The Bristol HF Rambling Club Newsletter is published 3 times a year,
to keep all members in touch with all club activities.
FROM THE CHAIRMAN January 2022 NEWSLETTER
Hi, everyone. It is good to see that many of you have been out walking over the last few months. Many thanks to members who have led walks and who have volunteered to lead walks in the coming months. Members seem keen to come on the Tuesday walks and the hill walks, but the Saturday walks are still not as well supported as they used to be. I would also like to welcome the new members who have recently joined us.
I have been on many of the Saturday and Tuesday ‘A’ walks over the last few months. These included mountain walks on Sugar Loaf and Blorenge in the Black Mountains, walks in the Cotswolds and Mendips.
I have taken over the role of Newsletter Editor from Tom who left the committee at the last AGM. This newsletter includes a poem, copy of our membership secretary’s report, looking back to what the club was doing 10 and 20 years ago, an article from Muriel Reeves and details of some of the club events that we have planned for this year.
In the spring we plan to do the postponed walk around Dymock in Gloucestershire so that we can see the wild daffodils and we will be stopping for afternoon tea afterwards. In order that we can gauge numbers for the cream teas and organise lifts for those who require them, we would be pleased if you could complete and return the attached from if you wish to join us. There will also be our much delayed anniversary dinner and a skittles evening. On 9th July we are planning to hold our annual garden party / American supper. Details of all these events will be circulated nearer the time.
A suggestion has been made that WhatsApp groups be set up for the Saturday and Tuesday walking groups to hopefully enable more car sharing. To be part of one of these groups you would need to have a Smart phone with the 'WhatsApp' app on it. If you were then interested in going on a particular walk you could put a message on the WhatsApp group to say you were going on the walk, and either offer to give a lift, or ask if another member was able to give you a lift. Lesley Davis has kindly offered to set up such a Group for the Saturday walks so if you would like to be added to this Group please contact Lesley on 07977 660 995. We are looking for volunteers to set Up WhatsApp Groups for the Tuesday ‘A’ and Tuesday ‘B’ walks. If you would be happy to do this please contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org or 07850 315542
Keep walking everyone and let us make 2022 the best year since the club was formed.
THE COUNTYSIDE CODE
Did you know that the Countryside Code has been extensively updated and the revised version was published in Aprilthis year. It can be found at www.gov.uk/countryside-code. It is all basically common sense and I'm sure we all comply with most of it without having to think about it, but it is worth having a look at this updated version.
Affiliation to the Ramblers
We are affiliated to the Ramblers Association, as a Group, in addition to many Members holding their own individual memberships.
Our support is given in recognition of the work done by the Ramblers in maintaining and retaining footpaths, for us all to enjoy.
The sorts of problems, which can be encountered on walks, are overgrown paths, broken stile, blockages from using access land and the like.
It is therefore encouraging to know that Local highway authorities (County Councils or Unitary Authorities) are responsible for resolving path and access problems - the Ramblers works to ensure that authorities resolve any issues.
We, as walkers, can help by:-
1. Reporting the problem to the County Council or Unitary Authority responsible for the area.
2. Completing the form supplied by the Ramblers (pdf file avaiable online) which would be sent onto a local Ramblers volunteer to investigate further - which may include reporting the problem to the correct council department.
By giving your contact details, in completing the form, you will be kept up to date with the progress of your report.
Contributions for the September 2022 Newsletter must be with the Editor by the
1st July 2022
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