Today's walk was attended by 14 in total, all Sussex Sunday Walkers / Wealdmen and 11 of whom were also SDS members, i.e. no guests and no-one who was a 'Downsman' only.
We had a brief downpour about 15 minutes into the walk and then lovely weather for the rest of the day, as the attached photo may illustrate (taken by Juliet, who didn't want to be included).
The walk timings worked perfectly to get us to the Airmens' Grave at 10.45, in time for a drink and nibbles before the formalities, and afterwards on to the very busy Foresters Arms by 12.15. Unfortunately, owing to the forecast, there was no flypast. I guess there may have been at least 500 people there, although we couldn't see the entire congregation from our position, below the site.
37 members have already signed up to the 2019 May BH weekend at Selworthy on Exmoor, so it's definitely on for sole occupancy.
A notice about this year's Xmas walk and lunch on December 16th has been distributed . All replies to Gaynor and money via BACS or cheque to Patrick. Closing date is December 2nd.
Gaynor is looking ahead to 2020 already and the possibility of 4 days in the Lake District is on the cards.
November 18th has Jane Waugh in the lead from Peaslake in Surrey following the millennium trail for 13 miles.
Finally for November, on the 25th we will be ably led by Christobel Avery from Windy Gap on Leith Hill.
The first walk in December, on the 2nd, will have a new leader driving us along as Martin Greenwood takes us out from Lewes for 15 miles with lunch at Plumpton.
On the 9th we're back in Surrey with Guy Wicker from Hydon's Ball via Winkworth Arbouretum and the Wey Navigation