Chairman's Message
                                                               Group Chair's Report
I have now been Chair for just over a year and it’s fair to say that this time has simply flown by!  In my view, it has been a very busy, prosperous and yet challenging 12 months for us.  During this time we have had to implement the new GDPR regulations to safeguard our members’ personal information and preferences, and we have been competing for new members with the likes of the U3A, Meet Up groups and the Dunstable Bogtrotters, to name a few, at a time when nearly all Ramblers groups are suffering declining numbers. Despite this we have still managed to produce some of our busiest programmes yet, which all goes to show what a dedicated and loyal bunch of members we have here at LBR.
So let us hope that we can continue with the high productivity into 2019.  However, our walks co-ordinators have mentioned that it has been more difficult to fill the current programme.  Illness and injury have robbed us of a few regular leaders, so we desperately need some new ones to come through.  Getting a steady flow of new walk leaders is vital to keeping our programme going week on week, so without this we may not be able to plug all the gaps.  If you feel you would like to lead a walk but lack confidence, why not co-lead a walk with a current walk leader, or ask a regular leader to recce with you? Or if you think you may require map reading/navigation experience, no-pressure friendly courses will be available in 2019.  Please contact me in the first instance (
andreadeeley@hotmail.com or 07713 718389).  If you feel ready to lead a walk without any help, start simply by doing a walk you already know in a familiar area.  We will be so grateful for any extra leaders who feel able to come forward.
We recently had a successful AGM and also hosted the Area AGM, at Great Brickhill and Woburn respectively, both with very good turnouts.  It should be noted that both committees are struggling to fill vacancies, and without wanting to lay it on too thick, it really isn’t fair for the same people to be on the committee for many years (and in some cases doubling up roles) without other volunteers coming forward.  We still have a vacancy for a Publicity Officer, which is not an onerous position, and it would really make the committee’s day if we could have someone new to take on this role!  As before, please contact me in the first instance.
Finally, I would like to thank everyone who has come on walks and/or social events in the last year for supporting us, because without you we certainly can’t continue, and I look forward to seeing many of you on the walks/events detailed in this Winter programme.
Stay warm and Happy Walking! 
Andrea Deeley, Group Chair
                                 IN MEMORIAM
                                PETER CLARKE
                                  1934 - 2018
                                                 We have recently learned
                                                 of the very sad news of
                                                 the death of Peter Clarke,
                                                 a former Group Chairman
                                                 from 1992-95, and a very
                                                 popular and active
                                                 member of LBR, who
                                                hosted a number of social
                                                events as well as serving
                                                on the committee and
                                                leading walks.
Many of you will remember him with great fondness and have happy memories of time spent with him.  Our heartfelt condolences and deepest sympathy go to his family, and we hope he will still be rambling somewhere on those walking trails in the sky.