KINGSTON GROUP NEWSLETTER for April 2018
Your Personal Data Held by the Ramblers – Extremely Important
On 25th May this year, a new law will come into effect that covers how companies and organisations such as the Ramblers hold personal information about you and how they communicate with you. This will apply to the Ramblers organisation centrally and to Groups such as Kingston.
In the near future the Ramblers organisation will be contacting every member telling them what data it holds on them and giving members an opportunity to correct any errors and specify how they may be contacted. It is most important that you act on this request as failure to confirm your contact wishes means that in time Kingston Ramblers may not be permitted to send you any further communications.
This law will apply to all organisations and so you are likely to receive similar letters from banks, suppliers, charities and clubs.
Under this legislation it is important that the information held by Kingston Group matches that held by the Ramblers. We are aware that for about 50 members of Kingston Ramblers we hold more up to date email addresses than the Ramblers membership system. In the next few weeks we will be emailing those members to ask them to contact the membership office to update their information. Any member who in future, moves house, changes email address or telephone number should notify Ramblers membership services (contact details on your membership card) and that information will be automatically passed to Kingston Group.
Associates should receive similar information from their own Groups.
Kingston Group Holiday 18th – 21st May 2018
Are you thinking of booking accommodation at Brockenhurst? Here are a few ideas of where others are staying; the Forest Park, The Cottage Lodge and the Thatched Cottage hotels. Please meet outside the Post Office, 33 Brookley Road, SO42 7ZA at 3pm on Friday for a conducted walk in and around Brockenhurst.
Hosting a walk for the London 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 advise David Cooper.
Walks Programme ~ July to October 2018
Caroline Cunliffe is now compiling the next Kingston programme of walks and would appreciate hearing from members and associates who will kindly offer to lead. Please look at our website www.kingston-ramblers.org.uk and click on the tab at the top entitled Leaders Pages. The second tab down is the Draft Programme July to October 2018. There are plenty dates to choose from and full details are not wanted until mid-May.
Surrey County Council have given us a choice of two stiles which need replacing by kissing gates. One is on the same footpath as the one dedicated to Len Hands in Normandy (Grid Reference SU924507) and the other one is near Dogkennel Green (Grid Reference TQ115505). We have therefore decided to be adventurous and have two Kissing Gates installed this year! The cost would be covered by the remainder of our Gate money and some of the Walking Partnership money. Maps of the gate locations are provided on the Kingston website click here
Surrey Area Leadership course ~ Saturday 18 August
This will be held between 09:30 and 16:30 at Wootton Village Hall, near Dorking.
It comprises leadership, walk planning, map reading and basic compass work.
Also, introduction to computer mapping and an outdoor practical session.
Use of map and compass will remain the core of the course, but more time will be given to the digital mapping session. This will cover the pros and cons of digital mapping aids, with particular reference to the two most widely used systems: Viewranger and OS maps.
There is no charge and refreshments are provided.
All you need to take is a map (Explorer 146) and a compass.
Request for more Committee Members and Helpers
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.
You do not have to be a full committee member to help, we also need members to support the committee by assisting with Publicity and Recruitment, maintaining the web site and supporting the mail system by which this message has been sent.
The Ramblers Summer Walking Festival
This is the latest Postcode Lottery funded Walking Festival, entitled ‘Walk About’ and will take place between 26 May and 3 June 2018. Please look at the following webpage for more information about this Festival, which has the aim to encourage more people to start walking and join the Ramblers: http://www.ramblers.org.uk/news/news/2018/february/where-are-your-hidden-gems.aspx
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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.
Disruption to Walks by Rail Maintenance Work and Strikes.
Tue 8 May Committee Meeting
Sat 26 May to Sun 3 June the Ramblers ‘Walk About’ Festival
Sat 18 Aug Walk Leaders course at Wootton
Tues 13 Nov Kingston AGM at Surbiton Library Hall
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