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.
Special walks included a breakfast walk, three walks ending with a large lunch in December, two walks on the Isle of Wight and one in London which was attended by the Ramblers' CEO.
In June we held our annual walk with the London Blind Rambling Club.
New monthly, short (4 to 6 miles) slow-paced walks were started in July. They proved so popular that there are now two a month.
The three one-day coach walks in the summer were to Brighton, Chartwell and Salisbury. No one succumbed to the heat.
The house and garden visit preceded by a walk, now an established part of our programme, was to Stonor Park in Oxfordshire.
The three-day spring walking holiday was in Swanage and the week's overseas stay at the end of September was in Roses, Catalonia. Both events, once advertised, were soon fully booked.
Thirty-six new members joined during the year. Membership is currently 435 which is ten fewer than this time last year.
The annual New Year lunch, quiz night and photographic evening were well attended as was a special tea party held in July in memory of Lionel Larcombe, a stalwart of the group, who died last year.
Several items about our walks and events appeared in local newspapers and in SE Walker. An article about our walk with the London Blind Rambling Club appears on The Outdoor Guide website.
Members of our footpath working party were busy; they spent 98 hours on various projects. They installed two kissing-gates which were donated by the group, one drain and a new handrail. They also cleared vegetation, built two sets of steps and repaired two bridges.