WAW members boost our health and economy

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.

Annual General Meeting 2017

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 secretary@walkersarewelcome.org.uk.

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.

 

AGENDA

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.

6. Policies
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.

  1. 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.
    and
    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.

 
Walkers are Welcome CIC AGM Saturday 14th October 2017
One comment or vote per member town or village
Proposal a. Closing date change to 30th April                    yes: ………..      no: …………
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Proposal b. Regional Coordinators                                   yes: ………..      no.: ……….
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Question for National Committee: …………………………………………………………………………..
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      Please continue in e-mail as required.

Introduction to map reading and navigation course in Baildon

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.
Last chance to sign up to join this course. See www.baildonwalkersarewelcome for full details.

Fairford Walkers are Welcome launched

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.  

Malcolm Cutler of Fairford WAW presenting the WAW certificate to the Mayor

  Malcolm Cutler

“I thought I was in heaven crossing Burley and Baildon moors on the Welcome Way”

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.  

Professor Yuko Shioji and Professor Suzuki on the moors

  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.”

Walking and cycling should be the norm for short journeys

More people should be encouraged to keep fit by incorporating walking and cycling into their everyday lives, in an attempt to tackle declining rates of physical activity in England, walker and cyclist sharing paththe National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) says.

Regular physical activity is key to achieving and maintaining a healthy lifestyle, and can help reduce the risk of heart disease, stroke, and type 2 diabetes, as well as being important for good mental health.

Defending access to the outdoors

Kate Ashbrook, a leading campaigner for the outdoors and Patron of Walkers are Welcome has written an interesting story and in it she says “We mustn’t let austere times get us down, indeed campaigners function best when they’re up against it”.

We all need to apply pressure to decision makers about the huge benefits to our health and wellbeing of access to the outdoors.  To read Kate Ashbrook’s article click here

English Coast Path

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The creation of a coastal path round the English coast will be complete by 2020, deputy prime minister Nick Clegg has pledged.

The Government will provide resources to complete the project earlier than planned. Countryside and access groups welcomed this as they thought  the  political impetus for that the national trail was fading.

The creation of the path will breathe new life into our coastal towns, as proven in Wales where they completed their coastal path. Full article can be found at: http://www.theguardian.com/environment/2014/sep/03/nick-clegg-england-coastal-path

It’s now official, walking is good for you.

walkers in roadAn ITV report click here has revealed that having studied 334,161 European men and women for 12 years, they have found that ‘people who took moderate levels of daily exercise, the equivalent of an energetic 20 minute walk, were 16% to 30% less likely to die than those classed as inactive’.

Many Walkers are Welcome towns run health walks which will introduce you to gentle exercise and will go at a pace to suit you on the road to improving fitness levels and overcoming health issues. There will also be social benefits in meeting new people and sharing a regular walk. Many extend this regular event and meet for refreshments afterwards.

So let’s get out there and make 2015 the year of the walks to improve your health and extend your life. Spread the word, walking is good for you.

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