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

December 2017

There is definitely a wintry atmosphere on our walks now, with festively decorated houses and hostelries etc., which are lovely to see. Lots of lush red berries for the birds to enjoy and the Cornus colours are just perfect for bringing indoors at this time of year (but please do not strip the bush)!!  The drop in temperature too reminds you that Winter is well on it’s way so do, please, add a scarf, hat and gloves to your walking gear and perhaps a flask of something hot, too.

Our October AGM was well supported and your Committee for this year remains the same apart from a resignation from Pat Menzies. After the AGM business, we enjoyed a fish and chip supper and had time to sit and chat with fellow Members.

Brian and I along with other group members attended the Area AGM recently and joined in with the 4 mile walk, enjoyed lunch back at the hall where tea, coffee and very scrummy cakes were on offer. Well done East Berks - you have some superb cake bakers!! The Ramblers Head Office had sent along a Representative, Susie Corfield, Ramblers Volunteering Manager, who gave a very interesting presentation. She reported that the Ramblers National Membership has been falling for some years, although during the last year SEBR has done better than the national average. IF YOU HAVE NON-MEMBER FRIENDS WHO ENJOY THE PLEASURES OF WALKING, PLEASE ENCOURAGE THEM TO JOIN “THE RAMBLERS” . YOU ARE OUR ADVERT. Susie also joined us on the walk. The choice of Speaker was Robin Harford from a Company called “eatweeds” - Walking With Plants: A Wild Edible Journey Through The Landscape was the title and very different it was too!! I don’t suggest any of you try that unless you know what you are picking and putting in your mouth!!

The subject of our Walks Programme was discussed at our recent Committee Meeting and it was agreed that we would continue to encourage Walk Leaders to fill in any gaps they could as soon as they were able. It is very often at the last minute but it appears to work.  I know that some of you would like to see our programme organised months in advance, but a lot of our Leaders have remarked that they don’t always know if they will be around that far in advance and would prefer to add a walk when they know they are going to be here. Committee’s decision was to leave things as they are. Encouragement has always been given to anyone who shows an interest in leading walks for us and at least two new Walk Leaders have come on board to help so thank you and well done to them.

Brian, our Publicity Officer and I manned a stall at the recent Rotary Club Autumn Fair in Bracknell the organisation of which was very good. Unfortunately the attendance was not.

Our Barn Dance was absolutely “swinging”. Photos (click here) and a video (click here) can be found on our Website. Do take a look at the video - it will have you top of the list to join in with the next one!!

So fellow Ramblers take extra care when out walking in winter conditions and go prepared!!

I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a very happy, healthy 2018