Wiltshire Ramblers

at the heart of walking in Wiltshire

Printable Programme June to September 17

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Notes from the Chair

This time just a few reminders. But first, on your behalf, our thanks go again to Pat and Leslie for their sterling efforts organising our regular social activities - the successful Christmas lunch and the Quiz night in April. Also to Ruth Croxall and Keith for again organising their long Weekend walking in Cornwall in March and to Richard Manchee for bravely laying on his third walking ‘holiday’ in the Alps.

First may I draw the attention of all current and future walk leaders about  keeping the ‘pack’ together and pausing regularly to allow the tail end to catch up and rest.Take time to enjoy the surroundings and the wonderful views available. Also placing ‘markers’, left and right, when crossing busy roads. 

Secondly, there are always ongoing threats to our footpath network. We are lucky to benefit from the sterling work undertaken by our Footpath Secretaries - Graham, Norman and also Patricia Dashwood and their work gangs – always in need of extra pairs of hands. Fly-tipping has very much come to our attention recently, as well as path maintenance.

 With that in mind, Patricia has let me have a reminder on how to report such incidents, and indeed all footpath maintenance requirements, direct to Wiltshire Council – rather than having to involve committee members. In brief – ‘Google’ Wiltshire Council and select ‘REPORT’. From the drop-down menu select ‘REPORT LITTER OR FLYTIPPING’ etc. as applicable, and then ‘REPORT ANOMYMOUSLY’, the following steps then revealing, eventually, a report form to fill in.

Alternately, one can register more formally on ‘My Wiltshire’ and report through that channel, getting feedback on the actions taken in due course . . . . . if you have the time!!

What next? Don’t forget Richard Manchee has also offered to organise a shorter, 4 mile, walk on the first Wednesday each month through the summer, on a trial basis. Check the programme if you would like something less strenuous, or need to get back up to full fitness after a break.

The First Aid workshop last January was very successful, with 20 members spending a Saturday morning learning more about essential first aid, and enjoying a pub lunch afterwards.

I am now intending to organise a Walk Leaders’ workshop later in the year, to complement Cathie Burnett’s map reading workshops, as mentioned in Anne’s recent e-mail/newsletter to members. Do let me know if you or any of your walking friends are interested, whether with good intentions to offer to lead walks or in need of a bit of re-training!!

 AND FINALLY, the AGM is on the horizon, in November, and as also mentioned by Anne we are looking for new people with fresh ideas on the committee to take over from any committee members who may feel they have ‘done their bit’, including me! Have a chat with any committee member if you are able to help run your Group and ensure it continues to be as active and successful as it has been for very many years.

That’s it for now. The weather’s improving, so again I wish you all an enjoyable summer’s walking.

                                                                                                                      John Foskett