Wednesday Meetings, Weekends Away & Other Events
Wednesday 5th July
Meet at High Ongar Church at 7:30pm (grid ref TL564037, see map) for a short walk through the town and along the river. After the walk we’ll drive to The Queen’s Head, Fyfield (map) for some liquid refreshment (arriving about 9:30).
Wednesday 12th July
We will be trip planning for Autumn and organising Wednesday evening activities for September.
Sunday 16th July
Roach Estuary & Paglesham Walk
Join us for a flat 14 mile walk (or shorter 6 mile option) along the Roach estuary from Rochford to Paglesham Church End and Paglesham Eastend. The walk goes out along the sea-wall, giving views of typical Essex coast line, to the Plough and Sail for a pint at Paglesham Eastend and returns over the fields via Paglesham Churchend. Please bring sandwiches so we can choose a picnic spot by the sea. Meet at Rochford railway station car park 10:30 - the car park is free on Sunday (see map).
Wednesday 19th July
Meet at the Leather Bottle in Pleshey at 7:15pm for a short walk in the evening sunlight before retiring to the pub for some well-earned drinks. (About 5 miles NW of Chelmsford, the pub is in the centre of the village, grid ref TL665145, see map).
We will start the walk with a visit to Pleshey Castle
"a fine surviving example of Norman motte-and-bailey castle earthworks dating from the 12th Century, now about 15 meters high, one of the largest mottes in England. The motte and bailey are connected by a great brick bridge, built in the late 14th or early 15th centuries, and one of the earliest brick structures in the county. "
The castle is privately owned, and we have an appointment to visit at 7.30pm, so you need to arrive promptly. There is a charge of £2 per head for the visit.
Park by the Leather Bottle pub, or in the street near the turning to the castle (about 200yds beyond (west of) the pub a private road called Pump Lane leads to the castle entrance). If you're late, or don't want to visit the castle, you can meet us outside the castle entrance for the rest of the walk.
Wednesday 26th July
Not a quiz in a pub, but a quiz about pubs. John has selflessly dedicated many hours studying this subject so we can benefit from his research .
Note: Unless otherwise stated, Wednesday events start at 8.30pm at the YMCA in Victoria Road, Chelmsford
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