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Nicole Hoffmann

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When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.

We’ve all had our own lemons over the last couple of years, and these have drawn me to the words of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales General Prologue:

When April with its sweet-smelling showers

Has pierced the drought of March to the root,

And bathed every vein (of the plants) in such liquid

By which power the flower is created; …

Then folk long to go on pilgrimages, …

And specially from every shire's end

Of England to Canterbury they travel, …

The recipe for my lemonade involves one part of challenging myself; one part of supporting others and one sweet part of your support.

The challenge is to follow in the footsteps of the thousands who over the centuries have made the 85 mile pilgrimage from Southwark to Canterbury; and doing it over five successive weekends in April; come the sweet-smelling showers or shine.

Walking to support others who have had their lemons and are in need of a little assistance. With your donations providing me with encouragement to reach Canterbury, but more importantly help the many people supported by the Charitable Trust of the Worshipful Company of Firefighters (WCoFF Charitable Trust).

Thank you so much for your support.

Saturday 2nd April: Day 0 – Here bygynneth …

On this day, Graham Woodhouse led a happy band of 5 ‘travellers’ around Southwark. Illuminating us with tales of the past; from roman foundations, medieval hostelries and theatres; founders like John Harvard and Octavia Hill; prisons, murders and graves; churches and the cathedral; from Chaucer, Dickens to a visit by Walt Disney. All that walking, listening and hearing of breweries makes you thirsty, and so naturally ended up in a hostelry; the only remaining galleried inn The George (similar to the Tabard Inn) to enjoy fellowship, food and drink.

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  • Nicole Hoffmann14 days ago
    Nicole Hoffmann

    Nicole Hoffmann

    14 days ago

    Saturday 16th April: Day 5-Wrotham to Aylesford. Early start today and a long walk ahead. Crossed the M20 and the HS1 route to head back up along the North Downs. Lambs frolicking, skylarks singing, an Adder crossing the path, butterflies chasing; flowers and blossoms bursting open, and rapeseed splashing large patches of yellow in green rolling vistas. The Garden of England; its sights, sound and fragrances. Even spotted the Easter bunny relaxing in the evening. Walked 12 miles (19.2km) (Total:50.75miles). Overnight in The Priory, Aylesford.

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  • Nicole Hoffmann20 days ago
    Nicole Hoffmann

    Nicole Hoffmann

    20 days ago

    Friday 15th April: Day 4-Otford to Wrotham. Perfect walking weather forecast for weekend. Visit Kemsing and St Mary the Virgin church. Arrived as indoor Good Friday service ended; and refreshments were prepared for congregation who walked up the hill for outside service. The ladies and gents made me very welcome and I was treated to personal tour of church by Jean. Onwards along the PW to Wrotham and St George church, enjoying wonderful views across the Garden of England. Walked 5.75 miles (9.2km) (Total:38.75miles). Overnight in Wrotham.

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    1 month ago

    Sunday 10th April: Day 3–Dartford to Otford. The route into the unknown and new horizons has begun, with sunshine all along the way. The Pilgrims Way follows mainly along the Darent Valley Path. Relaxing route along the snaking river, passing anglers and pilots, through sleepy villages and up through the fields to see for miles along the valley. Emus, roman villa, medieval castles and churches, play areas by the river and a cake shop at the end of the route (to collect the passport stamp). How varied was that? Walked 11.5 miles (18.5km).

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  • Bruce Hoad

    Bruce Hoad

    May 6, 2022

    Well done Nicole. Now put your feet up!


  • Graham Woodhouse

    Graham Woodhouse

    May 3, 2022


  • John & Caroline

    John & Caroline

    May 2, 2022

    Rather you than me Nicole. Well done.


  • Stephen Sanders

    Stephen Sanders

    May 1, 2022

    Good luck, just think about who your efforts will help.


  • Michael Harper

    Michael Harper

    Apr 30, 2022

    I believe the Pilgrims failed to get to Canterbury but I am sure that you will.Congratulations.


  • Geoff Morgan

    Geoff Morgan

    Apr 30, 2022

    "He was as fresh as is the month of May" - Geoffrey Chaucer"Hope that you will be after your charity challenge most excellent" - Geoffrey Morgan


  • Colin Simpson

    Colin Simpson

    Apr 30, 2022

    Nicole you are making some great strides for the WCoFF Charitable Trust in more ways than one. Great work on your behalf.


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