New Members Walk: Magna Carta walk 8 miles, January 28th

New members walks are a great way for existing, prospective and new members to find out more about CLOG.

Our walk heads out from Staines Station along the redeveloped riverside to the meadows of Runnymede, where the Magna Carta was signed. The meadows soon give way to residential properties of Wraysbury where we will take lunch either packed by the river or, if they can accommodate us, at the Harvester, Old Windsor. We then head along the edges of Windsor Great Park crossing the river twice (who knows who we might see) through the attractive village of Datchet and finally into Windsor itself for tea. Train home from Windsor and Eton Riverside. Buy a return to Windsor and Eton Riverside as this covers you for both journeys. We’ll meet at Staines Station. Get the 09:58 train from London Waterloo calling at Clapham Junction at 10:07 and Richmond at 10:17 arriving at Staines at 10:37.

For more information including any updates, see our event calendar

PS Our virtual pop up box office for our February barn dance/ceilidh is now open

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Moving into the 21st century

Members who have come on trips in the last few months will know that we have rolled out online payments for trips, online forms and the option for using Paypal for paying annual subs.

Online payments for trips using Gocardless is now standard (at organiser's discretion) and most members are choosing to use it. It is generally less work for everyone (a tick in the box to pay, no cheques need to be banked, automatic payment records for treasurer and on those exceptional occasions when we do refunds, these can be done quickly online rather than having to get a cheque with two signatures.  If you haven't already signed up for Gocardless, the information is in the weekly Hotline email.  (Cheques remain an option for those who are more comfortable with this method.)

Online trip forms for booking on trips or getting information on people's menu choices for pub meals etc etc have also been rolled out.  These automatically produce a neat summary table for the organiser with all the information collated - avoids the organiser reading lots of emails and manually copying and pasting all the information into a table. Please do complete these online forms when requested by the organiser.

Paypal and credit/debit cards can be used for paying your annual subs.  Just select that option when you go to renew.  When you use these payment methods, the payment is automatically linked to the person - no cheques for the membership secretary to bank and no need for her to manually link bank transfer records on statements records to individuals.  (Cheques and bank transfers remain an option for those who are more comfortable with these methods.)

Any queries on the technology?  Contact the friendly IT team:

PS Don't forget that our virtual pop up box office for our February barn dance/ceilidh is now open

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trips away next year

2017 is going to be another bumper year for Clog trips, with over 20 planned so far. 

As usual, there is plenty of variety in our trips
  • Weekends, Long Weekends, Multi-day, Week trips
  • Mountains, coast, moorland and cities   
  • Walking, cycling, hillwalking, sea kayaking, canoeing, champing.

About half of these are trips abroad (Italy, Portugal, France, Holland, Belgium, Germany, Ireland) with the rest being in the UK.

These are non-commercial and are run at cost or occasionally subsidised.  This makes them incredibly cheap compared with holiday companies, You normally have to be a member to get a place on a trip.  Trip organisers are all (unpaid) volunteers and members of the group.  

An overview of the trips coming up is given on the Forthcoming Trips page.  For those trips that have dates and details at this stage, see the web calendar

More will appear as move forward into 2017.  

In addition to trips, we also have lots of day or evening events every week.

PS  Our virtual pop up box office for our barn dance/ceilidh is now open for tickets sales to CLOG members.  Ticket sales to non-members will commence in January so if you are not a member do watch this space!

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