The winners of our President’s Volunteer Awards with Ramblers President Kate Ashbrook and Maria Eagle MP
The winners of our President’s Volunteer Awards were unveiled during our annual General Council at the weekend. Presented by Ramblers President Kate Ashbrook and Maria Eagle MP, the awards celebrated achievements including keeping paths clear, leading health walks and promoting the Ramblers.
This year’s Awards took a new format with Ramblers members, volunteers and supporters nominating individual volunteers and groups who were then shortlisted by Kate Ashbrook. It was then up to the public to decide the winners for each award from three shortlisted candidates in each category and we received over 1000 votes.
“This is the second year we have handed out the awards to recognise the work volunteers do for all things walking but the first which has taken an online only approach and opened up voting to a wider audience,” said Kate Ashbrook, Ramblers President. “The winners are an inspiration to us all.”
The Protecting Where We Walk Award was given to the Trafford Ramblers path maintenance team who provide a valuable service to Trafford residents by clearing and maintaining paths throughout the area. Led by June Mabon, they work closely with the local council and have built up a strong working relationship with them.
Derek Clutterbuck, winner of the Best Individual Achievement Award, also has a passion for the path network. A founding member of the Rochdale Ramblers, Derek works with Rochdale Council to maintain 342 miles of footpath and 1,782 rights of way and helped survey the 42 mile Rochdale Way.
The Oxon Weekend Walkers, winners of the Promoting Walking Award, have helped raise the profile of the Ramblers and promote the joys of walking through their short film ‘Out and about with the Oxon Weekend Walkers’ which is also inspiring other local Ramblers groups.
The Shrewsbury Ramblers’ book 20 Walks in and around Shrewsbury, won them the Best Team Achievement Award. The book has sold more than 2600 copies, raising funds to signpost the 20 routes and install benches and information panels so more people can enjoy the local area and find out about the Ramblers.
The Wigan: Active Living Walking for Health scheme’s well-attended, varied, accessible and diverse health walks programme made them deserving winners of the Leading Walks Award. The health walks are so popular many walkers treat them as more of a social event and turn out in all weathers.
The Running the Ramblers Award also highlighted a dedication to offering opportunities to go walking. Aled Jones of the Tiger Bay Ramblers instigated regular walks planning meetings and has helped the group increase the number and variety of walks they offer so that there is something to suit all their 200 members.
Congratulations to all the winners who received a personalised Ramblers star Award from Kate and Maria. We’d like to thank all the winners, those who were shortlisted for awards, the nominees and all our thousands of volunteers for all their on-going hard work for walkers across Britain.