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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.








Cotswold Outdoor





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 26th Annual General Meeting Minutes
 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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New Approach to
Group Publicity Officer Role
 Volunteers Required
After much thought, your committee has decided to break down the role of Group Publicity Officer into a number of more manageable sub-roles.

The first of these is the Walks Programme Publicist which is currently being managed by Ann Stuart.

Two important additional sub-roles have been identified, namely Recruitment Events Coordinator and Press Engagement Officer.
The main purpose of both of these is to promote the Worcester Group and its activities to non-members enabling the Ramblers organisation and ourselves to grow by attracting new recruits.

The main tasks for the Recruitment Events Coordinator include:
  • Identifying a list of local events, fairs, organisations, public places (e.g. market places, popular walking locations) etc suitable for deployment of publicity stands and materials
  • Scheduling a rolling programme from within this list for the Worcester Group to attend
The main tasks for the Press Engagement Officer include:
  • Identifying a comprehensive list of local media organisations with whom to develop working
  • Identifying specific individuals within these organisations responsible for; sympathetic to
    or interested in Ramblers or countryside issues and developing them as contacts
Full role descriptions for each of these three sub-roles are accessible within the ‘Who does what in the Worcester Group?’ section of our website.
Previous experience in these areas of publicity is much less important than creativity and enthusiasm. Both sub-roles can be managed within realistic time commitments and will be fully supported by your chairman and the committee.
We want to expand the Group in order to increase the number and range of walks and social events.
If you would like to discuss taking on one of these roles then please contact Cliff Dimond via the 'Contact Us' page on the website or have a chat on one of the walks.
Remember – this is your Group and it can only continue to improve
if it gets the support from its membership.
Working Party Report
Friday 21st November 2014
Working Party Report - 21st November 2014 


Friday morning saw Cliff, Doug, Steve, Fil, Alan, Trish, Pete and Lin filling their rucksacks with anti-slip matting and tools before walking the 7 mile Christmas Hat route to make the stiles and a bridge safer to get over. They also did some clearance work and fitted way-markers.

Thanks go to everyone involved. A good day's work.

Fitting the anti-slip to a slippery bridge
Anti-slip matting fitted to a stile Bridge being cleaned
Fil clearing the route
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.
Malvern Treasure Hunt on Thursday
7th August 2014
A first for Worcester Ramblers, a treasure hunt organised by Alan and Trish. Read more..
2014 Group Focus - Help us develop Worcester Group
In November 2013 the new committee
agreed to focus on three key areas
Increase the number of walks leaders Improve engagement of wider membership Footpath & Bridleway Improvement
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