Cumbrian Challenge

Cumbrian Challenge 2016 logo - low resLast year we were very pleased to be approached by Walking With The Wounded to put a team forward for their brilliant 2016 Cumbrian Challenge.
“The Cumbrian Challenge is Walking With The Wounded’s fun and testing, flagship, annual fundraising event in the Lake District for teams of four – with every team that takes part supporting another wounded veteran back into work.”
Each team has to raise a minimum of £1000 and the money goes towards helping a wounded veteran get back into work.

To find out more about Walking With The Wounded please visit their website.

Our second in command, Suzanna, was very keen to take part and is the team leader for the event. Suzanna’s husband is a wounded veteran so this event is especially important for her. It did not take long to fill the other three places. Wenches Beverley, Tracey and Audrey make up the team with Tracey as the reserve. Everyone at Wenches In Trenches is very proud of them. The event takes place on 14th May 2016 and starts at Grasmere Sports Ground.

The ladies have chosen the ‘Tough’ route to complete. There are two other routes, ‘Peak’ and ‘Tougher’. All take in the beautiful and breathtaking scenery in and around Grasmere in the Lake District.
Their chosen route will take them on a 24km ( just under 15 miles) hike up the legendary fell run route out of Grasmere sports ground. They will loop round above Grasmere past the waterfalls to Easedale Tarn, up to the famous Langdale Pikes and scaling Harrison Stickle (736m). They will then drop along the Langdale Valley past Loughrigg back into Grasmere.  The team have up to 10 hours to complete the route, but we are sure they will complete it a lot quicker.

The team have all started training to make sure they are in the best possible fitness for the event. We will keep you all updated with their progress. We wish them all the best for their training and the event itself.

If you wish to help our team reach – or even beat – their £1000 target then please go to their fundraising page and make a donation.

If you wish to challenge them by getting together your own team then head to the Walking With The Wounded, Cumbria Challenge website and register your team….entry does not close until 1st May!

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2016 Walk – One Place Available

We have just received word that sadly one of our chosen walkers for this years sponsored walk along the battlefields of The Somme has had to pull out to due to ill health.
All of us at Wenches wish our walker a speedy recovery.

This does mean, however, that we now have 1 place available on this years walk.

If you feel you would like to take part and you are available from 29th September through to 3rd October and you can raise the sponsorship needed, then please email

More information about this years walk can be found on the website

If you know anyone that would be interested then please pass the message on to them.
If you are interested then please get in touch as soon as possible.

Thank you

Registration Is Now Open

Registration for our 2016 sponsored walk is now open!

ONLY OPEN UNTILL 1ST FEBRUARY! Less than a week left to register.

We are changing the process a little this year. As we are only offering 6 places on this years walk we wanted a fair way to pick the participants. So this is how it will happen:

  1. Register your interest – email to register your interest.
    Please only do this if you are genuinely interested or able to take part. Dates for the trip are below. Please be aware this walk is not suitable for anyone with mobility problems due to the terrain of the battlefields. This is a women only walk…(sorry guys, but please keep an eye out as we may organise an event that you can take part in too)
  2. Registration will be open until 1st February 2016
  3. All registered names will be put into a ballot and 6 names will be chosen as the first participants.
  4. All remaining names will be drawn as standbys just incase any of the first 6 have to pull out for any reason.
  5. Everyone who has registered will be contacted in the first week of February. You will be informed if you are either a first or standby participant. First participants will also receive their registration documents.
  6. If any first participants cannot make the walk then the standby participants will be contacted and offered a place.
  7. The first participants will pay their registration fees and return their completed registration forms. All registration money and forms must be in by 1st March. If a participant fails to have their fees paid by then the next standby participant will be contacted and offered a place.
  8. Confirmation emails will be sent on receipt of payment. You will now receive your fundraising pack.
  9. Start your fundraising!

Ok, so now you need to know when the walk is and how much you need to pay.

The walk will take place as usual in France along the Battlefields of The Somme. This year we have a qualified guide for the duration of the walk who is also an avid historian, so you will learn lots of interesting facts about the battlefields as you walk them. Accommodation is on a half board basis. Please be aware the terrain of the battlefields is uneven and depending on the weather may be muddy and slippery. Due to this the walk is unsuitable for those with mobility problems. The terrain is also unsuitable for wheelchair users.  You will cover approximately 20-30km in total.
The dates you need to be available are from Thursday 29th September to Monday 3rd October 2016.

We will pick all participants up from Folkestone on the morning of Thursday 29th September at 9am. Participants will be dropped back at Folkestone on the afternoon of Monday 3rd October. It is your responsibility to make your own travel arrangements to and from Folkestone. All travel from Folkestone to France and back will be provided by Wenches In Trenches – Roses Of No Mans Land.

A registration fee of £350 is payable to secure your offered place.  This covers travel costs, accommodation costs, food that is included in the trip, guides costs and administration costs.

All participating walkers must raise a minimum of £500 each. This must be paid by 1st September 2016.

Once you have registered and paid your fee you will receive a confirmation email with more detailed information on the trip, including accommodation info, fundraising information and your kit list.

We look forward to an exclusive and exciting walk this year and we hope you can join us.

So to register your interest please email today!

Trip to The Somme

Two of our Wenches, Sue (head Wench) and Beverley are currently in France, on the Somme for a project that Beverly is doing. They have been having a great time whilst working hard.
Sue says “What a day we have done so much achieved all our targets, laughed at cows chatted up some policemen who were about 10 years old paid our respects many many times. We did all we needed to do and a little more. Ate good food saw monsoon like rain, sunshine so bright it was blinding, a double rainbow(unicorn fart) will’o the wisps. Hares, bats, pheasants and tous vache.”
Here are a few pictures they have taken on their journey.

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Sue and Beverly also laid a poppy cross on behalf of Sarah Phelps and the cast and crew of the fantastic WW1 drama Crimson Fields. The cross was laid at the grave of Nellie Spindler.

Here is a little video of Beverley laying the cross




Who are we? What do we do?

nurseWenches in Trenches are a group of like minded women who do a sponsored walk once a year in September somewhere on the Western Front. We aim to have as much fun as we can while raising awareness and funds for military causes. We have raised money in the past for military causes such as parcels for troops, funds to help children of injured troops, RBL Somme Branch and La Boisselle study group etc.
Any woman can walk with us as long as they get sponsored. We have women from all walks of life, nurses,ex army medics, teachers, sales girls, veterans wives etc. All you need is a sense of humour and some sponsorship.

We are a not for profit company who have been fundraising since 2006, raising much needed funds for charities and good causes. We are a group of women known collectively as Wenches in Trenches. This year we have decided to walk in memory of the Nurses and VADs of the Great War. Many of our women are nurses or ex nurses themselves and had female relatives who served on the Western Front. Our funds this year will go towards several memorial benches and plaques which are to be placed in memory of the brave women of 1914-18.

The event will take place the weekend of 12th-15th September 2014 starting at Talbot House, Poperinge and ending at the Menin Gate, Ypres, where we will lay a wreath in memory. All places are now taken but we have a reserve list open. If you have a relative who served 1914-18 as a nurse, VAD or ambulance driver and would like us to lay a wreath or poppy cross please email and make arrangements with us. On Saturday 13th Sept we will be laying a wreath at the grave of Nurse Nellie Spindler who is buried in Lijssenthoek military cemetery.

This event has 15 walkers who are all looking for sponsorship, the women are from Ypres, London, Cornwall, Hampshire, Gloucestershire, Lancashire, Yorkshire and Co Durham. If you want to sponsor a walker from your area please get in touch. Corporate sponsors welcome.

New beginningsDuring the 2012 walk the wenches made their HQ at the 3 Pigeons, a bar in Albert France. It only took 1 drink to unofficially rename the place “The 5 Ferrets”. We have some rowdy evenings in there but its all good fun. Among ourselves the Wenches are also known as the 1st Muff Brigade.

We have new girls joined us as well as some of the old stalwarts from before. This year Wenches are hosting a walk called Roses of No Mans Land in honour of all the nurses and VADS of WW1 no matter their country of origin! They all played a part in treating the wounded on all sides. We aim to buy 3 beautiful commemorative benches to be placed in Talbot house Poperinge, The Ariane gardens Ypres and Lochnagar Crater on the Somme. Each bench will have a brass plaque saying what its for. We hope that people will rest on our benches and think about the young women who went out and set up hospitals and saved the lives of many of our grandfathers and uncles.

We are full up for this walk but there is nothing to stop you making your own way to Ypres and joining us. You would understandably have to arrange your own transport and lodgings. We have plenty of supporters going over to cheer the girls on.
This year the walkers will be wearing WW1 nurse and VAD uniforms on the day of the actual walk.

We are staying out at Varlet Farm with Barbara and Dirk (just there for the apple cake Dirk and the fab brekkie) Varlet is right in the middle of the Passchendaele battlefields and is a wonderful setting for the girls to get in the right frame of mind.

On the day prior to the event we will be going out to Lijssenhoek cemetery to lay a wreath on nurse Nellie Spindlers grave. Nellie was 26 when she was killed by shrapnel while she slept in her tented accommodation.
Saturday night is spent relaxing ready for the early start on Sunday morning and the walk itself.
The walkers will set off from Talbot House Pops, after a good breakfast put on by Raf (manager), ending up at the Menin Gate ceremony on the evening of Sunday 14th Sept 2014. At the Menin Gate one woman will lay a wreath in memory of the medics of the conflict. We hope to have Miss Tracey McRory from Ireland to play a specially written piece on her violin under the gate that evening.
After the ceremony we shall be going to the wonderful Ariane Hotel for a meal kindly put on by Natasja Feliers for the girls and our driver (of course we must not forget him).

If you feel you would like to join us don’t hesitate to contact us. Donations towards transport and fuel would be very much appreciated.