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Worcester Ramblers Logo  72 Steps
A salute to our Working Party


Worcester Ramblers, or more specifically, the working party team of Worcester Ramblers have been formally acknowledged by Ramblers UK Head office for the work that they did at Southstone Rock. They have released a pamphlet detailing the 9 mile circular walk, which also describes how a neglected footpath, inaccessible for nearly 30 years, was recovered and reopened by the volunteer team from Worcester with support from their local countryside

services. The Southstone Rock path is a shining example of what footpath maintenance teams can do when supplied with the tools and equipment to unblock pathways, discover new routes and push forward to protect our rights of way.

The 2016 Big Pathwatch, which launches on Monday 14th November, is a follow up initiative from last years event, publishes a report on what was achieved last year and shines a light on footpath maintenance: it hopes to invoke many more examples of the kind of work that was, and still is, being undertaken by our Working Party team.

So hats off to Doug Flanagan and all those who join him on a regular basis. If it were not for you and teams like you, many of the paths that we walk along week in, week out, would simply disappear.

So Thank You.

To download a copy of the Southstone Rock walk/pamphlet click here

Worcester Ramblers Logo Group and Area Volunteers Required

Officers required for both Worcester and Worcestershire Area Ramblers

There are a number of current or future vacancies at both Worcester Group and Worcestershire Area level. At this time, the most pressing of these are:

Worcester Group: Treasurer

Our current treasurer, Kath P. would like to step down at the next AGM after three years in post and we are looking to replace her in this crucial role within the Group. Previous experience or qualifications within a similar function would be useful but not essential. Full training will be available from Kath P.

Worcester Group: Recruitment Events Coordinator

                               : Press Engagement Officer

These posts are vital to help attract new members which in turn will generate more walk leaders and thereby increase the number and range of walks.

Previous experience in these two roles is much less important than reliability and enthusiasm. Each role can be developed progressively in order to be scheduled around other time demands.

Each role will also be fully supported by your chairman and the committee.

All three role descriptions can be accessed within the FAQs page on our website.

Please take this opportunity to contribute by contacting Cliff Dimond via the ‘Contact Us’ page on the website or have a chat on one of the walks.

Worcestershire Area: Area Chair

                                  : Area Treasurer

                                  : Area Secretary

There is an impending crisis at Area level with a lack of volunteers to fill the roles necessary for the Area function to operate. At present there is no standing Area chair, vice chair or publicity officer.
Current incumbents in the roles of Area secretary and treasurer have declared that they will stand down with effect from the Area AGM in November 2016.

Please click on the image to access more information about these Area roles - how they make a difference and the support they can expect to receive.

Remember – this is your Group and Area and they can only function and continue to improve if they get the support from the membership.

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Emergency First Aid Awareness Training Course
   Emergency First Aid Awareness Training Course    - Expressions of Interest
We are pleased to announce that a subsidised emergency first aid awareness training course arranged exclusively for Worcester Group members has been approved by your committee.

It will be designed to better prepare walkers for incidents that may occur on one of our scheduled walks. The knowledge gained however will of course also be valuable to participants outside of the walking world.

No prior qualifications will be required for participation.

From a Group perspective we are looking to increase the probability that there will be at least one first aid aware participant on every walk offered within our programme.

The format will be a single 3 – 4 hour training session provided by an external specialist. This course will be non-certified.

The Group will subsidise the training from its surplus funds so participants will be offered the course for an estimated £17 each which is half the actual cost.
We can accommodate a maximum of 12 participants

Members wishing to take advantage of this offer are asked to contact Cliff Dimond (chairman) via the ‘Contact Us’ page on our website as soon as possible so that we can assess demand.

Please Note:

1. The subsidised offer only applies to Worcester Group members
2. In the event of over subscription, preference will be given first to existing walk leaders
     and then to active walker members
3. Participant cost will be payable in advance and is non-refundable
4. The entire offer may be withdrawn if insufficient members commit
5. Subject to all the above, registration will be on a ‘first paid first served’ basis
6. If this offer is oversubscribed, your committee will consider offering a second
     subsidised course subject to sufficient availability of surplus funds


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Worcester Ramblers Logo  Car Share Request Facility

It has come to the attention of the web editors that not everyone is aware of how simple and easy it is to offer a lift or request a lift to a walk via the website car sharing request facility. This article has been produced for your guidance. Don’t be put off by the fact that you have to log on; the username and password is simple and straightforward and you can get access to them as per the detail below.

Whenever you see a car symbol like this against a specific walk in the walks programme, it means someone has requested a lift or offered a lift, for that walk. To find out who has offered or requested a lift and view the detailed information they have provided;

Click on the symbol.

You will be then asked to log on.

Enter the                            

User Name: ********

Password: ******** (all in lower case)

If you do not know what the user name or password is, contact any of the web editors via the contact us page and they will provide the information by email.

Once you are logged on

Click on Add or Respond to a Car Sharing Request to reply to the request to either take up the offer of a lift, offer a lift yourself, or seek further information/clarification.

To initiate a car share request to either offer or request a lift.

Hover your cursor over Walks Programme.

A drop down Menu appears

Click on: Car Sharing

Again You will be asked to log on.

Enter the

User Name: ********

Password: ******** (all in lower case)

You will be presented with the following narrative

Add or Respond to a Car Sharing Request

Below are a list of Walks that have Car Sharing requests/invitations associated with them. Click on the relevant walk to view the requests or click on 'Add or Respond to a Car Sharing Request' to submit a new one:

This is followed by a list of all the walks for which there is a car share request

Click on Add or Respond to a Car Sharing Request and enter the walk you want to join, your name and your message and click Add Request

Having submitted or responded to a request you will receive responses if there are any interested parties who will be doing that walk. If accepting a lift, please check whether the driver is staying on after the walk for refreshments.

There is no guarantee that offering or requesting a lift will produce a response. However with 426 members (and potentially many more non members) browsing our walks programme, 100 active walkers each month and an average of more than 16 walkers per walk, you have a reasonable chance of getting a response. This website editor uses the facility from time to time and my personal ‘hit rate’ is 50%

Click here to download this article in a printable form


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Cotswold Way and Cotswold Highlights

We are trying to gauge the level of interest in the chosen Trail for 2017 which is the Cotswold Way. This will also include Cotswold highlights, a shorter walk on the same day.

These are scheduled to take place between February and September 2017. The dates are already on the walking programme; however the September date may be subject to change following confirmation of the Corsica holiday.

The Trail starts in Chipping
Campden and finishes at Bath. Each section will average between 10-15 miles. The Shorter Highlights walks will follow part of the Cotswold Way and will be around 8 miles.
To support the organisation of these walks a bus from the Worcester Countryside Centre is to be arranged. To ascertain the approximate numbers in order to receive a quote from the bus company, we require to understand if you are interested in doing either of these walks.  Therefore we would appreciate it if you could forward your name to Heather Fraser (via the contact us page, Cotswold Way 2017) and advise if you wish to do the trail or the Shorter walks.



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Worcester Ramblers Logo 'Your Life Choices' Website

‘Your Life Your Choice’ Website

As part of our ongoing efforts to attract new members, Worcester Group has posted an entry on the Worcestershire County Council website - ‘Your Life Your Choice’ that provides information and advice about adult social care and health services in Worcestershire.

The site is also designed to signpost organisations such as ourselves that can offer opportunities for health and lifestyle improvements. 

Featured on a website run by a public service that people trust, it’s a great opportunity to make the residents of the county more aware of our walking and social activities.

The link to the main website is: here 

The link to our Group’s own article is: here

Do take the time out to take a look at our entry and to explore the main website which is full of interesting information and advice

The successful posting was the result of a joint initiative between Worcester Group and Peter Wright (Ramblers Area Secretary) and many thanks are due to Peter for all his hard work.

Our Group is keen to expand our publicity and awareness activities and would like to remind members that volunteers are still required for the unfilled posts of Press Engagement Officer and Recruitment Events Coordinator.

Role descriptions are available on our website and anybody interested in contributing should contact Cliff D. (chairman) for an informal discussion.

Worcester Ramblers Logo  A glimpse at Alan's proposed group holidays
for 2017, 2018....

Photographs of Corsica
taken by Trish

Click either to visit gallery
See also Mel's photos here

Weekends and holidays are exciting events for Worcester Ramblers members. The following are in the pipeline and the information given is for guidance only. Contact Alan T via the Contact Us page to express your interest in the holidays listed here.

17th September - Two weeks in Corsica (£1000pp)

17th November - Three nights full board, self guided walks based from the Peveril of the Peak, Dovedale HF Holidays (£120pp)

Option 1. - Preferred choice but subject to dollar rates and Brexit. Three weeks - San Francisco Route: The Sonoma & Napa Valley Wine Area & The Large Redwood Forest's, Lake Tahoe, Yosemite National Park, whale watching and beach in Monterrey, then 2-3 nights sight seeing in San Francisco. (£1900)

Option 2. - Two weeks full board in Andalusia - one week Grazelema and one week La Alpujarra. Best flora and fauna in Andalusia according to Paul and John (£1000pp)
September - Two weeks France (£800pp)

May - Option 1 or 2 of the above
October / November - Two weeks full board Walking on Canary Island; All inclusive Fred Olsen cruise with Worldwide Ramblers Guide (£1200pp)

February - 3/5 weeks touring and walking in New Zealand using camper vans, to include a stopover on the return flight. (£2000pp)

Information will be added to this website as available - keep looking!

Worcester Ramblers Logo Working Party Reports

  Working Party Report - 15th November

Our working party were in action again on Tuesday, this time at Hallow. The work involved replacing two broken stiles with new metal gates, clearing undergrowth and putting in a new ditch crossing. They seem quite pleased with themselves. And so they should be. Thank you guys!
At Yeldon
  Working Party Report - 25th October

At Yeldon again! So who says a womans work is never done?.....they've finished! Lin and Fil, two of the members of the working party who returned to Yeldon to fit yet more steps, waymarkers and cross steps.
Thank you to everyone who turned out.

  Working Party Report  - 18th October

Ten members of the working party turned out at Yeldon to fit 20 steps, which is a record for a days work fitting steps! The team also cleaned two bridges and fitted them with anti slip. There remains on this site only 14 steps and 2 cross steps to do.Well done team, without you, many of our local paths would disapear. Thank You. 
    Working Party Report  - 11th October

Eight eople turned out to dismantle a kissing gate at Crews Hill and rebuild it to be mobility friendly.
If you would like to join in with the working party activities Contact Doug F via the Contact Us page
Worcester Ramblers Logo  OS Maps on Tesco Clubcard

Tesco Clubcard are currently offering a year's subscription to OS maps for £8 in Clubcard vouchers. This allows you to access and print sections of 1:25 000 and 1:50 000 maps.

On the Clubcard website, search by "OS maps" and you will see the deal. You will be sent a link to the OS website and a code to use in the promotional box when you register and purchase the subscription - the cost will go to zero when you add the code .

You can expand or reduce sections of the maps and move the printable area around so you can get a whole circular walk route on an A4 page.

Worcester Ramblers Logo  Contact Cards

Contact Cards

As part of our continued drive to improve the visibility of Worcester Ramblers within our community, your committee agreed to invest in a print run of economical credit card sized contact (handout) cards.

The objective is for members of the committee, volunteers and any other members of our Group who wish, to carry a few of these cards in their wallet or purse to hand out to potential interested contacts on walks, at formal events or indeed on social occasions.

The reverse of each card is blank to enable more personal contact information to be handwritten in if desired.

If you would like a small supply of these cards, please contact either Cliff Dimond or Rod Garnett either on one of our walks or via the ‘Contact Us’ page on our website. 
Worcester Ramblers Logo Group Focus for 2016

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2016 Group Focus Areas

Since the AGM in November, your committee has been reviewing the focus of our Group for the forthcoming year.

Details including items under consideration are accessible by clicking on the icon shown.

Please take this opportunity to scrutinise the current thinking and to let us have any thoughts, comments or suggestions for improvement you might have. We may not have the resources to address all the suggestions so your input on prioritisation would be welcomed.

If you are interested in leading or supporting any of the individual initiatives, we would love to hear from you.

This is your Group and you can help shape its future. Suggestions should be sent to the chairman or any other member of the committee via the ‘Contact Us’ page on the website.

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  Walks Programme Development

Two Walks on the Same Day

In order to offer more variety within our walks programme, your committee has recommended that our Group introduces and supports the option to offer two walks on the same day.

This might involve a ‘figure of eight’ walk design where there are effectively two loops involved, with participants able to finish after the first loop if preferred. You may have noticed that a few of these have appeared on the programme over the past few weeks.

It might involve a linear, coach based walk with some participants walking the whole route and others being dropped off part way for a shorter walk but ending up at the same end point for transfer back to the start point.

Alternatively, it might involve two entirely different walks at perhaps different times from different locations. This is workable as long as the walks are sufficiently different to attract alternative participants and not to be ‘in competition’ with each other. This approach was trialled successfully during our recent Festival of Winter Walks initiative.

Our walks coordinators will assess whether any two walks submitted on the same day are sufficiently different to avoid overlap of likely participants and advise both leaders in advance if overlap is likely. Naturally, coordination and cooperation between walk leaders will be important here.

There are no particular guidelines concerning which days of the week the two walks should take place on as we want to continue to encourage walk leaders to exploit all seven days available to us! However, initially, they are likely to feature on our programme as requested on (say) one Saturday per month. The reason for this is to offer more variety to potential members who are currently employed and who cannot take part in mid week walks. An alternative remains of course to offer walks on a Sunday.

All this does not mean that walk leaders are expected to organise two walks unless they wish to do so. However, leaders should not be deterred from leading a walk on the same day as another walk providing it is sufficiently different.

We hope that you will support and contribute to this initiative over the course of the year and we will adapt the approach as we learn. If you require further information or have any feedback on this article, please do not hesitate to talk to a committee member or email them via the ‘Contact Us’ page on our website.

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Recce Initiative 

Following the re-introduction of recce walk at the start for the year these have proved valuable for those who have joined them. Following feedback, from July these will now take place on the
1st and 3rd Tuesday of each month.

I would encourage members who wish to enhance skills and give them the necessary experience to lead a walk in the future, thereby increasing the number of walk leaders for our Group to join us.

If you have a walk in mind or one that has not been done for a while, please submit the details onto one of the recce days on our walks programme.

Please note that putting your recce on our walks programme is totally optional. If a leader prefers to recce independantly, then that of course remains perfectly acceptable.
If you require further information please do not hesitate to contact Heather Fraser or Josie Wilson via the Contact Us page of our website.

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 Worcester Group Health Check
November 2016
To see some of the detailed underlying data
Click on the image

Since November 2013 the committee has been recording a selection of data that effectively monitors the health of our Group over time. Sandra C. has been capturing the base data from walk attendance sheets in a spreadsheet and Cliff D. has been analysing it.

Summary analyses have been published on our website every six months since May 2014. The data up to and including October 2016 has now been analysed and gives another full year on year perspective, enabling seasonal factors to be taken into account.

    Observations that could be made from the latest data include:

    1. The number of registered members has decreased year on year and at 425 is well below the recent
        peak of 453 recorded in March 2015 although above the baseline figure of 399 in October 2013.

    2. We recruited 48 new members this year against our notional target of 50, and compared with 46
         recruited last year. The steady stream of new recruits is however not offsetting those existing
         members not renewing. This means that 66 individuals did not renew their membership.

    3. Membership within the remainder of the Worcestershire Area (comprising Bromsgrove, Wyre

        Forest, Redditch and Evesham) increased by eleven at a combined total of 620 in October 2016
        compared with 609 in October 2015.

    4. The number of registered members who are ‘active’ walkers has varied somewhat across the year, 
        dropping as low as 94 in May but rising to 109 in October which is slightly above the 103 for
        October last year. ‘Active’ walkers still only represent 26% of overall membership (109 out of 425).

    5.  The number of different members walking in any given month has decreased very slightly this year
         compared with last year with an average of 76.2 compared with 77.8

    6. This year, our Group has put on 178 walks compared with 174 during the same period last year.

    7. We offered 55 shorter walks (of 6 miles or less) this year compared with 57 last year alongside 123
        longer walks compared with 117 walks previously.

    8. The total number of different walk leaders was 49 this year compared with 52 last year, maintaining
        the reduction of an unsustainable dependency upon a few key individuals.

    9. This year there was an average of 16.7 participants per walk compared with 18.2 last year (an 8%


    10. The number of working party assignments completed was 16 this year compared with 18 last year
          and 12 the year before. This is far above the number undertaken by the rest of the Area combined.

    Another detailed analysis will be published in or around May 2017 but if you have any observations or questions about this information, please feel free to bring them up with Cliff.

    Please click on the images to see some of the detailed underlying data

 Added 4 December 2016 by BP     
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