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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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Worcester Ramblers Logo  Faggots Peas & Chips  Evening
faggots  A faggots, peas and chips evening might not be to everyone’s liking, so Alan organised some alternatives, however the faggot dish was the most popular choice on Tuesday 27th January at the Paul Pry pub in the centre of Worcester.

Twenty three group members tucked into plates of steaming faggots, peas and  chips with lashing of gravy and thick slices of bread to mop it all up.

It was a very cosy affair with limited space; a few of us eating from our laps, so be warned if you are thinking about joining in a future event – book early as numbers will be limited.

There were muttering of ‘let’s have a bangers and mash night’ next too
After eating, we enjoyed a free raffle. The lucky winner of the bottles of wine were Dave C and Pat D. Playing cards were available but there was enough chatter for entertainment!

The evening was organised by Alan, who was ably assisted by Trish. Our thanks goes to you both for such a lovely event.
Alan is now taking bookings for the next social event which is a carvery followed by ten pin bowling on Tuesday 17 February 2015, everyone is welcome so invite your family and friends to join in. For further details check out the Worcester Ramblers website Events page
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Worcester Ramblers Logo Walks Registration Forms

Walk Registration Forms

Those of our members who walk with us regularly will know that at the beginning of each walk, the leader asks each participant to complete an entry line on one of the walk registration forms. These come as two variants - the first for Worcester Group members and the second for visitors.


It may sometimes seem tedious to provide this information and recently it has become apparent that the level of legibility and extent of completion has deteriorated somewhat.


It seems appropriate therefore to remind members why our Group collects this information:


1. The leader and back marker need to know how many and who are on the walk in the event of people

    getting separated from the main group.

2. The recent incident involving Mavis has reinforced the need to be able to provide clear witness and 

    victim contact number details for emergency service and insurance company purposes.

    The contact number should be a personal mobile or land line number although a mobile number if also 

    carried on the walk could be especially useful in the event of separation.

3. In the event of a third party insurance claim, it is important to have advance evidence that an  individual was an official participant on a walk.

4. The membership number is used to cross reference the name and to identify if any individuals are 

    abusing our ‘three walks for free’ policy e.g. by continuing to walk with us when their membership has

    lapsed or by pretending to be a member in the first place. These have happened in the past!

5. The overall data is collected and used to monitor the ‘health’ of our Group over time and this in turn

    informs our focus and decision making.


Could we all please take care to complete the entry line clearly and fully and remind walk leaders to take the registration forms with them on the walk rather than leaving them in their car.


Incident Forms


Fortunately incidents serious enough to be reported are uncommon, but - see 2. above - if such an incident should occur it is pertinent that walk leaders have an understanding of the required information and preferably have a copy of the incident form to which they can refer. This form can be found via the useful links on Submit a Walk/Walk Leaders Checklist on the Volunteer pages of the Ramblers Association website in Volunteer Zone user guide.


 Worcester Ramblers

Focus for 2015

Worcester Ramblers Chairman Cliff Dimond

2015 Group Focus Areas


At our recent committee meeting we discussed our focus areas for 2015 and took the following decisions:


1. Our original major categories of:

        > Increase the number of walk leaders

        > Footpath / bridleway improvement

        > Improve engagement of the wider membership


    would remain the key areas to concentrate on.


2. We should continue to do 'more of the same' in 2015 as we did in 2014 i.e. attempt to

    recruit around 50 new members over the year, most of whom should become 'active' 


    A further step change in recruitment ambition was considered unrealistic with the

    Group likely to struggle to successfully absorb any such even higher increase.


Full details of items under consideration are contained within the three PDF files accessible by clicking on the individual icons shown. 


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. We will 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.

   Increase the number of walks leaders Improve engagement of wider membership Footpath & Bridleway Improvement 
Worcester Ramblers Logo  Wishing Mavis a Speedy Recovery
  Mavis F was injured in a road traffic collision on Monday 29th December and is presently in Birmingham Hospital having sustained multiple fractures. She has a long recovery ahead and will be sincerely missed on group walks.
Joy K will endeavour to keep everyone posted with her progress as the opportunity arises. 
Tuesday 7th January - An Update
Mavis would like to thank everyone for their supportive messages and cards, also for the fruit and chocolates. She has had some surgery and still awaits results of more x-rays. She is not up to receiving many visitors yet as she is still sleepy and uncomfortable, though cheerful. 
Sunday 11th January - Mavis is ready for visitors
The latest scans have shown that everything is as it should be and Mavis would welcome brief visits. To avoid too many visitors at anyone time please contact Joy beforehand
Friday 16th January - Mavis has been moved to Worcester Hospital
Contact Joy for Ward details.
Wednesday 21st January - On to rehabilitiation
Mavis is moving to Corbett House at Droitwich today and is expected to arrive after 10am. 

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Worcester Ramblers Logo Books and Maps for Loan
by Worcester Ramblers Members
Books and maps for Worcester Ramblers to loan

Going on holiday and need a map?
Looking for a walk route?

Mandy has a selection of maps which she is happy to loan to members, to view the list click here.

Mo Blinkhorn has donated lots of walking books too, to view the titles click here. Contact Sandra to borrow these.

Mandy and Sandra are contactable via the Contact Us page

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Worcester Ramblers Logo  New contract with
Ramblers Worldwide Holidays

The Ramblers is pleased to announce that from October 2014 it entered into a three-year agreement with Ramblers Worldwide Holidays. The agreement is focused on online opportunities to promote each other and we hope that it will bring in more members who want to support our work.

The Ramblers thanks HF Holidays for its support over the last three years.

Like to read more, click here.

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Walks Programme Publicist Found

We are delighted to announce that Mandy Heal has volunteered to take on the post of walks programme publicist effective from February 2015.

The role ensures that our walks programme continually features in specific local media publications. We know for certain that prospective new members do try us out having seen one of our future walks in the press.

Between now and February, Sandra Chapman has kindly agreed to continue to execute the responsibilities of the role on an interim basis.

I am sure that you will all give Mandy the thanks, encouragement and support that she deserves for making this contribution to our Group.


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 26th Annual General Meeting Minutes
Worcester Ramblers Chairman Cliff Dimond  The 26th Annual General Meeting of our Group was held on Friday evening, November 7th, with 31 members attending. The minutes of the meeting can be accessed by clicking here.

Any comments or feedback on these minutes can be communicated to our Chairman (Cliff Dimond) via the 'Contact Us' page of our website.

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 Worcester Group Health Check
November 2014
 Click on the image to see some of the detailed underlying data

At its first meeting in November 2013 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 data base in a spreadsheet since then and Cliff D. has been analysing it. A first summary analysis was published on our website in May 2014.

It remains too early to be drawing any firm conclusions from the data but observations that could be made from the past twelve months include:

  1. The number of registered members has declined significantly from a peak of 490 in February 2011 but now shows consistent modest growth to 441 in October of this year
  2. Excluding the effect of the 12 members transferred to our Group in August 2014 from the now disbanded 20-40 Group, there has been a steady stream of new recruits (+50) that has more than offset those existing members not renewing (-20)
  3. Membership within the remainder of the Worcestershire Area (comprising Bromsgrove, Wyre Forest, Redditch and Evesham) continues to decline at a combined total of 601 in September 2014 compared with 654 in October 2013
  4. The number of registered members who are 'active' walkers has risen to around 105 from 90 last April but still only represents about 24% of overall membership (105 out of 441)
  5. The number of different members walking in any given month has increased steadily from an average of 60.5 in the first six months of the period to 74 in the second six months of the period although seasonal factors may have had an impact here.
  6. Over the twelve months, the Group has put on 156 walks lead by 44 different individuals
  7. 36% of walks were 6 miles or under and 64% were over 6 miles
  8. Over the twelve months there has been an average of 17 participants per walk although recently there have been some spectacular peaks e.g. 43 on November 6th
  9. 42% of current active members have lead walks, averaging just over 3.5 walks each although the most prolific leaders achieved 19 and 18 respectively
  10. The number of working party assignments completed increased from 3 in the first six months of the period to 9 in the second six months

Another detailed analysis will be published in and around May 2015 but if you have any observations or questions about this information please feel free to bring them up with Cliff.

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Working Party Report
Monday 19th January 2015
Working Party Report - 19th January 2015 

On a cold, bright Monday morning Dave, Mick, Doug, Steve, Fil and Pete met with Amanda from the Countryside Service to level a footpath and fit four steps as part of The Ombersley Trail. It didn't take long for them to warm up in the winter sunshine once they started digging.
Thanks go to everyone involved. A good day's work. 
A step going inThe first step in place
Worcester Ramblers leveling a footpathLevelling a section of the footpath A well deserved coffee breakA well deserved coffee break Path levelling by Worcester Ramblers
Another section being levelled
Interested in joining the Working Party
Contact Pete Murphy via the Contact Us page
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Just some of last years highlights 
 A small selection of reports that were published on this page from November 2013 to October 2014
Working Party Reports 
Working Party
Report - 20 October 2014 
 Working Party
Report - 15 September 2014
Walking Working Party
Report - 18 August 2014; 
'The Working Party Works'
 More Working Party Progress Report;
 The New Working Party Operating Model Report
Renovated Route featured....
on Ramblers website
in Worcester News
Footpaths Renovation Partnership

Read the Footpath Renovation Partnership Report
- 2 October 2014;
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..
 25 Year Celebration
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
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
28th - 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.

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