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December Parish Walk

It has in recent years become a long-standing tradition that the December Parish Walk should entail an exploration of the environs of Hurley, stopping to sing Christmas Carols appropriate to the various locations encountered, and terminating with a Bring & Share lunch at Elaine’s house. 2016 has been no exception with sixteen or so Parish Walkers in full voice joining in such Carols as “While Shepherds Watched their Flocks” and “The Holly and the Ivy”. Fortunately, “See Amid the Winter Snow” was not one of them, and there doesn’t seem to be a Carol about fog. A significant departure from previous years was having money pressed upon us on three different occasions by parishioners delighted with our singing, or else perhaps anxious that we should move on. Because Ros and Ian had only just returned from their holiday, the whole walk was planned by Elaine who had produced a magnificent star for us to follow like the Magi of the Bible. Thanks, Elaine, for the walk and for your hospitality afterwards.

Michael Pickett

Photos: Elaine Mordaunt & Michael Pickett

Harvest Festival

One again our churches were beautifully decorated to celebrate God’s abundant provision for us.

Hurley

Stubbings

Photos: Elaine Mordaunt

January Parish Walk


For only the second time in the eleven and a half years’ history of the Parish Walks, Ros and Ian granted the privilege of planning a walk to a guest leader, and who better to step into that rôle than the Vicar. And not only did he plan the walk, an exploration of the environs of the Berkshire College of Agriculture, but he kindly threw open The Vicarage for a subsequent Bring & Share lunch. Nineteen walkers enjoyed a dazzlingly bright January day, albeit accompanied by a chill breeze, more noticeable in the open stretches of the excursion, but countered by the sunshine in the many sheltered spots. With its wide variety of fauna not native to Berkshire, the BCA adds quite a touch of the safari to a very pleasant country stroll. Thanks, Keith. We look forward to your next outing.

Michael Pickett



Photos: Elaine Mordaunt & Michael Pickett

Photos: Elaine Mordaunt

Celebrations in Hurley

Carols Round the Tree in Hurley and children creating the nativity scene at the Hurley Christingle Service.


Photo: David Burfitt

Photo: Elaine Mordaunt

March Parish Walk


Meteorological Spring starts on 1st March, but nature sees things differently, so gloves were the order of the day for the March Parish Walk. Perhaps it was the overnight light dusting of snow that led to only four walkers setting out from The Palmer Arms in Dorney to explore the environs of the Jubilee River, but they were soon joined by another pair who had arrived late at the point of departure. A swift and energetic pace ensured that everyone kept comfortably warm and generated a healthy appetite, just as well considering the size of the very tasty lunch at the pub afterwards where we were joined by another four parishioners. Thanks, Ros and Ian for a very enjoyable walk, still acclimatising after your recent holiday.

Michael Pickett



Photos: Elaine Mordaunt & Michael Pickett

April Parish Walk

Spring sunshine beaming down through the as yet largely leafless canopy of trees, and the unfulfilled promise of April showers, together formed the setting for Ian and Ros’s excursion into new territory, new, that is, for the sixteen-strong band of Parish Walkers, ever eager to explore somewhere different. This was the first time we’d ventured into this part of the Chilterns between Beaconsfield and Amersham, and, from what we saw of this sample, the area is well worth many further visits. Our lunch at the Harte & Magpies itself would be enough to draw as back if we think we can manage the size of the helpings! Thank you, Ian & Ros."


Michael Pickett



Photos: Michael Pickett

June Parish Walk

It isn’t every June that we “do the Flower Pot Walk,” but it’s popular, and the Flower Pot meals are good and filling. It isn’t every June either that it’s necessary to wrap up well, but this year the fourteen Parish Walkers who set off from Aston came suitably attired for the nippy but thankfully dry evening. The walk provided some splendid views looking down across the river to the hills beyond, and then led us back along the towpath to The Flower Pot, but only the hardiest of rowers was out on the Thames this evening. Nevertheless it was wonderful to see so much flora by the riverside and in the patches of unmown meadowland. It’s definitely a walk we will do again another year.

Thank you Ros and Ian for fitting it in to your schedule.

 Michael Pickett

Photos: Elaine Mordaunt & Michael Pickett