“Local history is an engrossing subject, always something new to
discover, never an end in sight.”
time 1.30 pm at The Plaza Theatre, Mersey Square,
Stockport SK1 1SP
at a reasonable easy pace Judith’s three mile history walk round Stockport town
centre will take about two and a half hours. Judith will make frequent
stops to explain significant features. The itinerary features traces of the
early history of Stockport, which was the focus of Judith’s talk to ECR in
October, and follows through to modern times. As you would expect, we
will be looking at things in geographical, not chronological order.
COST OF THE WALK £4
FOLLOWING THE WALK THERE IS AN OPTION TO VISIT ‘THE PRODUCE HALL’ COMPLETE
WITH A RANGE OF FOOD OFFERINGS, COFFEE SHOP AND FULLY STOCKED BAR
Numbers will be limited to 25
PLEASE COMPLETE THE BOOKING FORM WHICH WILL BE EMAILED TO MEMBERS
Minutes of ECR
committee held Monday 3 February at 1.30pm
Jane Gay – chair
Dave Barraclough – footpath committee chair
Maggie Swindells – social secretary
Colin Finlayson – treasurer
Kathryn Carty – secretary
Sue Munslow – membership secretary
Actions / discussions
Minutes of previous meeting of 11 November 2019
Maggie has already put an entry for safeguarding
information (children and vulnerable adults) in FAQ’s and this will shortly go
onto the website.
The walk grade descriptions will be updated on
the following lines (not verbatim)
– 5 to 7+ miles approximately
– 8 to 10+ miles approximately
– 11 miles plus
– moderately flat walking on good paths
– Generally on good paths in undulating terrain but with some steep inclines
– expect a fair bit of ascent and possibly some mild scrambling. Route may take open country rather than
– 3 to 4 miles on even ground with little ascent and few easy stiles.
A charge of £5 per head is suggested
to event organisers and if costs are not covered, this will be mopped up by
surpluses on other events. Prior to
publishing the event organisers are advised to discuss with Colin F costings of
an event and the reimbursement of reasonable
expenses. The amounts claimable are not
fixed and will vary according to the event. It was felt that amounts should not
be prescribed as a non-standard set of circumstances always arises.
cost of subscription. Colin had
spoken to the FC at Ramblers but there has since been a staffing change so this
will be mentioned to HO again. It was
felt that the competition from low annual fee walking groups, which are
affiliated with national Ramblers for a small charge, is not recognised by
HO. The affiliated groups benefit from
Ramblers insurance and our footpath maintenance. HO needs to publicise the
footpath work which Ramblers members do in order to generate new members.
programme This was considered to be holding up well and, as agreed at the
AGM, walks will continue as before. Some
gaps are unavoidable without new younger members coming on the scene. Members of other Ramblers groups have been
taking advantage of ECR’s extensive programme.
Walk leaders need gently reminding to put their walks on the notice
board two weeks before the date of leading so that they get posted in good time
onto the national website. The stroller walks are going ahead.
The new system “what three words” was briefly discussed. It is another way of locating a walk starting
point with a phone app.
Footpath maintenance work as reported
in Dave’s footpath committee meeting of January 2020 below.
for the 2020 Footpath Inspections is going ahead smoothly by Tony Battilana. He
may have a small shortfall in inspector numbers and no longer has a reserve
list. In due course we may request that the Committee approves a request to
circulate the membership for new volunteers. (This might be combined with information
to members on how to report path problems to PROW and a request from PROW for
more volunteer involvement – see other points).
business is working normally on footpath
problems, PROW Diversions and comments on road schemes. There are a couple of
problems that we are pressing PROW for better attention, including footpaths on
the new airpath link road.
absence of much new initiative for maintenance work from the Projects Group,
Nick Brearley is starting to identify ‘minor maintenance’ tasks from the past
footpath inspections, with the intention of discussing these with Brian
Richardson. This is exactly the purpose of the historical footpath inspection
results. Nick was the organiser of the working party to clear undergrowth on
the National Trust path at Alderley Edge and has personally cleared an
overgrown path by the Airport Hotel, Altrincham Road.
Basically we still need new volunteers for the committee
and footpath maintenance work.
FP Meeting, Neil Collie and I have met the new PROW Enforcement Officer –
Nicola Swinnerton – (half time, covering
half of Evan Pedley’s parishes). She is very enthusiastic (it was her proposal
to have the introductory meeting). She is keen to make maximum use of
volunteers, using the PROW list of ECR volunteers authorised to carry out minor
work on footpaths. This might involve more frequent work than the annual
inspection by volunteers and we are discussing the best level of collaboration
to encourage/authorise contact with our members. I can report more details to
the main ECR Committee.
understand that the long awaited repair of the ‘Donkey Bridge’ at Pott Shrigley
has been completed within the last week and the footpath re-opened. ECR
contributed funds towards this repair. Although this has been long delayed, it
is a fully satisfactory outcome of our support. It might be a suitable topic
for a publicity article.
This is very specialist area and there
is no-one willing to take over the project, much to Colin Park’s disappointment
after all his good work. We have a shortlist of 5 lost ways which is
currently in abeyance. Costs of taking
this forward are not yet being considered.
Dave’s footpath committee considered the subject in his report
Lost Ways – the FPC
noted that the AGM had not found a replacement for Colin Park. It remains my
view that the FPC already has plenty of work and should not add this to their
responsibility. It is my personal view that the existing network of paths in
Cheshire East is better than most and extra work on Lost Ways has limited value
– given the long and tedious process to make the claims. However, the Committee
is reviewing the merits of a small number (5) of potential claims from the Lost
Ways list for comparison with a couple of potential new paths that we have
In Colin’s publicity report he
commented about lost ways as follows
The other point I wish
to raise is ‘Lost Ways’. Since standing down from the position of co-ordinator,
no one has come forward to take on the position. It would be a pity if all the
hours of work I undertook on researching this project was to go to waste. There
are definitely some paths in our area worthy of saving.
9 Footpath Inspector social
The suggestion for a social
event was approved by the committee but it was suggested that catering could be
done in-house by buying sandwich platters and by volunteers baking. There will be a maximum of probably 50 to 60
people probably on a Friday afternoon sometime in July. There will be a walk put on beforehand. Those
invited will include partners of FP inspectors as they often do the work
alongside them. Committee members will
also be included.
The suggestion for this is
included in Dave’s FP committee report.
Dave will develop these proposals and report to the next Committee
We would like to organise a ‘Footpath
Inspectors Meeting’ in the summer–the last was several years ago. The objectives are
‘thank you’ meeting for their efforts
communicate and ‘train’ the inspectors to encourage consistency. (There have
been a number of inconsistent and ‘over enthusiastic’ reports in the last
couple of years!!)
feedback and suggestions on the Inspection programme
We suggest inviting the Inspectors (about 39 in total) plus partners
(who often help with inspections plus the Footpath Committee and Main
Committee. The expected number might be 50 to 60 people. After discussion it
was felt that widening the invitees to others (such as project group
volunteers, walk coordinators, walk
leaders, social organisers etc) would be too large and would dilute the
purpose of the meeting. Possible venues are Macclesfield Tennis Club or the
Wizard Tearooms at Alderley National Trust, with light refreshments provided.
We propose that the cost of this (for room hire, tea and cakes) should be
covered by ECR at about £10 to £15 per head. Colin Finlayson considers that we
have the funds. It is a matter for
the ECR Meeting to discuss and approve.
Maggie’s report below summarises the
progress she has made.
As always fresh members need to come
forward to volunteer to put on trips.
Thanks go to all our fellow ramblers who continue to co-ordinate walks,
lead walks and provide social events for our group. Their continued support and
enthusiasm is much appreciated.
The Social Calendar for 2020 is filling up nicely. We have, in addition
to an excellent walking programme, an additional event in the calendar for most
months throughout the year. 2020 was kicked off with Keith’s Sherry Walk
organised by Lorraine and Melanie. Thanks go to both of them for organising
this event. In February we will host a talk from a representative from Styal
Prison about The Clink and the positive impact it has had on reducing
reoffending rates. On the 20th March Judith Wilshaw will lead a guided
history walk in Stockport and we hope to end the walk with afternoon tea at the
Plaza in Stockport.
Members of ECR have very kindly volunteered to organise four weekends
away for members. Thanks go to Jane Gay, Steve Hull, Colin Park and Andy Davies.
These events require a great deal of planning and organisation and I’m very
grateful to all of them for giving up their time to put these events on.
Ann Thompson is organising a coach trip to Settle in June and Gina
Thompson and I are organising another coach trip in September. We’re meeting in
February to agree where to go!
I’m hoping to book another event in late October, possibly a talk, Barn
Dance and or quiz, and a second history walk in the summer with Rodney Hughes.
In addition I will investigate further First Aid training which was requested
at the AGM.
A ceilidh organised by Tony B has now been fixed for 31 October 2020 and
Jane has also organised a short walk with Martin the Ranger for 12 September
11. Treasurer’s report
As at 31 January the bank balance stands at £6353.11. The Christmas lunches (weekend and mid week)
were well attended and broke even.
12. Membership secretary’s report
At the end of December the total
membership was slightly down again to 553 with only 2 joining.
However, in January we have already 5
new members this month. Four live in Macclesfield and one lives in Crewe.
Another trend is having more
members from other Cheshire groups walking with us particularly on our longer
walks. A few of them have said they are attracted to our programme because of
the number of walks we put on , and long walks which are at a good pace.
13 Publicity report
Colin needs people to write
up articles of their walks and send them to him along with a photo or two for
entry in the paper and for our website.
There is little to add
to the Publicity Report other than I am still writing articles which are
published in the Macclesfield Express each week. I continue to write up article
on group walks. It would be great if more people provided short article on
walks which could go on our website.
14. Format of minutes
It was suggested that the members’ reports could be
copied and pasted into the minutes rather than included as attachments.
15. Website discussion
The current website was discussed from the
viewpoint of new / potential members alighting on it. Some parties felt that the walks within the
next 7 days page which comes up would be exactly what potential members would
want to see. Some felt the About page was
the better home page. Both are easy to
16. National Conference
Jane would be going to this along with Steve
Butterfield who is Area Secretary.
17. Chair’s report
It is ECRs turn to attend
National Conference which is on the fourth and fifth of April. I have
circulated the committee and nobody has come forward to say they would like to
attend. I am attending and have invited Steve to attend with me as I think it
would be a good opportunity to discuss the future of the area. I think I might
have to be nominated to attend but not sure perhaps we can do that anyway!
I think some of you will have noticed that we were asked to complete a group
walks survey in one of the bulletins that came out from central office. Roger
has completed this and for that I thank him. He did mention in communication
that he would like a password protected area on the website. He has talked to
me about this and we both think it would be a good idea and then things like
the minutes of meeting could go in that area and not be available to anybody
else to read.
We are still in need of 2 committee
members and someone to take charge of Lost Ways.
18. Diary dates
ECR AGM Saturday 14
Area AGM Saturday 30
Next meeting at Jane’s
Tuesday 5 May at 1.30pm.
19. Future action points
First Aid training to be
booked through HO though actual training is done by St John’s Ambulance. (MS)
Gillian Kaye to be asked
about repeating walk leader training as her previous training was excellent.
All to pursue new committee
members (preferably two)
FP committee needs at
least one new member. A female on the
committee may be a good thing.
More volunteers needed
for footpath maintenance
Colin to pursue value
for cost of subscription.
Volunteers to be pursued
(by all!) for organising social events.
(Brian Griffiths will be great loss to the group.)
Walk leaders to be
encouraged to write a report for Colin’s publicity as this may attract new
Walk co-ordinators to
remind leaders to put walks on website two weeks in advance.
The following Questions
and Answers supplements the information provided for Walk Leaders published by
the Ramblers Association. Walk
Leaders Check List
I would like to find
out more about leading a walk. Who do I contact?
ECR has a named coordinator for all
the following programmes: Short Midweek Walks, Medium Midweek Walks, Weekend
Short Walks, Weekend Medium Walks, Weekend Long Walks, Midweek Long Walks, Stroller
Walks and Evening Walks. Each
coordinator welcomes contacts from walkers who are willing to organise a
walk. If you contact the Chair she will put you in touch with the organiser.
Will anyone help me
with my first walk?
ECR have a number of volunteers who
would be happy to work with you on your first walk. Please contact the Chair,
Jane Gay, and she will put you in touch.
Do I need to be able
to read maps?
Being able to read a map is useful
but not essential. There are lots of walks which provide pictures and
descriptions of walks which are a really useful source for walk leaders. The
Ramblers do provide Map Reading training if you wish to attend. This is
advertised on the website and via email.
Where can I find a
The Cheshire East Ramblers website
under the Walks Planner Tab Walks Planner
provides a number of ideas for walks. There are also a range of books
and other websites which are also a useful source.
Where do I find grid
references and post codes for the start of my walk?
You can find this information on the
ECR website under the Start Point tab. You can also look them up on the
Do I need to recce my
Yes this is essential. It’s a good idea to ask a buddy to go with
you. It gives you the opportunity to
check parking availability, the accuracy of the walk description, spot any
potential hazards, timings and distance.
Can I ask people to
use public transport for my walk?
Yes. Walks can involve trains, buses
and or trams. Include the information in your walk description and suggest
that walkers bring money, bus passes, and railcards.
How do I advertise my
walk and what information do I include?
You post details of your walk on the
ECR website at LEAST TWO WEEKS before your walk. You click on the Notice
Board Tab and click to post details of your walk. It is an easy programme to
use. You need to include: the date, the length, the level of difficulty
(easy, moderate, strenuous) the starting point including the post code and
grid reference, parking costs if any, toilets if any, a brief description of the route and any
specific points about gradient, mud, etc. It’s helpful to look at others descriptions before you
How do I grade my
walk?Walk leaders are
asked to provide sufficient detail about their walk when they post it on the Notice Board so
that potential walkers are aware of the level difficulty of the walk. For
example; height gain, conditions underfoot or any potentially challenging
Walks are graded as follows: Length:
approx. 5 – 7+ milesMedium:
8 – 10+ milesLong:
of difficulty:Easy – mostly flat walking on good pathsModerate – this covers the majority of
walks; there might well be a steep hill or two but it will generally be on good paths in
undulating terrainStrenuous – expect a fair bit of uphill
walking, maybe even some mild scrambling. We might leave paths for open
country but not invariably
These walks are:
– 4 miles on even ground with very limited ascents or descents and very few
Can people take dogs
on the walk?
It is the decision of the walk
leader. If you feel that it is safe for people to do so, no live stock on the
walk, then indicate this in your information. If you feel it would be a risk
then state this clearly when you post your walk on the notice board.
Do I need a
Yes you do need someone to walk at
the back of the walkers to make sure the group doesn’t get lost. It’s a good idea to share phone numbers if
you can. When you’re walking you need to keep the backmarker in sight. You
may need to stop until they come into view. It’s essential to make sure the
backmarker knows when you turn off the path or cross roads. If you have a
large group 30+ it’s a good idea to have a middle marker too.
Who do I ask to be a
If the person who recced the walk
with you is walking they are an ideal backmarker. If not then ask at the
start of your walk. Someone will always volunteer.
What equipment should
I take on my walk?
Take a first aid kit, whistle,
water, phone, map, walk instructions, plastic bag, emergency services contact
numbers, the contact number for the Ramblers Association +44 (0)20 3961 3300.
What happens at the
beginning of the walk?
Walks usually start at 10am. It’s a
good idea to get there early. Walkers
generally gather well before the start time.
Gather walkers together at 9.50ish and introduce yourself. Give a
brief verbal description of where you’re going. Ask for someone to be a backmarker. Count the group before you set off!
Should I have
emergency contact numbers for all the walkers?
Walkers are encouraged to complete
an In Case of an Emergency (ICE) card and carry it with them on their walks.
You can have a set of these cards to give out at the beginning of your walks.
What do I do if
someone turns up who hasn’t walked with ECR before?
It’s always helpful to ask at the
beginning of the walk if there are any walkers new to ECR. Please ask them to
introduce themselves to the group and give them a warm welcome. It’s worth
checking in with them when you stop at any point. At the end of the walk ask
them how they are and that you hope they manage to come on more walks.
What happens if no one
You can go home. Let the walk organiser
for the walks know.
What happens if one or
two people turn up?
You do the walk unless everyone else
wants to go home.
Do walkers need to be
We don’t check membership cards.
Members may bring a friend to try a walk or they can bring a visitor. The
general rule of thumb is new walkers can try three walks before they join.
Do people take
refreshments on a walk?
Leaders usually stop for coffee for
15 mins an hour after the start of the walk. Long and medium walkers take a
packed lunch. Build in a stop at a
suitable place for each when you recce your walk.
Do I have to organise
lunch for walkers?
Medium and long walkers take a
packed lunch. Traditionally, the midweek short walkers like to go for a pub
lunch after their walk. If you can
identify a pub as a starting point that’s ideal. Contact the pub to let them
know you will be bringing a party in at lunchtime. Check either at the
beginning of your walk or at coffee time who would like lunch and phone the
pub with the numbers.
What happens if
someone needs a comfort break?
If a walker needs a comfort break
they need to let the backmarker or leader know when they step off the walk
and return to the walk.
What happens if
someone is ill on the walk?
If the person feels able to walk
back to the beginning ask another member of the group to go with them and ask
them to call you when they get back to the car. If someone is seriously ill
contact the emergency services and report back to the walk co-ordinator.
What happens if I am
ill on the walk?
You will have many experienced
walkers on your walk who would be willing to lead the rest of the walk for
you if they have your map and or written directions. It would be a good idea
if someone walked back with you to the car or, in the event of a serious
illness, calls the emergency services.
What happens if I have
to cancel the walk on the day?
Log on to the ECR website – Notice
Board Tab – click on the date and post cancelled.
What happens if I have
to cancel the walk well ahead of the date?
Contact the walk organiser for the
walk programme and they will try to find someone else to lead a walk.
What happens if I have
to change the walk?
It may be necessary to change the details of an
already posted walk, maybe due to snowfall making road travel risky or
because the leader is ill. In this case a new message should be posted
on the notice board making it clear that it replaces the original posting for
that walk. The programme coordinator will get an automatic email
notification of the new posting and he will then liaise with the webmaster to
alter the programme on the web site to indicate that the walk is either
cancelled or changed and include the new details.
If midweek walk is involved the new details
should also be emailed to appropriate walks coordinator, short, medium
or long, so that they can circulate the message to their address lists.
What happens if
someone has an accident on my walk?
Notify the ECR Secretary as soon as
possible and complete an incident form within a maximum of 10 days. The form
is sent to the ECR Secretary and they send the form to the Ramblers
What do I do if
someone leaves the walk?
Occasionally walkers may wish to
leave the walk. They must let the walk leader know. If they walk on ahead of
the leader they may also be deemed to have left the walk.
Who is insured on the
For detailed information about
insurance please visit the Ramblers Association website Insurance Toolkit
What do I do if I lose
It is very rare to lose someone on a
walk. The requirement to have a backmarker, and middle marker for a large
group, should ensure that no one gets lost. If you do lose a member of your
group you could ask for volunteers to walk back to the start to try to find
the individual while you stay with the main party and continue with the walk.
Ensure you have shared mobile numbers with the individuals who have agreed to
What do I do at the
end of my walk?
Ensure everyone gets to the end and
thank people for coming. Text/email the walk organiser the number of people
who attended your walk.
Can I share my
experience with anyone?
ECR encourages walk leaders to do a
‘write up’ for the local press and the website. Colin Park manages this
process and his email is available from one of the committee members. The
article needs to be 250-350 words with a
photograph taken on the walk in a JPEG format. If you are unable to attach a
photograph or if no photographs were taken Colin Park can add one from my
library of pictures.
How do I access
training and what is available?
Training events are provided by ECR
and the Ramblers Association. The events are advertised on the website and
circulated via email.
Can I take photographs of my fellow walkers?
It is polite to ask walkers before
you photograph them whether they wish to be included in your photo. If you
intend to use your photo for publicity, or on social media, you should let the walkers in your group know BEFORE
you take the photo.
The Ramblers Association has a
Safeguarding Young People and Adults Policy which can be accessed hereSafeguarding
The Clink Restaurant Styal (voted charity of the
year in North East Cheshire), will talk about how the restaurant reduces
reoffending rates with training and support, changing attitudes, transforming
lives and creating second chances
FEBRUARY 7PM FOR 7-30PM
Tennis Club SK11 8LF
support this event and maybe bring along a few friends?
which includes a light supper, a licensed pay bar is available.
Tickets can be bought from
Jane Gay, Colin Finlayson, Sue Munslow, Kathryn Carty, Keith
Maggie Swindells 16, Castle Hill Court, Prestbury, SK10 4UT
Walk Leadership Essentials is a full-day FREE course for volunteer walk leaders –
helping you to develop the skills and confidence you need to plan and lead
inspiring group walks.
The course covers the roles and
responsibilities of a walk leader, the practicalities of planning and leading a
walk, and some of the scenarios you may encounter when out leading group walks.
We will run through everything you need to know about insurance and
safeguarding to ensure that your walks are safe and enjoyable for all.
And there will be plenty of time to ask questions, and share experiences and
ideas with your fellow walk leaders!
Both new and existing walk
leaders are welcome to attend – no prior knowledge or experience is necessary.
There were 40 members that signed the attendance
register. Welcome The chair welcomed members to the AGM and
thanked them for attending.
1. Apologies for absence
The following members sent their apologies: Audrey Sheen, John Edwards,
David Gylee, Dave Barraclough, Judith Anderson, Andy Davies, Alan Catherall and
2. Minutes of the AGM held on 24tth November 2018 The minutes
were accepted unanimously as a true and fair record of this meeting (proposed
by Helen Richardson and seconded by Sue Munslow)
3. Matters arising from the AGM held on 24th November 2018
To clarify the question asked regarding the insurance
provided by the Ramblers. All ramblers are covered by what is known as
liability insurance when on an ECR group walk. Further information can be found
at the Ramblers website (www.ramblers.org.uk) where there is an Insurance Guide
(Login in your Account and go to Home >Volunteer zone >Support &
Development alphabetically sorted > volunteer toolkits > Insurance
toolkit and download the latest Insurance Guide)
4. Annual Reports from Officers (posted in the website for
During her address to the meeting the Chair
highlighted: a) Walk programme: this
year the Stroller Walks have become very successful and well attended. However,
the midweek and weekend walks have run with radical variations in the number of
walkers. There has been much discussion about this at the Committee and amongst
the members. In the light of the statistical data gathered in 2019 so far the
Committee decided to leave the programme unchanged as there was a diversity of
opinions that no clear way forward has evolved.
All the volunteers
were thanked for their contribution to this amazing and varied programme of
walks. The Walk Coordinators are always looking for new volunteers to lead
walks (see (d) below). b) The work carried out by the Footpath Committee was
highlighted and thanked for the work they do. c) There has been a change in the
responsibility for posting information in the ECR Website (Maggie Swindells)
and for circulating communications as bulk emails to the membership (Steve
Hull). The Committee are looking for volunteers with Facebook, WhatsApp and/or
Instagram knowledge so that we can make use of these media in our means of
communication to help to attract younger members. d) Several social and
training events were organized during 2019. The walk Leader introductory course
run in July was a success and the Committee may run another course in 2020 and
depending on demand will run them annually. e) The Committee are looking to co-opt
two volunteers to join. f) Finally, everyone who have volunteered and
contributed to make a success of ECR were acknowledged and appreciated very
much. There were no questions from the floor.
Key points made during the address were: a) A surplus of £1082.47 with our bank
balance standing at £5882.48 which is up on last year figure of £4801. ECR
remains in a robust financial position and has sufficient provision available
to invest in footpath improvement schemes once they have been identified. b)
Our funding for the year from Ramblers was £1200 (up from £800 requested last
year) c) Our self-funded activities generated a surplus of £63 d) ECR received
£610 in commissions from Ramblers Holidays which is a sizeable increase from
previous years. Donations totalling £200 were made to our local Mountain Rescue
Teams (Kinder, Buxton, Glossop and Oldham). ECR also donated £500 to Cheshire
East Council to help fund the repair of Harrop Bridge. e) The vast majority of
members are now using internet payments. A question from a member was asked
relating to expenses incurred by walk leaders at weekend away events (ie. Recce
charges). A rough framework was discussed at the last Committee meeting in
November and details will be finalized at the next Committee meeting due in
4.3 Membership Secretary
The following members that had passed away in the past year
were remembered with a minute silence: Derek Thornley, Nora Shercliff and
Since the last AGM
our membership numbers have gone down from 593 to 566 in line with national
figures. Our group are actively trying to recruit new members by leaving publicity
leaflets in local leisure centres, medical centres and libraries. Central
Office have started a campaign to keep new members by providing guidance to the
local groups in the country (see report in the website for details). The need for members to keep their personal
details up to date was emphasised to ensure that the ECR group members list
which is issued monthly by Central Office is up to date – changers can only be
done by the individual login into his/her Account in the Ramblers website. It
is important to update any change in an email address immediately so that the
change appears in the monthly membership list as the list is used to update the
bulk email service (used to send ECR communications to our members) on a
monthly basis. There were no questions from the floor.
4.4 Social & Events Secretary
A full and varied programme of events was provided to our
members, which were well supported. Our social programme depends so much on the
generosity of members who are prepared to give up their time to provide events
for all of us and they were thanked on behalf of all the membership for their
time, enthusiasm, imagination
and continued support. We are looking for volunteers to run a Weekend Away in
2020. There were no questions from the floor.
4.5 Footpath Committee Chairman
In the absence of
Dave Barraclough, Neil Collie stood in his place to answer any questions
arising from the report (posted in the website for reference). This year has
been an active but fairly routine year for the Footpath Committee activities.
The significant work done by Colin Park in the listing of potential Lost Ways
across Cheshire was acknowledged as he is now standing down from managing this
project on behalf of ECR. There were no questions from the floor.
4.6 Publicity Officer
This year has seen walk articles appearing in the
Macclesfield Express on all but one week. Walk articles from anyone leading
walks are welcome, especially if it is a new or unfamiliar area (instructions
on the format of an article are given in the report posted in the website). In
addition, walk articles are now posted in our website for those members that do
not have access to the newspaper. There were no questions from the floor.
5. Other Reports
5.1 Footpath Maintenance Projects Team (coordinated by Brian
The Team has carried out one project during this year – a
major path re-instatement on National Trust land in Alderley Edge. The
Coordinator hopes to engage the Team in several tasks in 2020. There were no questions from the floor. 5.2
ECR Walk Statistics (posted in the website for reference) In the light of the statistical analysis
available for 2019 the Committee have decided to leave our extensive and varied
Walk Programme format unchanged – see 4.1 (a) above. The work done by Ralph
Atherton and Andy Davies was acknowledged and appreciated. Ralph will not be
involved in the collection and data crunching anymore and this task will be
done by Andy from now on.
6. Election of Officers and Committee
The following stood for re-election and were elected
unopposed in block by a show of hands: Jane Gay (Chair), Colin Finlayson
(Treasurer), Sue Munslow (Membership Secretary), Maggie Swindells (Social &
Events Secretary), Dave Barraclough (Footpath Committee representative), Colin
Park (Publicity Officer) and Keith Anderson (Committee Member). Kathryn Carty
put forward her name for election to the vacant position of Secretary (duly
proposed and seconded). There were no other nominations received by the cut-off
date so Kathryn was unanimously elected by a show of hands. The Committee are
seeking to co-opt two additional volunteers to join. In addition, there is a vacancy for a
volunteer to take on the management of the Lost Ways project. The Chair thanked
the outgoing Secretary for the work done during the last 3 years.
7. Appointment of Independent Examiner (Auditor of Accounts)
Ken Hobbs was reappointed unanimously by a show of hands.
8. Motions None
9. Any other Business None
The meeting closed at 3 pm.
Adrian Flinn – ECR Committee Secretary 9th December
Dates of meetings to be held in 2020 (venues to be confirmed
in late summer):
For the fourth year running I will be
leading a ‘Long Walkers’ weekend and next year I am using Aberystwyth as a
Two linear walks will be on offer and
details are as follows.
Saturday 25th April.
We catch the bus (either Trawscymru 1
or 5) from close to Aberystwyth Railway Station southwards along the coast to
Llanon (Central Hotel) where we will return to Aberystwyth by following a
lovely section of the Wales Coast Path. Distance 12 miles; grade moderate.
Sunday 26th April.
Our walk will start in Aberystwyth
and follow the Wales Coast Path north to the edge of Borth where we will turn
inland to follow quiet lanes, tracks and paths via Llandre to Bow Street.
Distance 10.5 miles; grade moderate. (This walk will require a ‘car drivers
only’ car shuttle of approximately 4 miles between Aberystwyth and Bow Street
prior to the walk starting).
For anyone who prefers a ‘medium
length walk’. Both these walks are tailored to suit anyone wishing not to walk
the full distance. On the Saturday walk, buses can be caught back to
Aberystwyth from the village of Blaenplwyf which lies about one mile from the
coastal path via field paths or alternately the long walk can by joined from
Llanrhystud. On Sunday, a train can be caught back from Borth Station to
I will have all bus and train timings
prior to each walk.
Please book your own accommodation
for the weekend and when this is done please advise Colin Park – E-mail email@example.com
I will need to know where you are
staying and for how many nights.
There is not a vast amount of
accommodation in Aberystwyth but details can be found on booking.com,
and Airbnb. There is a Premier Inn in the town centre and Park Lodge Hotel on
the outskirts of the town.
We can decide this nearer the time.
Some of you may want to go to an ‘Indian Restaurant’ or similar. This can be
discussed when I know who is going.
East Cheshire Ramblers Group
Minutes of the Committee meeting held on Monday 11th November 2019
Jane Gay – Chair
Colin Finlayson – Treasurer
Sue Munslow – Membership
Adrian Flinn – Secretary
Apologies: David Barraclough and Maggie
2. Matters arising from last
meeting (held on 2 September 2019)
“value for the cost of the subscription”. Not yet raised with Central Office. Action:
Colin Finlayson to report at next meeting
car usage through a dedicated App created by RA. Not a Central Office priority
as they have other more important IT projects on going. The Committee will encourage groups of
individuals to set up WhatsApp groups to contact each other and arrange lifts
to the walks starting points. Action: Jane Gay will raise at the forthcoming
Information (children and vulnerable adults). Pending – forward to next
meeting. Action: Secretary to add to agenda
grade descriptions (given in our ECR website under “About “ tab and FAQ’s
document to be updated to reflect any changes). Not implemented yet to allow
for further discussions to take place and to be finalized at next Committee
meeting. Action: Jane Gay
of future Footpath Maintenance project work. No contact with the Project
Coordinator yet and this matter will be discussed at the next Committee meeting
following the AGM. Action: Jane Gay
with Central Office on Lost Ways.No contact with Jack Cornish made yet.
Action: Dave Barraclough to make contact and report at next Committee
addition, the Committee will request the outgoing Project Coordinator of our
ECR Lost Ways project to set out the next steps needed to take the project
forward and help to recruit a replacement. Action: Adrian Flinn to contact
Colin Park with this request
3. New Issues
and finalise arrangements for the 2019 AGM. Everything is ready for the AGM on
23rd November 2019.
of Recce charges. A rough framework was discussed and final details will be
finalized/approved at the next Committee meeting. Action: Colin Finlayson
activities for charities under the banner of ECR. Two members want to
independently organize sponsor walks next summer to raise money for The
Christie to build an annex in Macclesfield to serve cancer patients in East
Cheshire and other surrounding counties. The Secretary contacted Central Office
(CO) for advice on what ECR can or cannot do to help under the Rambles
Association (RA) rules on fund raising for other charities. The questions posed
to RA and their response in given in the Appendix. The Committee discussed the
advice and agreed that the guidelines given were very clear. Action: Adrian
Flinn will forward the information in the Appendix to the two members for their
information and so they can understand the scope of the support that ECR can
provide to the two individuals to raise money through sponsor walks for this
very worthy cause.
3rd February 2020 at 1.30 pm at Chair house
I would be grateful if you could provide
advice on a question of sponsored walks . Our Committee would like to know for
the avoidance of doubt whether under the rules of the Ramblers Association (RA)
we can support two of our members that they want to organise
independently a series of sponsored walks next summer to raise money for a very
worthy cause (not RA). The organisers wish to advertise these walks under the
banner of our East Cheshire Ramblers Group (ECR) and use our bulk email system
to inform our members and post the walks details in our website. If this is not
permitted under the RA rules what are we allowed to do to help the organisers
to raise money for a worthy cause not related to the RA.
I look forward to receiving your response
on this matter.
ECR Committee Secretary
James Austin (Ramblers)
Nov 6, 11:17 GMT
Thanks for your email.
These situations are always tricky – we always want to support good causes
but as a charity we are tightly bound by the charity commissions rules on
fundraising for other charities.
The charity commissions rules state the the Ramblers state that we can only
fund-raise for other charities provided that it helps deliver our own
mission – so you need to consider the objectives of the charity that you’re
planning to raise funds for. If their objectives are consistent with
ours, then it is appropriate to fund-raise for them (an example would be
raising funds for the South West Coast Path Association to maintain the
coastal path). However if the charity’s objectives are different, it
isn’t appropriate to raise funds for them. This applies to all
fundraising, regardless of the scale or activity.
We can also help charities who do not share our charitable objectives to
put on events – but we’d urge caution. For example, we can share our
expertise (by organising walks), as this is part of our role in providing
information, advice and guidance to enable people to go walking.
However any such events must be covered by the insurance of other charity.
If the organisers in this case wish to advertise the walk under the banner
of ‘East Cheshire Ramblers’ and run the event under Ramblers insurance etc.
then I believe this would be in contravension of the charity commission
rules. If they chose to run the walks seperately, but you wanted to
advertise the event (but not insure, run or organise it) then I believe
that this would be allowed within the charity commission rules.
Alternatively, you could organise a joint fundraising event – for example
with 50% of proceeds would be donated to the Ramblers, and 50% to your
partner charity – and this would be fine of the Ramblers to promote
I hope that helps? If you have any questions or issues do let us know.
East Cheshire Ramblers Group
Minutes of the Committee meeting held on 2 September 2019
Jane Gay – Chair
Dave Barraclough – Footpath
Sue Munslow – Membership
Maggie Swindells – Social and
Adrian Flinn – Secretary
Apologies: Colin Finlayson and Keith
2. Matters arising from last
outstanding issues have been completed except:
“value for the cost of the subscription”. Not raised with Central Office yet. Action:
Colin Finlayson to report at next meeting
Car usage. Central Office contacted with the proposal and await a response. Action:
Jane Gay will report to Committee
3. New Issues
information (children and vulnerable adults): The guidance for walk leaders
available in the RA website was discussed and noted as we need to be familiar
with this guidance and ensure that it is implemented in the walks organized by
ECR if there are young people under 18 and/or vulnerable adults in a walk. The
existence/access of the guidance documents will be incorporated in the
“Frequently asked questions” posted in our website. Action: Maggie Swindells
will amend the FAQ’s document.
Walk Coordinators will be informed about the existence of the guidance and how
to access the information in the RA website and to let their Walk Leaders know
as well so that they can become familiar with the guidance in the rare occasion
that it may apply during a walk. Action: Jane Gay
4. Walks Programme
grade descriptions (given in our ECR website under “About” tab). After some
discussion it was agreed to update the definitions to bring them in line with
current practice. The Stroller walks description is required as well. The new
descriptions will be:
5-7 miles (approx.)
7-10 miles (approx.)
Walks on paths which are reasonably level with an easy pace. No great ascents
Walks on paths that involve rougher ground and there are some ascents and
Walks on rough ground with possible strenuous climbs and/or descents with a
3- 4 miles on even ground with very limited ascents
or descents and very few stiles
Action: (1) Maggie Swindells will add the revised descriptions
in the FAQ’s document that is posted in our website. Also, in this document
Walk Leaders will be encouraged to put a description of the terrain and ascents
in feet that are likely to be encountered in their walk. (2) Jane Gay will ask
the webmaster to amend the current descriptions to reflect the agreed changes
and include Stroller Walks
4.2 Midweek Medium Walks. Further
discussions took place in the light of new/latest statistical data provided by
the Walk Coordinator regarding attendance on these walks that we offer twice
weekly to our membership. The Committee
agreed that we should consider this issue again in the light of the figures for
the whole of this year and in the meantime the frequency of these walks remain
as they are. It was noted that volunteers offering to lead these medium midweek
walks are not coming forward and there are some gaps in the 2nd half
of this year programme. Action: Jane Gay will ask the Walk Coordinator to
record as part of the statistical analysis the number of cancelled walks
because of lack of leaders during 2019
5. Reports from Officers
5. 1 Chair
The Walk Leaders training course (basic) will be repeated next year (date to be
decided) to encourage new volunteers to come forward. See Appendix 1
See Appendix 2
See Appendix 3
Noted. The Social Programme draft for the 1H 2020 was circulated for
information. See Appendix 4
Noted. Two items raised were discussed under 7 below. See Appendix 5
An article is being put in the Macclesfield Express each week. No update
on Lost Paths project. The Committee would like to have the articles published
in the Macc Express posted in our website regularly on a weekly basis. Action: Adrian Flinn will contact Colin
6. Any other
6.1 Continuity of future Footpath Maintenance project
work. The Committee agreed that continuity of this essential work was essential
and provided a valuable service to our membership and wider walking public, in
particular, the vegetation clearance of the footpaths in our patch. Action:
Jane Gay will contact the Footpath Maintenance Project Coordinator to discuss
some of the ideas which came out of the
Committee discussion and to ascertain the Coordinator views as to how we can
achieve this aim
6.2 Newspaper articles on (a) Lost Ways and (b) Cycling
on footpaths (background is given in Appendix 5). It was agreed that in (a) we
should seek what progress as been achieved so far by Central Office. Action:
Dave Barraclough will contact Jack Cornish who is the manager of this project
at RA. Item (b) was noted and no action is necessary.
11th November 2019 at 1.30 pm at Chair house. The agenda for this
meeting will be mainly to discuss/finalise the arrangements of the AGM
Adrian Flinn – Secretary (9.9.2019)
The walk leaders training course on the 4th of July was excellent and fully
subscribed. We had six experienced leaders including our leader Gillian Kay who
had done all of the planning and had met with us so we knew exactly what we
were doing on the day. It seemed to go very well and was much appreciated. in
the end all on the waiting list of 10 were offered places. Several people were
unable to attend, the 2 main reasons being work commitments and the decision
that the course was not the right one for them. We had emphasised the fact that
it was a beginners course and several people decided that their map reading
skills were better than those we were teaching on the course. We should discuss
what we want to do next year. If the aim is to get people leading walks who are
unsure about map reading, then, I think the course was perfect. We could
perhaps follow it up with some information about GPS and apps.
On Saturday 16th May 2020 I’ve agreed the all 3 walks will start from or near
Macclesfield. See below. I’ve told weekend coordinators.
am contacting you with an idea to help promote physical activity and the
opportunities offered by the outdoors to residents of Macclesfield.
Saturday 16th May 2020, the second Macclesfield Bikeathon will take place. We
have an idea to build an even bigger event around this. With different events
going on, on the same day to promote a wide range of outdoor activities for
will be approaching many groups across the town associated with physical
East Cheshire Ramblers be interested in organising a special event on the day?
The detail can be ironed out closer to the time but I was thinking of a guided
walk or something like that?
let me know your thoughts and if this is something that you would like to do,
we will organise a meeting in September.
I was talking to Martin Dunkley the other
day and he was showing me the Facebook and WhatsApp that they use with his
Spanish walking group. Facebook and ECR do not seem to be in any way active. I
have spoken to Andy Davies, who I think set up the original Facebook link and
also Roger but neither of them seem to know anything about how to create a more
active Facebook and WhatsApp link which would only be available to members. I’m
wondering if anybody on the committee has any working knowledge of either of
I sent David Gylee the statistics which I
circulated to you all. Below is his response which I think we need to
discuss. Maybe he will put a motion to the AGM
Funnily enough I went with Andy Davies for
a curry recce on Friday evening at Bengal Tiger Lily and we had a chat about
walk numbers amongst other things. I asked him to let me have the numbers for
2019, so he sent me the latest figures.
There is a very clear trend from these
figures from Ralph taken together with the 2019 figures to date.
As the group ages, as we most certainly
are doing, the trend is towards Short walks, these are becoming the most popular
I was particularly interested in Medium
walks for 2019, and can clearly see that the mean average is falling from
previous years. So, Tuesday and Wednesday Medium walks average at 9 each,
Thursday averages at 8. There are some very low statistics, 1, 2, 3, 4 all
occur and some on more than one occasion.
Also noticeable is that when there is a
high number – 19 was the highest, then this is usually balanced by a low number
on the alternative Medium walk day. So, weather may be a factor, or the walk
leader may be a factor, or the start point, but it looks clear that medium
walkers decide to go on a certain day, and then ignore the other day in that
Added together, the average works out at
17, an easily manageable number for one walk leader.
I would suggest that we go back to one
Medium walk per week, alternating between Wednesday and Thursday, with the Long
walk alternating between Tuesday and Wednesday. So, for example one week would
have Long walk on Tuesday, Medium walk Wednesday, next week Long walk on
Wednesday, Medium walk on Thursday. On the other hand, short walks
average out in 2019 for 21 on Tuesdays, and 19 on Wednesday, so could be split
into two midweek walks, although organisation and a shortage of walk leaders
may prove to be difficult to overcome.
What I personally think would be a very
good solution, would be to have Long, Medium, and Short walks on different days
each week, but then rotating on those days over a 3 week cycle.
Tuesday – Long
Wednesday – Medium
Thursday – Short
Tuesday – Short
Wednesday – Long
Thursday – Medium
Tuesday – Medium
Wednesday – Short
Thursday – Long
but is probably far too radical for the members!! David
I will attempt to get this year’s medium
walk numbers from Andy and share those with you as well as ask his opinion on
Frank and I Attended David Derek Thornley’s funeral and it was great to see so
many of the long serving members there. The Ramblers must’ve been represented
by at least 30 people so that was good. His family were lovely and have given
me some maps and booklets to see if anybody wants them. I’ll share these at the
meeting and then take them to the AGM
Re AGM I have a homemade cake already
promised from Ruth Harrison!!
Brief report as follows :
Bank balance at 26/8/2019 – £6068
Bank Charges to date -£5.70
2019/2020 Budget – This was submitted on
26th July to RA requesting £1600 funding for ECR .We will be notified in late
September if our request has been accepted.
Annual Return 2019 :
Annual Year End accounts package has been
issued with a return date deadline of 21st October .
August 2019 Membership Report
ECR Membership Numbers
Numbers of new members joining each month
always fluctuate slightly but averaging about 3 at present compared with about
4 last year.
Early summer indicated a drop in membership
. Looking at those three months from 22 not renewing…..
1/3 did not renew after a year
1/3 not renewing had been members
from 2 to 10 years.
This trend is shown nationally …there are
1. people retiring later
2. more people may be walking but there are a
large number of other groups where membership may be free. For
example the growth of AIR and U3A groups. Congleton U3A has at least 4
groups representing 100 – 200 walkers.
ACTION…..all new members trying out walks
should be welcomed by all. Membership secretory to order more leaflets
for places such as the Macclesfield Medical Centre.
Recent email received….
Membership recruitment – please note the
new booklet, adverts, joining process and staff
We want members to feel part of our Ramblers community from the
moment they join us. In addition to the friendly welcome they’ll receive
locally, we’ve created a welcome
booklet, which, from early October,
will be sent to new members soon after they join, alongside their welcome
letter and membership card. The booklet will help them understand how to make
the most of their membership: introducing the range of benefits that they can
enjoy and reminding them of ways to get involved with their local groups,
volunteer and campaign with us.
This Summer we’ve been trialling new Facebook adverts to help us
recruit more of Britain’s walkers into our membership. We’ve been testing
different messages to see which have most appeal. Encouragingly, the adverts
trialled to date have been successful, especially the one which promotes our
taster walks: where a non-member can try out up to three walks for free before
joining the Ramblers.
We have also been making improvements to our joining process.
With more than 85% of new members joining online, we want to make sure that
this process is as easy as possible. From mid-September, we will be making some
significant improvements to the online join process, including sending a
follow-up email to anyone who doesn’t complete the whole process, asking for
feedback and giving details on how to contact us if they’ve been having
problems joining online.
And we know you will join us in welcoming Nicky Teegan this
month as our new membership acquisition officer – a vital new role as we
collectively aspire to grow our membership community. Nicky joins us from
Cyclehoop and is looking forward to working with you to support your membership
recruitment initiatives across Great Britain. We will continue to keep
you informed of progress. Please send any feedback to our head of
Secretary’s Report 2nd September 2019
Thanks go to all our fellow
ramblers who continue to co-ordinate walks, lead walks and provide social
events for our group. Their continued support and enthusiasm ensures that we
have a varied and interesting programme which we can all access and enjoy.
Three visits to the Blackden
Trust home of the author Alan Garner and his family, and organised by Brian
Griffith and Colin Park, were a real treat. The visits, which were all very
well attended, offered those who went a real insight into the author’s passion
about local history and what life was like for his children growing up in a
Tudor house with no amenities! Thanks to
Brian and Colin for all their hard work in organising the events.
led his Wincle History walk from the Ship Inn at Wincle on the 2nd
August. Fifteen walkers attended and the feedback was very positive. Those who
attended suggested that more history walks would be a good addition to our
annual programme and Rodney has kindly agreed to lead another walk next summer.
Thanks go to
Steve Hull for organising the evening walk programme which provides walkers
with a great opportunity to make the most of walking in the longer summer days.
Thanks too to Nick Wild for organising the meal after the final walk.
The coach trip
to Conway has been advertised and we’ve had a positive response with 38
confirmed bookings so far. Another advert will go out at the beginning of
Three Christmas meals have
been booked and all are preceded by a walk, details on the Social
Andy Davies has contacted
me to say that he has booked a Curry Night on Thursday 24th October
at the Bengal Tiger Lily, at Monks Heath.
The booking in February for
an ECR Talk about the story behind The Clink, the restaurant at Styal Prison,
has been confirmed.
organise or lead future events, coach trips and or weekends away would be
22nd August 2019
FOOTPATH COMMITTEE REPORT TO THE MAIN
ECR COMMITTEE MEETING September 2nd 2019
There has not
been a Footpath Committee Meeting since the last ECR Committee Meeting but
business has been continuing as normal with various e mail actions in progress.
I will be attending the bi-annual Cheshire East Footpath Secretaries Meeting in
the morning of September 2nd
– directly before the ECR Meeting and will report verbally on any key
1. The last ECR Meeting was unable to
discuss suggestions regarding the long term continuity of the Project Team and
I would like to encourage discussion to reach a conclusion. My previous
suggestions remain unchanged, as follows. It might be timely for the main
ECR Committee to consider how this work can be ensured of continuity in the
future. My personal view is that a small group of 2 to 4 people might
co-ordinate the work (not necessarily as a formal Committee). This would help
to ensure that we have continuity of experience as members come and go from
this work – as happens with the Footpath Committee.
2. It was timely that Jane Gay and Sue
Munslow circulated links of press articles regarding Lost ways and Cyclists on
Footpaths respectively. I have concerns on both these topics and will be
raising these also at the Cheshire FP Secretaries Meeting. I would like to
discuss these under AOB at the Meeting.
Briefly my concerns are:-
useful meeting last January with Jack Cornish, the Project Manager for
‘Don’t Lose Your Way’ learnt about the project but also urged that the costs of
claiming and establishing new paths need to be taken into account. He agreed to
take this into consideration. It still appears that costs are not being
considered at all. One enthusiastic Rambler in Suffolk has submitted more than
800 applications for new paths – all at the cost of the local PROW department’s
I will be updating the Lost Ways situation
across Cheshire at my meeting of Footpath Secretatires.
Cycling on Footpaths
About the same time as this article I saw a
TV news item by the British Cycling encouraging the formal opening of all
footpaths to cyclists. The background pictures of numbers of mountain bikers on
muddy footpaths were dreadful! I have also recently heard Peak District cycling
groups promoting routes across paths in the Peak District – which is obviously
illegal at present. The Ramblers policy seems much too weak “Let’s discuss each
case” and they should be more proactive to stop illegal use, much as they did
against the use of 4×4 vehicles on bridleways.
I suggest we
might discuss these views and possibly pass our conclusions to the other
Cheshire Ramblers Groups and onwards to Central Office.
3. I have listed a few points of interest
from the ongoing work of the Footpath Committee that illustrate what we are
SEMMMS Road – completion of outstanding commitments
for footpath access points. This is a protracted actionled by Neil Collie,
where we are maintaining pressure on CE PROW and the SEMMS contract company to
fulfil their various commitments for adequate access points and footpaths along
Proposed deletion Rainow FP15/Kettleshulme FP23 – another protracted problem!! We previously reported that PROW had
recommended refusal of this application to the CE ROW Committee and hoped that
this would allow proper reinstatement of the footpath (notably a new
bridge). Unfortunately the landowner has
appealed to the Secretary of State and there will now be a public enquiry. We
are not heavily involved but we will probably re-state our opposition to the
Link with Project Team – the Committee
has already been made aware of the Project Team completing the clearance of the
overgrown Alderley Edge FP2 in Clock House Wood of Alderley Edge National
Trust. The work was coordinated between Brian Richardson and Nick Brearley,
arising directly from Nick joining the Footpath Committee and using the
Inspection Database to identify a useful task. We hope to continue this
approach with Nick’s efforts. I hope
Brian Richardson can produce a short publicity article to pass to Colin Park on
this work. It is worth quoting Nick’s comments “I led a long walk yesterday which included FP2.
I must say that I can’t remember a better waymarked path and the clearance and
level adjustments worked very well, allowing easy progress. Chris Munslow was
on hand to give some background information about the work involved. There were
hopeful signs that the path is being used and that the time was well spent.”
Footpath Problems reported – a small
number of problems have been reported over the last 3 months, either via Central
Office, from local members of the public or ECR members. Advice is given on
these and action taken with PROW as necessary. Details are not described her
but one useful example can be described. A bridge on a path at Sutton was
washed away in the bad weather and reported to us. By the time it was raised
with PROW, they had already closed the path and started arrangements to replace
the bridge. However, the limitations of their publicity process were
demonstrated. Our knowledge of this problem was able to alert a Walk Leader
(Teresa Marshall) to re-route her planned walk. We may decide to renew
discussions with PROW over the way they show all types of closures on their
Annual Footpath Inspection The annual
inspection has been fully organised by Tony Battilana and is now in progress.
We expect many inspectors will leave their inspection until close to the
September 27th deadline – then we will be busy with our analysis
before the ECR AGM. A few minor problems have been raised with Tony.