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Worcester Ramblers Logo  Map Reading/Compass Workshop
at Cotswold Outdoor, Droitwich

Cotswold Outdoor, Droitwich have teamed up with Ordnance Survey to proudly announce a

Beginner's Map-Reading And Compass Workshop in store on

Tuesday 12th July at 6:30pm.

Whether you are completely new to map reading and want to escape to the outdoors this Summer, or if you have any specific questions you would like to ask one of the Experts, then pop over to Droitwich and take part!

The session will last about 2 hours and admission is completely FREE.

However spaces are limited So Please contact the store to reserve your place - 01527 861 751

They hope to see you there. Lets #GetOutside this Summer!

Worcester Ramblers Logo  Its the 80th anniversary of Trig Pillars

On 18 April 1936, a group of surveyors gathered around a white concrete pillar in a field in Cold Ashby, Northamptonshire, and began the retriangulation of Great Britain.

Ordnance Survey (OS) is celebrating the 80th anniversary of the triangulation pillar, most often known as a "trig pillar" or "trig point" and a welcome sight to many a walker as they reach the peak of their walk.

There were once about 6,500 trig pillars, built by the early surveyors at OS.

The pillar was devised by Brig Martin Hotine to provide a solid base for the theodolites used by the survey teams and to improve the accuracy of the readings obtained.



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  Chief Executive stands down
  After four successful years, Benedict Southworth has stepped down as our Ramblers chief executive. Benendict will continue in his capacity until 29th July and the search for a successor is underway.

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Worcester Ramblers Logo  So many splendid photographs

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  Wow - So many splendid photographs from the Sunset Walk on Tuesday 29th March 2016

A big thank you to Mel, Liz and Trish for stunning selection of pictures, it turned out to be a wonderful sunset and the photographs illustrate it beautifully.

Derek wrote 'At 17:30 it was pouring down. At 17:50 the skies cleared, we had a dry walk up to the Beacon and we saw a sunset after all. Derek's luck with the weather continues!. Thank you all for coming; 17 on the walk, 25 for the curry. Thank you Jane for backmarking and thanks to Mel and Liz and Trish for the pics. Great evening!'

Members taking photographs on group walks can add to the galleries, the instructions are simple and a copy is available here to print. Please contact Rod, Sandra or Derek via the Contact Us page for the password.

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. 
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Worcester Ramblers Logo Working Party Reports

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

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Working Party Report - 11th April 2016

A small working party this time installed two gates and fencing at Holdfast. This is part of the Seven Way improvements being carried out by the CCS. We would like to thank Ken the PPW from Bushley for his help.


Next Working Party 26th April


Working Party Report - 29th February 2016

Our industrious working party team installed a bridge, removed two stiles, and then two trees, plus some vegetation, plus pruning, and then did some way marking at Holdfast on the Severn Way. Then they had the afternoon off. Heroes!


Next Working Party Monday 11th April

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 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  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. 

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
  Recce Initiative Communication

For all those interested, including our Group members who have achieved the Bronze National Award Scheme, a recce walk initiative is being re-introduced, this time on the 1st Monday and 3rd Tuesday of each month.

These walks will be a mixture of distances to support both the week and weekend programme of walks.

The purpose of the recce initiative is further to enhance the members' skills and give individuals the necessary experience to lead a walk in the future, thereby increasing the number of walk leaders for our Group.

The initiative will also have the benefit of additional walks opportunities to our programme.

Experienced leaders who lead the recce will pass on their walk plan and thinking to the less experienced. Those less experienced who lead will be supported by other members, who will share their knowledge, techniques and provide coaching and mentoring to give them greater confidence.

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)
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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
November 2015
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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 were published on our website in May 2014, November 2014 and May 2015. The data up to and including October 2015 has now been analysed and gives a full year on year perspective for the first time, 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 increased slightly year on year but at 443 is below the figure of 453 recorded in March of this year and still well below the peak of 490 in February 2011.
  2. We recruited 46 new members this year against our notional target of 50, compared with 50 recruited last year. The steady stream of new recruits is just offsetting those existing members not renewing. This means that 44 individuals did not renew their membership.
  3. Membership within the remainder of the Worcestershire Area (comprising Bromsgrove, Wyre Forest, Redditch and Evesham) increased by eight at a combined total of 609 in October 2015 compared with 601 in October 2014.
  4. The number of registered members who are ‘active’ walkers has varied significantly across the year, rising to 123 in February but reducing to 103 this October which is slightly below the 105 for October last year. ‘Active’ walkers still only represent 23% of overall membership (103 out of 443).
  5. The number of different members walking in any given month has increased significantly this year compared with last year with increases in 10 of the 12 months involved.
  6. This year, our Group has put on 174 walks compared with 156 during the same period last year.
  7. We offered 57 shorter walks (of 6 miles or less) this year compared with 56 last year alongside 117 longer walks compared with 100 walks previously.
  8. The total number of different walk leaders has increased to 52 this year from 44 last year, reducing an unsustainable dependency upon a few key individuals.
  9. This year there has been an average of 18.2 participants per walk compared with 17.3 last year (a 5% increase)
  10. There was a significant increase in visitors during December 2014 and January 2015, presumably as a consequence of our Winter Walks programme.
  11. The number of working party assignments completed increased from 12 last year to 18 this year, a 50% increase. Half of this year’s total was identified and organised by the Worcester Group itself.
Another detailed analysis will be published in or around May 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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