Kingston Ramblers

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2018 AGM Annual Committee Report

Executive Committee

Chair                                      Vacant                                  

Brenda Horwill                      Secretary, Publicity & Recruitment

Nick Hollis                             Treasurer

Paul Draper                           Membership Secretary & Webmaster

Caroline Cunliffe                  Programme Compiler

John Ayles                            Programme Compiler

Roger Seear                         Programme Editor

Bob Eberhard                       Programme Proof-reader

David Cooper                        Kingston Footpath Secretary


Committee Changes

Martin Read relinquished the Treasurer’s role earlier this year and was succeeded by Nick Hollis. John Ayles was co-opted and welcomed on to the committee, but we still require at least one or two more volunteers. If you feel you could contribute to the Group as a Committee member, but would like to know more about what is involved, please speak to Paul or Brenda.


Walks Programme

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 our many leaders. We usually list here the new leaders, but sad to report there have been no new volunteers to lead since the 2017 AGM! Thanks to the following who have unfortunately had to stand down from leading: Janet Allen, Colin Brick, Antoinette Coll, Ellie Gleave, Linda & Michael Hargrave, Carol Leamy, Gary Lakritz, Diane Reeve, Moira Shearer, David Stichbury and Graeme Wales.


Publicity & Recruitment

Surrey Area have leadership courses twice a year and Croydon and Farnham groups have one a year. Would members please consider attending one of these - we do urgently need more leaders – please see the Surrey Area website for details:



Thanks are due to the following: George Strang for vetting our accounts, Maureen Munday for organising a restaurant visit, Ruth O’Keeffe for organising the AGM refreshments, Linda & Michael Hargrave for hosting our committee meetings and Brenda Horwill for organising the Kingston Ramblers stall at the Surbiton Festival.


Walk with the London Blind Rambling Club (LBRC)

Thanks to David Cooper for suggesting and organising a joint walk with the London Blind Rambling Club (LBRC), which took place on Sunday 17 June. There were 13 LBRC members and 20 from Kingston and other groups. The day was a great success and plans are afoot for another.


Kingston Group Weekend ~ 18th to 20th May 2018

All Kingston members were invited to a group holiday. The weekend was based in Brockenhurst with walks along the coast and in the New Forest. It was a great success and there are plans to have another in 2019.



At end of September 2017                                   586

Deceased                                                                  5

Resigned from the Ramblers                                  10

Lapsed or Suspended

(did not pay renewals)                                            36

Left (transferred to other Groups)                          15

Total Leavers                                                          66                       

Payment Pending Adjustment                                  5

Joiners                                                                    30

Transfers In from other Groups                                6

Total New Members                                               36

Membership Loss                                                  35 (6% of total membership))

At end of September 2018                                  561

Of the 66 leavers 25 (38%) only lasted 1 or 2 years, 16 members (24%) had 20 or more year’s association with Kingston Ramblers, the longest being 41 years.

15 members left for other Groups but we only gained 6 by transfers in.


Communications with Members and Associates as at end September 2018


  • ·         Taking printed programmes  160
  • ·         Taking Email Programmes 254


  • ·         Taking Printed Programmes 6
  • ·         Taking Email Programmes 39


Kissing Gates

Surrey County Council gave us a choice of two stiles which need replacing by Kissing Gates. One was 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 therefore had two Kissing Gates installed this year, with the cost covered by the remainder of our Gate money and some of the Walking Partnership money.


Len Hands Kissing Gate

The Dedication of the Memorial Kissing Gate to Len hands (Chairman of Kingston Ramblers between1999 and 2005) was held on the 7 February in the presence of Mavis (his widow) and Sue (his daughter). Roger Seear said a few words and Mavis Hands cut the tape. Lunch was at the White Hart, Wood Street Village. The new gate was installed by the Guildford Gate Team.


Gordon Prince Kissing Gate

The Dedication of the Memorial Kissing Gate to Gordon Prince (Treasurer of Kingston Ramblers between 1992 and 2002) was held on 7 November in the presence of Sue and Richard (Gordon’s daughter and son). Linda Hargrave said a few words and Sue cut the tape.  Lunch was again at the White Hart, Wood Street Village.  The new gate was installed by the Guildford Gate Team and is situated at grid reference SU92450, near Wanborough Station.


Surbiton Festival

Kingston Ramblers had a stall on Saturday 29 September (for the 8th year) at the Surbiton Festival for publicity and recruitment. Thanks to the 12 members who volunteered to help this year.


Attendance on Kingston Rambles

177 of the 561 Kingston Group Ramblers came on a Group Walk (approx. 28%)

Of the 177, 26 came on 20 or more walks (approx. 15%), 86 came on 4 or fewer (nearly 50%)

295 non-Kingston members came on our walks, of whom 67 were not Ramblers members


Surrey Area AGM

Kingston members attended the 2018 Surrey AGM in February at Bletchingley Village Hall



Thanks to members for sending photos taken on rambles to Brenda. Kingston group photos and articles also appear in South East Walker and on the Kingston website. 



Christmas Lunch Tuesday 18th December 1:00pm

Maureen Munday has organised a Group Christmas Lunch at Casa Mia, Hampton Court, an Italian restaurant at 55-57 Bridge Road Hampton Court Village (opposite Hampton Court station) – same location as in 2017. The cost will be £19.95 plus drinks. Please make a booking with Maureen preferably by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone 07929067568 by 30th November at the latest. The menu is available at but you do not need to make a choice before the lunch.


The Festival of Winter Walks will be held between Friday 21 December and Sunday 6 January 2019.  Thanks to the members who have volunteered to lead on these dates.


Surrey Area AGM

The AGM of the Surrey Ramblers will be held at St Joan’s Centre, 19 Tilford Road, Farnham, GU9 8DJ from 14:00 - 16:30 on Saturday 9 February 2019
Prior to the AGM there will be two walks (more details nearer the time) and lunch.

There is a half hourly train service from Surbiton Station at 09:11 and 09:41 – arriving Farnham station 09:55 or 10:25. St. Joan's Church is 200 yards south of the station level crossing, on Tilford Road and the centre is to the right of the church.


Kingston Group Holiday in 2019

Following on from the enjoyable group holiday in the New Forest, how would you like to explore the area in and around Hastings in East Sussex?  The Ramblers awarded Hastings Old Town the member’s favourite urban walking area in 2018!  The format will be the same; meet mid-afternoon Friday for a walk in Hastings Old Town, two walks on Saturday from Rye and Winchelsea and a walk from Norman’s Bay on Sunday. The weekend will be from 17 to 19 May 2019. Please advise Brenda Horwill This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 01932 784866 if you are interested.


Walk with the London Blind Rambling Club (LBRC)

Please enter Sunday 16 June 2019 in your diary for the next joint walk with the London Blind Rambling Club.


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Friday, December 14, 2018