Centenary




We were one hundred years old last year! The Morley College Rambling Club was founded on 24 April 1912 and has been organising regular walks every year since then.

We organised a number of events to celebrate our centenary, and we have brought out a commemorative book with stories from our first 100 years.


Celebration Lunch on Saturday 2 June 2012 at Morley College

We all enjoyed a fantastic afternoon in the Holst Room at our home, Morley College. The event was superbly hosted by ex-club secretary Sigrid Beil, and we had excellent short speeches by Ela Piotrowska, the college principal, and Robert Peel, a Ramblers trustee.

A sumptuous buffet lunch was provided by the college's own caterers, and finally we were regally entertained by pianist Paul Webster, director of Morley's Meridian Choir, and baritone Tim Gillot singing a selection of folk songs from around the British Isles, with enthusiastic accompaniment from the audience on several numbers.

Members from across the years were present and many old friendships were rekindled aided by the warmth of the occasion.


Exhibition

We also put together a special exhibition in honour of our centenary. It was held at the college in the Cardew Space - just outside the Holst Room - on the basement floor. We are pleased to be able to report that the exhibition, which included over 120 photos taken throughout the 100 years, as well as a lot of other very interesting material, was a resounding success.


Centenary Walks

Saturday 26 May 2012, Boxhill to Holmwood.
Commemorating an annual 35-mile walk started in 1925. But this time we did just a small section (9-10 miles)!

On July 28 we organised a short themed walk, when members wore costumes that reflected the walking fashions of the last 100 years. It was great fun with styles from throughout the twentieth century being on display.
Many thanks to everyone who took part.


Centenary Book

To mark our centenary we have also published a book,
'Morley College Rambling Club, the first one hundred years'
a fascinating collection of articles, stories, drawings and photographs that has been beautifully and professionally put together by club member Janet, aided by member and photo editor Maria. It was launched at the centenary lunch on 2 June.

The A4 sized book consisting of 100 full colour pages, can be purchased for just £8 (plus £2 p&p) by sending a cheque, made payable to 'Morley College Rambling Club', to Janet Vaux, Morley Rambling Club, c/o Morley College, 61 Westminster Bridge Road, London SE1 7HT.