For information

Ramblers South West Sussex Group Editor: Tim Goman, contact swsussexramblers@gmail.com 

 

 

Walks Programme

Our Walks Programme has recommenced and is published on this website through to the end of November. As directed by Ramblers HQ, the advance booking system will remain in place for the foreseeable future and you will not be able to participate unless you have a booking. 

There are a number of dates for our walking days of Wednesday, Saturday and Sunday that are still not filled. So, if you fancy leading a walk then do please get in touch with Tim G, email walksswsussexramblers@gmail.com

 

Car Sharing

With the relaxation of regulations, members are allowed now to offer lifts to others to attend Group Walks. We have not visited the question of volunteers in this respect for some years. If you would like to offer your services, which would entail having your name (in customary abbreviated format) and contact details included on the webste and our periodic newsletters then please contact Tim G, email : swsussexramblers@gmail.com  or telephone 07753 172002. Thank you.

 

Social

Our Summer Solstice event saw Jenny & Lin D lead a 5 mile walk out of Selhurst Park NT Car Park followed by a BBQ. Our allowed maximum number of 30 attended and the event raised nigh on £100 which will be donated equally between Mount Noddy and St Wilfred's Hospice, both charities be close to the heart of our past President, Jan Wood, who sadly passed away last year. 

Sincere thanks to those members who made this event possible and such a success on the evening.

Taking a gently gently approach as the Group wakes up from the COVID nightmare, the Cream Tea event at East Dean Village Hall will not take place this year.

 

Derek Stokes

It is with great sadness that we have to announce the death of one of our much loved leaders. Derek had been a very active member of the group for many years and he and his wife , Sheila, had regularly led the popular walks in the New Forest and on the Isle of Wight.
His knowledge of the Countryside and Local History will be much missed.

 

St Wilfred's Moonlight Walk

Past Group Secretary, Brian Baker will be taking part in this event on September 11th in memory of Fiona Wheeler, a lovely lady, Group member and walks leader, who passed away recently following a short illness. He has now set up a JustGiving page for donations if you would like to show your support. Further details are at:
 

Graham T's Pilgrimage to Canterbury for JMT
 
The ancient Pilgrims’ Way starts in Winchester and goes via the North Downs to Canterbury and the site of Thomas Becket’s tomb. After his murder in 1170 it became the focus for pilgrims, replacing that of St Swithun in Winchester.
 

Long time member and regular walks contributor, Graham T, successfully completed the walk in May with proceeds raised from sponsorship going to Jennie Marsh Trust (www.jenniemarshtrust.org) to be used in the school at Kitgum, Uganda, which is desperate for classroom furniture.

If you would like to sponsor him, Graham's fund raising page is still open on the Just Giving website. Go to https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/graham-tipper2

Many thanks to you on his behalf.

 

Emily White, MSc student, University of Chichester

Emily is studying Physical Activity and Public Health. She is seeking participants for her dissertation which is exploring dog ownership and its impact on physical activity, wellbeing, and loneliness during enforced isolation periods such as the COVID-19 lockdowns. Anyone over the age of 65 can be a participant, they do not have to be a dog owner! She has asked us to share the following survey with members (a link to the online version can be found below). A printable version is also available if required, please contact Tim G if you would like a copy. It should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete. Link to survey:

https://chichester.onlinesurveys.ac.uk/dog-ownership-and-enforced-isolation-copy-2

We feel sure she would very much welcome support from Ramblers members and friends and family of.

 

Rampion 2 Offshore Wind Farm Project 

The nine-week public consultation on draft proposals for a development to expand the Rampion Offshore Wind Farm is now open from 14 July to 16 September at www.Rampion2.com/consultation
 
This could generate clean, green electricity for the equivalent of over 1million homes and offset around 1.8 million tonnes of CO2 every year, in addition to what Rampion already provides. An ‘Area of Search’ eight miles off the Sussex coast has been assessed by renewable energy producer RWE for a maximum of up to 116 turbines, the same number as the existing Rampion Wind Farm but using the latest turbine technology, so that the Rampion 2 Wind Farm could create up to three times the amount of power.  An underground cable route is proposed to carry the power under Climping Beach to Bolney Substation in Twineham, to connect to the National Grid via a new substation required close by.
 
They hope to hear from as many people in Sussex as possible, so have asked Ramblers to share this information with our membership to encourage them to visit the website and see their plans and respond to their survey. 
 
They are also holding two online forums for the general public – on 27th July at midday and on 6th September at 6pm – members can register to attend at 
 
Chichester District Council Tree Scheme

The council has launched an initiative to help increase the number of trees that are planted in Chichester District. This is part of the council's wider ambition to tackle climate change and support the district's wildlife.

A number of free trees are being made available which people will be able to apply for from July, ready for the upcoming planting season. These free trees are available to everyone including schools, community groups, individual residents, landowners and businesses. They can be planted on your own land, or land owned by someone else provided you have the landowner's permission. Please see link below for more information and details about how to apply:

https://www.chichester.gov.uk/treescheme

 

Keeping in touch

The companionship of walking with others cannot be underestimated in terms of mental health and well being. We can now participate in organised group walks, but what has proved particularly useful in recent lockdown times is our active WhatsApp Group for members to share their walking experiences, photos, comments, observations and ....... well anything that comes to mind. If you are not a member of the group and would like to join please text with your name to Tim G, your Secretary, on 07753 172002. 

In addition, particularly because of the present need for us to communicate via alternative means, we would ask you provide permission to send direct to your email account. Because of Data Protection regulations we are unable to do this automatically, we have to have your specific consent. Please email the Secretary direct at swsussexramblers@gmail.com  thank you.

 

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.

 

Slow Ways

A new network of interconnected routes across Britain is being created through a collaborative digital project powered by the efforts of recruited volunteers, including Ramblers members.  Its vision is to develop 8000 walking routes linking villages, towns and cities, using existing rights of way. Set for launch in late January 2021, once complete the entire Slow Ways network will be published online and made freely available via Ordnance Survey, which is supporting the project.

Ramblers HQ have continued to have links with Slow Ways, and whilst they consider this to be a great initiative, Slow Ways approach is quite different to the Ramblers, focusing far more on functional routes rather than enjoyment.

Ramblers HQ have not been actively promoting Slow Ways to groups or areas, largely just to avoid information overload to groups and areas given the sheer amount of change going on at the present time. It is certainly an initative they would support and have no issue with groups/areas becoming involved with.

Having said that your committee do not believe we are able to draw on the necessary resources within our membership to give commitment to involving the group as a collective. However, if members are interested in being part of this initiative then please refer to the Slow Ways website, https://slowways.uk/