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10th Eastgate Club Charity Walk [St. Barnabas’ Hospice] Saturday 27 April 19
April 29 @ 7:00 am - 3:00 pm
One event on 1st January 1970 at 7:00am
The Eastgate Club Charity Walk
The 10th Eastgate Club Charity Walk, this year in aid of St. Barnabas’ Hospice, took place on Saturday, 27th April.
After several days of dry weather and temperatures of 25 degrees centigrade during the previous week-end it was a little ironic that a cold, gusty wind and frequent showers of rain greeted the 20 walkers as they left the Eastgate Club at 7. 15 a.m. on their way down to Lincoln station to catch the 8 a.m. train to Metheringham.
But Eastgate members are nothing if not intrepid and after a photo call at Metheringham station and the addition of another 5 walkers we set off on the 13 mile route back to Lincoln.
Following the northern half of the Spires and Steeples trail that, in its entirety, runs from Sleaford Leisure Centre to Lincoln Castle we were soon passing through the villages of Dunston and Nocton. The southern outskirts of the latter have changed considerably since the Nocton Estate was acquired by the “Dyson Beeswax “ empire.
After Potterhanworth the walkers became strung out so that half a mile covered first to last. Perhaps the leaders could already smell the bacon sandwiches that awaited us at Branston Cafe — our half way stop!
Duly refreshed,the majority of the group left Branston ahead of schedule leaving behind a party of 8 who left the village at 11.30 a.m. and continued through Heighington to Washingborough where those due to join us at the war memorial had, perhaps wisely,changed the rendezvous of their own accord to The Hunter’s Leap!
After a welcome drink, and our numbers swelled by another four, we began the final stretch along the banks of the Witham to Stamp End and the uphill climb to the Eastgate Club where Julia, as always, provided us with a splendid lunch shortly after 2 p.m.
My thanks to all who took part on the day. Particularly to Sue Mendum and Harry Kipling who, between them, were responsible for publicity, liaising with St Barnabas’ Hospice, collating the names of walkers and where they were joining and leaving the walk and, not least, the collecting of sponsorship money.
Thanks also to Chris Butler who accompanied me on the ‘’recce” on 1st March.
At the time of writing money is still coming in but a final total will be posted at the Club and on this website in due course.