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 JUNE 2021 NEWSLETTER
It is good to see Club Members walking together once again after the latest lockdown. Many thanks to members who led walks during this period and to those who have volunteered to lead more walks over the next couple of months. Members are keen to come on the walks and all the groups have been getting the maximum permitted number. I would also like to welcom some new members that have recently joined us.
I have been on many of the Saturday and Tuesday 'A' walks over the last two months. These included a mountain walk in the Brecon Beacons led by Kay Hillier when it rained on and off all day, a wlak from Badminton lead by Janet Park, a walk from Winscombe led by Rosemary Thorpe, a walk from Tresham led by Stella and a wqalk from Cleeve led by Ray and Jan shute. There is not room to mention them all so my apologies to those leaders who I have not mentioned.
What did members do during the January to March lockdown? I continued walking on my own going out twice a week planning a few new walks ass well as going over some I have led in the last few years. I also went over the walk that I had planned to lead last year from Dymock and there were lots of wild daffodils in bloom.
Now restrictions are easing, I hope that the next few months will see well attended walks with many of our members joining us.
We will hopefully be ableto hold our much-delayed AGM next Autumn.
Hopefully next year we will be able to arrange our postponed centenary celebration events.
Keep walking everyone and let us make this summer's walking the best year since the club was formed.
FROM THE EDITOR
Normally, this Newsletter would be accompanied by the walking programmes for the next six months. But in view of the continuing uncertainty over the end of Lockdown, the Programmke Secretaries have not been able to put together the usual full programmes. Your Committee therefore have decided that rather than publish a programme with too many gaps, it would be eassier all round to continue with the ad hoc arrangements that have been in place for the past few months. The Government's Step 3 arrangements for England in May brought some welcome relief to walking groups with the removal of the restrictions on car sharing and the need to cap number (NB these restrictions still apply nationally - walking groups in common with other sports have an exemption). But other social distancing rules still apply and we will need to wait till later this month to see if and awhen these will be rescinded. The Programme Secretaries will still be looking for offers of walks from you so do your best to ensure we have as full a programme as possible in all sections.
AGM Peter has mentions the hope that we will be able to hold the AGM in November this year. You will see from the list below that there is a vacancy for a Social Secretary6. It would be wonderful to fill this post to help create a good progamme of events for next year to help put the Club back on an even keel after covid. PLease think about whether you would be willing to take on this role. All you need is enthusiasm and a few good ideas for outings and events..Other Members will help with arrangements. Details of how to apply will be in the next Newsletter, and of course I am always on the lookout for someone with a more creative bent than me to produce the Nesletter.
Finally on the ssumption that there will be a Newsletter in September with details of the AGM and the much-delayed Centenary celebratory luncheon, please let me have any inputs by the end of August. My email address is firstname.lastname@example.org
FROM THE MEMBERSHIP SECRETARY
It feels good that Coronavirus restrictions are finally easing, and as a club we are able to start walkling again. I would like to take this opportunity to welcome three new club members, Juliet Gadd, Stefanie Dring and Trish Calvert, and I hope they enjoy many happy years of walking with us. I would also like to congratulate the following people who have been club members for twenty-five years. They are Ann Talbot, Tom thompson and Pat and John Grenfell. Congraulations to you all.
On a sad note, I have to report the deaths of Jean Taylor and Dave Beese, Jean died on the 18th January in a nursing home near her family in Kent. Jean joined the club in 1987 and was a regular 'B' walker. Unfortunately, duwe to failing health, she stopped walking a few years ago. I shall remember her as a knid aned considerate friend who enjoyed finding new routes, participating in club outings, social events and club holikdays. In these days of social distancing her sons arranged a zoom funeral so her friends and family, near and far could sing a hymn, say a prayer and farewell to her.
Dave had been a member of the club since 1999. I remember meeting him once, not long after I joined the club myself, and I found him friendly and funny. I have also spoken to him on the phone occasionally at subscription renewal time and I know he was a great supporter of the club even though poor health had prevented him walking with us for some years. It was bitter sweet that he had been in touch in December to say that his health was much improved following a heart operation and that he was looking forward to being able to participatein social events again.
Looking forward to a summer filled good weather and good walking.
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 Jnauary 2021 Newsletter must be with the Editor by the
1st September 2021
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