Chairman's Message
                                Group Chair's Report
Well, what a summer it has been - almost two months of dry, hot and sunny weather with very little rain and still no real end in sight up to the point we went to press. Our walks and activities programme have continued as usual, but the heat has at times been quite oppressive.
This is one of the reasons why our Autumn programme is so welcome.  There can still be a lot of fine weather about, certainly in September and
October, but pleasantly warm rather than hot, and of course the change of season brings those lovely Autumn colours to our landscape. Following our bumper Summer programme, there is still much on offer within these pages: short walks, longer walks, a breakfast walk, a trip to Oxford and the annual Mince Pie Walk are some of the highlights.
Autumn also brings with it AGM season.  Our AGM is on 4 November at Great Brickhill Village Hall and this year we are hosting the Area AGM at Woburn Village Hall on 25 November.  It’s the time of year when the committee is re-elected, and as usual I am asking if anyone among the membership would be willing to come onto the committee for a time. Tracey Davies is stepping down as Social Secretary, having been on the committee for several years (in two separate periods).  We thank her for all her hard work on the Group’s behalf and congratulate her and Dom who will
become grandparents at the end of the year. 
If there are any sociable souls who might enjoy organising social events and would be able to give their time at 4 committee meetings a year, then I would be very grateful to hear from you. It’s important to stress that the Group does not run by itself; we have to have a committee, and it is not fair if the same individuals remain on the committee year after year, which is why it would be great if some ‘fresh blood’ could come forward. We may also require a new Publicity Officer, so if you think you can help please contact me on
andreadeeley@hotmail.com.
Finally, many of you will be aware that several of our most popular members: John Hartley, Dave Richardson and Derek Vickery, are all suffering from serious medical conditions.  I’m sure you will all join me in sending each of them our very best wishes for their future treatment and recovery and that they will be able to join us out walking again very soon.
Happy Autumn
Andrea Deeley
Group Chair