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Worcester Ramblers Logo Footpath Problem Reporting

Footpath / Bridleway Problem Reporting

Some of you may have noticed during the redesign of our website Home page that an additional heading appeared within the footer section at the bottom entitled ‘Footpath Problems’. Underneath this heading are two sub-headings, namely ‘Worcestershire’ and ‘Herefordshire’.

Clicking on either of these sub-headings takes the viewer to the official county council problem reporting websites where issues can be registered.

If walk leaders or indeed any member of our Group encounters a problem during a recce or walk, we ask that they log this issue on the relevant website. Click on the ‘Report a defect’ tab and complete the information requested.

The system will come up with a map and ask you to pinpoint the exact location on it so please bear this in mind at the time that the problem is encountered. For example, noting an O/S grid reference identifying the precise location of the defect could be really useful for reference purposes.

A clear and concise description of the problem(s) is also of course important.

As well as filling in the website information required, it would also be helpful to email Pete Murphy (our Footpath Officer) via the ‘Contact Us’ page on our website to inform him that a new issue has been registered. Pete can then monitor progress and in some cases, especially if it affects a future planned Group walk, consider scheduling a fix of the problem as a working party assignment.

If you encounter any problems when using the county website problem reporting websites, please contact Pete who should be able to help you ’troubleshoot’ the difficulty.

Thank you in advance for your ongoing support of this request.

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Worcester Ramblers Logo  55+ & Retirement Roadshow
  Can you help please?

Worcester Ramblers is jointly hosting a stand with the ‘Walking for Health’ organisation at the 55+ & Retirement Roadshow to be held at the Guildhall in Worcester on Saturday March 28th.
   
  The objective of the show is to be an information portal, packed full of exhibitors providing information on things that people at, near and in retirement will find of interest. 

There are lots of areas that concern this group of people; keeping healthy and well, getting fitter,  plus things such as pensions, tax, money, housing, care, mobility, travel, work, medicines and legal issues to name a few. The question is what do people need and how do they access it?

The roadshow is supported by a website www.retirementroadshow.co.uk  where each exhibitor has a dedicated page containing contact details and information about them which people can view before the event. It is also part of the promotional material because the press
and radio can refer to it when researching the show.

Please do take a look at this website for exhibits that might interest you personally.

Cliff D. and Jane V. have kindly agreed to manage the stand and would greatly appreciate volunteers who would be prepared to spend an hour or two at the roadshow helping them out and giving them a bit of a break.

Are you willing to contribute an hour of your time to support this activity?

If so, please contact Cliff D. (Chairman) via the ‘Contact Us’ page on our website.

 
       
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Working Party Report
Monday 9th March 2015
Working Party Report - 9th March 2015

On Monday morning Doug, Steve, Fil, George, Dave, Lin and Pete met with Amanda from the Countryside Service to install one gate and four waymarking posts.This will be part of the new Fladbury Jubilee Walk which involves some permissive paths and it is hoped to be available for walkers from August.
Thanks go to everyone involved. A good day's work.
Getting the gate out of the van
Getting the gate out of the van
Clearing the site and removing old stile
Clearing the site and removing the old stile
Old stile coming outStile nearly removed Gate finished
Gate finished
Interested in joining the Working Party
Contact Pete Murphy via the Contact Us page
     
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
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Second NNAS Bronze Training Course

Fully Subscribed

Map Reading Opportunity with Worcester Ramblers The second NNAS bronze training course arranged exclusively for Worcester Group members is now fully subscribed.

All members who previously expressed interest and could make the three consecutive Sunday dates scheduled in April have been accommodated with the maximum number of 12 participants achieved.  

The course is suitable for walkers who wish to increase their map reading skills so as to be able to navigate more confidently. It includes compass and basic navigation techniques.

It is not clear if or when a third bronze course will be offered as some members who were originally interested could not make the dates offered and there have been a number of additional informal expressions of interest.

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The Ramblers are 80

Ramblers at 80 

Did you know that 2015 is the eightieth year of the founding of our organisation?

To celebrate the occasion the Ramblers have joined forces with the Observer newspaper to provide magazine supplements of walks from Ramblers routes.

Click on the picture to download the article by Alan Franks In Praise of the Ramblers at 80 and an extract from Kate Ashbrooks’ blog
Routing for Ramblers Routes. 

   
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Worcester Ramblers Logo  Bronze Awards for Twelve Navigators
NNAS Bronze Award NNAS Bronze Award Training for Worcester Ramblers
 Congratulations
100% pass for the twelve participants on the Map Reading Course. Thanks Derek
     
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Quiz  & Curry Night - A Culinary Delight 

Tuesday March 10th

The plan for the evening was orchestrated by Alan T; it involved a gardening quiz at the Paul Pry Pub in the centre of Worcester followed by a three course Indian Meal at the Massalla Restaurant.

Walkers out today Thursday 12th March said that it was another excellent success, good food and good company!!

Thank you again Alan and Trish T. 
(Pictured right - the winning quiz team)

 


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Worcester Ramblers Logo  A Very Enjoyable Evening - Thank you Alan!!
  Carvery and Ten Pin Bowling  
   
  Worcester Ramblers members turned out on Tuesday, (17th February) some after a short notice walk for an evening of eating and fun. First stop was the Raven for a carvery and then on for a couple of games of Ten Pin Bowling. Everyone that attended enjoyed a fun filled evening.  
       
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  Walk Grading Guidance
  Easy? Leisurely? Moderate? Strenuous?

The committee has been asked to offer some guidance to help walk leaders grade their walks consistently and to assist potential participants in deciding whether a particular walk is suitable for their abilities.
This is extremely helpful for new members.


Clicking on the image will bring up this guidance which has now also been added to the 'Submit a Walk' section within the 'Useful Guides' sub-section.

Walk leaders are encouraged to adopt this guidance in future when posting their walk descriptions on our walks programme.
 
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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.

 
     
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 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' 

    walkers. 

    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 

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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. 

Monday 16 February 2015

Mavis expects to be given her first physio session today.  She is still at the Nursing Home in Droitwich and is thankful to all those who have visited so far.  For those who haven't visited yet but have been intending to do so, there is little restriction on access but try to avoid meal times. 12.30-1.30 and 5.00 -6.00.

Thursday 12th March
Mavis has been admitted to Avon Ward 3 for further investigations. Please check with Joy regarding visiting etc.


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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
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