After 6100 miles of walking round Britain, Charles Compton returned to London today – and was greeted by several fellow Executioners.
It was on January 2nd that he set off from Tower Bridge and, 11 months later – on the very day he had planned a year ago – he crossed the same bridge to complete his walk around the entire coast of Britain.
Naturally, he was greeted by several club members – including Guy Matthews, Ben Hale, Jon Peterson and Andy Pringle, as well as ex-Executioner Rupert Mathieu – who celebrated in the traditional fashion: hitting the bar!
The club is in awe of Charles’ achievement and urges all its members to contribute to his fund-raising – by clicking on this link.
The next step for Charles? A proper physical challenge: the President’s Cup!
Club member Charles Compton has been walking around the coast of Britain since January 2nd and will be returning to London on Friday November 30th. We now have details of the events that will celebrate his return and, as promised, we’re forwarding them on to you all in the hope that some of you can join us in celebrating his momentous achievement.
So, copied from Facebook, this is what has been planned by his brother – and you can join the events at any stage by following one of the three options:
CHARLES’ WALK RETURNS
FRIDAY 30TH NOVEMBER
1. JOIN THE WALK
Join Charles for the final 1.5 miles of the walk.
Location – Prospect Of Whitby
57 Wapping Wall, St Katharine’s, Wapping, E1W 3SH
2. THE FINISH LINE
See Charles in from such a phenomenal accomplishment.
Location – Tower Bridge, South side, London SE1 2UP
3. THE PUB
For the sensible ones joining for food and drinks.
Location – Draft House
206-208 Tower Bridge Rd, Bermondsey, SE1 2UP
FOR UPDATES ON THE DAY PLEASE FOLLOW THE INSTA PAGE @CHARLES_WALK
Executioners past and present (and who knows, maybe future) enjoyed the RFA’s 90th Anniversary Dinner at the Queen’s Club last Saturday.
Indeed, the club was able to have what was effectively its own table. Here, Andy Pringle was joined by Richard Kemp, Tom Webster and Guy Matthews, along with his better half.
Dick Warner was also in attendance, in glorious Ghanaian garb as a result of a bet with Ben Hale, as were ex-Executioners Alex Smith and Alex Steel. New member Ibby Lee found herself hob-nobbing with the self–appointed Next Generation, all of whom enjoyed rubbing shoulders with some of our club’s founders, such as David Fox and Bruce Mackenzie.
The dinner was a marvellous celebration of our great game, punctuated by some fine speeches – and another more rambling effort from Alex Smith, which continued despite the efforts of the RFA’s President to stem the flow.
As ever, the evening finished with the Executioners doing what they do best: hitting the bar.
Here’s to the centenary dinner in 10 years’ time!
We hope that all our club members have had a good summer and are itching to get those uniquely fragranced leather gloves back on. The St Paul’s Sports Centre opens on Monday September 3rd, so the first Executioners session of the 2018/19 season will be Wednesday 5th.
We look forward to seeing plenty of players on court then – and throughout the season!
The Executioners may be on their summer break, but some club members are still playing – and winning.
Our first silverware of 2018/19 has come mere weeks after the last session of 2017/18. Richard Dyke teamed up with fellow Old Blundellian and ex-Executioner Alex Steel to play in the South West Open – and they ended up winning the Doubles Plate. Congratulations to them both.
The next chance to add to the club’s virtual trophy cabinet will come in the South East Open at Christ’s Hospital in August…
The club is now on its summer break, but if you’re looking for some Fives-esque sport before our sessions restart in September, there are some good options:
Fives carries on over the summer – and all year, for that matter – at both UCS and Alleyn’s. UCS is up in Hampstead, north London, and the club there plays on Wednesday evenings. On the other hand, Alleyn’s is down in Dulwich and they play on Tuesday evenings.
If you’re interested in playing at either place, contact Andy Pringle and he’ll put you in touch with the organisers.
If you’d prefer to play 1-Wall Wallball, they have sessions every Tuesday evening at the Westway Sports Centre, near Shepherds Bush. Again, Andy (who plans to play there himself) can put you in touch with the organisers…
The club can confirm that its final Wednesday evening session of this season will take place on June 27. After that, there will be a break of around two months, and we expect the regular sessions will start again at the beginning of September – and we’ll confirm the precise date as soon as possible.
However, several club members should be in action over the summer. There are the South West and South East Open championships, for a start, and if anyone fancies trying their hand/hands at 1-wall, there are regular sessions at the Westway Sports Centre in West London.