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'Training' Day - Everyone Welcome
  on Saturday 4th March 2017

at Cob House, Wichenford, Worcester WR6 6YE

The day is suitable for everyone, and will offer informal and relaxed opportunities to learn or refresh map reading and walk leadership skills.

The morning walks (details later) will include some map reading skills and walk leadership scenarios.
Bring a packed lunch.

The afternoon session wil be indoors and will focus on the role of the walk leader, group management and reporting rights of way problems.

New leaders are welcome to bring along routes to be included in the recce programme.

Not to be missed - the latest walks routes and map reading leaflets from Ordnance Survey

Afternoon refreshments can be purchased from Mayfly Cafe.

For further information, suggestions or offers of help - please contact Heather Fraser or Josie Wilson via the Contact Us page

(Any donations of unwanted walking books / maps
gladly accepted)
Worcester Ramblers Logo  A glimpse at Alan's proposed group holidays
for 2017, 2018....

Photographs of Corsica
taken by Trish

Click either to visit gallery
See also Mel's photos here
Weekends and holidays are exciting events for Worcester Ramblers members. The following are in the pipeline and the information given is for guidance only. Contact Alan T via the Contact Us page to express your interest in the holidays listed here.

17th September - Two weeks in Corsica (£1000pp)
17th November - Three nights full board, self guided walks based from the Peveril of the Peak, Dovedale HF Holidays (£120pp)
Option 1. - Preferred choice but subject to dollar rates and Brexit. Three weeks - San Francisco Route: The Sonoma & Napa Valley Wine Area & The Large Redwood Forest's, Lake Tahoe, Yosemite National Park, whale watching and beach in Monterrey, then 2-3 nights sight seeing in San Francisco. (£1900)
Option 2. - Two weeks full board in Andalusia - one week Grazelema and one week La Alpujarra. Best flora and fauna in Andalusia according to Paul and John (£1000pp)
September - Two weeks France (£800pp)
May - Option 1 or 2 of the above
October / November - Two weeks full board Walking on Canary Island; All inclusive Fred Olsen cruise with Worldwide Ramblers Guide (£1200pp)

February - 3/5 weeks touring and walking in New Zealand using camper vans, to include a stopover on the return flight. (£2000pp)
Information will be added to this website as available - keep looking!
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. 
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.
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 Worcester Group Health Check
November 2016
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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 have been published on our website every six months since May 2014. The data up to and including October 2016 has now been analysed and gives another full year on year perspective, 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 decreased year on year and at 425 is well below the recent
        peak of 453 recorded in March 2015 although above the baseline figure of 399 in October 2013.
    2. We recruited 48 new members this year against our notional target of 50, and compared with 46
         recruited last year. The steady stream of new recruits is however not offsetting those existing
         members not renewing. This means that 66 individuals did not renew their membership.
    3. Membership within the remainder of the Worcestershire Area (comprising Bromsgrove, Wyre
        Forest, Redditch and Evesham) increased by eleven at a combined total of 620 in October 2016
        compared with 609 in October 2015.
    4. The number of registered members who are ‘active’ walkers has varied somewhat across the year, 
        dropping as low as 94 in May but rising to 109 in October which is slightly above the 103 for
        October last year. ‘Active’ walkers still only represent 26% of overall membership (109 out of 425).
    5.  The number of different members walking in any given month has decreased very slightly this year
         compared with last year with an average of 76.2 compared with 77.8
    6. This year, our Group has put on 178 walks compared with 174 during the same period last year.
    7. We offered 55 shorter walks (of 6 miles or less) this year compared with 57 last year alongside 123
        longer walks compared with 117 walks previously.
    8. The total number of different walk leaders was 49 this year compared with 52 last year, maintaining
        the reduction of an unsustainable dependency upon a few key individuals.
    9. This year there was an average of 16.7 participants per walk compared with 18.2 last year (an 8%
    10. The number of working party assignments completed was 16 this year compared with 18 last year
          and 12 the year before. This is far above the number undertaken by the rest of the Area combined.
    Another detailed analysis will be published in or around May 2017 but if you have any observations or questions about this information, please feel free to bring them up with Cliff.
    Please click on the images to see some of the detailed underlying data

 Added 4 December 2016 by BP     
Worcester Ramblers Logo  More News Coming Soon
Surveys indicate that the  extensive led walks programme run across England, Scotland and Wales by  many thousands of dedicated volunteers is one of the principal reasons  why people join, stay with or, unfortunately, leave the Ramblers. With  building membership one of our top priorities, it's therefore vital that  we understand more about this important area of our activities.