Invitations to ECR AGM and Cheshire East Area AGM

 

1. ECR Annual General Meeting

All members are invited to our AGM, which will be held on Saturday 11th November 2017 starting at 2 pm.
The venue is the Macclesfield Tennis Club, Learning Zone Campus, Park Lane, Macclesfield SK11 8LF
Also there will be a walk from this venue that will start at 10.00 and finish before the start of the AGM of about 5.5 miles (leader is Jane Gay) which you are welcome to join – please bring packed lunch.

Papers for the AGM will be available on the website during the week ending Saturday, 28th October 2017 with a limited number of copies available at the meeting.

Any member wishing to submit a motion should raise this initially with the Chairman prior to putting it in writing to be received by the Secretary not later than Saturday 21th October 2017. Contact details are:

email: secretary@ramblerseastcheshire.org.uk

All officers and committee members retire each year but are eligible for re-election. The following are standing for re-election:

Colin Finlayson (Treasurer), Adrian Flinn (Secretary), Jane Gay (Social & Events Secretary), Dave Barraclough (Footpath Committee Chairman), Sue Munslow (Membership Secretary), Colin Park (Publicity Officer) and Kathryn Carty (Committee Member).

The Chairman will step down after 3 years of service so we need nominations for this position. In addition, we need to appoint two new Committee Members who will be able to assist with or lead specific initiatives and projects.

If you wish to stand for any of the Officers position or as a Committee Member, or you wish to nominate anyone else, please send the candidate’s name and statement of their willingness to stand, together with names of the proposer and seconder, to the Secretary Adrian Flinn (contact details above) by Saturday, 21th October 2017.

We look forward to seeing you all there.

2. CHESHIRE EAST AREA AGM (comprising the three Groups of East Cheshire (i.e. ourselves, Congleton, and South Cheshire)

This meeting will be held on FRIDAY 17th NOVEMBER 2017 hosted by ECR Group (ourselves) at the King’s Arms Hotel (pub), Alderley Road, Wilmslow SK9 1PZ

Meeting commences 7.00p.m. for 7.30 p.m.

All members are welcome to attend and please inform our Secretary Adrian Flinn by e mail (address below) if you intend to do so in order that we, as hosts, may organize the required seating arrangements and send you the agenda and other papers.

Adrian Flinn secretary@ramblerseastcheshire.org.uk

5th October 2017

Social and Events Calendar – Update from April 2017 onwards

 

Here are the ECR Events organised for the current Programme, April to June, and also those in planning for our future programmes:-

Saturday 8th April Grand National Sweep and walk organised by Rosie Forth.

Friday 21st April 11-30am a tour of Robinson’s Brewery with the additional option of lunch and a visit to Staircase House. Organised by Brian Griffiths. Fliers have been circulated and I think this is fully booked but please contact Brian to check on availability if you would like to attend.

Friday 21st April  Start of walking for Health programme. These are walks of about 2 miles on flat ground with no stiles. They will run approx. every 2 weeks and a programme will follow.

11th May  start of Evening walks programme

19th-21st May Week end away at Brecon organised by Ann Thompson. A flier has been circulated and more information will follow shortly for those who have expressed an interest.

Saturday 3rd June: 9 miles easy Coastal Ecology walk organised by John Handley from Wirral Country Park Visitors Centre, Heswall. Walking to Little Eye and Hilbre Islands off West Kirby at low tide. Marine landscape, birds, and animals. The number of participants is limited to 20 so booking with John is essential:- john.handley@manchester.ac.uk.

Wednesday 14th June Coach trip to North Wales organised by Andy Davies. This is to Ruthin and more information will follow shortly.

Thursday 22nd June. Walk and a meal at the Old Smithy, Monyash. Organised by Ann Thompson

Advance notice for next programme: July – December 2017

1st July Ramble with a Ranger organised by Jane Gay

Saturday 8th July:  HS2 Walk organised by John Edwards. Walking 7 to 8 miles of the proposed HS2 Route around Ashley with the Landscape Architect, Joanne Philips, who is conducting research on the impact of large scale infrastructure developments upon the landscape and the opportunities for exploring mitigation measures in early consultations with local communities and Groups like ECR.  For more information see: www.jophillips.net and  http://www.miriad.mmu.ac.uk/.  Numbers limited so please book your place with Kathryn Carty by 24 June: cartykathryn@btinternet.com.

Saturday 29th July Picnic walk. Long, medium and short walks are being organised finishing with a shared picnic.

12th August  Coach trip to Anglesey organised by Steve Hull

17th August last of the evening walks followed by Supper

3-8th September Trip to the Manor House Hotel Devon organised by Jane Gay. This trip is now confirmed with 30 attending and others are welcome to join us.

23 September -1st October Bollington walking Festival

23 September Ramble with a Ranger organised by Jane Gay

11th November 2 pm: ECR AGM at Macclesfield Tennis Club.

Friday 17th November 7.30 pm Area AGM hosted by ECR at Kings Arms PH, Alderley Road, Wilmslow SK9 1PZ. All members are welcome to attend.

23rd December -7th January: RA National festival of walks.

 

Early notice for Programme in 2018

15th-24th June 2018. Barnaby Festival, Macclesfield. Leaders are invited and encouraged to plan Walks in, or reasonably close to the Macclesfield area, so that ECR may participate with walks in the Programme of this Festival of our “home” town, and show-case our Group’s activities to potential new members.

 

If you have any ideas for future events please contact jane.gay@icloud.com.

Our Social and Events Programme has expanded considerably over the past few years and is now of the size where the schedule requires close co-ordination to avoid clashes and to try to ensure an even spread of dates across the year. Early consultation with Jane really helps with this and is greatly appreciated by the Committee.

 

 

Ramblers Roadshow 2017

This event was organized by the Ramblers Association held at the Palace Hotel in Buxton on 19th March 2017.

There were about 80+ members attending from all around Greater Manchester and High Peak areas including East Cheshire Ramblers.

There was a morning and afternoon session of workshops:

  1. First aid for walkers and basic navigation
  2. Introduction to walk leading
  3. Getting more people walking
  4. Recruiting and Retaining Members
  5. Basics of Rights of Way
  6. Supporting the volunteer journey
  7. How to run successful short walks
  8. Managing challenges on group walks

There was an introduction from the Membership and Retainment Officer. A couple of videos were shown one featuring June Mabon (ECR member) and her Trafford Footpath team and then we headed to the various workshops.

Steve Osborne wrote “I chose First aid for walkers and we had 3 scenarios with instructions from a trainer from The British Red Cross. The next hour was on Basic Navigation, an introduction to maps given by a young member of staff.  After a hot buffet lunch the afternoon sessions were introduced by the chairman of the ramblers trustees.  Were you aware that the Ramblers have more female members than male but the proportion on the government team is low.  Of the 15 candidates for 7 places in the forthcoming election only 3 are female.

In the afternoon I attended Managing Challenges on group walks.  This was a joint presentation with again young members of staff.  Good to see that there are younger staff members and also some young delegates at the sessions.

Plenty to discuss in this session and hopefully all gained some knowledge and practical advise which will be used on future activities.

There are plenty of useful resources (volunteer toolkits) in the Ramblers website.  Have a look.

There will be future roadshows, have a look and enjoy a day out, meet head office staff and fellow ramblers and improve your knowledge.”

Adrian Flinn wrote “ In the morning I attended the Introduction to walk Leading workshop. This was an interactive session. All the basic information used in this workshop can be found in the Ramblers website www.ramblers.org.uk/volunteer-zone/support-and-development/volunteer-toolkits

The following toolkits are particularly useful and I would recommend that all walk leaders visit the website to refresh our knowledge:

  • Walk leader: key resources to support individual walk leaders
  • Insurance: a guide to the Ramblers Association insurance including incident reporting. During the session it was explained that if you appoint a back marker for your walk (not mandatory but highly recommended) this person must be a current member of the Ramblers otherwise the insurance will be invalidated
  • Ramblers Routes: advice on devising good walking routes and using the Ramblers Route system as a route developer – see in particular the Route Development Manual

In the afternoon I went to the workshop on Recruiting and Retaining Members. Some key information from this session that I picked up:

  • the majority of new members find out about the Ramblers via web searches and recommendations from friends or family. Therefore is important that the groups have a good local on line presence, a website that is regularly updated and informative ideally with links to social media (ECR have an excellent website managed by our webmaster Roger Fielding)
  • the majority of our members join for social reasons (eg. walk with a local group, meet new people and improve their health)
  • why people walk? The 3 top motivators were to exercise followed by for fun and then to enjoy time with friends and family. This information helps to understand what we need to do to keep members interested.
  • Why members leave? Health and age are an important factor. Can we do more with these leavers? (ECR runs a full social and events programme that members of our group have access even if they don’t walk)

The workshop leader will provide in due course an electronic copy of the workshop notes which I will share with our Membership Secretary and Webmaster and the rest of our ECR Committee.”

23 March 2017