May Day walk for LOAF

A CHARITY is inviting walkers to take part in a countryside trek across 1066 Country during the upcoming Bank Holiday.

The LOAF Project, based in St Leonards, is hosting its annual May Day walk on Monday, May 2.

This year there is a choice of nine, 13- and 16-mile walks, all starting at 9am, and shorter four-mile routes for families and seven-mile treks, which start at 2pm.

All walks will set off from the Memorial Rooms at Icklesham in Workhouse Lane. The morning stage will mainly follow the 1066 Walk and take in the bluebells of Guestling Wood. The afternoon stages will head towards Winchelsea and pass through meadows and orchards.

Registration is £5 per adult which will go to the Disasters and Emergencies Fund. Walkers are free to nominate a charity of their choice working in the developing world and raise sponsorship for it. Refreshments are provided along the route.

Dr John Geater, chairman of the LOAF Project, said: “Last year 140 walkers took part and raised more than £10,000 for our Disasters Fund and other Third World development charities. Since being founded in 1978, LOAF Project has raised more than £500,000 for good causes, building schools, clinics and other programmes meeting the needs of the desperately poor.”

Registration is available on the day, or in advance using the form printed in Grapevine magazine (available at Hastings Information Centre, Queens Road). Or apply: Loaf Project, 17 Rushmere Rise, St Leonards, TN38 9TS or online at