so, 12+2 made 14.
Apologies: Dick Morley, Fred Spalding, Rae Smith, Bonzo and Brian Stone.
14 December 2012 - Short Krawl, long lunch... Rain greeted us when we arrived at The
Tally Ho, but did not deter us, well not all of us. Our most recent member, Jim, was presented with
his badge as was Apples and the President (he had lost his original badge). We enjoyed mulled wine and sausage
whilst waiting for Roger to appear, his bus had been delayed by an accident. We then voted to try a short
(road) walk before settling in to a very enjoyable Goose lunch. Much noise and merriment soon cleared the room
and we were left on our own to await the bus to take us all back to the home...
Present: Dick Morley (President), Mike Peel, Dave Cordell, Chris
Haines, Jim Barker, Dave Appleton, Roger Counter, Dave White, John Berry, Fred Spalding and Ken Mitchell
(Lunch) - Colin Brand was ill.
Apologies: Phil Draper, Antony Pontifex, Brian Stone, Ian Aitken, Rae Smith, Peter Eade, Mike Tyler, Peter
Ward and Bonzo
Sad to report that Boz Beazleigh died on 29 November (the day of our last Krawl) having fought hard against
2.17 loop on the roads
29 November 2012 - Our favourite pub. Having not visited the Golding Hop for some
time we rectified that and as usual went on to the Harrow for lunch. A good group of 15
enjoyed typical good banter, beer, food and wine. Jim Barker and Phil Draper were proposed and welcomed
into our ranks. We now number 25.
Present: Fred Spalding (President), Mike Peel, Dave Cordell, Anthony Pontifex, John Berry &
Phil Draper, Dave Appleton, Rae Smith, Roger Counter & Martin (his son) & Jim Barker, Dave White, Chris
Haines, Mike Tyler & Howard - making 15 in total.
Apologies: Denis Cooper, Ken Mitchell, Colin Brand, Ian Aitken, Brian Stone, Mike Tyler &
25 October 2012 - Lunch by Simon...
Present: Mike Tyler (President), Mike Peel, Dave Cordell, Fred Spalding, Peter Ward, Peter Eade
& Roger and Chris Haines
Apologies: Anthony Pontifex, Colin Brand, Brian Stone, Rae Smith, John Berry, Dave White, Roger
Counter, Ian Aitken, Ken Mitchell, Dave Appleton, Denis Cooper and Bonzo
30 September 2012 - Ladies Day
Present: Roger Counter (President) & Doff
Apologies: Mike Peel
30 August 2012 - A Krawl on the edge... A small select group enjoyed a Krawl to the edge
of the world, well, the edge of East Sussex. Shirt-sleeve's and sun was the order of the day until a sharp
shower reminded us that we were heading out of Kent! Halfway was The Fountain and lunch was
taken at The Kentish Horse, and good value it was too.
Present: Peter Eade (President), Fred Spalding, Mike Peel, Anthony Pontifex, Ken Mitchell (lunch),
Dave Cordell and Chris Haines
Apologies: John Berry, Dave Appleton, Rae Smith, Brian Stone, Ian Aitken, Dave White, Colin Brand,
Roger Counter, Dick Morley and Bonzo
26 July 2012 - A Krawl up to Downe...
Present: Dave Cordell (President), Mike Peel, Fred Spalding, Chris Haines, Dave White & Jim
Barker, John Berry and Colin Brand
Apologies: Anthony Pontifex, Roger Counter, Ken Mitchell, Dave Appleton, Brian Stone, Dick Morley,
Rae Smith, Bonzo, Mike Tyler, Ian Aitken, Denis Cooper and Peter Ward
28 June 2012 - A Krawl that was up the Kreek...
Present: Peter Ward (President) and his Brother-in-Law, Frank, Fred Spalding, Mike Peel, Dave Cordell,
Michael Tyler, David Appleton, Dave White, Colin Brand, Roger Counter and his son Martin and for lunch Dick
Apologies: Anthony Pontifex, Chris Haines, Brian Stone, Ian Aiken, Peter Eade, Ken Mitchell, John Berry and
27 May 2012 - Ladies Day Krawl around Chiddingstone and
Penshurst. A beautiful summers day greeted a bevy of ladies and their hosts. No less than 27 Krawled and 29
dined - in true traditional style, although the jackets and ties didn't last long in the heat! The
President, Professor Christopher Haines, had worked out a delightful route that offered shade, views and
only minor inclines. The distance was 5.2 miles to the halfway house, The Greyhound at
Charcott, and a further 2.3 to The Castle Inn in Chiddingstone. The
Krawl started a tad late with a photo call at the Chidding Stone and ended with a long, enjoyable
We were joined by Molly & Jane for lunch and we all
stood to order in remembrance of our dear fellow Krawler, Ivan Phillips who had finally succumbed to the
dreaded 'C' on 10 May - he would have greatly enjoyed the whole day.
At the conclusion the Walkie Talkies gave us a fine
rendition of their 'cry' or 'fire'...
Present: Chris Haines (President) & Sue, BN & Terri,
Fred Spalding & PohLeng, Ken Mitchell & Jackie, Kate, Trish & Val, Dave White & Rita, Ray
(Dave's guest) & Christine, Rae Smith & Sjoukje, Annie & Nancy, Roger Counter & Doff,
Anthony Pontifex & Jan, Dennis Copper & Sue, Peter Eade & Judy and Molly & Jane (lunch) - 29
Apologies: David Appleton, Terry Clark, John Berry, Dick Morley,
Ian Laurie, Colin Brand, Bonzo, Liz, Ian Aitken, Peter Ward, Dave Cordell, Michael Tyler and Brian Stone -
13 (12 Krawlers)