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Celebrating volunteer achievements
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.
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.
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.
Protecting Where We Walk Award
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
The deadline for nominations is 16 February 2014. Please concentrate
your nominations on events that occurred during the last year.
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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|Report from the Group AGM|
|The Two Moors Way Report from Cliff|
| Contrary to recent speculation, Cliff, Paul and John Swindin all returned safely from their Two Moors Way expedition!
As a result of promising weather forecasts, the route was modified significantly on the Sunday before the walk began in order to cross both the whole of Dartmoor (stages 1-3) and Exmoor
(stages 4-5) and to ignore the section in between.
Stage 1 (Monday) took us from Ivybridge to Holne (14 miles); Stage 2 (Tuesday) from Holne to Bennett’s Cross (12 miles); and Stage 3 (Wednesday) from Bennett’s Cross to Drewsteignton (11 miles).
Moving on to Exmoor, Stage 4 (Thursday) started at
Tarr Steps and ended in Simonsbath (11 miles) with
Stage 5 (Friday) taking us from Simonsbath to Lynmouth (11 miles).
Mist and low cloud at times caused us to make full use of O/S maps, GPS, compass and trail guide and while the trip was not without a few minor route deviations, enormous satisfaction was gained from timely and safe completion of each stage.
The scenery was wild, moody and spectacular whereas the wildlife including Dartmoor and Exmoor ponies, Highland cattle; sheep and wasps was mostly curious. Fellow walkers were almost totally absent as were any kind of trail marker! Accommodation and real ale met expectations and a fine time was had by all.
Initial preparations have already begun for next year which will probably involve St Cuthberts Way from Melrose Abbey in the Scottish Borders to the holy island of Lindisfarne.
|Walking Weekend from Dunster|
|The first weekend in September 2013 saw members of Worcester Group taking a walking weekend from the Yarn Market Hotel, Dunster organised by Sue and Richard. The weather was very considerate, the food and hospitality excellent, even an offer of transport to the local beer festival! The walks were varied with moorland, coast and some spectacular views over the Severn Estuary to Wales. The last walk finished in the Dream Garden beside the castle with an abundance of colourful dahlia's. Thank you Sue and Richard for a fantasic weekend, so good and so enjoyable. Can you do it again please?|