Newsletter Autumn 2019

The trees in the garden are looking gloriously autumnal in the low sunlight, it’s not quite winter yet… and there are still several walks to enjoy before the end of the year!


Here’s OHWC autumn/early winter news:



Christmas Meal :  Friday 13th December

Eaton Golf Club:  7 for 7.30;  carriages at 11.00


I’m still waiting for confirmation of the menu – I will send this out to you as soon as I get it – but in the meantime I can tell you that there will be plenty of choice, something for everyone.   There will be waitress service and you will be asked for your choices from the menu when everyone is seated – no need to make any decisions ahead of the evening itself.


The cost of the meal is £24 per person.  Please send payment direct to OHWC bank account, by Monday 18th November.  Please also email me to let me know you are coming.


Walk news


ICE cards

A reminder that all members are requested to carry an ICE (In Case of Emergency) card in the top pocket of their rucksacks so that the walk leader knows who to contact in the event of an incident where someone is unconscious.  The template is available to download from the website at

Laminates are also available – please contact Pauline if you need one.


Directions to the start of walks

The more observant of you may have noticed that the walk briefs now include What3words as additional information for locating the start point of a walk.  What3words is a free app that you can download to your smartphone.  In simple terms, it divides the surface of the earth into 3x3m squares each of which has a unique 3-word address.  Using the app, you can enter the 3 words, see precisely where the start point is and request Google maps to give you directions.  It is much more accurate than postcodes, especially in rural areas where the nearest postcode may be some distance away.  In the event of an incident, it provides additional information to help the emergency services locate you especially when the operator cannot handle traditional OS grid references as is often the case.  If you’d like to check it out, more information is here and for a recent news article see However, nothing’s perfect and like all GPS-based systems, be aware that the signal can bounce off nearby buildings, cliffs and the edge of densely forested areas giving less accurate results in their vicinity.


Are you missing out on walk brief information?

Several people have recently reported that they have not been getting the walk briefs sent out by Pauline despite addresses being correct on the distribution list.  If you have noticed that you’re not getting walk notifications, try checking your spam and promotion folders to see if they are being filtered out.  If that isn’t the case the cause please let Pauline know and she will try and find a solution.


Walk Leaders


As some of you may already know, one of our long standing (original?) members, Sue Norwood, has decided to step down as a walk leader.  A huge thank you to Sue, for all those lovely Sunday and weekend walks so many of us have enjoyed over the years!


Walking Holidays 2019 / 2020


2019 Autumn Walking Weekend  4-7 October:  Dolgellau, North Wales

26 people attended the weekend – lots of positive feedback including enjoying very good food!

2020 Winter Holiday 8-15 March:  Haus Valentin, Badia, Dolomites

12 people have booked

2020 Spring Walking Weekend 17-20  April:  HF Hotel Chy Morvah St Ives Cornwall

26 people have booked

2020 Summer Holiday. 6-13 June:  Hotel Splendid, Annecy, French Alps

21 people have booked

Autumn Walking Weekend 9-12 October:  HF Hotel Newfield Hall, Malhamdale

21 people booked.  Places still available – contact Sarah for details



Dates for your diary

Annual AGM and Social Supper:  Eaton Golf Club, Friday 31 January 2020


On behalf of the Committee,

Best wishes to you all and see you on the 13th December!