NOVEMBER NEWSLETTER

Hi there,

I hope you are well.

Wow have we been busy and will continue to be busy over the coming months.

Many of you are requesting weekend walks/activities but when we ut them on there are hardly any people booking on.  We will cancel walks that regularly have less than 6 people on them so please book on.

A big thank you to Elaine and Malcolm for helping me offer you the best nordic walking experience that there is.

HARDWICK HALL – 30th NOV 17
We have a few places left for this so please book asap:
https://exercise-anywhere.com/event/40110-**DAY-TRIP**-Christmas-at-Hardwick-Hall-More-Glass-than-Wall-Nordic-Walk

PANTO WALK 6th DEC 17
We have 4 places left.
https://exercise-anywhere.com/event/33184-THE-Pantowalk-(Nordicella)-Walk-and-Panto-in-One!

CHRISTMAS MEAL 6th DECEMBER 17
You must book on here if you wish to attend this:
https://exercise-anywhere.com/event/58657-Xmas-Lunch-Open-to-the-Panto-Walkers-and-Members-not-doing-Panto-Walk

SOMME TRIP 2018
You need to register your interest with STUART BAXTER of BAXTERS Battlefield Tours
http://lgn1426090829.site-fusion.co.uk/
There are only 13 places left for this unique tour so don’t miss out.

THE NEXT WEEKS ACTIVITIES

SATURDAY 28th OCT 17

Malcolm’s Walk – PIPERS
https://exercise-anywhere.com/event/54573-Malcolm’s-Pipers-Hill-Two-Trees-Walk

SUNDAY 29th OCT 17

Malcolm’s Walk – SALWARPE
https://exercise-anywhere.com/event/49658-Malcolm’s-Salwarpe-Saunter

MONDAY 30th OCT 17

Elaine’s Hilly Blast
https://exercise-anywhere.com/event/56590-Elaine’s-No-Nonsense-Clent-Hill-Training-(Approx-6-Miles)-Perfect-if-you-are-considering–challenges.

Malcolm’s Walk – Lollipop
https://exercise-anywhere.com/event/49659-Malcolm-Navigates-the-Lollipop

TUESDAY 31st OCT 17

Malcolms & Elaine Meet New Clients Walk
We would live you to join us on this one to meet new clients.
https://exercise-anywhere.com/event/52001-Malcolm’s-Queen’s-Head-Figure-of-8—Meet-New-Clients

Canal Clean UP (There are not enough on this so please book on).
https://exercise-anywhere.com/event/53735-Friends-of-MNW-Canal-Team—Canal-Volunteering—Jayne-Leading

Halloween Ghost Walk
https://exercise-anywhere.com/event/36985-Halloween-Ghost-Walk—Haunted-History-Walk

WEDNESDAY 1st NOV 17

Elaine’s Wellbeing
This has only 2 people booked and and will be cancelled if it remains like this:
https://exercise-anywhere.com/event/55899-Elaine’s-Well-Being-Walk-(open-to-non-Nordic-walkers)

Ian’s Speed Walk
https://exercise-anywhere.com/event/52008-Ian’s-Fast-Paced-High-Energy-Speed-Walk

THURSDAY 2nd NOV 17

Malcolm – Gaudet Luce
https://exercise-anywhere.com/event/56365-Malcolm’s-Gaudet-Luce-Walk

Ian’s Ten Miler
https://exercise-anywhere.com/event/52015-Ian’s-10—12-Miler-(Toilet-and-Refreshments-every-4-miles-or-so)

Emma’s Yoga
https://exercise-anywhere.com/event/53136-Emma’s-Yoga-Class

FRIDAY 3rd NOV 17

Elaine – Harvington
https://exercise-anywhere.com/event/55933-Elaine’s-Harvington-Hoot

SATURDAY 4th NOV 17

Malcolm’s Meet New Clients – Please book and meet new clients.
https://exercise-anywhere.com/event/52003-Malcolm’s-Queen’s-Head-Loop—Meet-New-Clients

Carolyn’s Magic of the Malverns
https://exercise-anywhere.com/event/58886-Carolyn’s-Magic-of-the-Malverns

SUNDAY 5th NOV 17

Malcolm – Rowberry
https://exercise-anywhere.com/event/53102-Malcolm’s-Chaddsley-Corbett-Rowberry-Tea-Shop-Walk

In November we also have the SKI FIT Course – A few places left.
https://exercise-anywhere.com/event/36901-Ian’s-5-Week-SKI-FIT-Course

And a FIT FOR LIFE Course – Nearly full.
https://exercise-anywhere.com/event/33699-Ian’s-5-Week-Progressive-Fitness-Course

Cheers all.

Ian

Baxters Battlefield Tours Donate over £900 to Socks and Chocs

In October Mercian Nordic Walking and Baxter’s Battlefield Tours teamed up to offer a bespoke tour of the battlefield of the Somme.

Walking the battlefields is a very moving experience and Baxter’s donated over £900 pf the profits to Socks and Chocs.

The tour is being repeated in 2018 too so get in touch as olaces are going fast.

Ian

GREAT SOCKS AND CHOCS STORIES

Due to the amazing support we are having from Charter Court Financial Services, Comin Relief and various other backers,  we have done amazing work this year.

We have purchased white goods, set up temporary B and B projects, funded rent for homeless centres as well as out usual day to day stuff or providing socks, chocs, cleeping bags etc.

We need your help though.

Please get in touch if you can do a sponsored event for us.

Ian

CARE UK

I will update this more fully soon but a big thank you to Care UK staff who raised over £500 for Socks and Chocs and donated loads of socks and chocolates and sleeping bags.

Amazing stuff.

Thank you.

HOW WE DID IN 2016

Thanks to all your fantastic help we inspired the following number iof items in 2016:

9601 pairs of socks

8298 boxes of chocs

136 sleeping bags

4078 ,miscellaneous

This is a tremendous amount and shows what can happen when lots of people come together to do their little bit!

We also fund emergency B and B accommodation in Birmingham and we are hoping to be able to do more of this if we get more sponsorship/money.

Please feel free to do sponsored events for S and C and use Virgin Money Giving  to set up your page – selecting Socks and Chocs as your charity.

Thank you all.

Ian

Socks & Chocs Nordic Walk Across The Somme Tour

Socks & Chocs Nordic Walk Across The Somme Tour – £499 p/p    £99 deposit.

Day One 03/10/17

Bromsgrove area collection – 05:00am

Dover – 09:00am

Ferry – 10:00am (ish)

Other collections can be arranged on route should we need to.

14:00 – 14:30 Visit Vimy ridge memorial, including trenches, tunnels and
visitors centre.

18:00 – 19:00 Check in Hotel at Albert and then a meal at either the hotel or in
town (Not included in the price)

Day Two

Leave hotel 09:00

Walkers will be dropped off at the Blighty tea rooms ready for a 15km walk,
taking in Lochnagar Crater, Fricourt, Devonshire Cemetery plus many other
various cemeteries and points of interest.
Please note there are no facilities on this walk so water must be carried by all
walkers,

Non Walkers will be guided around the following sites – Lochnagar Crater, Gordon
Dump Cemetery (Bell VC) Fricourt German cemetery, Devonshire and Carnoy
cemeteries including the stories of Wilfred Nevill and two shot at dawn
casualties.

2pm – We all reconvene for lunch at the Blighty tea rooms (not included in the
price)

3pm – Drive to Mametz wood where we will walk across the front lines down to
Flat Iron Copse cemetery and the memorial to the Welsh divisions – Suitable for
all walkers.
We then drive onto Contalmaison for some short walks around the town and
visiting various sites including Contalmaison chateau cemetery, memorial to
McCraes battalion, and the Bell redoubt. These are short walks and everyone
should be able to participate. However if anyone is unable then non walkers will
also visit these sites.

19:00 – 20:00 – Back to hotel at Albert and then a meal at either the hotel or
in town (Not included in the price)

Day Three

Leave hotel at 09:00

Drive to Thiepval memorial and visitors centre.
Once here time will be spent taking in the stunning memorial and brand new
visitors centre. There is a charge for entry to the visitors centre but this is
included in the price.
Walkers will then walk the Thiepval area taking in the many cemeteries and sites
including the Leipzig and Schwaben redoubts, followed by a walk up to the Ulster
tower.
Non Walkers will visit the same sites minus the Leipzig redoubt.

12:30 – Lunch (not included in the price) and guided tour of the Thiepval wood
trenches with Teddy – Suitable for everyone

14:30 – Drive to Avrils tea room in Auchouvillers
Walkers will then take the long walk along the old Beaumont road, taking in
among other sites, the Hawthorn crater, white city and the sunken lane, then
back to Avrils to visit the trench and museum.
Non Walkers will be taken to visit Authuille & Ancre cemeteries, the sunken
lane, 8th Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders memorial, Beaumont Hamel cemetery
and the hawthorn crater.

19:00 – 20:00 –  Back to hotel at Albert and then a meal at either the hotel or
in town (Not included in the price)

Day Four

Leave hotel 09:00

Albert Museum – (There is a charge for this but this is included in the price)
Suitable for all

Newfoundland memorial park – Suitable for all

Ferry home will be around 15:00 – 16:00 and final stop in Bromsgrove will be
around 20:00 – 21:00.

Bookable at www.baxters-battlefieldtours.com

Socks, Chocs, B and B & Vans

Hi all,

A truly great start to 2016 but now we need help.

We are now supplying socks to homeless centres nationally – if you need some get in touch.

We need an army of people who can volunteer to help the trustees meet the monthly commitment of driving to Hertfordshire to collect thousands of socks.  Contact me if you can help.

We also are in desperate need of a Socks and Chocs van.  Can anyone help.

More info to follow on our B and B project.

 

 

2015 – Fantastic Year

Well what a wonderful year 2015 was for Socks and Chocs.

It was particularly fabulous because many many schools and groups got involved to make a difference. Thank you all.

2015 saw the following items out to homeless centres nationally (Numbers include people inspired by Socks and Chocs and delivering stuff locally to where they live):

13041 Pairs of Socks

7377 Large Boxes of Chocolates (Or 6 x individual bars)

575 Sleeping Bags

4507 Misc items such as Hats/Gloves/Scarves etc.

TEXT GIVING

If you do prefer to donate cash, we can use that to buy sleeping bags or other target items.  You can text donate.  The team do not get paid for what they do and they do not claim expenses.   Socks and Chocs has unavoidable outgoings to keep the charity legal (insurance, training costs, accountancy fees etc).  Apart from these necessary fees all other money donated is spent on items needed and requested by the homeless centres we work with.

If you want to donate anything by text then you simply text the word SOCK08 £2 to 70070 (obviously substitute the “2” for the amount you wish to donate.  Thank you.

Thank you all once again.

Ian