Wishing you a Happy Christmas and New Year

Greetings from all the committee.

For the second year, the Shawbirch group decided that, instead of sending each other cards, they would have a collection for the Severn Hospice which is on their patch. The picture shows Malcolm handing over the money (well, with a big wipe-off cheque for the same amount).  A win-win situation, good for the hospice, feels good for the walkers, good for publicity for them and us and good for the environment (as the appetite for printed cards diminishes). Well done Shawbirch. If we think in time next year, perhaps other walks would like to join in. 

Walks able to restart from Wednesday December 2nd

We are pleased to be able to tell you that our walks can restart from Wednesday December 2nd.
Update: The only pre-lockdown walks that are not restarting are Stirchley on a Tuesday and Town Park on a Thursday (Monday and Friday are running) . All the others including Apley (pictured below) are definitely restarting.

Brief AGM Report

We had a successful, though different, AGM via Zoom on 17th November . Malcolm Skelton was awarded the Alf Clewes shield,  5 walk leaders were awarded certificates for their extra help during the summer , Iris Warnock, one of our older walkers, was awarded a certificate for her exploits  (walking the Telford T50 50 Mile Trail in sections, amongst other walks) .  Following Steve’s wish to relinquish the chair, we have a new chair, Naomi Wrighton, who thanked Steve for his stint as chair. Finally, Tristan Haynes gave a very interesting. talk on the Telford Woods project  https://www.smallwoods.org.uk/en/what-we-do/projects/telford-woods-2/

November dates

Dates for your diary. Following today’s committee meeting we have put back the walk leader training until 12th November, see the event https://www.facebook.com/events/1235281583494233 for details. We have also decided that the AGM will be held by Zoom in the afternoon of Tuesday 17th November. It won’t look quite the same as last year’s. Details via the mailing list soon. (Sign up to the list at http://eepurl.com/dM-oYA )

One step forward and two steps back

We have been able to restart most of our walks now, the exceptions are the Monday and Thursday Town Park Walks (lack of leaders) and the Tuesday Stirchley and Wednesday Madeley walks (lack of walkers). The step forward is that the committee are currently keeping the Friday Town Park walk going until permanent leaders can take over again. Here are about half of the walkers last week, the others were more camera shy.