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Memorials, Sculpture and Architecture Walk 14th Jan 2012

Posted on Sunday 15 January 2012 by Marion Houghton

Fantastic bright cold and sunny weather greeted the large group that assembled at Embankment Tube and we set out at once to savour the statues of the great and good in Embankment Gardens.  Taking in the controversial Battle of Britain memorial and Boudicca on her chariot we pressed on through the tourists past Cromwell and Richard I to the Victoria Tower gardens to see the work of a Victorian ‘rogue’ gothic architect in the colourful shape of the Buxton fountain.  Back through Parliament Square for a well earned coffee in the Methodist Central Hall and a spontaneous guided tour of the building.  Then up Whitehall for the Cenotaph, Foreign Office, Haig and sundry others and through Horseguards to see “the best equestrian statue ever”.  After lunch the memorials came thick and fast down the Mall, up the Duke of York steps for more Boys Own heroes and onwards to finish triumphantly at Hyde Park corner in the gathering gloom of a January afternoon.  I didn’t count but it must have been 20-25 individual artworks in all in the space of about 2 miles.  They were in turn sad, pompous, eccentric, vainglorious, heroic, dignified, restrained and some frankly naff – all of them gave us something to think about.

Epping Forest Walk

Posted on Friday 13 January 2012 by Anna Bagi

A nice crowd of fifteen gathered outside Theydon Bois station, which is the last station before Epping on the central line. We managed to navigate our way through Epping Forest’s innumerable unmarked paths with a deliberate diversion off the path for some extra fun. Had a tea stop at High Beach. We were very lucky with the weather so we could comfortably sit outside.
Epping Forest
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Posted on Monday 9 January 2012 by Charles Harvey

The Spyride

I sometimes suspect that Network Rail has a specialist unit that monitors the CTC rides list and then plans engineering work to disrupt it. This time they pulled off a new trick. Due to timetable changes the riders arrived early! I’d planned on the basis that people would be arriving on the train from London at 10.24 and so arranged to a meeting time with Spokes of 10.30. However they arrived at 10.11 before most of the Spokes riders were there. The necessitated an impromptu coffee stop at the Junction Café near the station to keep people warm.

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Twelfth Night Wishes from the Inner Circle

Posted on Wednesday 4 January 2012 by Martin Hayman

A Happy New Year from the Inner Circle

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