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Worcester Ramblers Logo  Christmas Day Lunch at the Oak
   

There are a couple of places available for lunch on Christmas Day
at the Oak, Upton Snodsbury. If anyone is interested in joining Mandy, Cathie and others at the Oak, the menu is available on their website (www.theoakuptonsnodsbury.co.uk) the cost is £65 per person.

Names to Mandy via the Contact Us page by Thursday 29th September.

It will be fun!

     
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%



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Cotswold Way and Cotswold Highlights
Update




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.

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Worcester Show Report 2016

Worcester Show Report

For the third consecutive year, Worcester Ramblers hosted a recruitment stand at the Worcester Show at Gheluvelt Riverside Park jointly with the ‘Walking for Health’ organisation in support of our efforts to attract new members. Attendance is typically in excess of 6,000 visitors.

The weather was kind and the day seemed very successful with many members of the public picking up our literature and expressing interest in our range of activities.

Dignitaries who came to talk with us included Paul Denham, the current mayor of Worcester and councillor Lyn Denham (mayoress).

Martyn with mayor Paul Denham and councillor Lyn Denham

Thanks are due to Sue and Richard R., Martyn and Helen M., Fil and Steve W., Jane V. and Cliff D. who all generously gave their time to set up, take down and meet & greet at the stand.

We are also grateful to those who volunteered to help but were not in the end required on the day.

[Martyn lurking behind our stand]

Only time will tell however how many new members will join as a direct result of our efforts. As a Group, we would like to get involved in around 5 – 6 such events each year to reinforce our presence and this is why we continue to look for a volunteer from within the Group to take on the role of Recruitment Events Coordinator.

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

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.

2017
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)

2018
May
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)

2019
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)

2020
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!

     
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Worcester Ramblers Logo  Discount for health walkers
Go to www.ramblers.org.uk to join, and to take advantage of the special discount for health walkers. Add the promotional code (C16M5A) to receive your health walker discount -30% annual membership in your first year.
 
     
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Worcester Ramblers Logo Working Party Reports
  Working Party Report  - 12th July

Fil measured the anti-slip, Steve scored and snapped them, Cliff drilled the holes to put on the bridge. Ann, Mick and Doug cleared the bridge screwing 150 pieces. The path to the bridge was cleared. Then their marker was added. The end.


To view more pictures click here

Next working party to be announced
 
 

Working Party Report - 24th May 2016

The  Working Party were at Severn Stoke (again) today. Five members turned  out to install a kissing gate, a couple of posts, and waymark the Severn  Way around Clifton. Thank you guys.

Next Working Party 12th July 2016 or sooner!

To view more photographs click here

 

Working Party Report - 26th April 2016

The  working party were at Severn Stoke on Tuesday and six members fitted  two kissing gates. An RAF C17 transporter circled 3 times to see what  they were up to then rolled out the banner in salute of their work. Well  done team working party and thank you!

Next Working Party 24th May 2016

To view more photographs click here

If you would like to join in with the working party activities Contact Doug F via the Contact Us page
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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.
 
       

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Worcester Ramblers Logo First Aid Tips for Walkers
   
Walking is a relatively low-risk activity, but you should expect the unexpected and ensure at least one person in your walking group has a basic knowledge of first aid in case someone falls ill or is injured.

Here is an article produced by the Rambers and The British Red Cross that gives some useful information on dealing with emergencies and summoning help which also contains a very useful video, Click the symbol to view it.

You can also view this article "First Aid Tips for Walkers" under the 'Useful Guides' within the 'submit a walk' section of the website.
     
     

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Worcester Ramblers Logo  Changes to walks programme & calendar

 

We have previously inserted a ‘walk required’ request within the walks programme whenever there have been any gaps in the schedule. However, anyone quickly glancing at the programme might think it was full, when in fact it was not.


So we have changed things a little. Any requests for walks or recce’s will now appear in the calendar and will be in red text. All entries in the programme will be planned scheduled walks. These will also appear in the calendar in green text.


So if you are looking to submit a walk, look in the calendar first to check what gaps there might be in the programme.
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Worcester Ramblers Logo Thank you Alan & Trish
  Isle of Wight Walking Week

Saturday 3rd - Saturday 10th September 2016

A huge thank you to Alan and Trish: the hard work that went into the planning of the week was plain for all to see and admired by everyone. Big thank you's also to all the walk leaders and backmarkers and indeed every occupant of a Rambler shed - for being yourselves and fostering true cameraderie. A great week!

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Worcester Ramblers Logo  Nomination for 'End to End' Route Renovation
 

Following recent major successes, including Pensax & Menithwood and Southstone Rock, our working party is looking to identify a new ‘end to end’ route renovation project to focus on. The chosen route should be one in Worcestershire and of particular interest or relevance to the Worcester Group.

Such an initiative can take up to six months to plan and complete and involves close liaison with the Worcestershire Countryside Service.

If you know of a walk route requiring and deserving a complete ‘make over’ please contact Doug Flanagan (footpath officer) via the ‘Contact Us’ page on our website as soon as possible, providing details of your nomination.


Worcester Ramblers Logo  New Chief Executive
  Vanessa Griffiths has recently been appointed as the new chief executive of Ramblers GB.

To read the full article click here
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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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Worcester Ramblers Logo  New Walk Registration Forms
   
  We have redesigned our walk registration forms and these will replace the previous versions with immediate effect. Could walk leaders please destroy any blank copies that you might have printed out and use the new version instead from now on.

The main reason for the redesign is to capture information about how walk participants learned of Worcester Ramblers. In the case of Worcester Group members we have added an extra column to the form asking new members to enter a code identifying the source of their path to us.

A space for recording the name of the walk back marker has also been provided.

In the case of visitors and member of other Ramblers' groups there is a checklist to tick. We also now ask for the name of the group and membership number if the participant is from another Rambler's group.

The objective is to help us understand how people find our Group and therefore how best to target our future recruitment initiatives.

The redesigned forms can be viewed by clicking here or on either of the images above, or find them on the 'Submit a Walk page' / Registration forms.
 
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Worcester Ramblers Logo  Walk Programme Development - 2

 

  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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Worcester Ramblers Logo

 Walk Programme Development - 1

Update

 

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 Ramblers Logo  Volunteer Development Days
  To assist Ramblers volunteers in their roles, Ramblers Head Office have organised a series of Volunteer Development Days across the country. The nearest venues: Birmingham on Friday 13th May and Gloucester on Saturday 4th June 2016.

Subjects include:
  • Introduction to leading group walks (AM)
  • Use the Ramblers website to get more people walking (AM)
  • Promoting your group using social media (AM)
  • Understanding and explaining Ramblers mission and structure to members and the public (AM)
  • Basics to rights of way law (AM)
  • Successful short walks (PM)
  • Leading more challenging walks (PM)
  • Recruiting volunteers (PM)
  • Rights of way: Specialist Areas (PM)
  • Making change happen: campaigning and working with the media (Full day)
  • Treasurer training (Full day)
To find out more click here

Worcester group members interested in attending a Development Day are asked to contact Cliff D via the Contact Us page
     
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 Worcester Group Health Check
May 2016
To see some of the detailed underlying data
Click on the image

In November 2013 we started recording a selection of data that effectively monitors the health of our Group over time. Sandra Chapman has been capturing the base data from our walks register in a spreadsheet since then and Cliff D. has been analysing it.

Summary analyses were published on our website in May 2014, November 2014, May 2015 and November 2015. The data up to and including May 2016 has now been analysed.

  1. The number of registered members stands at 426 which is below the 450 at the same period last year but slightly greater than the 417 in May 2014.
  2. We continue to recruit new members at an average rate of 4 per month which is both consistent with previous years and our notional target of 50 this year. The steady stream of new recruits however is not enough to offset those existing members not renewing.
  3. Importantly, the number of registered members who are ‘active’ walkers has remained pretty constant at an average of just over 100 each month this year but again, below the average for the same period last year. ‘Active’ walkers still only represent about 27% of overall membership.
  4. During the year to date, the Group has put on 99 walks compared with 97 during the same period last year and 86 the year before.
  5. The number of different members walking in any given month has decreased to an average of 72.4 this year from 81.7 last year but up from 61.9 in 2014.
  6. Membership within the remainder of the Worcestershire Area (comprising Bromsgrove, Wyre Forest, Redditch and Evesham) has increased slightly to 626 from a combined total of 609 in October 2015.
  7. The number of different walk leaders continues to increase each year from an average per month of 8.9 in 2014 to 10.7 in 2015 to 11.6 in 2016.
  8. During the year to date there has been an average of 16.7 participants per walk compared with 19.6 when compared with the same period last year and 17.1 in the year before that. The increased number of walks offered, some of which have been recces needs to be factored into this particular comparison.
  9. There was a significant increase in visitors during December and January in all years, as a consequence of our Winter Walks programme.
  10. We have continued to undertake working party assignments at a rate in excess of one per month with 10 completed in the first seven months of this period.

Another detailed analysis will be published in or around November 2016 but if you have any observations or questions about this information, please feel free to bring them up with Cliff.

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