Newsletter - November 2018


Remember, remember, the 1st of November ... because that's the date by which Lesley wants your menu choices for the Wiltshire LDWA's xmas meal.

Anyone wishing to dine, and who misses the deadline, can expect fireworks!



In this month's newsletter:

  • A Wiltshire 50 - The Deverills' Rings;
  • Xmas Meal and Annual General Meeting; and
  • This month's walks in and around the county.




A Wiltshire 50 - The Deverills' Rings


From Sheena Findlay (via Facebook):

"A huge 'thank you' to Andy Todd for planning and leading this walk. We met at Upper Deverill Village Hall and started walking at 8am on Saturday. Loop one headed out to the south west. We got a fine pace on battling through the wind and a few short sharp showers. We enjoyed some of the amazing autumnal colours as we walked through Stourhead. Arriving back to the village hall for a delicious late lunch of soup, sandwiches, samosas, flapjacks and various other goodies, all served up by our wonderful volunteers, headed up by Lesley Bellis and Clare Staff, with Betty Lewis and Pete Lamont also lending much appreciated help in the hall. Fully refuelled we set off on loop two, this time we headed out to the north. Fortunately the wet stuff stayed away for the best part of this loop. We got to Heaven's Gate at Longleat just after 5pm. Time to put the camera away as the light was fading fast. Our next brief stop was to sort out our torches. We got back to the hall for our dinner shortly after 9.30pm. Shepherd's pie, what more could you ask for! Heading out on loop tree, our numbers were now down to seven. The forecast was enough to put anyone off to be honest, but we carried on regardless. We didn't linger long anywhere, just a short break at a viewpoint to admire Shaftesbury twinkling in the distance. The drowned rats finally got back at 5.40am on Sunday. A great way to spend a weekend. Hopefully Andy will find time to organise another 50 for next year. Watch this space!"


From Andy (also via Facebook ... and unabridged!):

"The biggest thank you must go to Lesley and Clare for ruining the hall and providing probably the best spread you will see on any event."

A Wiltshire 50




Xmas Meal and Annual General Meeting (AGM)


This year's xmas meal and AGM will take place on 2nd December 2018 at the Seven Stars, Winsley. Please scroll down to view the menu. For all those who have either led walks or marshalled we will be subsidising the meal, reducing the cost to £10.00. The full price will be £22.50. Please e-mail your menu choice to by 1st November 2018. This has to be the last date for menu choices as venue needs to know the choices as soon as possible. We have permission to park in their car park prior to our walk which Bruce Barclay will be leading and expects to finish by 1230hrs, Lesley will be collecting all monies after the walk BEFORE you go into the pub. Lunch will be served at 1330hrs followed by our AGM.

As per the 3-year rule in the group's constitution, the Treasurer and Walks Secretary roles need to be re-elected at the AGM. Richard Hotchkiss has been invited to fill the role of Treasurer vacated by Carol Holmes; and Andy Todd is willing to serve as Walks Secretary for a further year. Further nominations are invited for both roles. Motions are also invited from members for discussion at the AGM. Nominations and motions must be received by the group's Secretary by Sunday 18th November 2018.



Truffled Cauliflower & Gruyere Cheese Soup
sweet potato crisps & homemade bread

Goats Cheese & Sun Blushed Tomato Puff Pastry Slice
caramelised onions, rocket & balsamic glaze

Game Terrine
spiced plum chutney & toasted homemade bread

Gin & Juniper Berry Cured Salmon
celeriac puree, horseradish blini, rocket & pistachio crumb


Traditional Roast Turkey
rolled and stuffed with chestnut & sage stuffing, pigs in blankets,
roast potatoes, honey parsnips & red wine gravy

Braised Beef Featherblade
pearl onions, chestnut mushrooms in a rich red wine sauce, buttered mash potato & parsnip crisps

Mushroom, Chestnuts, Baby Spinach & Stilton En Croute
sautéed new potatoes and cranberry & red cabbage gravy

Pan Fried Fillet of Hake
fricasse of prawns, chorizo, sun blushed tomatoes, baby spinach and saffron & dill beurre blanc

Pan Seared Barbary Duck Breast
onion & thyme potato rosti, tender stem broccoli and blueberry jus & crispy leeks

All Main Courses are served with Seasonal Vegetables


Christmas Pudding
brandy crème anglaise

Cinnamon & Orange Crème Brulee
poached pear compote

Sticky Toffee Pudding
vanilla ice cream

Boozy Brownie Trifle
brownie, rum & chocolate mousse & dark chocolate chunks

Selection of Cheeses
 spiced plum chutney, apple, grapes & crackers


Filter Coffee and Tea Included



Forthcoming Walks


Finally, here's the usual look ahead to all the group walks and challenge events that are taking place this month within a 50-mile radius of the geographical centre of Wiltshire.


Date Name Type Mileage Organiser
Sat 3rd Nov 2018 The Monmouthshire Way Part 5 Group 18ml. South Wales
Sun 4th Nov 2018 Inside & Outside New Forest Group  16ml. Dorset
Sun 4th Nov 2018 Keevil Komondor Walk Group  18ml. Wiltshire
Sun 4th Nov 2018 Romsey Revisited Group  c20ml. Wessex
Sun 4th Nov 2018 A Broadway Classic - a Manor, a Tower, a Fort and some Hills Group 19ml. Heart of England
Wed 7th Nov 2018 A High Little Stroll Along The Three Peaks - Event Cancelled Group  15ml. Bristol & West
Sun 11th Nov 2018 A Remembrance Day Meander Group  c20 or c15ml. Thames Valley
Sun 11th Nov 2018 Beyond the Wall Group  18ml. Dorset
Sun 11th Nov 2018 Cotswold Way – Walk 5 - New Date Group  10.2ml. Wiltshire
Wed 14th Nov 2018 There’s an estate to get into! Group 15ml. South Wales
Thu 15th Nov 2018 Girls are a pain! Group  15ml. Wiltshire
Sat 17th Nov 2018 Rivers & Woods Group  17ml. Bristol & West
Sat 17th Nov 2018 Upton on Severn and The Hanley's Saunter Group 20ml. Heart of England
Sun 18th Nov 2018 Pepperbox Plod Group  c20ml. Wessex
Sun 18th Nov 2018 Pines & Chines of Bournemouth Group  18ml. Dorset
Sun 18th Nov 2018 Up and down we go again - Event Details Updated Group  20ml. Wiltshire
Sun 25th Nov 2018 AGM Walk and Meeting Group  12ml. Bristol & West
Sun 25th Nov 2018 Eynsham Round Group  c20ml. Thames Valley
Wed 28th Nov 2018 Hightailing it around Highmoor Group  c14.5ml. Thames Valley


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That's it for another newsletter. All our newsletters are available via the Wiltshire LDWA website. If you have anything to contribute to future editions, please can you get it to me by the 20th of each month. I look forward to seeing you out on our group walks this month.

Warmest regards


Secretary of the Wiltshire LDWA