Remembering old friends and supporters

Alan Armstrong

Alan - a former chairman of Hexham Ramblers - died on 27th September 2019. He was 98. Following a distinguished career in the RAF and civil service, he spent most of his retirement in Corbridge. He loved walking and led many walks for us. He was also a long-standing committee member. Only very late in life did he stop walking when compelled to do so by ill health. Once on a U3A holiday in Turkey, he was the sole group member intrepid enough to venture out for a swim in some mineral pools. He was 89 at the time!


Mavis Harris


Mavis, who died in September 2018 at the age of 89, first joined Hexham Ramblers in 1988 and soon became active on our committee, serving at various times as as vice-chairman, press officer and footpaths secretary. She won recognition from the Ramblers nationally in 2017 as one of the organisation's three local heroes in the Protecting and Expanding Where We Walk category of its annual award scheme.



Receiving her 2017 Ramblers' award from Chris Francis and our chairperson, Carol Sanderson


Mavis had a real passion for walking and was a great champion of access to the countryside.  With her unrivalled knowledge of rights of way (RoW) in Northumberland, she represented Hexham Ramblers on county council liaison groups, championing the maintenance of the county's network, fighting against footpath closures and campaigning for new rights of way to be created.  She followed up all RoW enquiries and complaints with a dedicated determination to protect and promote the footpaths and byways which she so enjoyed walking.

Outside the Ramblers, Mavis was one of the first volunteers to sign up for the Hadrian’s Wall Path volunteer programme in around 2004.  She was also a walk leader for the Prudhoe Health Walk group and was instrumental in the creation of the Prudhoe Pathforce. Such was her dedication that she held her last pathforce meeting in her bedroom just days before she died.


Not just a great walker... Mavis's contribution to our 60th anniversary celebration in 2016


Hexham Ramblers is commemorating Mavis with memorials beside Isaac's Tea Trail near Allendale, a part of the trail she knew well.  She is much missed.


Jim Hobbs

Jim Hobbs, who died in 1993, was a truly remarkable man.  Such were his enthusiasm and dedication to walking and Hexham Ramblers that our group might not be here now without his work.  Soon after his death, we decided to erect a memorial to him and what better than a bench looking out over Hexhamshire, on a right of way where passing walkers can stop for a while to appreciate the beauty of the countryside?


Jim's seat


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