Godalming & Haslemere Ramblers

Highlights of our year included the three-day stay in Oxfordshire in April hosted by members of the Chinnor U3A, the visit to Highgrove in June and the three one-day coach trips in August. All quickly sold out.

We gained 43 new members over the year, a net gain of 18. Membership is currently 459.

The New Year lunch held at the Clockhouse in Milford was well attended (72). The photographic evening in March attracted over 50. Six people showed photos. Each was allowed 15 minutes. After the fourth presentation there was a break for a buffet provided by the members. Money raised from a raffle during the event paid for the hire of the hall and left £40 profit.

We celebrated the 40th anniversary of the merging of the Godalming and Haslemere Ramblers in June with three walks (11, 9, 4 miles) which ended in Haslemere in time for a tea party at the museum. There were 80 at the party.

The coach trips in August (to Avebury, Dorchester and Winchcombe) each had two walks, one long, one short, and a programme for the few non walkers. The total attendance was 166.

There were 235 walks on our regular programme. Special ones included two Christmas lunch walks, a breakfast walk, a fish and chip evening walk, two walks in London, our annual outing to the Isle of Wight, a new one to watch the Isle of Wight round the island yacht race, and the walk with the London Blind Ramblers in the summer. Recently two enterprising members led a series of four linear walks along the St Swithun's Way in Hampshire.

The group had a stall at the Haslemere Charter Fair at the beginning of May and two walks in the Haslemere Walking Festival at the end of September. We made a profit of £60 from the sale of second-hand goods at the fair.

The annual quiz evening held at the end of November became so popular that for the first time there was a waiting list for it.

The Footpath Working Party worked a total of 52 man/woman hours. Staff shortages at Surrey County Council left them without work from May to October. They are now back in action.

Jennifer Caddy, December 2016

Wednesday, December 13, 2017