This is a long overdue newsletter – many apologies! I’ve no idea where the time has gone this year since we all met (albeit by Zoom) for our AGM last February. So here goes with a (probably lengthy) update!
Virtual AGM 11th February 2022 – looking back
33 members attended the virtual AGM. Detailed minutes will be circulated later in the year but in the meantime here are the key points raised by the Committee, looking back over the past year:
Welcome and Annual Report – Ian
Ian welcomed everyone to the AGM, which, he hoped, would be the last virtual meeting we have to hold. He thanked all members who have contributed in different ways to the club over the previous difficult twelve months.
Financial Report – Neville
- Neville talked through the club’s expenditure over the past year and the proposed 2022 budget
- The Club remains in an overall healthy position
Walks Report 2021 and Programme for 2022– Jan
- Jan thanked all the walk leaders for the variety of walks on offer over the year. It was a difficult start to the year due to Covid but gradually things improved, with numbers on weekend walks increasing especially when blue and red walkers joined green level walks.
- Wainrights nearing completion so proposed new project – the Marilyns in Wales. More details to follow in the near future
Holidays and Weekends Report – Caroline
- VHF Spring Walking Weekend, Sedburgh, W Yorks Dales, 17 participatedV
- HF Autumn Walking Weekend, Brecon Beacons, 11 participated
- Summer holiday, Stubai Alps, Austria, cancelled
- HF Spring Walking Weekend, St Ives, Cornwall, 17 booked
- HF Autumn Walking Weekend, Lake District, 22 booked
UK Extra 2022
- Scottish Mountain Walking (Munro Bagging) organised by Bob Wilkinson, 18 booked
- Summer holiday, Tatras Mountains, cancelled
Europe Extra 2022
- Pyrenees, organised by Steve Andrews with Hike Pyrenees
UK 2023 (proposed)
- HF Spring Walking Weekend, Selworthy, Exmoor
- HF Autumn Walking Weekend, Coniston, Lake District
Europe 2023 (proposed)
- Mayrhofen, Ziller Valley, Tirol
Members / Events Report – Gill
- Not a very sociable start to the year due to lockdowns and Covid restrictions
- Charity Walks Day: 2 walks at different levels followed by ‘bring your own picnic’, hosted by Neville and Di in their lovely garden. A great alternative to the usual BBQ. Donations raised £160 each to Stroke Association and Cancer Research UK
- 3 new members<
- GDPR Legislation. Members will be contacted shortly to report any changes needed to the club’s database
Club Events 2022
- Wednesday 13 April: Spring mid-week walk and pub lunch
- Sunday 26 June: Charity walks and picnic or BBQ (tbc)
Election of Officers
• Treasurer: Kate voted onto the committee replacing Neville (term of office ended)
• All other officers re-elected
Early 2022 and looking forward
At last there is the feeling we’re getting back on track and things are almost ‘normal’ again, with regular weekend walks at different levels enjoyed by many members. We’re even beginning to car share again! Yes, there’s still an element of caution but how much more relaxed it is now after two years of uncertainty and worry.
Unfortunately 3 walks had to be cancelled in February due to awful weather, but apart from these days, weekend walks are proving as popular as ever. It’s clear we’re all enjoying getting out and about with friends. Red walks have been particularly well attended so far. Jan sends out the walk briefs regularly every week – please do contact her if you are not receiving them.
Walk Leader Training
News just in – we have two new blue walk leaders: Paula Ford and Sarah Hutchinson gained their Silver NNAS Navigation Award at the end of last month (April). Many congratulations to both!
First Aid Training
7 members participated in first aid training on 22 April. Many thanks to Sue Norwood for once again agreeing to hold this important training event.
Walking Holidays 2022
The following HF holidays are scheduled for this year:
- Spring Walking Weekend 7-10 May: St Ives, Cornwall
By the time you read this, 17 members will be packing their boots and getting ready for a weekend of interesting walks at all levels, beautiful scenery and (hopefully) good weather! The majority on this trip have chosen to extend their stay by booking further alternative accommodation before or/and after the weekend to make the most of having to travel such a long distance. Have a great time, all!
- Autumn Walking Weekend 30 September -3 October: Derwent Bank, Lake District
24 members have booked.
Two Individually organised holidays have been arranged for this year:
- Scotland Mountain Walking 3 – 9 June. Organiser: Bob Wilkinson
This holiday was originally planned pre-pandemic – thanks to Bob for keeping it ‘alive’ and now ready to go this year! It’s fully booked – 6 days of challenging red walks and above will be completed by 14 members (weather permitting)
- Pyrenees, Spain 11 – 18 September. Organiser: Steve Andrews with Hike Pyrenees
This is another holiday re-booked after cancellation in 2021 – many thanks to Steve for managing all the changes! Again, it’s fully booked (21 people)
Walking Holidays 2023
The following holidays are being organised for next year but specific dates haven’t yet been confirmed. Caroline will be sending out further details when she has more information:
- Spring Walking Weekend HF Holnicote House, Selworthy, Exmoor
- Summer Holiday Mayrhofen, Ziller Valley, Tirol, Austria
- Autumn Walking Weekend HF Monk Coniston House, Southern Lake District
It’s evident that many club members are interested in participating in club holidays in addition to joining regular weekend walks. Traditionally the club has used HF for both UK and European holidays but at our recent committee meeting we discussed at some length the possibility of widening the choice of holidays organised in different ways, for example, using booking agents (eg this year’s Pyrenees trip) or members organising self-guided trips (eg Bob’s Scotland Mountain Walking). However, there are many things to consider if we are to go down these routes – for example: risk assessments, safety issues, insurance cover, walk levels, travel arrangements, cost and value for money. Work is now in progress by the committee to explore these issues further in order to present final recommendations to the club for your suggestions and approval.
Spring Mid-week Walk and Pub Lunch: Wednesday 13 April
22 members thoroughly enjoyed a leisurely green level circular walk from Bunbury, ending at the Dysart Arms where 2 more members joined us for lunch. The weather wasn’t wonderful (a lovely spring day – not) but it didn’t dampen our enthusiasm for the walk and our chance to relax and socialise over lunchtime food and drink. Everyone agreed it was a successful event, and it would be good to repeat the format again later in the year.
Charity Walk and Pot Luck Picnic: Sunday 26 June – DATE FOR YOUR DIARY
This year’s social gathering, following our morning charity walks, will be held in Ian and Paula’s garden, and will take the slightly different format of a ‘Pot Luck’ event. Members will be invited to bring a dish of their choice – no planning of who should bring what! Those of you who have experienced a pot-luck will know that it always works out well, despite the random-ness sound of it! We do hope to see many of you at this social event. More details to follow shortly.
Christmas Get-together: December 2022
Yes, you have read this correctly – it does say ‘Christmas’! We are determined to organise a festive get-together this year, in early December, date and venue to be confirmed. I’ll keep you posted with more details as I get them .
Please email me if you wish to be taken off the database. If I don’t hear from you I will assume you are happy for your details to remain on our list. Thanks!
On behalf of the Committee,
Best wishes to you all and happy late Spring and early Summer walking!