West Berks Ramblers

Working for Walkers



25th Anniversary of the Lambourn Valley Way

The group celebrated the 25th Anniversary of the inauguration of the Lambourn Valley Way a bit late on Wednesday 9th August 2017. The actual anniversary was the 11th July. The day was mainly rain but it kept dry for the unveiling of a celebratory bench on the route between Eastbury and East Garston by Dr John Davies the Group's first chairman in front of 30 members and guests with the sun shining in the distance. Afterwards people retired to the Plough Inn at Eastbury for dinner.

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HF Holiday 2017

A group of 13 people went on this year's HF holiday to Freshwater Bay, IOW in early July. We had lovely sunny weather except for Tuesday afternoon when it poured with rain. The views were lovely and varied ranging from coastline to downs and forests and the food was excellent. There were three walks each day and I mainly when on the middle walk. On the Sunday it was hot and we walked to Totland and then the coast path to Alum Bay with the different coloured sands past the Needles and over Tenyson Down back to the house. On the Monday we walked the coast path from Ryde to St Helens and then detoured to Bembridge Windmill where we had lunch before rejoining the coast path over Culver Down and finishing in Ryde. On the Tuesday we started near Brightstone  and walked though the pretty village with thatched cottages. As the weather looked ominous we had an early lunch by a church in Shorewell. Which was lucky as it stated raining as we moved off. We arrived at a T junction in Carisbrooke very wet. The coach was 200 yards left and a tea shop 200 yards right, guess which way we went? On the free day I went to Osboure house with 3 other people. This is a brilliant place to spend the whole day walking around the house and grounds and I can definitely recommend a day there. On the Thursday we started near St Catherine's Point and walked to Niton for elevens at a tea shop then to Whitwell for lunch at a pub that let us eat our sandwiches in the garden and then finished at the tea shop in the Ventnor Botanic Garden. On Friday we started in Calbourne and walked down Winkle Street then crossed the downs to the south coast and followed the coast path over Compton Down and back to Freshwater Bay. On Saturday it was time to say farewell to the IOW and catch the ferry back to the main land.


HF Holiday 2018

It is time to book for next years group HF holiday. A fun and enjoyable walking holiday on the Isles of Scilly in summer 2018 staying on St Mary's. There are a very limited number of single rooms but plenty of twin and double rooms, please let me know if you are willing to share and who with. The booking form from the centre of the walks programme needs to be sent by 25th of May if you wish to come.


West Berks Ramblers 50th Anniversary

The group started celebrating its 50th Birthday on Thursday 2nd March 2017 with the unveiling of a gate on Shaw-cum-Donnington Footpath 12 by Dr John Davies the Group's first chairman. He also cut the birthday cakes. The cakes and champagne were enjoyed by around 55 members and guests with the carrot cake being the favourite. Afterwards there were short walks. This started the walking "50 miles for 50 years" which finishes at the end of June.

Next up was the 50th Anniversary quiz "50 Questions for 50 Years" on the 10th March. This was enjoyed by over 40 members and guests with some of them giving the quiz master a hard time. There was bottles of wine for the winning team, torches for the second and chocolates for the rest of the teams.

On the 2nd May was the 50th anniversary walk which was based on the first recorded walk of the group. It was a 6.3 mile circular walk across Greenham Common, winding through Newbury and back along the tow path to Thatcham.  At the end of the walk there was cakes to celebrate.

To finish the 50 miles for 50 years there is going to be a 50th anniversary social at the Diamond Tap in Newbury on Thursday 29th June. See the Summer Walks programme for details and a booking form that needs to be returned by the 1st June.

Keep an eye on the website and in the next programme as they maybe further events, but we really need a Social Secretary to co-ordinate the events.


50 Miles for 50 Years

West Berks Ramblers members are invited to take part in walking "50 Miles for 50 Years" on Group walks between 2nd March and 30th June as part of the 50th Birthday celebrations. There should be enough walks in the programme to allow everyone to achieve 50 miles. There are two pull-out log sheets in the center of the Winter and Spring Programme to record your walks. A version of the log sheet can be downloaded here.


West Berks Ramblers 50th Birthday Walk

West Berks Ramblers is celebrating its 50th Birthday on Thursday 2nd March 2017. Came and join us on a walk of 1.3 miles and watch the unveiling of a gate on Shaw-cum-Donnington Footpath 12 to commemorate the occasion. There will be a toast and cutting of a birthday cake after the unveiling. The walk will start from near the entrance to Snelsmore Common car park at 10:00am. There are walk options of 3.5 or 4 miles afterwards and a further 3 mile walk in the afternoon. See the 50th Annversary page for further information.


50th Anniversary Quiz - 50 Questions for 50 Years with Fish and Chip Supper

Come along to a fun quiz night on the 10th March 7:30pm at the Mencap Centre, Enbourne Gate, Enbourne Road, Newbury, RG14 6AT. There will be five rounds of questions. Get a team together of about six people, or come on your own or with a firend and make up a team on the night. You need to book in advance by 28th February using the booking form in the walks program or email the Webmaster for a booking program.


AGM 2016 - Your Committee Needs You!

Our AGM is at 7:30pm on Friday 11th November 2016 at the Mencap Centre, Enborne Gate, Enborne Road, Newbury, RG14 6AT. It is your chance to find out what your committee has been up to and their plans for the future and have your say. It is also your chance to vote for the committee members. This year we have 6 vacancies on the committee - Group SecretaryPublicity OfficerCountryside OfficerSocial Secretary and 2 general vacancies. Also we are looking for people for the 50th  anniversary working party. 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 4 main roles if the group is going to continue effectively.

The AGM will be followed by Cheese and Wine as usual. New for this year is a 'Swap Shop' where you can sell or exchange walking-related gear that you no longer need.

Group Secretary  - Arranges Group meetings and the AGM and takes the minutes. Primary point of Contact with central office. Maintains up-to-date group records. 

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 your Group and its activities to non-members in and around your Group’s area by, for instance;
    - producing publicity material about your Group and arranging its distribution in suitable local locations ?
    - keeping the local media informed about your Group’s activities through articles or advertisements ?
    -organizing 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.

Walking Environment Officer  - Consider all planning matters that might impact on right of way and footpaths but do not directly impact a specific right of way.

Social Secretary  - Organises and co-ordinates the social activities of the group.

Sunday, September 24, 2017