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Celebrating volunteer achievements


   
       
       

           


  
   
    

       

Mike Slater accepts the Campaigner Award
Mike Slater from the Isle of Wight Ramblers accepts the Campaigner Award from President Kate Ashbrook at the 2013 Awards
Do you know of a Ramblers volunteer, group or area whose
achievements deserve celebrating? if you do why not nominate them for
our President’s Volunteer Awards, which will be presented at our General
Council in March 2014.

After the success of last year’s President’s Volunteer Awards we’re now launching the nomination process
for 2014. There are six categories this year which will recognise the
work our volunteers do across Britain and we’d like to know who you
think should be shortlisted.

The awards cover a range of achievements from protecting the places
we love to walk and leading great group walks to making new members and
volunteers feel welcome and ensuring the work of the Ramblers is
publicised in the local community.

The categories for this year’s President’s Volunteer Awards are:

Protecting Where We Walk Award


This award can go to a group or area to recognise an achievement in
protecting the places we walk. This could include playing a pivotal role
in a path or access case, a thriving working relationship with a
highway authority, a local or national campaign success or representing
the Ramblers on countryside or access issues.

Leading Walks Award


This award can go to a group or area to recognise a success relating
to the group led walks programme. This could include an increase in
members attending our group walks, the variety of a group led walks
programme or efforts by walk leaders to create interesting walks.

Running The Ramblers Award


This award can go to an individual or individuals to recognise the
volunteers without whom the Ramblers wouldn’t be able to function
effectively. This could include committee members, path maintenance team
coordinators and group led walks programme coordinators.

Best Individual Achievement Award


This award is to recognise an individual volunteer’s achievement.
They might deserve special recognition if they’re retiring from a
volunteering role they’ve held for a number of years or if they’re a new
volunteer who has introduced new ideas or enthusiasm which have
resulted in a success.

Promoting Walking Award


This award can go to a group or area to recognise effort’s to raise
the profile of walking and the Ramblers as Britain’s walking charity.
This could be local publicity or coverage in the media, or encouraging
new people to walk and increasing membership.

Best Team Achievement Award


This award can go to any group of individuals within the Ramblers to
recognise a significant team effort. This could be a successful path
maintenance team, a unique partnership with another organisation or a
joint effort to create a dynamic group led walks programme.

How to make a nomination


Above is just a guide on what to base your nominations on. If there’s
something that hasn’t been covered in the descriptions but which you
feel deserves celebrating and recognising you can still make a
nomination for the award you think is most appropriate.

If you think someone you know, your group or area should be shortlisted for an award you can nominate them using our online nomination form.
The deadline for nominations is 16 February 2014. Please concentrate
your nominations on events that occurred during the last year.

Once all the nominations are in our President, Kate Ashbrook, will
choose three finalists for each award and online voting for the winner
in each category will begin on 24 February for four weeks. The winners
will be announced during the evening reception at General Council in
Liverpool on 29 March 2014.










   

   









   




   

       
       

 
 
 
 


          
       



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A Message from Sunny Mallorca

Colin has sent this picture as requested by Cliff.

No, it's not to show his colour coordination skills - matching flower and shirt, it's to say thanks for the lamp to everyone who joined the Mallorca 2014 trip.

And the weather out there - a very hot 34 in the late afternoon!

Our best wishes to yourself and Anne
     





Books to Loan 
Our sincere thanks goes to Mo Blinkhorn
who has generously donated these walks books to the Worcester Ramblers Group for loan to members.

Please contact Sandra C via the Contact Us page if you wish to borrow any.
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Systems Manager / Webmaster
Volunteer Required
  
 
 
 
 
John Gregson
Webmaster 
After many years contribution, John Gregson has indicated that he would like to step down from his current committee role responsibility with effect from our next AGM.

The Group is consequently looking for a replacement for John who can help it continue to develop one of its most important communications, publicity and recruitment assets, namely our website.
The role description for systems manager / webmaster can be viewed by clicking underneath John’s photograph within the ‘Who does what in the Worcester Group?’ section of our website.
A strong interest in and affinity with IT and technology based systems would be a great advantage but creativity and enthusiasm are also important.
The requirements of the post are very flexible and will depend upon how much time any individual is able to spare and other group members / teams could be requested to contribute as necessary.   
The committee recognises that developments need to be prioritised and matched with availability of time with expectations managed realistically.
If you would like to discuss taking on this role or if you would be willing to deliver any of the individual improvement suggestions currently in the pipeline, then please contact Cliff Dimond via the ‘Contact Us’ page on the website or have a chat on one of the walks.
The Group would like to take this opportunity to thank John Gregson for the personal time and commitment that he has devoted to the webmaster role and for his part in the undoubted success of the website as it currently exists.
 Remember – this is your Group and it can only continue to thrive if members are willing to contribute to the overall running and improvement of its operation.
   




Domino and Crib Evening
A Ditty from Trish
Saturday 23rd August 2014 at Paul Pry P H, The Butts Worcester
With 1 for his "Knob" 2 for his "Heels" & 3 for Dominoes
16 people came to play & keep Alan on his toes
An hour of practice was allowed & some coaching Given
Fueled with a Sandwich & another pint the competition was driven
With Pairs & Runs & Counting Spots
Around the Tables Alan Tots
Laughter, Sighs & Ooo's & R's the games were soon to end
Keeping scores had not quite driven Alan round the bend
For Dominoes Jane the prize was given
Trish & Lin were in Cribbage Chocolate Heaven
Many Thanks for those that came & played
It was a memorable evening made.
 Thanks Trish for sharing your ditty with us, and thank you both for a fun filled evening
                                                                    
  
                                                                                                                                             
New Approach to
Group Publicity Officer Role
 Volunteers Required
After much thought, your committee has decided to break down the role of Group Publicity Officer into a number of more manageable sub-roles.

The first of these is the Walks Programme Publicist which is currently being managed by Ann Stuart.

Two important additional sub-roles have been identified, namely Recruitment Events Coordinator and Press Engagement Officer.
The main purpose of both of these is to promote the Worcester Group and its activities to non-members enabling the Ramblers organisation and ourselves to grow by attracting new recruits.

The main tasks for the Recruitment Events Coordinator include:
 
  • Identifying a list of local events, fairs, organisations, public places (e.g. market places, popular walking locations) etc suitable for deployment of publicity stands and materials
  • Scheduling a rolling programme from within this list for the Worcester Group to attend
The main tasks for the Press Engagement Officer include:
  • Identifying a comprehensive list of local media organisations with whom to develop working
    relationships
  • Identifying specific individuals within these organisations responsible for; sympathetic to
    or interested in Ramblers or countryside issues and developing them as contacts
Full role descriptions for each of these three sub-roles are accessible within the ‘Who does what in the Worcester Group?’ section of our website.
Previous experience in these areas of publicity is much less important than creativity and enthusiasm. Both sub-roles can be managed within realistic time commitments and will be fully supported by your chairman and the committee.
We want to expand the Group in order to increase the number and range of walks and social events.
If you would like to discuss taking on one of these roles then please contact Cliff Dimond via the 'Contact Us' page on the website or have a chat on one of the walks.
Remember – this is your Group and it can only continue to improve
if it gets the support from its membership.
     

Social Events Coordinator
 Alan pictured here with wife Trish
Your committee is delighted to announce the appointment of Alan Terry as an
additional officer with immediate effect. Alan's title will be Social Events Coordinator and the full role description can be viewed by clicking on his photo within the 'Who does what in the Worcester Group?' section.

The main aim of Alan's role is to promote engagement of the wider Worcester Group membership and to help to grow numbers by attracting new members and retaining existing members through the provision of a programme of social events and holidays.

The impact of this new appointment has been immediate with a significant number of social events already appearing on our website. If you have any suggestions for an event that you would like to put to Alan or if you may be in a position to give him some support, then please contact him via the 'Contact Us' page.
   

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
                                                                                                                                                                                                                               
 
 
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Walking Working Party Report
From Pensax and Menithwood, part 4
Walking Working Party Report - 18th August 2014

There's light at the end of the tunnel!
Over 800 screws later, the Walking Working Party fitted anti slip matting onto the last of 25 stiles on the Pensax route.
Pete, Lin, Steve, Fil, Doug and Dave K walked the last 3 miles of the route fitting the anti slip to stiles and 3 bridges as well as clearance work.
Although it was hard work at times there was a sense of satisfaction at a job well done.
The finished 6.5 mile route is now on the Walks Programme for Thursday  16th October. Please come and see for yourself what we have acheived.

Thanks to everyone who helped on the four stages of the route.

Doug clearing the path
 
Clearance work on an overgrown alley

Lunch break sheltering out of the rain
 Interested in joining future working party events
Contact Pete Murphy via the 'Contact Us' page
     
                                           



  
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Working Party Report
Monday 15th September
Working Party Report - 15th September 2014  

Monday morning saw Mick B, Dave K, Richard, Andrew P, Pete and Lin join Amanda from the Countryside Service to install 3 waymarking posts and a fingerpost at a trail in Hallow as well as some clearance work.
Thanks go to everyone involved. A good day's work.
All finished

Waymarker number 2 going in

Fingerpost on it's way up

Clearance Work
Interested in joining future working party events?
Contact Pete Murphy via the 'Contact Us' page
Read how Ramblers Footpath Volunteers saves councils millions
 


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
 
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Worcester Group Health Check
May 2014
At its first meeting last November your new committee decided to start recording a selection of data that effectively monitors the health of our Group over time.

Sandra Chapman has been capturing the base data in a spreadsheet
since then and Cliff D. has been analysing it.
 
It is far too early to be drawing any firm conclusions, but initial observations that could be made from the past six months include:
 Click on the image to see some of the detailed underlying data.  
1. The number of registered members has declined significantly over the past couple of years but now shows signs of stabilisation and even modest growth at 413 in April of this year
2. There is a steady stream of new recruits that is more than offsetting those existing members not renewing
3. Only about 22% of registered members are ‘active’ walkers (90 out of 413)
4.  The number of different members walking in any given month has been remarkably consistent at 58-60 but peaked at 70 last month
5. Over the six months the Group has put on 69 walks lead by 27 different individuals
6. 30% of walks were 6 miles or under and 70% were over 6 miles
7. Over the six months there has been an average of 17 participants per walk
8. 30% of current active members have lead walks, averaging just over 2.5 walks each
9. The number of working party pool volunteers has increased from 14 to 24 
Another detailed analysis will be published at or around this year’s AGM in November
but if you have any observations or questions about this information,
please
feel free to bring them up with Cliff.
 
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        
  
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Recent Website Reports
 Work in progress
 
Malvern Treasure Hunt on Thursday 7th August 2014

A first for Worcester Ramblers, a treasure hunt organised by Alan and Trish.
Getting to the start proved tricky for some. 
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The Working Party Works

The working Party has received national recognition with this article published on the Ramblers website - Read more..
 Celebration Weekend at Lucksall
10th July 2014


Worcester Ramblers took their tents, caravans and camper vans for a weekend near Mordiord. Janey writes about her first canoeing experience. Read more..
 Worcester Ramblers 25 Year Celebration 
Saturday 21st June 2014


Over 70 people attended this celebration, most joined one of four walks led by our wonderful volunteer leaders. Unfortunately we do not have a report.
Mallorca 2014 with Worcester Ramblers 
Monday 6th - Monday 16 May 2014


The fourth and final Mallorca holiday organised by Colin and Ann in Peguera, as usual it was 10 days of sunshine, walks and fun, Read more..

Walking the Waterfalls
Monday 28th - Wednesday 30th April 2014


Based in Brecon, Worcester Ramblers enjoyed a three day mid week break organised by Lin and Pete, Read more..
Peak District Walking Holiday - March 2014

Twenty walkers joined in the walking from Tideswell and Pete and Lin received lots  of compliments and thanks for arranging this event including this report from Janey.
Read more..
Report from Annual General Meeting 2013

The 2013 AGM was concluded successfully with a detailed chairman’s report and summary reports from Group Officers covering the events and highlights of the past year.
Read more..
 
     


 
  
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More Working Party Progress
More Working Party Progress

Considerable further progress has been made towards attaining the desired new operating model (details available by clicking on the picture below) for our working party.

Over the past two months the number of volunteers within the pool available for work assignments has increased from 14 to 24.

Click above picture to view the new working party operating model.
Many of the new volunteers and some of the established ones have recently completed supervisor, way marking and strimmer courses run by the Worcestershire Countryside Service, some of which have been arranged exclusively for our Group.
These volunteers are now accredited and insured by the Countryside Service to
work on tasks.

In addition, the Countryside Service has provided us
with an inventory of hand tools and personal protection equipment for use on our working party assignments. Items include pruning saws; shears; slashers; loppers; secateurs; claw hammers, protective gloves and over specs.

We have also been promised Hi Viz vests plus various consumables in the near future.
A key next step is to improve the relevance of work tasks to our Group and Pete Murphy has recently provided the Countryside Service with a series of footpath improvement requirements based upon a specific walk of our own. These issues are currently being assessed prior to giving us clearance to proceed.
Considerable thanks are due to Pete and all the working party volunteers for the time and commitment they have given towards our long term goal of becoming self sufficient in our ability to clear and make routes safe in order to put on our walk programme.
We are always looking for further volunteers and ideas about how we can further improve our effectiveness.
Do you have any time or contribution
that you could devote to this 2014 Group Focus Area?
If so, please contact Pete Murphy via the ‘Contact Us’ page on the website.
     
 
Peak District Walking Holiday
March 2014
 Thanks everyone for making this week so successful
20 walkers over the whole week.
Some of the comments we received include:
Alan and Trish: Amazing week, never had a holiday like that.
John P: Great two days walking.
Andrew: Grand and fantastic weekend, good pics and nice people to be with.
Janey: Great 2 days walking and company, I enjoyed it so much, read her report here
Send in your report

    

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A Successful Day at the
55+ Roadshow
   
The Worcester Ramblers stand at the 55+ & Retirement Roadshow at the Guildhall on the 15th March was amply decorated with banners, posters and leaflets and a steady stream of people visited throughout the day.


Particularly successful was the collaberation with Jon White (Walking for Health) - between us we were able to accomodate potential and current walkers of varying abilities.
Our lady Mayor, Pat Agar, visited all the stands during the course of the day and takes a genuine interest in iniatives to encourage people to maintain healthy lifestyles. Do look at the photos in the photo gallery!
Many thanks to Ann Stuart for assisting with the stand, and please do look out for any new faces that join our walking programme as a result of the show.
     
 
 
 
Publicity Feature
  The Worcester Ramblers Group has been featured within the latest Worcester edition of the 'All About' magazine which will be delivered to 15,000 homes in the city over the next two months.

The actual feature content can be accessed by clicking on the photograph left.

Enormous thanks are due to Sandra Chapman who identified this opportunity for publicity and to Cliff D who wrote the article.

If you have any ideas on publicity initiatives to help boost recruitment into the group, please contact Cliff Dimond via the 'Contact Us' page on the website

To see the full item more clearly click on the picture left to reveal a pdf a copy.
 
       
                                                             


 
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2014 Group Focus Areas
Help Us To Develop The Worcester Group
The first meeting of your new committee took place on November 20th and agreed the following three key areas to focus on in 2014:
  ~ increase the number of walk leaders  
  ~ a coordinated approach to Group-led targeted improvements in footpath / bridleway / signage / repairs / blockage  
  ~ improved engagement with the wider membership  
Full details of items under consideration and inputs received are contained within the three PDF files accessible by clicking on the individual icons(pictures) below.

Decisions on the three key focus areas will be taken over the next two months. Please take this opportunity to scrutinise the thinking to date and to let us have any thoughts, comments or suggestions for improvement you might have.

This is your Group and you can help shape its future. Suggestions can be sent to any member of your new team via the 'Contact Us' page on the website.

Footpath & Bridleway Improvement

Increase the number of walk leaders
Improve engagement of the wider membership
     
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 
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