Notes from the Chair
After the seemingly unending cold and wet spring, it’s good to look ahead to summer on the downs and in the chalk valleys of South Wilts. With so many lambs skipping about in the fields we have been severely warned by one farmer never to touch them, however helpless the newborn may seem. Evidently the human scent is very offputting to the mother sheep.
Ian, Liz and Joan have drummed up just enough walk leaders to put together a summer programme of walks covering four days, most weeks. Many thanks to them and all our walk leaders – the storm-troopers of our Group! We need to find more of them for our increasingly popular Sunday walks -longer than weekday walks but often with short-cut alternative routes. Please contact Liz or Joan if you could devise and lead a walk.
There seems to be a great spirit in the Group at present. Nikki and Ian Wroe organised a wonderful weekend’s walking in North Devon which many members attended and enjoyed, Cathie Barnett held another map-reading session – widely appreciated and on Friday, 3rd August 10:30 to 13:00 at Salisbury Methodist Church, we are offering a first aid course with The Red Cross. Accidents sometimes happen on walks and we all need to know how to help (Remember always to carry your ICE card or emergency details on your phone).
On a more frivolous note, Pat and Leslie arranged a very jolly quiz evening in March, and plans are underway for the summer barbecue in Pat’s lovely garden in Alderbury on Saturday 11th August.
I’m glad to report that former Chairman Phil Wilson is now home after a long spell in hospital and we all send best wishes to him and Ann.
Many thanks to our Secretary Gill Sherry who keeps the whole South Wilts Group show on the road, and to the new Membership Secretary, Jennifer Day who has already done a great job informing us about new legal requirements on data protection. She is continuing the practice of frequent updates by email to the whole Group.
Remember to consult our website for last minute changes to walks, and you might like to look at our Facebook page too.
Anne Maryon Davies (Acting Chair)