Hello to you all.
I thought it would be good to update you on the situation as far as ECR is concerned. We are obviously following all the guidelines which have been issued. Almost all of you will have received the email from Ramblers telling you that all walking and social activities are suspended until at least the 31st of May.
As those of you who lead will realise we start planning the next programme from as early as the middle of April. This obviously is not going to happen. I have emailed all the coordinators and we have agreed that as soon as we are given the go-ahead to start walking again the programme will go out with requests for people to volunteer for the first couple of weeks very quickly. This will then go onto the website as quickly as is possible. Many of us will have walks left over from this programme so hopefully we will be able to get up and running shortly after we are given the go-ahead.
Now for the social programme For clarity I am listing everything that has been amended or changed so that hopefully this will answer everybody’s questions.
20th March the Stockport guided walk was postponed. Thanks to Maggie who had made this decision prior to the information from Ramblers.
23rd March Footpath Committee meeting cancelled but it will be carrying out most of its functions via email
31st March Cheshire East PROW consultative meeting cancelled.
4/5 April National Conference which I was attending cancelled
12th April start of strollers programme postponed until further notice
23rd April Indian meal cancelled
4th to 26th of April long walkers weekend. Cancelled
5th May ECR committee meeting cancelled. The committee is staying in contact via email.
14th May start of evening walks. Postponed until further notice.
19th to 21st of June Patterdale weekend. I have phoned the company and the hotel is shutting for two months. Staff had just heard this and were absolutely devastated. I have decided to leave it until after May 31 to see what advice comes out from Ramblers and also Nationally.
25th June coach trip. Ann T will make a decision about this in the middle of May
29th June footpath inspectors gathering postponed
2nd July walk leader training Postponed
Advice is changing almost on an hourly basis but at the moment individuals can go on safe walks as long as they keep 2 m between themselves and anybody else. Due to this guidance the usual information will be sent out shortly to all footpath inspectors as it is felt that footpath inspections can go ahead. In fact it’s a good way of going for a safe walk and feeling useful at the same time.
Bear in mind that we are being asked, at the moment, to avoid popular walking areas.
Most importantly of all stay safe. Jane Gay Chair. 01625-427444 or 07909682098