John Newnham 1943-2019.

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Dear friends and fellow walkers

John passed away peacefully on Friday 11th January 2019, at the age of 76,after a period of ill health. Lesley Milne and Audrey Menhinick were with him when he died at the Vicarage Nursing Home in Bayston Hill.

John had devoted himself to Ramblers having joined as the Association’s Midlands Field Officer in 1970, when there were only four other members of staff. With boundless energy and enthusiasm, he set up many Ramblers Groups in this region.

Then at Shropshire Council John dedicated much of his working life to getting a better deal for walkers and after retiring he continued the work as a Shropshire Volunteer.

After being footpath officer, he took on the role of Group Chairman in 2007, a position he held until 2018. He was the inspiration behind our 20 walks book and was himself a skilled walk leader successfully devising a new walk each time. Walkers could be sure of being entertained by his identification of fungi on the way.

John will be affectionately remembered by everyone who walked with him as a lovely, intelligent and dedicated man who touched peoples’ lives with his love of Rambling and the great outdoors.

Ramble on John

Kate Ashbrook (Ramblers Chair) has scripted a wonderful tribute to John that can be found here.