Newsletter July 14

New Treasurer – Ken Pratt
Nicola has decided to relinquish the role of Treasurer. Ken Pratt has now been co-opted onto the committee to take over the role of Treasurer with immediate effect. Contact details:<treasurer@secure.ohwc.org.uk

Safety Guidance for Leaders and Safety Guidance for Walkers
Our experience on the Wainwrights this year has provided some learning about walking in poor weather conditions and as a result we are now developing further guidance, reviewing our Risk Assessment and reviewing our best practice and training. Further details out soon.

Electronic Payments to OHWC
Thanks to those of you who have now made the move to electronic payments for the club’s activities. One of our members discovered, when requesting his bank to make the payment, that each bank its own scale of charges for this type of transaction and some do it for free. Lloyds quoted a £30.00 fee! The way round it was to go the OHWC Bank – Barclays, Werbergh Street who do it for free, or you may use internet banking on your home computer.

Pyrenees Feedback
Just some of the comments I have received from those who went on this year’s summer holiday to the Pyrenees:<

  • Hike Pyrenees was a lovely outfit – they had really well qualified, nice, young guides and were able to give a personalised service to meet the needs of our group
  • As the only truly lower level walker I would just like to say that it was a great holiday
  • We were sent home baked goodies every day to add to our picnic lunches
  • The walks were varied, and very enjoyable – a brilliant walking area with stunning scenery
  • The hotel was excellent and extremely comfortable
  • We saw three types of vulture including the bone eating variety!
  • Would love to return

Social Events 2014Summer Supper – The Bluebell Café, Barrowmore Friday 8 August 2014 starts 7pm and carriages 10:45
Just a reminder that our Summer Supper is on 8 August – about 28 bookings received so far. If you wish to be included please pay £17.95 per person as soon as possible and by 31 July at the latest as follows: Direct to the OHWC bank account (20-20-46 30310344) ensuring you include a reference in your on-line banking system of your name or initials. Please confirm your payment/booking to:secretary@secure.ohwc.org.uk AND treasurer@secure.ohwc.org.uk<

Christmas Party and Disco – Eaton Golf Club – Friday 5 December – DON’T FORGET TO PUT THE DATE IN YOUR DIARY
Could we ask for your help? On this occasion we are planning to set up our own music and disco and if anyone would like to help organise this please contact me as soon as possible secretary@secure.ohwc.org.uk

Walking Events 2014 and 2015< Wainwrights – 19-21 September 2014 – Buttermere
Planned walks are Haystacks and Fleetwith Pike (Blue), Hopegill Head and Grasmoor (Red+) and Starling Dodd from Buttermere (Red). Further details on the Website 
Wainwrights 2015
The Plan for next year includes the HF House at Conistonwater 2-4 October (also the Autumn Walking Weekend), May 2nd or 3rd weekend Kentmere or Northern Fells and June 2nd or 3rd weekend at Eskdale – details to be included in the Walk Programme.

Autumn Walking Weekend – Dolgellau – 10-13 October 2014 – SOLD OUT – 41 booked – 3 on Reserve List. I need to send the Final Guest List by 1 August – we will then be able to let you know final balances which will be needed by 15 August.

Spring Walking Weekend – Church Stretton, Shropshire – 10 April 2015 -SOLD OUT
A Reserve List has been started so if you are interested contact me as soon as possiblesecretary@secure.ohwc.org.uk

Autumn Walking Weekend – Conistonwater, Lake District – 2 October 2015This will also link to our Wainwrights Programme – details out soon.

Summer Holiday – Les Contamines, French Alps 4 July 2015 – EARLY BIRD OFFER – IMPORTANT UPDATE
We have now put out details of Les Contamines, French Alps on 4 July. Please book as soon as possible and the deadline for the offer is 10 August. This has been going like hot cakes and currently we have about 20 booked. There are a few rooms left (twin and single) and the maximum is 28 (maximum for the number of walk leaders). We have just discovered that whilst there are no premium rooms there are, subject to availability, four apartments with a supplement of £16.00pppn. Requests for apartments to:
secretary@secure.ohwc.org.uk

Affiliate membership with cotsold outdoorRecently one of our members was asked for proof of OHWC membership in Cotswold so don’t forget the membership code<Summer StrollGreat weather and 22 of us enjoyed the stroll and lunch on Sunday (thanks John).