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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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The highest walk attendance
since records began!
Sandie's walk from Blackstone Car Park near Bewdley on Easter Saturday 19th April was very popular with the number of walkers attending reaching 31. Three fairly recent walks saw twentynine walkers out. 
For those of you on the walk who heard Sandie say that there were thirty on the walk,
well, she forgot to count herself!!!
Records began in November 2013, Group Chairman Cliff Dimond will be looking at the figures soon and publishing some interesting trends.

Please remember that the registration form is for YOUR safety, please arrive at the walk with time to complete
all details accurately and clearly.


 More Working Party Progress

More Working Party Progress

Considerable further progress has been made towards attaining the desired new operating model (details available by clicking on the picture below) for our working party.

Over the past two months the number of volunteers within the pool available for work assignments has increased from 14 to 24.

Click above picture to view the new working party operating model.
Many of the new volunteers and some of the established ones have recently completed supervisor, way marking and strimmer courses run by the Worcestershire Countryside Service, some of which have been arranged exclusively for our Group.
These volunteers are now accredited and insured by the Countryside Service to
work on tasks.

In addition, the Countryside Service has provided us
with an inventory of hand tools and personal protection equipment for use on our working party assignments. Items include pruning saws; shears; slashers; loppers; secateurs; claw hammers, protective gloves and over specs.

We have also been promised Hi Viz vests plus various consumables in the near future.
A key next step is to improve the relevance of work tasks to our Group and Pete Murphy has recently provided the Countryside Service with a series of footpath improvement requirements based upon a specific walk of our own. These issues are currently being assessed prior to giving us clearance to proceed.
Considerable thanks are due to Pete and all the working party volunteers for the time and commitment they have given towards our long term goal of becoming self sufficient in our ability to clear and make routes safe in order to put on our walk programme.
We are always looking for further volunteers and ideas about how we can further improve our effectiveness.
Do you have any time or contribution
that you could devote to this 2014 Group Focus Area?
If so, please contact Pete Murphy via the ‘Contact Us’ page on the website.


 Well Done Sue
An Article in the Worcester News 



Ramblers President Kate 
celebrates 30 Years at OSS

Click picture to link to Kate's blog and read full story
Edgar Powell
and the Ombersley Rationalisation Scheme get a mention in Kate's blog
Ms Ashbrook, who is also currently president of the Ramblers, quotes in her blog celebrating 30 years at the Open Spaces Society some of the many altercations over footpath obstructions including the infamous Ombersley rationalisation scheme, involving over 100 paths in Worcestershire (then Hereford & Worcester) which, with the Ramblers, we finally defeated in 1997 after a 15-year battle. For the society much of the work was done by our excellent and indefatigable local correspondent Edgar Powell. He dubbed the scheme Omrat, a well-deserved name. Edgar is a Worcester Group member and held the post of Worcestershire Area Ramblers President.


 Peak District Walking Holiday 

 Thanks everyone for making this week so successful
20 walkers over the whole week.
Some of the comments we received include:
Alan and Trish: Amazing week, never had a holiday like that.
John P: Great two days walking.
Andrew: Grand and fantastic weekend, good pics and nice people to be with.
Janey: Great 2 days walking and company, I enjoyed it so much, read her report here
Send in your report

 A Successful Day at the 55+ Roadshow

The Worcester Ramblers stand at the 55+ & Retirement Roadshow at the Guildhall on the 15th March was amply decorated with banners, posters and leaflets and a steady stream of people visited throughout the day.
Particularly successful was the collaberation with Jon White (Walking for Health) - between us we were able to accomodate potential and current walkers of varying abilities.
Our lady Mayor, Pat Agar, visited all the stands during the course of the day and takes a genuine interest in iniatives to encourage people to maintain healthy lifestyles. Do look at the photos in the photo gallery!
Many thanks to Ann Stuart for assisting with the stand, and please do look out for any new faces that join our walking programme as a result of the show.


National Navigation Awards Scheme Training

Like to learn to read a map and use a compass?
 Janey has sent information about map reading courses,
please click on the photograph to see more details or
contact Janey via the Contact Us page.


Is Tricky trying to lace us up? 

Chatting to another keen walker today we got to talking about  the variations in lacing boots, he wondered how i had garnered this useful  information !!
To that end I have attached a very interesting piece that i  copied from Reader Digest many years ago, i hope would be of interest to the walking group,

Tricky Trev

Trickses Lane..



Publicity Feature

The Worcester Ramblers Group has been featured within the latest Worcester edition of the 'All About' magazine which will be delivered to 15,000 homes in the city over the next two months.

The actual feature content can be accessed by clicking on the photograph left.

Enormous thanks are due to Sandra Chapman who identified this opportunity for publicity and to Cliff D who wrote the article.

If you have any ideas on publicity initiatives to help boost recruitment into the group, please contact Cliff Dimond via the 'Contact Us' page on the website

To see the full item more clearly click on the picture left to reveal a pdf a copy.


We are delighted to announce that Ann.... 

  We are delighted to announce that Ann Stuart has generously volunteered to become the Publicity Officer for our Group. This is a pivotal role within the committee and fills one of the two currently vacant officer posts.

Please do give Ann your full support as she approaches the tasks involved and, as always, extra hands (and brains) for elements of the workload would greatly be welcomed.The role description for Publicity Officer is available on the FAQs section of our website.

The post of Working Party Coordinator remains unfilled and this is becoming of increasing concern. Any member willing to consider taking on this important role on behalf of the Group can also access the role description on the FAQs page.

Leaders - Please can you assist Ann S and your Walks Coordinators when submitting your walk details by including the full address and postcode for the start of your walks. It is a required field when walks are are added to the Worcester News website and really useful for Sat Nav users to find the start of a walk.


 2014 Group Focus Areas

Help Us To Develop The Worcester Group
The first meeting of your new committee took place on November 20th and agreed the following three key areas to focus on in 2014:
         ~ increase the number of walk leaders
  ~ a coordinated approach to Group-led targeted improvements in footpath / bridleway / signage / repairs / blockage
  ~ improved engagement with the wider membership

Full details of items under consideration and inputs received are contained within the three PDF files accessible by clicking on the individual icons(pictures) below.

Decisions on the three key focus areas will be taken over the next two months. 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.

This is your Group and you can help shape its future. Suggestions can be sent to any member of your new team via the 'Contact Us' page on the website.

 Increase the number of walk leaders  Footpath & Bridleway Improvement  Improve engagement of the wider membership




What's happening to whom?

Worcester Group
Good wishes
to Victor who is unable to walk for a while
as he is having some eye surgery.
We hope all goes well and you will be on the
Malvern Hills again soon!
Well Done 
to Pete, Lin, Cliff D, Mick B, Dave K, Ann S, Doug F, Trish and Alan for
attending The Supervisor and Waymarking Course which will help in future working party events.
...and also Well Done
to Richard, Dave K, Pete, Lin and Doug on attending the Strimmer Training Course
 Poorly, not walking - send in an update and let your rambling friends know your progress!!

 Report from the Group AGM

   AGM 2013 Chairman's Report
      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.

An enjoyable quiz was conducted by Dave Chapman following a splendid buffet prepared and cleared up by a host of volunteers. Thank you to everybody who generously contributed to this part of the proceedings.

A number of committee
members have stood down this year and our warm appreciation is given to Doug Rosewarne (Chairman), Marian Carr (Treasurer), Bev Cox (Membership Secretary), Brian Mayo (Working Party Coordinator), Sally Mills (Minutes Secretary) and June Maw (Group Secretary) for the time and commitment they have devoted to the continued operation of the Worcester Group.

Considerable effort has been expended to identify worthy replacements for the above Officers and we are delighted to announce the new committee composition as follows: Pete Murphy (Footpath Officer); Sandra Chapman (Membership Secretary); Sue Rose (combined Group Secretary and Minutes Secretary); Kath Palfrey (Treasurer) and Cliff Dimond (Chairman). John Gregson (Webmaster) and Joy Kyte (ex officio) have agreed to continue to be committee members and the continuity they will provide is greatly appreciated. The roles of Working Party Coordinator and Publicity Officer are currently unfilled.

The first meeting of the new team has been set for Wednesday November 20th and one proposal that has been made is to identify a small number of key issues or improvements that the committee should focus on over the next twelve months. If you have any suggestions for us to consider, please send these to any member of the new team via the ‘Contact Us’ page on the website.


  The Two Moors Way Report from Cliff

Contrary to recent speculation, Cliff, Paul and John Swindin all returned safely from their Two Moors Way expedition!

As a result of promising weather forecasts, the route was modified significantly on the Sunday before the walk began in order to cross both the whole of Dartmoor (stages 1-3) and Exmoor

(stages 4-5) and to ignore the section in between.

Stage 1 (Monday) took us from Ivybridge to Holne (14 miles); Stage 2 (Tuesday) from Holne to Bennett’s Cross (12 miles); and Stage 3 (Wednesday) from Bennett’s Cross to Drewsteignton (11 miles).

Moving on to Exmoor, Stage 4 (Thursday) started at
Tarr Steps and ended in Simonsbath (11 miles) with
Stage 5 (Friday) taking us from Simonsbath to Lynmouth (11 miles).

Mist and low cloud at times caused us to make full use of O/S maps, GPS, compass and trail guide and while the trip was not without a few minor route deviations, enormous satisfaction was gained from timely and safe completion of each stage.

The scenery was wild, moody and spectacular whereas the wildlife including Dartmoor and Exmoor ponies, Highland cattle; sheep and wasps was mostly curious. Fellow walkers were almost totally absent as were any kind of trail marker! Accommodation and real ale met expectations and a fine time was had by all.

Initial preparations have already begun for next year which will probably involve St Cuthberts Way from Melrose Abbey in the Scottish Borders to the holy island of Lindisfarne. 




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