Chairman, I was privileged to conduct the 25th AGM of the
Ross and District Walking Group on Monday at the Larruperz
Centre. A special welcome was given to Joan Watts, our founder
member, who incidentally 25 years on is still leading walks
for the Group, an example to us all.
remarked to me only last week that when she and her late
husband, Ron, founded the group, she was 62! We also welcomed
Sam Phillips and David Collin who have set up a group to
turn Ross into a "Walkers are Welcome" Town. The Group has
had another very successful year with our membership remaining
at 113 and a number of prospective members completing their
introductory walks prior to joining.
have completed an excellent variety of walks over the past
year, some of which have been thwarted by weather conditions,
and I would like to thank Marian Phillips for encouraging
members to make the effort to lead these walks for the Group.
As a point of interest, of the walks completed, 4 members
have walked more than half, another 10 have walked more
than a third, and further 8 have walked more than a quarter.
I believe that we may have had more walks in the programme
in the past 12 months than ever in the history of the group
so there was a great opportunity for everyone to walk.
November, our President, Martin Carter, presented a fascinating
slide show of walks over the 25 years of the group's existence
which brought back many memories of friends who are no longer
with us. Barbara and Wallace Knowles led a successful walking
weekend in September at the Long Mynnd Hotel in Shropshire
for 28 members. They had the best summer weather of the
Anniversary dinner was held at Glewstone Court and was again
such a success that we booked for this year with the Dinner
taking place on 23rd April, the day before the actual anniversary.
46 members have booked to join the 2009 Walking weekend
in October which will be in Llandrindod Wells, Powys. Let's
hope the weather treats us well again. The Chairman, Gill
James, The Treasurer & Membership Secretary, Jan Mander,
and Secretary, Gill Moxham were all re-elected for the coming
Willingham was elected as Walks Co-ordinator and Marian
Phillips, Jean Spencer and Harry Britten-Austin were elected
to serve on the committee. The outgoing officers and committee
were all thanked for their hard work.
the business part of the meeting, the group were given a
talk on 'Keeping fit for Life' by Dr Bruce Fraser, a local
McTimoney Chiropractor. He emphasized that as walkers we
should be fit, but there was more we could do to prevent
joint and bone problems, especially with our upper bodies.
We issue our programme for four months at a time and have
walks ranging from gentle strolls to mountain hikes on offer,
and each month a précis of the programme is to be found
in the Library, the Heritage Centre, the Tourist Information
Centre, the Larruperz and the Doctor's surgeries.
year, as a celebration of our 25th Anniversary, the group
are leading walks on each of the 9 days of the Hereford
Walking Festival from 13th to 21st June. These walks will
cover the Mortimer Trail and each of its individual loops,
a distance of 80 miles in total. If anyone is interested
in joining the Group, please phone either 01989 564443 or
01989 720122 for more information.