The AGM takes place on Monday 12th November at the Elphinstone in Biggar, complete with free tea or coffee and biscuits.
Two members will be standing down this year and at least two more next year. Many have been in post for several years and although they have done a great job we could do with fresh/new ideas. Please consider taking on a post it is not arduous.
The spring away weekend this year will be Friday 26th April to Monday 29th April.
We will be staying at the Gilsland Hotel Hall Hotel, Cumbria. The hotel sits on the border with Northumberland just off the A69 at Gilsland Spa, the nearest main town being Haltwhistle a few miles away, it sits in 140 acres of pristine gardens with views of picturesque Cumbrian countryside. It is close to Hadrian's Wall with many associated walks.
The cost for 3 nights is £147 dinner, bed and breakfast per person for a double or twin room and £165 for a single.
If you wish to be included please send your non-refundable deposit of £40.50 by 30th January 2019 in order that a confirmation booking can be made to: Pam Hart, The Dairy, Candybank Steading, Elsrickle, Biggar, ML12 6QY
If paying by cheque please make cheques payable to Biggar Ramblers Social Fund and add 30p for bank cheques.
JUST a reminder that Biggar Ramblers are once again going to Carols by Candlelight at the New Lanark Mill hotel on Thursday 13th December. Mulled wine on arrival at 6:45. Pam should have received your payment by 6th October. If you have missed this deadline you should contact the hotel directly.
No one can fail to be aware that there are new regulations about the way we store peoples information. In future the only person in Biggar Ramblers who will retain information such as your address and phone number will be the secretary Isobel Macdonald and I, Lesley Glidden will with your permission, have a note of your email address. We are aware that on the programme we also publish the name and phone number of the walk leaders.
Along with the next programme you will receive a form giving us permission to retain some personal details. You should sign the relevant sections of the form and either post them to me or hand them to me or a committee member.
We will still have a walk attendance form but in a different format as we are not allowed have the information of your next of kin, instead you should carry a card with this information on it. If you have not received this card please let us know, the walk leaders will have a limited number of them. Please be reassured any walk attendance forms that have been filled out previously will be destroyed. Please note if you do not fill out the form you may not receive relevant information in the future.
We often take photos during walks and some of these end up in our gallery and sometimes in the local paper. You will be reminded of this at the start of the walk and may refuse to be in them.
Be assured Brian has spent a huge amount of time going through the updates from H Q and will keep us informed.
Clydesdale to Solway Gathering, Moffat, Saturday 12th May 2018
Michael and Lesley attended this gathering, members may not realise that Biggar Ramblers is part of the Clydesdale to Solway area and it is proposed that members from the area meet each year and that the groups will each take a turn. This year being the turn of Moffat. It was a scorching day, there were three levels of walk available. Very sensibly we decided to go on the B walk which was a fantastic route following the Annandale Way for the most part and after a long climb skirting around the Devil's Beeftub and returning to Moffat along the river. The views were spectacular and the company very pleasant. Those who are sorry to have missed it needn't worry as Michael is leading this walk on the next programme. Later we were invited to help ourselves to a buffet and there was a talk from a trauma consultant from Dumfries and Galloway General Hospital who is a member of Moffat Mountain Rescue Team, he advised us when to call them out and gave us some up to date information on CPR as well as signs and symptoms of heart attack and stroke.
It was a very pleasant day, next year the Gathering will be hosted by the Clydesdale group.
Scottish Council, 2018, Aberdeen
Lesley attended this years Scottish Council, we started the weekend with a circular walk in Aberdeen's west end visiting Hazelhead Park, Countess Wells Woods and the Walker Dam.
We were welcomed by Alison Mitchell, Scottish Convener and Lily Macdonald, Aberdeen Young Walkers.. There was an update by the director, Jess Dolan, pointing out some of the achievements over the last year and informing us that we had been given grants by the sports council and the post code lottery. We were invited to attend workshops on various topics. This was followed by a lovely dinner and a very interesting talk, in memory of Dick Balharry, by the president Ben Dolphin who is also a journalist, blogger and countryside ranger. There was then a quiz which was extremely difficult.
DAY TWO started with an early morning walk led by the convener Alison Mitchell. There was some house keeping to attend to i.e. appointing office bearers etc. and then Grant Mor, chief executive of Cairngorms National Park, showed us some fantastic photos and talked about the park and its future
There was an update on the walk Leadership Framework by Katy Robinson who is the walk leadership project officer
Then Helen Todd, policy and campaigns manager and Danny Carden, communications and engagement officer spoke about their meeting with Rosanna Cunningham about the possibility of getting more paths on Scottish Maps as well as onto Ordinance Survey Maps.although the core paths are now on the National Heritage website portal.
It was a good opportunity to meet with members of other groups and hear about their achievements and problems and to find out what Ramblers G.B. and Ramblers Scotland is doing for the members. For more information please feel free to ask me.
Ramblers Roadshow, St Andrew's Building, Glasgow
Ramblers Scotland launched some roadshow events sponsored by Ramblers Walking Holidays, the event aims were to help members to find out more about how to get the most out of their Ramblers membership. It was also an opportunity to meet experts, volunteers and other members.
The event was free and we were introduced to some of the staff of Ramblers Scotland, several also ran the workshops. I was unable to get on my first choice and instead went to one called Stand up for Walking, lead by Helen Todd, Campaigns and Policy Manager. The aim of this workshop was to help us to understand how walking fits into politics in Scotland and how to go about making the case for walking. We looked at the political context in Scotland and how we can get involved in campaigning , secure our access rights and to help improve path networks.
We also looked at the Guidelines for Group access and how to deal with access problems. They suggested that each group of Ramblers should have on their committee someone who can deal with access rights
We were then given a lovely lunch and I joined the walk in the afternoon which in the area around the university. The guide was able to tell us a lot of the history of the area. We walked down some lovely Mews, through the university cloisters and saw a wedding coming out as well as a drone inspecting the roofs some of the university buildings. It was a beautiful day, the parks were busy and Glasgow looked its best.
The road show was interesting and I would encourage anyone to go if it comes back next time.
Thanks to everyone who bought a calendar I hope you are enjoying them. We sent £30 to Moffat Mountain Rescue. Gratefully received.
An important update on phishing emails
There has been a number of cases where Ramblers supporters have been contacted by an individual pretending to be from Ramblers asking for sensitive personal informatio.
If you feel you have been subject to any suspicious contact, please let Ramblers know by contacting the Ramblers Services Team at
Membership@ramblers.zendesk.com or call 0207 339 8500.
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