The Bristol HF Rambling Club Newsletter is published 3 times a year,
to keep all members in touch with all club activities.
thank you everyone for electing me as chairman at the AGM: for those that do not know me I will introduce myself.
I came on the committee 4 years ago as Treasurer. I have been a club member for 39 years and was on the committee twice before as general committee member. I am a regular walker and go out with the club on Tuesdays and Saturdays and I go on the mountain rambles as well.
According to my journal, the first time that I attended a club walk was on 6th October 1979. I remember the first mountain ramble I went on with the club, in January 1980, in the Brecon Beacons when we had to contend with deep snow and a white out. In those days many members were aged 30-40, compared with today, when most of us are over 60. My rambling started in 1976 with a walking holiday at the HF at their Conway centre which I think has now closed.
Before I started rambling my hobby was Scuba Diving; I was a member of a diving club and dived off the coasts of Sussex, Dorset, Devon, Cornwall and Pembrokeshire as well as diving off the Irish coast and off the coast of the Isle of Skye. I stopped diving in 1976 because I found that I did not enjoy diving any more. As well as rambling, I swim regularly, usually 2 or 3 times a week and I go on the occasional bicycle ride as well.I am hoping to meet as many members as possible by coming out with all the walking groups over the next few months
The year after next will be our Centenary and the committee will be arranging some special events to celebrate it. The committee would like to know what events members would like.Together with the rest of the committee I am concerned about the low attendance at this year’s AGM, on Saturday walks and at social events. As
promised at the AGM, we will be sending out a short questionnaire to find out your views on these topics.
I hope to see many of you on walks in the coming months.
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
19th May 2019
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