Godalming & Haslemere Ramblers


Annual report 2017 to 2018

The year was memorable for the cold wet spring and the hot dry summer.

We led 242 walks. None were cancelled in advance because other members stepped in to lead, sometimes at short notice. One walk was cancelled on the day because of snow. There were six new leaders. The average attendance on walks was seventeen compared with twenty last year.

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Denis Holmes memorial gate dedication

On Thursday 9 March 2017, a memorial gate commemorating the life and work of Denis Holmes, a long-time Godalming and Elstead resident and Rambler, was dedicated by his widow, Mrs Susan Holmes. She said the gate was a fitting memorial to her husband, as it was ‘strong, sturdy and reliable’ like Denis himself.

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Annual report 2016 to 2017

Notable events this year included a walk held on Christmas Day for the first time, the ceremony to mark the installation of the Denis Holmes memorial gate in March and the three-day walking holiday in Dorset in May.

We gained 44 new members over the year but had a net loss of 14. Membership is currently 445.

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Memorial gate for Denis Holmes

On 19 January 2017 five members of our Footpath Working Party installed this at the end of a footpath in Elstead (SU905444, GU8 6LG). It is by Paulshott Cottage at the Fulbrook Lane end of the path that runs between the B3001 and Fulbrook Lane. There will be a ceremony on Thursday 9 March 2017 at 2pm when Susan Holmes will officially open the gate.

Denis died in February 2015. The following is part of the obituary that appeared in our newsletter in June 2015.

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Monday, January 21, 2019