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London OX Group

Christmas Meeting Resume

London Old Xaverians held a Christmas meeting at RAC on Thursday 14 December 2017 – in great high spirits.

Present were Margaret and Tony Connerty, David Bolton, Ruth and Jeff Marshall, Peter Marsden, Fr Tony Nye and Pat Heery.

The passing years, it seems, have not been too unkind to us, but they have not done us any favours either. Walking sticks are increasingly in evidence - as well as empty chairs.

I am writing this on 20 December 2017. The date is significant. We held our first meeting on 20 December 2002. A paltry 15 years ago today. The Thames Walk was by way of being a sort of inaugural celebration – Putney to the source. We set out on 22 April 2004 and on 6 June 2006 we were drinking Champagne out of crystal glasses where the Thames makes its first appearance above ground . Logistically, it was all a nightmare. Socially and in Old Xaverian terms, a veritable triumph.

Some of you have received an e-mail from me which tentatively suggests we walk again.      Guarded responses.

As a test of my own walking fitness as I approach 89, I intend to walk Beverley Brook next April/May (first fine Saturday in May???); this stream is about 6+ miles long and runs from New Malden (Kingston-on-Thames), across Wimbledon Common, through Richmond Park, over Barnes Common, across a bit of Putney Common and debouches into the Thames at Putney. Anyone who thinks she or he might join me could register interest with me now – without commitment.

But my real goal is to attempt next August to walk La Petite Ceinture (The Little Belt) in Paris (see attachment which I have written as information). I have already walked the sections in the 15th and 16th arrondissements.  Be glad of your comments.

Pat Heery (heery3@gmail.com)