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

September 2017

Our Group continues to have a very good Walks Programme with varied lengths of walks at different locations. Keep up the good work all you Walk Leaders.

So far two people from the Map Reading Course have come forward to try out their new skills.  I hope others of you are now feeling up to leading a walk. Current walk Leaders are always ready to help you along the way if you should need some support.

Social Events prove to be well supported and enjoyed by all. The Bibury Coach Trip went well and our Publicity Officer, Brian Poulton provided the South East Walker with a report and photograph which was featured in the latest edition. Thanks to Doug Buchanan for organising another successful event.

The annual August Tea Party at Eagle House School was a good time for non-walkers and walkers alike to meet up and enjoy the event together. We had a raffle and a very scrummy cream tea. Doug Buchanan led an informative walk within the grounds of Wellington College besides organising the food etc.

50 of us have just been on a Coach trip to Hayling Island where we enjoyed “The Billy Line Trail” which is a walk along the old railway line. We had the choice of a 3 or 6 mile walk both of which ended up at The Ferryboat Inn for lunch. The food was delicious and the Staff very attentive. We enjoyed a section of the pub all to ourselves with its own Bar. What more could you ask for!!  Two of our walkers stayed on the coach and went straight to the pub………… BUT  its not what you think! They had injuries which were not apparent when they booked the trip. Well that’s what they said anyway!!

The AGM is fast approaching. Please do come along and support your Committee. They do a fantastic job all year round so as all of us can continue to have a good walks programme and social events calendar.  You can order your supper for after the AGM business if you wish or just enjoy a cuppa and a chat on your arrival for the meeting. Details can be found on our website.

We are having a Barn Dance soon so come on all you “Dosey Dohers”. Come and enjoy the fun and show us what you can do! Supper is available to order. Again, details are on our website for this event.

Please make a note in your diaries that our annual lunches next year are on Wednesday 21st and Sunday 25th February. They will be held at the Shepherds House in Bracknell and a walk will be offered on both dates prior to the lunch. If you are unable to manage the walk please come along for lunch.

You may have recently heard our Publicity Officer, Brian Poulton on BBC Radio Berkshire. He was on the Bill Buckley show speaking about our group, the Ramblers in general and Autumn walks. There have been several adverts on the TV recently about how good it is for your health if you can get out and walk. Thank you Brian. You did the group and The Ramblers proud.