Yippee! It’s here at last! No, not Christmas but West Berks Ramblers Festival of Winter Walks.
Starting on Saturday, 22nd December with a short 6 mile circular walk at Baughurst and ending on Sunday, 6th January with a 10.5 mile circular walk at Dorchester on Thames WBR are delighted to offer no less than 8 walks of varying lengths over the festive season.
So whether you want to have a leisurely stroll or challenge yourself on one of our longer walks there’s a walk for you. Add in the health benefits associated with walking, the opportunity to chat with fellow walkers and make new friends. So what are you waiting for? Check out our upcoming walks, get your walking shoes or boots on and join us.
Not sure if it’s for you or whether the walk’s going ahead due to adverse weather conditions? No problem, just click on the walk you’ve chosen and you’ll see the contact details for the walk leader. Give them a call – we’re quite friendly really!
We’re really looking forward to meeting you on a walk over the holiday.
Don’t miss our Christmas party on Friday, 21st December 2018 at the Newbury Mencap Hall. We’ll provide the napkins, French bread, butter etc but you’ll need to bring your own drinks, glasses, plates, cutlery and lots of Christmas cheer.
And this year an anonymous sponsor has very kindly arranged for a professional close-up magician and mind-reader to entertain us throughout the evening. So if you’ve been impressed by Dynamo come and be wowed by Robert Bone.
The 2018 AGM was held at 7:30pm on Friday 9th November 2018 at the Mencap Centre, Enborne Gate, Enborne Road, Newbury, RG14 6AT. All the committee were re-elected, though Doug Larsen wants to stand down as footpath secretary (East). Richard Trimmer our South East Walker correspondent was elected Publicity Officer. There were no nominations for the post of Social Secretary, as a result there will be a reduced social programme until a volunteer is found for this role. Sue Trimmer is taking over as Programme secretary from Roy Batty who has done a sterling job. Steve Ormrod (our chairman) gave a run down of the year's events and most of the committee gave reports. The reports will be available on the website shortly. The AGM finished at 9:00pm and was followed by Cheese and Wine which everyone enjoyed.
Isle of Wright Trip June 2019
A walking weekend on the west of the Isle of Wight is being arranged for 3 nights, Friday, Saturday and Sunday 14th – 17th June 2019. Day walks also possible for those not wanting to stay for the whole weekend.
Options and costs are as follows:
Friday – travel for those choosing the full 3 day break
Option 1 Saturday – return ferry travel Lymington to Yarmouth, choice of long or short walk
Option 2 Sunday – return ferry travel Lymington to Yarmouth, choice of long or short walk
Option 3 Friday to Monday – return car or passenger ferry travel to Yarmouth; staying at the Norton Grange (Warner) Leisure Hotel in Yarmouth on a half board basis with live entertainment each evening. Choice of long or short walks on Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
Details of the variety of walks will be circulated nearer the time.
Cost of hotel accommodation:
Double or twin room £425.00 per room including car ferry; £380.00 without
Single rooms £235.00 including car ferry; £190.00 without
N.B These prices do not include holiday insurance
Bookings are subject to availability on a first come, first served basis and a deposit of £35 per person is required at the time of booking.
If you are interested in the trip or would like further information, please text Shona Kelly on 07788 862812.
West Berkshire Litter Pick
On Sunday the 21st of October, a lovely sunny morning, a group of 19 intrepid West Berkshire ramblers assembled at the Greenham Common Control Tower car park to litter pick the rights of ways that are near to Greenham Common. The group was split into smaller groups of about 3 and issued with litter pickers, rings, bags and disposable gloves supplied by McDonald’s in Northbrook Street and a map and dispersed in various directions. One well organised member had borrowed an 8 foot long picker so that the banks of the River Lambourn could be safely and efficiently cleared. On the short footpath I helped to pick it was noticed that the majority of the path had very little litter with the majority of the litter found near roads. Other groups found the same thing. One enterprising group managed a coffee stop at the Thatcham Discovery Centre and also cajoled a passing walker into carrying a heavy bag of litter to the car park. A very productive day with an enormous amount of litter/items for recycling being collected. Members of the group were saddened that people just discard rubbish.
AGM 2018 - Your Committee Needs You!
Our AGM is at 7:30pm on Friday 9th November 2018 at the Mencap Centre, Enborne Gate, Enborne Road, Newbury, RG14 6AT. Please come along. It is your chance to find out what your committee has been up to, their plans for the future, have your say and ask any questions. Please submit any questions that require detailed information in advance to the chairman. It is also your chance to vote for the committee members. This year we have 5 vacancies on the committee - Footpath Secretary (East), Publicity Officer,Social Secretary and 2 general vacancies. If you are interested in any of these roles you can talk to any member of the committee about them and support will be provided if you take up a post. We really need to fill the 3 main roles.The AGM will be followed by Cheese and Wine as usual.
Social Secretary - We really need to fill this role to provide a social programme. The number of events has dropped from 6 to one or two a year in recent years. It would be good to have one a month. The Social Secretary co-ordinates the social activities of the group. They can organise events, help others to organise events and 'co opt' members to organise/run events. They will have the support of the other committee members. This role could be split among a number of people.
Publicity Officer - The role of the Group Publicity Officer is to:
- enable the Ramblers to grow and flourish by attracting new members and supporters.
- promote the Group and its activities to non-members in and around West Berkshire by, for instance;
- producing publicity material about the Group and arranging its distribution in suitable local locations ?
- keeping the local media informed about the Group’s activities through articles or advertisements ?
-organising publicity stands at local events or in public places
- promote the Ramblers as a whole by distributing national recruitment leaflets sent to you from central office.
Footpath Secretary (East) - The role of the Footpath Secretary is is to:
- monitor planning applications to see if they affect rights of way.
- provide feedback to the council on any objections the Ramblers may have to a planning application.
- sorting out any problems with right of way such as blocked footpaths, unapproved diversions.
The area covered is the east of West Berkshire. See the map of West Berkshire here.
Berkshire Wide Litter Pick (Special Work Party)
Berkshire Area has asked each group in the Berkshire area to organise a litter pick on Sunday the 21st of October to promote the Ramblers. Fiona has arranged a speicl work party to litter pick Greenham Common area on Sunday the 21st of October. Please joins us for the litter pick. If you are intending to join us let Fiona Walker know by the 5th October so that we can arrange enough litter pickers, rings, bags etc.. These will be will be supplied by McDonalds. Meet at 10.00 am at the Control Tower car park on Greenham Common to work on the nearby Rights of Way.
Last Coach Trip of 2018
Your last chance to go on a coach trip in 2018 is to Stroud on Sunday 9th September. If you like the coach trips, please support them. There will be fewer coach trips next year and may fade away if the numbers on them are low. For bookings - Contact: CR - 07979 804 637 - 01635 226 826.
The Stroud coach trip finishes in Stratford Park, Stroud. The long walk starts in Tuffley and follows the Wysis Way to Windsor Cottage where the medium walk starts. The route then goes to Painswick Beacon (283 m) where there are outstanding views in all directions, then to the beautiful village of Painswick where the short walk starts. The walk finishes going down the Painswick valley. See Autumn and Winter Programme booklet or the walks programme web page for a full description.
New programme now out!
The Group programme for the Autumn and Winter up to January 2019 is being posted to members this week (w/c 20th August) - look out for your
The AGM was held at 7:30pm on Friday 17th November 2017 at the Mencap Centre, Enborne Gate, Enborne Road, Newbury, RG14 6AT. All the committee were reelected and there were no nominations for the posts of Publicity Officer and Social Secretary. There will be a reduced social programme until a volunteer is found for the Social Secretary role. Steve Ormrod (our chairman) gave a run down of the year's events and most of the committee gave reports. See "Information->2017 AGM" for the reports.The AGM finished at 9:30pm and was followed by Cheese and Wine which everyone enjoyed.