The Bristol HF Rambling Club Newsletter is published 3 times a year,
to keep all members in touch with all club activities.
December 2017 Newsletter...
As they say - “the best laid plans” – and here I am again, as your Chairman! No one had come forward to replace either Di Knight as Newsletter Editor, or myself as Chairman so the recent AGM voted for both of us to continue in post. Di and I are happy to do so, but stress that we will happily step down should anyone be interested in taking on either role.
On a positive note, it was good to welcome two “new” faces to the Committee – Sandra Hodgkins, a relatively new Member, has agreed to fill the vacant Secretary post and Muriel Reeves, a “recycled” Member has agreed to take over from Richard Miles as the Saturday Programme Secretary.
As foreshadowed in the September Newsletter, the AGM agreed that it would be sensible for the Saturday Programme Secretary and Walks Secretary roles to be combined; Muriel therefore being a full Member of your Committee.
At its October meeting, Committee Members were concerned about the viability of the Saturday Programme. We discussed options for better car sharing arrangements and subsequent suggestions were that we should consider dropping the normal Saturday walk when there was also a Hill Walk and the Saturday walks could be a bit shorter, on a par with Tuesday A walks. Thankfully, in a final effort, Richard managed to find leaders for the majority of the gaps in the next 6 month programme (though I stress that the Programme is being maintained by leaders doing two or more walks each six months). The AGM agreed that it would be sensible to let Muriel get her feet under the table before taking any drastic measures. But we may have to return to this issue next year.
Your Committee has decided to ring-fence £3000 towards a celebration of the Club’s Centenary in 2020 – should not cause the Club any financial hardship, giving the healthy bank balance reported by the Treasurer. But the Committee would appreciate any suggestions as to how best to celebrate the occasion. Clearly, we want the celebrations to be wholly inclusive, so please pass on any ideas to a Committee Member when you see him or her.
A Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year to you all
Tom Logan Chairman
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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 Newsletter must be with the Editor by the
20th May 2018
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