Subject: Quiz night

Sender: Paul Byatt

Date Sent : Nov 25 2021

Please see attached details of our forthcoming quiz night

Regards

Paul Byatt
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Subject: Area AGM

Sender: Nick Markham

Date Sent : Nov 3 2021

n behalf of the Bedfordshire Area Committee, I would like to formally invite you to our AGM on Sunday 28th November.



As you are no doubt aware the latest Ramblers advice is that indoor Group and Area activities are not advised. This means that whilst this year's Area AGM will again be held online via a Zoom meeting starting at 2.30pm. The day will commence with a morning walk starting at 10.00 from Old Warden Village Hall, which will be open to all (full details of which can be found on Ivel Valley Walkers programme)



To register your intention to attend the meeting can you please notify the Area Chair (Nick Markham) in writing by email (bedswalkfest@gmail.com) or by post (66 Fallowfield, Ampthill, MK45 2TS), by Saturday 20th November at the latest. To attend the meeting you will require access to Zoom either via your computer or smart phone (the software is available on https://zoom.us/



A formal link to the AGM will be sent to you the day before the meeting.



The current Area Committee will be standing again for next year, however we are looking to improve our Social Media presence in the future. If you would be interested in helping us achieve this goal can you please notify Nick in writing.

Also if you have something you'd like to have included in Any Other Business can you please notify the Area Chair in writing also by the 20th November



We look forward to seeing you both at the morning walk and the Area AGM afterwards.

Regards
Nick
Nick Markham
Ramblers Association Area Chair for Bedfordshire



Subject: Midweek Winter Walks

Sender: Mike Shepherd

Date Sent : Nov 3 2021

It is that time of the year again. I would like walk leaders to fill the midweek programme from January 2022 to April 2022.


When you look at the midweek dates you will notice I have added Thursdays in between the two weekly cycle of the midweek walks. It would be brilliant if we could have a midweek walk every week.


For any walk leader who wants to lead a walk at the end of April, please, take into account this the time of the LB Ramblers Spring Break at Coleford.


Please find attached the dates for the Midweek Winter Programme 2022.


You can send your walks to mw-walks-coord@lb_ramblers.org.uk or to
miketshep@gmail.com.



Regards



Mike Shepherd

Subject: December Programme

Sender: Derek Hitchcox

Date Sent : Nov 3 2021

Please see attached December Walks Programme



Regards

Derek
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Subject: November programme

Sender: Derek Hitchcox

Date Sent : Oct 25 2021

Please see attached November walks Programme
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Subject: AGM

Sender: Marie Montague

Date Sent : Oct 25 2021

Following Ramblers guidance, Leighton Buzzard Ramblers will host the 2021 Annual General Meeting by Zoom on Sunday 7 November 2021, starting at 2.30pm. The meeting link, ID and password will be sent to you a couple of days before the meeting.



Papers for the AGM are attached to this email. Copies of the meeting papers have already been posted to members who do not have email.



Please contact Marie Montague (marie.montague79@yahoo.co.uk or 07729 155628) if you wish to offer apologies for absence.

Best wishes,



Marie Montague
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Subject: Walking for Health

Sender: Julian Chritchlow

Date Sent : Sep 30 2021

Following the collapse of a large portion of the Walking for Health walks in Leighton Buzzard, caused largely by the pandemic, some of us have taken on the organizing of leaders for these walks. The walkers are frequently recommended by their GP to improve their mobility or mental health by ensuring that they meet others regularly.



The walkers meet on a Monday at 10am at the Tennis Club Car Park opposite Morrisons and then divide into several groups according to capability. The walks are timed from 30 to 90 minutes and are around the town mainly on hard paths. They go at different speeds and therefore cover longer distances to accommodate the needs of the walkers.



This is a request for voluntary leaders to help lead these walks. It will not involve leading a walk every week as a rota will be set up to ensure that there are sufficient leaders available without a weekly commitment.



Leaders are required to undertake a one day training course run by the county organiser at Cardington. They will then have to join two walks with a trained leader before being certificated and able to lead walks themselves.



If you would be interested in becoming a Walking for Health leader or would like more information please either reply to this email or contact me on 07770 344914.



Regards

Julian Chritchlow


Subject: St Albans Cathedral

Sender: Julian Chritchlow

Date Sent : Sep 28 2021

Hi 

FIRSTNAME



A guided tour of St Albans Cathedral has been organised for Thursday 21st October starting at 11.30am.



The cathedral has been inexistence since Norman times and is built using materials from the Roman walls and town. The tour will take in the inside and outside of the building including the shrine of St Alban. I have been on this tour and found it extremely interesting and informative picking up details that I would not otherwise have noticed.



The time has been arranged so that if anyone wishes to the buses to get there and back they may do so. The plan for this is to leave LB West St on the F77 at 0920 to arrive at Luton at 1005 transferring to the 321 leaving at 1020 arriving in St Albans at 1111. It is a short walk from the bus stop in St Peter’s St to the cathedral.



Alternatively you may use your car to get there and back parking in one of the many car parks around the town.



After the tour there will be some time to have lunch (either in the cathedral refectory or one of the cafes and pubs in the town) followed by a short walk around some of the Roman remains in the town. The walk is on hard surfaces so no boots are necessary and it will take about 60 – 90 minutes depending on how fast we go and what we stop to look at.



There is a charge of £5 per person that is for the tour and goes entirely towards the upkeep of the Cathedral.



To book either download, print, and fill in the attached form then send to me at 12 Brook St LU7 3LQ along with cash or cheque to cover the cost. Alternatively phone me on 07770 344914 and I will give the bank details for a BACS transfer. If you wish to do then an email to confirm payment and the booking will be sufficient although please ensure that the email contains a contact phone number in case of problems. The booking form may be downloaded from the Social Events page of the group website.



Forms and payment are required by 11th October so that I can then confirm numbers with the Cathedral.



If you have any further questions please contact me by email or phone.



Regards

Julian Chritchlow

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Subject: Facebook

Sender: Andrea Deeley

Date Sent : Sep 27 2021

Dear All

As many of you will know, LB Ramblers has an active Facebook page. We are keen to maximise publicity for the Group by making the best use of this valuable Social Media tool now that Covid restrictions have eased and to take advantage of the increased interest in walking occasioned by the pandemic.

I am therefore looking for a volunteer who knows a bit about Facebook to help me run the Page and answer any queries we may get from visitors to the Page/would-be members. At the moment, enquiries are minimal, and so I would not expect this to take up much of anyone's time. However, my current work schedule means there are certain days of the week when I cannot respond to queries for several hours, and this is where some help would be appreciated, as well as any fresh input about how to boost visitors to the page. My own knowledge of how Facebook can be used is pretty basic, and therefore someone who is more advanced would be a very welcome addition.

If anyone thinks they would fit the bill and would have the time and inclination to help me administer our Facebook page, I would be most grateful if you could contact me at Chair@lb-ramblers.org.uk.

Many thanks
Andrea Deeley
Group Chair

Subject: October Programme

Sender: Derek Hitchcox

Date Sent : Sep 18 2021

Please see attached October Programme
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Subject: Covid update

Sender: Andrea Deeley

Date Sent : Sep 16 2021

Dear All

As I've had a couple of queries from walk leaders about how to proceed now that the Government has lifted all Covid restrictions, I thought I would update you following the Committee meeting we have just had where this was discussed.

You may have noticed that in recent months the programme has carried a notice at the bottom of the walk details setting out the Group's Covid-safe guidelines for walk leaders and walkers .

You will see that in the new October programme these guidelines have been removed. That isn't to say that we are returning completely to normal, but common sense should be observed by all walkers, and you may as individuals still wish to keep your distance, carry hand sanitiser, masks and gloves and not share food/equipment or car share etc. Regarding car sharing, this is officially permitted by Ramblers HQ, but there may still be many drivers who are not comfortable with this, so anyone requiring a lift to a walk will need to make a private arrangement with someone they know is happy to car share. All walkers should go directly to the start of a walk as set out in the programme.

We are, however, retaining the walk booking system, as this system has worked well and it is helpful to walk leaders to know who is coming on their walk for a variety of reasons. It is recommended that walk leaders still keep a contact list/register of walkers for NHS contact tracing (for 21 days) and you should note that it is now Ramblers' policy that a risk assessment prior to your walk should be carried out and kept for 3 years (previously it was 1 year). Apparently, this is a condition of Ramblers' public liability insurance.

I am attaching a copy of the latest Risk Assessment (non-Covid) downloaded from the main Ramblers website for walk leaders' use if you don't already have a copy.

Walk leaders can keep completed RAs on their own computer devices, but we will be making a central 'Cloud' storage facility available in due course where these can be stored if you don't wish to keep them on your own machines. Details to follow when this has been set up.

If anyone has any questions regarding the above, you can contact me by email on: Chair@lb-ramblers.org.uk.

Kind regards
Andrea Deeley
Group Chair

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Subject: South East Walker

Sender: Andrea Deeley

Date Sent : Sep 7 2021

Dear All

I am sure that many of you who have received and opened the latest copy of Walk and SE Walker will have read Karen Veal's excellent article, and accompanying photo, about her evening walks. Really well written and a great advert for the Group. If you haven't seen it yet, please do have a read.

An article in South East Walker is a great way to showcase our activities and thereby create awareness and publicity for the Group which may help to boost membership. Our aim is to have an article about the Group in every issue of SE Walker, and I'm pleased to say that we already have contributions lined up for the next couple of issues.

However, after that, we are going to need some new material, which can come from any member of the Group who might have a Ramblers-related piece they think the SE Walker readership might find of interest. So, any budding writers out there (and of course, you don't need to be a great writer!), perhaps you can put your thinking caps on in the intervening time, ready for when the next request for contributions comes.

Many thanks,
Andrea Deeley
Group Chair