For information

Ramblers South West Sussex Group Editor: Tim Goman, contact timgoman@btinternet.com

 

Group Secretary - forthcoming vacancy

We are pleased to report we have had someone come forward to take over the role and their will be an announcement in due course, just as soon as the person has had the opportunity to meet everyone and have explained to them fully what the role entails.

 

Chichester Walking Weekend

South West Sussex Ramblers Group teamed up with Visit Chichester to provide five walks on Friday 6th September, Saturday 7th September and Sunday 8th September..

The walks, each of approximately 9 miles, lead by experienced Ramblers leaders around the Chichester District, were open to both members and up to 15 non-members who had registered their interest with Visit Chichester. Whilst we were pleased with the uptake of interest with Visit Chichester the reality was that not many new faces appeared for the walks on the day, which was disappointing.

Your Committee will have a discussion at our next meeting in October to discuss how best we can improve attendances should it be decided to run the event once again next year.

 

Cream tea event

This ever popular event took place on Saturday 17th August at the usual venue, East Dean Village Hall from 3pm. 34 members attended the Cream Tea and a good time was had by all.

The cream tea will be preceded by a leisurely walk led by our President, Jan W. There were a few fewer walkers this year as Ramblers Organisatioin gave us this date for those members who wished to undergo 1st Aid Training.

 

Walk Leaders needed

Sincere thanks goes out to those members who put themselves forward to lead walks for the Winter Programme, December to March. There are just five dates available requiring a walk to bring us up to capacity.

If we are to continue aiming to provide three walks a week, new leaders have to step up to the plate. So, do please give consideration to becoming a Walk Leader. Start with a walk of any length in an area which you know well. As well as literary support from Ramblers via the web-site, Committee members are willing to assist you with planning the walk, recceing the route and backing you up on the day. Tim G, the Walks Programme Co-ordinator is happy to discuss (Contact 07753 172002 or 01243 262284, email timgoman@btinternet.com )

 

Car Pool Providers needed

As a Group we encourage car sharing. Also not all our members are able to drive to our Walks and would welcome a lift. Wherever possible we try to incorporate public transport access but in many instances, because of the location of the start point and the declining  availability of local public transport, this is not possible. We have one or two members who are happy to provide a lift to nearby members on the day, but we do need more. The Ramblers are an inclusive organisation and we have a friendly, social membership here in South West Sussex. So please give some thought to provide lifts to other members living close by. Please contact Sally, our Programme Secretary on 01243 430072, if you would like to put your name forward.  

 

Get me to the Walk  (and on Time)

Walk Leaders are always delighted to see a good turnout for the walk they have planned, submitted and reccee'd. There is no better affirmation to their endeavours than seeing walkers spilling out of buses or cars turning up at the appointed place with time for a chat and to prepare before setting out on the chosen path, on time. Walk Leaders will like to leave on time, it assists with planning and organising comfort breaks, coffee and lunch breaks and just getting to where the group needs to be at the time it needs to be there.

One of the main reasons for a hold up is you know walkers are coming but come the appointed hour they are not there, good to go. The reason(s) they did not allow enough time to get there &/or they do not know specifically their destination,

On all the walks in the printed programme and on the web site there is information and Grid Reference setting out the start point. In addition, on the web site there is a map displayed showing the start point which is taken from the Grid Reference. A Grid Reference will give you the correct starting point to within 100 metres.

Also printed in your programme and on the web site is the NEAREST Post Code to the starting point. NEAREST is the key word here. In a rush, no time to check other sources, stick the Post Code in your Sat Nav and it will duly take you to the NEAREST point to the start as dictated by the Post Code.

Remember a Post Code will identify the nearest building or facility to the Grid Reference, which may be spot on or maybe 1/4 mile, 1/2 mile from where you want to be. A Post Code is fine for finding the start of an Urban Walk. Not so useful when the start point is at the end of a lane in the middle of a forest.

So, give yourself a bit of time to research where you are going. If in doubt give the Walk Leader a call, but hopefully more than ten minutes before the walk is due to start and you are pretty sure you are some way off getting there. Always though, have the Walk Leaders mobile number keyed in to your Contacts as a fall back position.

 

Emergency contact details

The Committee would urge all members who join the Group’s walks to carry Emergency contact details in an accessible place so that, if something should happen on a walk, the leader or emergency services would know about any medical conditions and who to contact. The Ramblers’ recommended "In Case of Emergency card", is available via the Ramblers Website.

 

Dogs on Walks

Our Group recognises the fact that some of Ramblers members like to bring their dogs on walks and by and large well behaved canines are welcomed, but at the discretion of the walk leader (see the specific walk details for information in this regard). As far as possible we are always wishing to ensure our Walks Programme is open to all  and, as such, any registered assistance dog is permitted on an organised Ramblers Walk. However, the member should talk to the walk leader in advance to check that it is safe for an assistance dog to come along on that particular walk.

 

Reporting path problems to WSCC

From time to time, I am sure all of us have encountered problems on our walks in West Sussex. For example, paths obstructed by vegetation or other blockages, fencing across the paths, paths not marked through a cropped field, unsafe stiles, missing or broken signposts, locked gates.

If you find an issue with a path please let West Sussex County Council’s rights of way team know about it. Please do not leave it to someone else to report. Experience to date is their response is prompt and they do take action.

An online report form can be found via the link below

https://www.westsussex.gov.uk/land-waste-and-housing/public-paths-and-the-countryside/public-rights-of-way/report-a-problem-with-a-right-of-way/

Too, if possible, add a photo to the report.