Good AGM yesterday . We reluctantly said goodbye to Celia as coordinator, but we will still see her on walks. We said hello to Lynne as coordinator. If anyone can fill Celia’s shoes it will be Lynne. The committee had already decided to award the Alf Clewes shield to Lynne and Chas jointly before she volunteered. We presented Walk Leader Certificates to a record number of new leaders. Guest speaker John Box gave an interesting presentation on Telford: The Forest City at 50. Then we celebrated Telford at 50 and us at 5 as a volunteer led scheme with cake.
Are you busy all week and unable to join one of our walks. We do have a walk on a Sunday morning at 10.30am. It starts at the back of Tesco’s car park ( the walk leaders have Hi Viz vests on, so easy to spot) all you need to do is come along about 10.20am, wear sensible shoes e.g. trainers or walk boots and go for a gentle walk, working up an appetite for Sunday Lunch! John and Harry will be happy to meet you.
Our AGM for 2018 will be on Thursday 15th November 2018 beginning 10.00am in Meeting Point House, Telford Town Centre. All are welcomed.
We are looking for nominations to committee as some of our current members are standing down, if you are interested then please contact [email protected]
Do you have a couple of hours a week or a month to spare?
Walking For Health – Telford & Wrekin need Volunteer Walk Leaders, walk assistants and a Coordinator
What do walk leaders do?
As a volunteer walk leader, you’ll be helping people in your community to get active and healthy, providing vital support that they otherwise might not get.
Our walk leaders love their roles and tell us great stories about how much they enjoy helping others to get active and get walking. Plus you’ll stay active, develop your leadership skills, get to know your local area and meet lots of new people. Full training and support is given. Contact [email protected] for more details.
What do walk assistants do?
Walk assistants responsibilities can vary. You could be helping the walk leader welcome walkers and ensure that the paperwork is all completed, or you could be the ‘back marker’ – staying at the back of the walk to make sure no one gets left behind. You could also be accompanying a walker, making sure they get plenty of encouragement and good company. Full training and support is given. Contact [email protected] for more details
This role is an administrative role; you will need to have basic PC skills. The role involves adding registers to a simple established database, answering emails and telephone calls about the walks in Telford. Full training and support will be given. For more details please contact Celia at [email protected] or phone 07512123995.
On Saturday 16th June some of the WFH Telford and Wrekin walkers and walk leaders joined in the launch of the T50 walking route around Telford. The T50 route is split into various lengths of walks and is signposted all along the walks.
Their Facebook page is https://www.facebook.com/TelfordT5050MileTrail
The launch was from Town Park , one of the walk leaders did the whole 50 miles in one day!! Another run in the running relay. Some of our more experienced walkers did a 16 and 10 mile walks and group did a 3 mile walk around the Telford Town Park.
Remember our Health walks are no more tan 90 minutes long and this event was a one off
Congratulations to Anne Marie Davies who completed her 1000 miles walked in 2017 Challenge on 19th December 2017 on the ASDA Tuesday walk.Anne Marie had set herself a challenge to walk 1000 miles in 2017 and she used the Walking for Health Telford & Wrekin walks to help her achieve this goal.
Anne Marie knows more about our scheme than most, she was our first voluntary coordinator and this year she has walked on nearly all our walks at some time or another. Well done Anne Marie. Here she is receiving her certificate of achievement from Steve our chair.
On Friday 8th December 2017 Telford had its first snowfall for many years, but this did not stop 11 hardy walkers joining the Shawbirch walk at 10.15 from the Shawbirch Medical Centre. They had a great time and no doubt threw a few snowballs!!
Walking for Health – Telford & Wrekin have now set up a Twitter account @WfhTelford
We are learning to use it but please follow us and pass on our messages, check for any news.
For the sharp eyed amongst you, you will have noticed that we have now changed our name to WALKING FOR HEALTH – TELFORD & WREKIN.
The final decision was taken at the first Committee meeting after our last AGM. The name change will reflect what our walks are about, walking to get or stay healthy. There will be no change to our current walks.
There has some confusion with people including local doctors who thought that Walkabout Wrekin was walking up and around the Wrekin, therefore they were reluctant to recommend our walks!.
Our official launch will be in January 2018 but in the meantime we have the task of changing all the names, web and email links.
We held are 4th AGM on the 29th September and the UCT, Telford Centre. The event started with a talk on the Limestone mining in and around Lilleshall given by David Adams and the business end started. Steve Shaw acting chairman, thanks all the committee, walk leaders for their support and Tom Coward, for helping us to build our new website.
Harry Hall received the Alf Clews Shield award for all his dedication to Walkabout Wrekin over the past years. Tessa Tyson was presented with her Walk Leaders Certificate for successfully completing her walk leader training. Tessa leads the Leegomery walk, so why no join her?
A vote was taken on changing the name to Walking for Health ?????, with the committee being allowed to choose the final name. This would reflect the nature of our walks as some people including local Doctors, think that we walk up the Wrekin!!! So watch this space for name changes!
The event was then followed by a walk around Town Park