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A personal blog from the group's chairman, Shirley Poulton

November 2018

We have enjoyed a very full walks programme since I last “blogged” in August and an equally full social events calendar.

Over 40 of us enjoyed a trip to Hengitsbury Head in early September and enjoyed a lovely lunch at the Riverside Inn, Tuckton. The land train took us down to Mudeford Flats where we spent some time strolling round the most expensive beach huts in the country. There was the opportunity to take advantage of ice creams and cold drinks here as it was a particularly hot day. We were given a choice of a short walk back, or a longer one which took you up the hill to a very good viewpoint across to the Isle of Wight. You could also return via the land train. We then walked 1.5 miles through the Nature Reserve to our destination for lunch. The coach was with us all day ready to offer transport to any non-walkers. My thanks to Brian Poulton for organising this trip.

Our Barn Dance in October proved to be another “sell out” and we enjoyed a supper of jacket potatoes, sausages and salads apart from the dancing itself which at times caused much hilarity amongst us!! I never did quite get the “dosey doeing” thing and found myself without a partner lots of the time!! Oh well – I think I will stick to walking!! We had a very successful raffle organised by Alan & Eleanor Hoskins and Doug Buchanan worked very hard preparing the salads. My grateful thanks to them.

The Tea Party in August went very well with a walk beforehand led by David Hunt. We were unable to use Eagle House this year as there were renovation works going on so we changed the location to St.Michael’s Pastoral Centre, Sandhurst. It did mean that we were not able to offer the walk within the grounds of Wellington College, but hopefully we will be able to return next year.
Our AGM in October was well attended with all the Committee being re-elected. David Hunt was on standby to lead a pre-meeting walk but the weather proved to be so atrocious it was decided to cancel it. Tea and biscuits were enjoyed  just as if the walk had gone ahead!! If anyone would like to join us on Committee, you would be very welcome. Just let me or a Committee Member know. A tasty fish & chip supper was enjoyed after the business proceedings were completed.
Brian & I attended the Area AGM on November 17th. The Ramblers Association in general are losing Members and a presentation was given by Aynsley Jardin, a Ramblers Trustee of just over a year. She was very encouraging and enthusiastic in  her role and basically her message was “encourage people to join us”.
A publicity officer, Jason Owen, has now been appointed to the Area Committee and he has already booked various events for 2019 for us to attend and promote the Ramblers.
Brian Poulton, Publicity Officer for our Group purchased a Gazebo this year and has used it several times at local events to promote the Ramblers in general and our Group in particular of course.
As we go into Autumn/Winter take a moment to stop and enjoy the beautiful colours and keep safe during the winter months.
Happy Walking.