Minutes Committee Meeting 11th July 2017

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CAMEL RAMBLERS - Minutes of Committee Meeting held on Tuesday 11th July 2017 at The Exchange, Wadebridge at 2.30pm

 

Committee present:  ​Hilda Blacklaw, June Spiller, Barry Murphy, Janet Wilson, Robert Moore, Roger Purbrick, Reg Sheppard, Libby Bennett, Julie Jones, John Harris, Rosemary Simmons

 

Also present:  ​Dave Benton

 

1Welcome by Chairman:  Hilda welcomed all present and gave thanks for their              attendance.  June was thanked for her time spent as Minute Secretary, Rosemary will  now take this on.

 

2Apologies:     Sarah Doughty

 

3Minutes of Committee Meeting of 12th April 2016 were circulated.  Two  amendments were noted, signed and filed.

 

4Matters Arising:        There were none.

 

5Chairman’s report:   Hilda mentioned Sarah’s St Wenn Garden Show for 

anyone who is interested in entering - John brought a picture and Hilda will be entering  the Gingerbread class!

 

Reg mentioned the Modification Order and Norton Farm.  Barry put in an S130 but  Cornwall Council said the path was not on the line, it has been cleared but it is not known who by.

 

General Council Meeting - Hilda attended two days of meetings and confirmed that other groups have the same problems as we do with keeping paths open.  The next meeting  will be in Wales for anyone who is interested in attending.

 

Hilda circulated a list of members which is up-to-date except for John’s details.  She also  had a copy of the Camel Ramblers Constitution and Libby asked how often the group should meet but there was no obligation to have regular meetings apart from the Annual General Meeting.

 

6Walks Secretary’s report:    Barry told the meeting that Camel Group had put on 

            forty-five walks and four pop-up walks in a twelve-month period which is one walk a  week, all of varied lengths and difficulty.  For ease of input, the Walks Book format has changed and this now includes a ‘finish time’ as opposed to ‘length of walk’.  Barry asked that all proposed walks be emailed to him and he will put them on the Ramblers website and upload them to Facebook.  Walks are only insured (third party) if they are on the website.  We must not put our own walks on.

7Rights of Way:          Ken Sharp has a long list of Definitive Map Modification Orders and he sends the highest priority ones to the Secretary of State who has an obligation to contact the local authority for actioning.  Dave mentioned the Porthcothan path and he has a meeting with the landowner - the Countryside Access Officer is involved.  It was agreed that the St Merryn paths are not good and that it is cheaper for Councils to close a path than keep it open, which could mean people are reluctant to complain.  If there is a ‘Path Closed’ notice from the Council, we would not be insured if we were to use it.

 

8Treasurer’s Report: We have £427.19 in the bank.  We have received another £20 from Ramblers Walking Holidays, thanks to Liz Hesnan which makes £60 earmarked for footpath work.  A request was made for glasses/sunglasses’ protective pouches to store secateurs in when walking. 

 

9Membership Secretary:       Janet advised that we have 117 members, ten new since  the AGM.

 

10Report from last Area Meeting on 20th April:       Barry and Hilda attended.  Barry was able to confirm with Geoff Marshall (Walks Book Editor) the revised layout and Hilda advised that there are now two formats available for printing from the Ramblers website.

 

11Any other business: Dave told the meeting that St Ervan has received a substantial  grant from the Denzell Downs Community Benefit Fund to upgrade footpaths in St Ervan which will be used to pay for the materials to erect ten signposts and twenty-four waymark posts plus two dog waste bins.  Volunteers are sought to help carry out the works.  He also mentioned that Cornwall Council operate the Local Maintenance Partnership which pays £500 to parish councils to employ professional contractors to cut some of the more popular paths.  Debbie Ebsery, the Countryside Officer for East Cornwall is meeting Dave next week to discuss problem paths.  It was mentioned that there are only two enforcement officers for the whole of Cornwall

 

There is going to be a pilot scheme for a ‘cattle awareness’ workshop on a farm to show walkers how to treat cattle when close by.

 

12National Walking Festival 26.5.18-3.6.18: Hilda will be circulating leaflets for this at the  AGM - it was suggested that the Cream Tea Walk which is held during that week could be one of our suggested NWF walks.  Barry also suggested a sunrise Jamaica Inn walk which was met with great interest! 

 

13The Royal Cornwall Show Ramblers’ stand was discussed; a change of its site or a  different venue was suggested. 

 

 

14           Date of next meeting: AGM 11th November 2017.  Committee meeting 17th April 2018.  Meeting closed at 3.45pm.CAMEL RAMBLERS - Minutes of Committee Meeting held on Tuesday 11th July 2017 at The Exchange, Wadebridge at 2.30pm

 

Committee present:  ​Hilda Blacklaw, June Spiller, Barry Murphy, Janet Wilson, Robert Moore, Roger Purbrick, Reg Sheppard, Libby Bennett, Julie Jones, John Harris, Rosemary Simmons

 

Also present:  ​Dave Benton

 

Welcome by Chairman:  ​Hilda welcomed all present and gave thanks for their              attendance.  June was thanked for her time spent as Minute Secretary, Rosemary will  now take this on.

 

Apologies:     Sarah Doughty

 

Minutes of Committee Meeting of 12th April 2016 were circulated.  ​Two  amendments were noted, signed and filed.

 

Matters Arising:        There were none.

 

Chairman’s report:   Hilda mentioned Sarah’s St Wenn Garden Show for 

anyone who is interested in entering - John brought a picture and Hilda will be entering  the Gingerbread class!

 

Reg mentioned the Modification Order and Norton Farm.  Barry put in an S130 but  Cornwall Council said the path was not on the line, it has been cleared but it is not known who by.

 

General Council Meeting - Hilda attended two days of meetings and confirmed that other groups have the same problems as we do with keeping paths open.  The next meeting  will be in Wales for anyone who is interested in attending.

 

Hilda circulated a list of members which is up-to-date except for John’s details.  She also  had a copy of the Camel Ramblers Constitution and Libby asked how often the group should meet but there was no obligation to have regular meetings apart from the Annual General Meeting.

 

Walks Secretary’s report:    Barry told the meeting that Camel Group had put on 

            forty-five walks and four pop-up walks in a twelve-month period which is one walk a  week, all of varied lengths and difficulty.  For ease of input, the Walks Book format has changed and this now includes a ‘finish time’ as opposed to ‘length of walk’.  Barry asked that all proposed walks be emailed to him and he will put them on the Ramblers website and upload them to Facebook.  Walks are only insured (third party) if they are on the website.  We must not put our own walks on.

Rights of Way:          Ken Sharp has a long list of Definitive Map Modification Orders and he sends the highest priority ones to the Secretary of State who has an obligation to contact the local authority for actioning.  Dave mentioned the Porthcothan path and he has a meeting with the landowner - the Countryside Access Officer is involved.  It was agreed that the St Merryn paths are not good and that it is cheaper for Councils to close a path than keep it open, which could mean people are reluctant to complain.  If there is a ‘Path Closed’ notice from the Council, we would not be insured if we were to use it.

 

Treasurer’s Report: We have £427.19 in the bank.  We have received another £20 from Ramblers Walking Holidays, thanks to Liz Hesnan which makes £60 earmarked for footpath work.  A request was made for glasses/sunglasses’ protective pouches to store secateurs in when walking. 

 

Membership Secretary:       Janet advised that we have 117 members, ten new since  the AGM.

 

Report from last Area Meeting on 20th April:       Barry and Hilda attended.  Barry was able to confirm with Geoff Marshall (Walks Book Editor) the revised layout and Hilda advised that there are now two formats available for printing from the Ramblers website.

 

Any other business: Dave told the meeting that St Ervan has received a substantial  grant from the Denzell Downs Community Benefit Fund to upgrade footpaths in St Ervan which will be used to pay for the materials to erect ten signposts and twenty-four waymark posts plus two dog waste bins.  Volunteers are sought to help carry out the works.  He also mentioned that Cornwall Council operate the Local Maintenance Partnership which pays £500 to parish councils to employ professional contractors to cut some of the more popular paths.  Debbie Ebsery, the Countryside Officer for East Cornwall is meeting Dave next week to discuss problem paths.  It was mentioned that there are only two enforcement officers for the whole of Cornwall

 

There is going to be a pilot scheme for a ‘cattle awareness’ workshop on a farm to show walkers how to treat cattle when close by.

 

National Walking Festival 26.5.18-3.6.18: Hilda will be circulating leaflets for this at the  AGM - it was suggested that the Cream Tea Walk which is held during that week could be one of our suggested NWF walks.  Barry also suggested a sunrise Jamaica Inn walk which was met with great interest! 

 

The Royal Cornwall Show Ramblers’ stand was discussed; a change of its site or a  different venue was suggested. 

 

Date of next meeting: AGM 11th November 2017.  Committee meeting 17th April 2018.  Meeting closed at 3.45pm.