* WORKING TOWARDS A LITTER-FREE BAILDON.
Local residents in Baildon have set themselves to rid Baildon of litter. In total 87 bags of litter were collected in January from various locations in Baildon. Further litter picks are being arranged for 3/4 February and 3/4 March.
* BAILDON WALKERS ARE WELCOME GROUP IS DELIGHTEED TO HAVE BEEN SELECTED TO BE ON THE LONG-LIST IN THE RAMBLERS BEST WALKING NEIGHBOURHOOD IN BRITAIN COMPETITION.
* BAILDON WALKERS ARE WELCOME START A NEW PROGRAMME OF “SECOND SATURDAY WALKS”. On Saturday 10 March, the first of a new monthly series of “Second Saturday Guided Walks will start with a walk entitled “To Menston for Memories and Munching”. For full details of this walk go to Baildon Walkers are Welcome website at www.baildonwalkersarewelcome.org and check our our What’s On page. All will be welcome. (Photo of view towards Menston).
Kirkby Stephen & District Walkers are Welcome are working with their town council and sculptor Diane Lawrenson to raise funding for a life-size bronze sculpture for the town representing the spirit of Lady Anne’s Way.
This stunning limited edition bronze maquette pictured above captures the spirit of the indomitable Lady Anne Clifford (1590 –1676) with her steely determination walking the Lady Anne’s Way long distance trail through old Westmorland written by Sheila Gordon. The sale of these limited bronzes at £3,500 each will contribute to a new full size ‘Lady Anne’s Way’ sculpture in Kirkby Stephen.
“Lady Anne travelled through this region with a vision for its future. Building, restoration and care for the inhabitants, providing schools, churches, almshouses, while at the same time, in other areas of our country, people were struggling and starving brought about by the English Civil War.” Diane Lawrenson December 2017
Please contact Kirkby Stephen it you are at all interested in this new project
Last Tuesday, Whitchurch Walkers are Welcome volunteers were delighted to welcome the management team from Stagecoach (South) to the town, to help officially launch the first three in a series of Bus Walks that have been designed and produced locally with the help of a Stagecoach Partnership Grant.
These series of linear walks will allow locals and visitors to explore the countryside paths a little further out of town, without the need of a car; we hope the initiative proves to be a winner, after all, increased footfall means we are less likely to suffer cuts to the service.
Stagecoach will be producing publicity posters for each of the buses operating on these routes and we hope to add to the series next summer by including bus walking routes to the south of Whitchurch.
The BBC Countryfile walk in aid of “Children in Need”, held on Sunday 22nd October in Market Weighton, is on track to raise over £500 for their annual charity event.
Fifty Seven walkers, including 10 children and numerous dogs, walked either a 5-mile or 2-mile walk to raise funds for the Children in Need charity.
Market Weighton, is an accredited ‘Walkers are Welcome’ town and their Walking For Health Leaders, who organised the Children in Need Walk, are all fully competent in first aid, map reading and safely leading walks over the many miles of beautiful footpaths in the area. Walking for Health meet every Wednesday throughout the year at 10am to walk 4 miles or – for those just getting into walking or wanting a more leisurely walk – there is a 2 mile walk at 10am. Everyone meets back at in St John’s chapel for tea and toast and a chat.
That is exactly what everyone did at the end of the Children in Need walk, with donated tea & biscuits served by the ladies of the chapel and fruit sponsored by the local Tesco Store. All those who had walked, donated or helped in any way on the day, were thanked by the Walk Leaders of Walking for Health who look forward not only to sending a very large cheque to the Countryfile team for Children in Need but to all their winter walks this year.
In one year of joining WaW, Overton weekly Walk 4 Health group has achieved a record amount of 60 walkers.
Plus volunteers from Overton walking group have just completed an exciting joint project which involved upgrading three stiles into kissing gates.
And this is quite an exciting project because it’s the route from Overton Church (where Jane Austen’s brother was curate) to Steventon Church where her father was rector. The project has been completed in the 200th anniversary year and before Jane’s birthday in December
The footpath Overton side starts at Upper Ashe, runs through a beautiful field with two kissing gates and a copse, leading to the parish boundary. Next the 3rd gate! The path continues to Steventon Church and further along to North Waltham Church
Many thanks to the volunteers from Overton & Steventon for their time, energy and enthusiasm. The Parish Clerks from Overton, Steventon, Parish Council and Hampshire County Council, Countryside team.
New kissing gate replaces stile
In the last ten years, Walkers Are Welcome towns have developed 1,200 walks totalling over 6,342 miles—the distance from London to Lima—and raised massive sums of money for their local economies.
This information is revealed in a recent survey of the 111 Walkers Are Welcome towns in England, Scotland and Wales. Towns are accorded national Walkers Are Welcome status by the network’s national committee, once they have proved that they have demonstrated their commitment to promoting facilities for walkers. They must show they have support from local businesses and a broad-based committee, and that they help to keep paths open and waymarked and encourage the provision of public transport.
The survey was undertaken during the summer of 2017 and a total of 69 Walkers Are Welcome communities responded, representing 76 per cent of the current members. The responses reveal the many benefits which Walkers Are Welcome towns provide to their communities.
The national committee would like to give notice and cordially invite you to this year’s Walkers are Welcome CIC Annual General Meeting to be held at The Birchcliffe Centre, Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire HX7 8DG on Saturday 14th October at 14.00 hrs.
Whilst this will form part of the 10th Anniversary 2017 Get-Together, there is no charge for members attending only the AGM.
The agenda is detailed below. If you would like additional papers or information prior to the meeting, please e-mail email@example.com.
We invite apologies from those members unable to attend. Should you wish to ask questions of the national committee or give input into the two policy proposals but are unable to attend, please e-mail these to the Secretary prior to the event, This should include whether you are in favour of the proposals or not. There is a form below which might be useful but not compulsory. If there is insufficient time for the number of questions, the national committee will ensure that these are answered as soon as possible after the event.
The national committee is always on the lookout for additional support, it is after all your organisation, so we are asking you to consider joining us to help this fantastic organisation thrive. You don’t necessarily have to join “full time”, it’s quite likely that you have skills and talents that would lend themselves to a particular project or topic. So please think about this seriously and contact any committee member if you are at all interested or require additional information; you will be made very welcome.
Looking forward to seeing you at the AGM and shaping the future of the organisation together.
1. Welcome by the Chairman of the national committee, Sam Phillips and receive apologies.
2. Approval of the 2016 AGM minutes dated 16th October 2016.
4. To receive the Chairman’s Report by Sam Phillips, see papers
The National Committee currently comprises:
Sam Phillips Ross-on-Wye Director and Chairman
Geoff Kitt Moffat Director and Treasurer
Ann Sandell Kirkby Stephen Director and Secretary
Sheila Talbot Winchcombe Director
Kate Ashbrook Director and Patron
Helen Kenneally Chepstow
Don Davenport Cromer
Mo Ludlam Hebden Bridge Co-opted for 2017 Get-Together
Randal Metzger Otley Co-opted 2017
Barry McCallum – Boroughbridge, Helen Pitman – Caistor and Chris Prescott – Bradfield have resigned since the last AGM in October 2016.
Sheila Talbot – Winchcombe and Mo Ludlam – Hebden Bridge have decided not to continue on the national committee after October 2017.
The balance are prepared to continue subject to there being no objections.
Nominations are invited for new members to the national committee.
5. To receive the accounts 2016
The Treasurer, Geoff Kitt will take any questions.
The national committee would like to receive the views and votes from the members regarding two points of the membership policies. Voting is subject to one vote per member or by proxy or e-mail prior to the meeting.
- The current policy states:
2. ANNUAL RETURNS
……All towns and villages are therefore required to submit an Annual Report each year by 31st January that meets the criteria….. Failure to submit such a return will lead to loss of accreditation or a return to provisional status with an improvement plan agreed by the National Executive. If a member is asked or chooses to leave because of quality issues, 28 days’ notice will be given to prepare a defence case and up to half a year’s subscription returned.
4. SUBSCRIPTION FEES are due between 1st January and 31st March each year. Any member which has not paid their subscription by 30 June will be deemed no longer to be a member.
It is becoming increasingly time consuming receiving, processing and chasing up Annual Returns and unpaid subscriptions up to 1st July every year. We would like to combine these two actions with a closing date of 30th April by which date the town/village will be deemed no longer to be a member if these two actions are not complete. 28 day’s notice will still be given.
b. Regional Coordinators
In view of time pressures on members of the national committee and recent resignations, particularly the Mentors, Mentor Sheila Talbot, it is proposed that the organisation move to a more regional structure so that the committee can spend its time supporting the regions and concentrating on other important work to be taken forward. It is suggested that the organisation have Regional Coordinators and deputies. Their roles would be to support members, arrange mentors, review Annual Returns, follow up any late payment of subscriptions, organise regional events and any other activities that the organisation and region deems appropriate to further promote WaW. They will also be required to provide periodic feedback on developments to the national committee whether this be as directors, national committee members or representatives as they wish. In future these coordinators might be elected regionally and have agreed budgets to undertake events and marketing etc.
7. Questions for the Chairman and the national committee. There will be further opportunities later in the day.
Close approximately 14.45 hrs. followed by small group workshops to include ‘WaW, what next?’ led by Sam Phillips and ‘Ideas for locally promoting WAW’ led by Ann Sandell.
N.B. Disabled access from the car park via a ramp to the venue entrance. There is a disabled toilet by the entrance.
Introduction to map reading and navigation course on Tuesday 10 October.
A classroom-based navigation update for two hours before lunch. Followed by a two-hour walk with practical navigation opportunities in the afternoon on Baildon Moor to observe those features and techniques identified in the morning session.
Fairford Walkers are Welcome was launched on Saturday 9th September at the Fairford Heritage Day and the WaW membership certificate presented to Fairford’s Deputy Major, Mark Dudley. The certificate will be displayed in the Fairford Community Centre. Over 100 people attended the Heritage Day to inspect the displays arranged by the Fairford History Society and 33 people went on the Heritage Walk in the morning, followed by a Tomb Trail and a River Walk in the afternoon. Thanks to the Earnest Cook Trust, visitors were able to visit the Dovecot and Estate Yard, both not normally open to the public.
WaW window stickers and brochures have been distributed to all cafes. pubs, hotel/b&bs in Fairford with very positive responses and the Fairford WaW committee will now be meeting to discuss and plan on-going WaW activities in and around the town.
Last chance to sign up to join this course. See www.baildonwalkersarewelcome for full details.
Local Walkers are Welcome towns host Japanese researchers
Professor Yuko Shioji and Professor Suzuki were given a guided tour of Baildon, Otley and Burley-in-Wharfedale by members of the respective towns’ Walkers are Welcome groups. Their visit included Moffat, Kilsyth, Melrose and Newton Stewart in Scotland, Baildon, Burley-in-Wharfedale and Otley in Yorkshire and the Cotswolds.
They received information on how the towns has developed and published self-guided walks; how close relationships have been established with local authorities to improve and maintain public footpaths; how funds have been raised to support the publications and to pay for new gates and stiles along the routes.
Malcolm Cutler of Fairford WAW presenting the WAW certificate to the Mayor
The visitors were also keen to learn how the WaW communities of Otley, Burley-in-Wharfedale, Baildon and Bingley worked together to create the 28-mile ‘Welcome Way’ and its 49-page guidebook. They were treated to walking a section of the route from Burley to Baildon, which Yuko Shioji said “I thought I was in heaven crossing Burley and Baildon moors on the Welcome Way. Walking through the heather and seeing the views was amazing.”
Professor Yuko Shioji and Professor Suzuki on the moors