Newly elected members of SCEC would be required to attend a minimum of four meetings a year, however there is flexibility about when and where these meetings take place and the option to incorporate the use of video conferencing. If you or any member of your group would like to discuss what being a SCEC member entails, please email our convener.
Motions are about urging the Scottish Council Executive Committee, Ramblers Scotland or external bodies to take action. Debating and voting on a motion is a way to call upon an action towards a certain purpose. This might be public-facing action, such a backing a public campaign or releasing a policy statement on a certain issue, or it might be internal action such as promoting some new activity.
Areas, groups and affiliated organisations may propose motions which will then be debated at Scottish Council. All motions must be received in writing by the Ramblers Scotland office no later than Tuesday 6 February 2018. Motions are limited to:
- Two motions from each group
- Three motions for each area
- Two motions from each organisation affiliated to Scottish Council.
In the case of motions submitted by any two people who are honorary officers, SCEC or agenda committee members or Board of Trustee representatives. No person can submit more than two motions.
A motion needs to be agreed by a group or area with the relevant committee’s agreement or by the affiliated organisation. An agenda committee, elected at Scottish Council 2017, will have powers over the competence of motions submitted. (See Standing Orders para A2.3.) Motions should include the name, telephone number/e-mail address of a contact person who can be consulted at short notice, if necessary, by the convener of the agenda committee to clarify and discuss any aspect of the motion.
If you would like to discuss any aspect of the preparation of motions, please contact your area or group officers or the Scottish Council convener Alison Mitchell, via the Ramblers Scotland office, or our area and governance administrator Jocelyn Payne. All motions received will be sent out to delegates 21 days prior to Scottish Council 2018.
Where to send motions and nominations
All motions and nominations must be sent to Jocelyn Payne or to the Scottish Council convener at Ramblers Scotland, Caledonia House, 1 Redheughs Rigg, South Gyle, Edinburgh EH20 9DQ.
Accommodation and food costs are paid by Scottish Council for official voting delegates, including area, group, affiliated group, honorary officers and members of SCEC and the agenda committee. In addition, reasonable travel expenses – bus or rail fares and petrol costs may be claimed for reimbursement. However, it is expected that, where possible, those attending the conference will share transport to minimise costs.
Accommodation for voting delegates is free if you share a room. If you'd like a room on your own, there is a single room supplement of £35, which applies to all official delegates. This includes area and group representatives, honorary officers, SCEC and the agenda committee.
We do not pay accommodation costs or expenses for additional persons attending the conference as observers, or delegates from affiliated bodies, whether they are Ramblers members or not. Additional persons attending from a group or area may be able to claim expenses out of group/area funds, with their agreement prior to attendance.
If you are not the official representative from your group and are paying your own accommodation, the cost is £50 for a shared room and £85 for a single room. This includes dinner, bed and breakfast.
Those interesting in only attending the Dick Balharry memorial talk on Saturday 10 March must pay £25 to cover dinner, as per instructions below.
Payments for accommodation should be sent to Ramblers Scotland no later than Friday 9 February 2018. Please either:
- send cheques, made payable to Ramblers' Association Scotland, to Jeannie Cranfield, Ramblers Scotland, Caledonia House, 1 Redheughs Rigg, South Gyle, Edinburgh. EH12 9DQ
- or send bank transfer to Unity Trust Bank, Sort Code: 60-83-01, Bank Account: 20124380. Please use your surname and the reference SC18 with this transfer.
As per last year, there will be walks on offer as part of the programme so if you wish to participate, please bring appropriate footwear and clothing.
All overnight delegates will have use of the hotel 15-metre swimming pool, whirlpool, sauna, steam room and fitness room.
Doubletree by Hilton in Aberdeen Treetops is a lovely hotel with excellent facilities. It is a quiet retreat in the leafy west end of the city with close links to the airport and city centre.
**Please note there is a second Doubletree by Hilton City Centre hotel on the beachfront in Aberdeen, this is a smaller hotel and not where we are holding the conference!**
Hilton Aberdeen Treetops is approximately three miles from Aberdeen train station and the city centre. Whether arriving in Aberdeen by bus or train, attendees should take the number 15 bus from Union Street, which run every 15 minutes, to the hotel entrance on Springfield Road.
There are plenty of Citylink buses to Aberdeen, timetables can be downloaded here.
There are also regular trains from major cities in Scotland to Aberdeen and plenty of parking for those coming by car.