Kingston Ramblers

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Kingston Newsletter – March 2018


Editor: Brenda Horwill          Phone: 01932 784866          E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



New Treasurer

We welcome Nick Hollis to the Kingston Group committee.  Nick has kindly volunteered to take over from Martin Read as our Treasurer.


Request for more Committee members

We urgently need one and preferably two committee members to help with programme compiling.  A competence with Excel, email and organisational ability are the prime skills required. If we have enough volunteers each would only have to compile one programme a year. (Caroline Cunliffe has now volunteered to compile her third programme in a row!). The work is not onerous - only a few hours a month. We also need someone to assist with Publicity and Recruitment.


Hosting a walk for Blind Ramblers

An innovation this year is that we are hosting a walk for the London Blind Rambling Club (LBRC). Most Ramblers Groups in the region undertake such a joint walk once a year.

As their members need to walk with a sighted guide, these would be members of Kingston Ramblers. No training is needed, as their members are used to walking with a sighted guide. They typically put their guide at ease by saying how they like to walk. Usually, they just like to hold their guide’s elbow and walk and chat together. They need to know about overhanging branches, tree roots, steps up or down, and suchlike.

We have chosen Ashtead and Epsom Commons as they have wide paths with good surfaces where we can mainly walk side-by-side. If conditions allow, we may try some of the grass paths as well.

LBRC members usually have a picnic lunch with a pub visit afterwards. However, there should be time for a quick pub lunch if you wish.

The date we have set for the walk is Sunday 17 June. If you would like to act as a guide, please keep this date free.


Kingston Group Holiday 18th – 21st May 2018

For Members of the Ramblers.
Base: Brockenhurst – book your own accommodation and travel by train or car
Meet Friday afternoon for guided walk in and around Brockenhurst.

Saturday & Sunday: Meet in central Brockenhurst - starting places to be decided.

Picnic lunch both days and meal together in the evenings. Return home on Monday
Email Brenda Horwill by end of April if you are interested This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Surrey Area Leadership courses ~ Saturdays 21 April and 18 August

These are held between 09:30 and 16:30 at Wootton Village Hall, near Dorking.

Comprises leadership, walk planning, map reading and basic compass work.

Also, introduction to GPS, computer mapping and an outdoor practical session.

There is no charge and refreshments are provided.

All you need to take are map (Explorer 146) and a compass.

For application details, please contact the Secretary This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Applications for the April course close on 8 March – limit of 16 per course!

Farnham Group have also announced that they are running a further leadership training course on 20 October, open to all Surrey Area members


Surbiton Festival

Kingston Ramblers will have a stall at the Festival for the 8th year on Saturday 29 September. We have extremely keen members – last year there was a team of 17.  Are you an enthusiastic rambler?  If so, please volunteer for the Surbiton Festival.


Disruption to Walks by Rail Maintenance Work and Strikes.

We suggest that two weeks before a walk, leaders check transport web sites for potential travel disruption notified for the day of the walk. Please notify changes to walk arrangements to Brenda Horwill (email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. tel: 01932 784866) or Paul Draper (email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.   tel: 07990 973514). That way we can get web and email notifications out to members and associates. Walkers should check our website a few days before each walk to see if there have been any changes.


Kingston Group Photos

Have you any good photos (for publicity) taken on Kingston rambles – preferably of the walkers?  Please email them to Brenda This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Thanks for your help.  


Hi-Viz jackets for leaders

It has been suggested that leaders might like to have Hi-Viz jackets.  Please contact the secretary if a hi-viz jacket might help you when crossing main roads.


Mole Valley Countryside volunteers wanted

Members who are willing to help with footpath clearance and conservation work should phone the Lower Mole Countryside Management Project, 01372 743783, which organises working parties in our local countryside.


Volunteer Path Warden course

There is a Volunteer Path Warden course at Shere between 6pm and 9:30pm on Wednesday 18 April with probably 12 places available. There might also be another course during the daytime in early May. Please contact David Cooper if you are interested and would like to sign up for either of these courses.


Message received about a pair of walking shoes

“I bought a pair of Scarpa walking shoes a few months ago. I only wore them once and they are too small for me. I wonder if any of your members would be interested in buying them. The shoes are size 43 (9). They cost £120 and would like to get £70 for them if possible. I can send photos and more details if anyone is interested. I live in Hampton.”  Contact Brenda for the person’s contact details.


Walk Leader checklist

The Ramblers have recently updated Walk Leader checklists. The Walk Leader checklist is a handy list of tips to help walk leaders run safe and enjoyable walks.  They are small, durable and waterproof!  Ramblers Central Office said: “We’ve updated the information about safeguarding (under-18s must be accompanied by a responsible adult) to reflect our revised safeguarding policy.  We’ve also removed the detailed first aid advice as we feel this would be better provided in a separate, dedicated resource. However, the checklist does direct walk leaders to our first aid guidance provided by the British Red Cross.”


In Case of Emergency (ICE) cards

Ramblers Central Office have also updated the ‘In Case of Emergency (ICE)’ cards. These allow walkers to fill in their emergency contact details and important medical information. Walkers should keep ICE cards in an accessible place so that if something should happen on a walk, the walk leader or emergency services know about any medical conditions and who to contact.


Walk Leader checklist and In Case of Emergency (ICE) cards

Would you like to have these cards?  Please send a stamped addressed envelope 4.75" x 6.5" (4 3/4 in x 6 1/2 in) to the Secretary (32 Wolsey Road, Sunbury-on-Thames, Middx, TW16 7TY) to receive one or both of these.


Diary dates

Sat 24 March                                     Surrey Area Council

Sat 21 Apr                                         Walk Leaders course at Wootton

Tue 8 May                                         Committee Meeting

Sat 26 May to Sun 3 June Walkabout Festival

Sat 18 Aug                                        Walk Leaders course at Wootton

Sat 20 Oct                                         Walk Leaders course at Farnham


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Thursday, June 21, 2018