Brenda Horwill Secretary, Publicity & Recruitment
Martin Read Treasurer
Paul Draper Membership Secretary & Webmaster
Caroline Cunliffe Programme Compiler
Roger Seear Programme Editor
Bob Eberhard Programme Proof-reader
David Cooper Kingston Footpath Secretary
There have been a few committee changes in the past year. Martin Lake retired after 25 years as Secretary and was replaced by Brenda Horwill. Graeme Wales stepped down from his role of Treasurer and was succeeded by Martin Read. Moira Shearer resigned after 16 years as a walks leader and programme compiler. Thanks, go to Martin, Graeme and Moira for their contribution over many years. Caroline Cunliffe was co-opted and welcomed on to the committee but we still require at least another volunteer. If you feel you could make a contribution to the Group as a Committee member, but would like to know more about what is involved, please speak to a Committee member.
For the past year, we have had a full programme of walks of varying distances to suit all abilities. We thank those responsible for putting together our programme and particularly the leaders, including those who have led for the first time with us since the 2016 AGM: Rosemary Addington, John Dixon, Nicole Edwards, Mirella Genziani, Michael Hope, Gary Lakrish and Mike Wheeler.
From the July – October 2017 programme we started offering a walk on Thursdays with a mixture of short, medium and evening walks. Some were planned ahead and could be found in the printed programme but others were created at short notice! These were sometimes entered on the internet just a week before the event, but in future we would appreciate two weeks’ notice.
Another innovation this year was the email newsletters in-between our programmes. Please give your email address to Paul Draper if you would like to receive these in future.
Kingston Group at Sandown
The Ramblers had many Roadshows this year, some regional ones but also a main one for England, Scotland and Wales. The England one was held on Saturday 13 May at Sandown Park, which just happens to be in the middle of the Kingston Group area! The event included Workshops, Skills Sessions and a Market Place with retailers, including the Cotswold Outdoor shop from Kingston Upon Thames. In the afternoon, there was an excellent speaker in Bonita Norris, the youngest British woman to climb Mount Everest. Afterwards, everyone enjoyed ‘Ask the Experts’ and the Volunteer Awards. There were also refreshments throughout the day and the whole event was free for members! Several of our members attended and the day was rounded off by a Kingston group led walk to Telegraph Hill.
Membership at end of Sep 2016 615
Resigned from the Ramblers 12
Lapsed or Suspended (did not pay renewals) 27
Payment Pending 9
Left (transferred to other Groups) 15
Total Leavers 71
Transfers In 12
Total New Members 42
Membership Loss 29
Membership at end of Sep 2017 586
Communications with Members and Associates
- taking Printed Programme 169
- taking Email Programme 280
- contactable by email 364
- not contactable by email 222
- (Individual) no Programme and no email address 54
- (Joint pairs) no Programme and no email address 29
- taking Printed Programme 8
- taking Email Programme 39
Attendance on Kingston Rambles
191 (of the 586 Kingston Group members) were on Group Rambles in 2016/17 (181 in 2015/16)
32 members were on 20 or more rambles
90 members were on 4 or fewer rambles
260 members of other groups were on our rambles (17 of whom were on 10 or more of our rambles)
63 non-members were on our rambles
John Hauxwell Kissing Gate
The Dedication Ceremony of the John Hauxwell Memorial Kissing Gate took place on Thursday 21 September 2017 in the presence of Barbara Hauxwell (his widow), their two sons and grandson. The new gate, installed by the Guildford Gate Team is situated at grid reference TQ083571 off Ockham Lane between Ockham and Martyr’s Green. David Cooper led 20 ramblers from Horsley Station to the Kissing Gate where they met 15 people, (including the Hauxwell family) who had walked from the Black Swan pub at Martyr’s Green. Roger Seear spoke and Barbara cut the ribbon. Everyone then walked to the Black Swan for lunch.
Publicity & Recruitment
Surrey Area introduced Leadership courses in 2012 to encouraged members to lead for their groups. Surrey Area courses are held twice a year and Croydon and Farnham groups have one a year. It would be beneficial if our members would consider attending one of these, as we do need more leaders – please see the Surrey Area website for details and complete the application form http://www.surreyramblers.org.uk/
Surrey Area AGM
Kingston members attended the 2017 Surrey AGM at Shalford Village Hall.
Thanks to members who entered their photos on the Kingston group Facebook page or who send them to Brenda to enter. This all adds to the attractiveness of the page and publicises the Ramblers, and particularly the Kingston group. Kingston group photos and articles also appear in South East Walker and on the Kingston website.
Kingston Ramblers had a stall (for the 7th year) at the 2017 Surbiton Festival for publicity and recruitment. Every year the number of members who volunteer to help on the stall increases – this year there was a team of 17 who made a great contribution at promoting rambling.
Thanks are due to the following: Frank Coll for vetting our accounts, Maureen Munday for organising restaurant visits, Ruth O’Keeffe for organising the refreshments this evening, Linda & Michael Hargrave for hosting our committee meetings and Brenda Horwill for organising the Kingston Ramblers stand at the Surbiton Festival.
A Christmas Lunch has been organised for Friday 8 December at 13:30. The venue will be Casa Mia Hampton Court, an Italian restaurant at 55-57 Bridge Road Hampton Court Village (opposite Hampton Court station). The Christmas lunch menu for the restaurant can be seen on their website: http://casamiahamptoncourt.co.uk/christmas-2017 The cost will be £18.95 and drinks are extra. Pay for drinks as ordered, pay for the meal at the end. Those who wish to attend must notify Maureen Munday as soon as possible and by 20 November at the latest.
The Dedication of the Memorial Kissing Gate to Len hands (Chairman of Kingston Ramblers between1999 and 2005) will be held on the 7 February 2018. Details of the walk, dedication Ceremony and lunch will be advised later.
The March to June 2018 programme is now being compiled by Caroline Cunliffe. Please give her your dates to lead by 31 December.
The Festival of Winter Walks will be held between Saturday 23 December and Sunday 7 January 2018. Thanks to the members who have volunteered to lead on these dates. The next Rambles ‘Walk About’ Festival will be from Saturday 26 May to Sunday 3 June 2018
Are you interested in taking part in a Kingston Group holiday in 2018? If so, here is an idea of what we are planning: Friday 18 to Monday 21 May at Brockenhurst in the New Forest. Contact Brenda for further information.
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