27 October 2013 - The men were well outnumbered by the Ladies on our Krawl around Eynsford
& Farningham. Fine, almost spring like, weather greeted a fine gathering which numbered 28 in total.
Dave A had organised a very pleasant krawl at relatively short notice which proved very popular. The half-way
house, The Lion Hotel, coped very efficiently with a rather large order of drinks which were
taken outside overlooking the river. A roast lunch rounded off the day at The Malt Shovel which
proved to be good value. The krawled was around 5 miles to the half-way and a further mile to
Present: Dave Appleton (President) & Annie, BN & Terri, Annie & Nancy, Jayne &
Janice + Molly, Roger & Doff + Martin & Sarah, Trish, Fred & PohLeng, Anthony & Jan, Rae &
Sjoukje, Ken & Jackie, Chris & Sue, Dave & Rita, Hazel, Peter & Judy (24 Krawled & 28
Apologies: John, Jim, Phil, Dave C, Dick, Colin, Harry, Michael T, Dennis & Liz & Kate
26 September 2013 - High Elms... What started as an overcast cool morning blossomed into a
lovely krawling day. President, Jim, had sorted out a fine route which took many on paths that they had not
walked before: Farnborough village to high Elms and onto Downe. With military precision we arrived at The
Queens Head at 5 seconds to midday, enjoyed a pint and set off for the Change of Horses. A
very good value and enjoyable meal rounded off the day. Both hostelry's gave us a warm welcome and good
service, all in contrast to last month. Great day except the GPS played up, just under 6 miles plus another
Present: Jim Barker (President), BN, Dave C, Roger, Chris, Dave W, Fred, Mike T & Howard and
Colin were joined by Ken & Dick for lunch (12 in total)
Apologies: Brian, Phil, Ponti, Rae, John, Harry, Peter W, Ian A, Bonzo, Apples - Peter E joined us
at the off, walked a mile and then retired...
22 August 2013 - Joyden's delight... After days of warm
sunshine we were greeted with rain! Never mind, a gallant six set off to shelter in the woods of Joyden...
Peter Eade had dropped in to see us off before departing with a young lady...
We did about 4.5 miles of an undulating course that everyone said '...would make a fine
krawl in the spring...' We arrived at The White Star at about 10 to twelve, had a swiftish pint before
going of on the second leg around the river Cray. by which time it had stopped raining, more or less. Having
visited the children's playground we made our way back to the White Star to find Ken waiting for us. We had
done a further 2 miles, so, 6.5 for the day.
A reasonable meal at a reasonable price was marred by an indifferent manageress, who
refused to replace an empty bottle with a new one, 'you have to get it at the bar.' Shame. We drank the health
of our missing, mostly on holiday, friends and drank to Fred, several times, as he was still in hospital.
Another good day even in the rain!
Present: John Berry (President), Mike, Roger, Dave C, Jim, Harry and Ken joined for lunch.
Apologies: Phil, Apples, Ponti, Chris, Colin, Dick, Bonzo, Peter W, Mike T, Dave W, Brian, Rae,
Dennis, Ian A, Peter E & Fred (in hospital)
25 July 2013 - A Steaming Experience... it wasn't! Michael Tyler laid on the coach, the
krawl, the food, the drinks, the weather, the tour - but was let done by the Kent & East Sussex
Railway. The only 'steam' train of the day that wasn't was our previously booked, 13:00 one. Still most of us
travelled in the first class compartment of the diesel drawn train. This had followed a very easy, flat krawl
that started after a short coach journey. We stopped at the White Hart Inn for a swift pint of the
local brew before taking a short walk to Northiam station. Thence on to Tenderden and The Cedars where
Michael's son, Simon, had laid on a substantial meal. We then had a pleasant tour of the estate, gardens,
vehicles and other displays... what a great day!
Present: Michael Tyler (President), Mike, Phil, Roger and son, Martin, Ponti, Jim, Harry, Fred,
Dave W, John, Dave C, Chris, Colin and Dick joined us at the half-way (15 in total)
Apologies: Peter E, Rae, Ken, Apples, Denis, Peter W, Ian A. (7)
27 June 2013 - Any Windmills? Rae Smith organised a fine krawl around Hever. No rain, not
much sun but ideal walking weather. Ten met up and made there way to The Kentish Horse for our
half-way stop arriving at about five past mid-day. An enjoyable pint in the pubs garden saw us venture forth
for the relatively short walk back to The Greyhound. Ken joined us for a leisurely lunch that was
enjoyed by all.
Present: Rae Smith (President), Mike Peel, Jim Barker, Phil Draper, Harry Sargent, Roger Counter,
John Berry, Dave White, Colin Brand, Fred Spalding and Ken Mitchell for lunch. (11 in total)
Apologies: Brian Stone, Anthony Pontifex, Chris Haines, Dave Cordell, Dave Appleton, Dick
Morley, Mike Tyler, Peter Eade and Ian Aitken (9)
30 May 2013 - A mid-week Ladies Krawl... Lots of problems fixing up a Sunday Krawl so we
ended up on a Thursday. Twenty set off to krawl up towards Toys Hill, it was very muddy and the going was
slow, so it was decided to cut short and miss the half-way house and substitute Chartwell's Tea Shop.
This proved to be very popular and allowed us to get to The Kings Arms Hotel in good
time. A good value lunch was enjoyed along with good banter and the Ladies were given a warm
welcome by the President.
Present: Ken (President) & Jackie, Mike & Terri, Fred, John, Tracy &
Pauline, Apples, Dick & Trish, Chris & Sue, Dave & Rita, Mike & Diana, Ray & Chris, Kate
& Hazel, Annie & Nancy, Sjouke (24 - 23 dined)
Apologies: Anthony Pontifex, Phil Draper, Roger Counter, Rae Smith, Peter Eade, Harry Sargent,
Dave Cordell, Denis Cooper, Peter Ward, Jayne & Molly.
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. Anthony
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.