The St Anselm’s Walking Group
“The sum of the whole is this: walk and be happy, walk and be healthy. The best way to lengthen our days is to walk steadily and with a purpose”. Charles Dickens
Is it as long as 3 years? Yes it is! Time has slipped by without us noticing.
The Walking Group was established 3 years ago and has been going steadily and regularly ever since. We meet every Thursday morning at the park bench near the tennis courts on Tooting Bec Common at 11 am.
When we have assembled and reported all present and correct, we set off. We go at leisurely pace and proceed to walk on two alternative routes we have established around the Common. One is a longer route the other is shorter which we take when, for any reason, we have to make a little haste.
The distance is not challenging and amounts to roughly 30 minutes walking from start to finish. The end is significant because we find a table at the San Remo Cafeteria and generally sit outside to have coffee and more conversation. Indeed the chat we have is as important as the walk. The conversation seldom reaches great philosophical or academic heights but it is enjoyed by all especially now that we have all bonded with each other. The results are usually interesting. It leaves us all looking forward to the next Thursday.
But there are psychological things that underpin our activity. In a world growing in speed, complications and technology, it is an escape into simplicity. In a way it is a return to medieval times where you had only your feet, where peopled walked distances and life was simple. Plodding along at a comfortable pace with no deadline, but with pleasant small-talk, is very restful and can charge your batteries.
It is a wonderful Common and our short journey is a visual delight which takes place in wonderful fresh air. We walk on lush grass and among some gorgeous trees. The wildlife is ever a simple pleasure. In this life “if full of care” we do have time to stand and stare – and does us all good. To look at not much happening is a therapy in itself.
Our Group is continuing strong, with no fear of being taken over by Rupert Murdoch.
But don’t take our word for it.
Come and have the experience for yourself. We would be delighted to see you! KW
For more information please contact the Parish Office Tel: 020 8672 2179 or Rachel Arbuckle Tel: 07956 108888
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