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.

Walk leader certificates presentation at St Georges

On 24th September before the walk in St George’s and Priorslee Lynne Kay ,  our Walking for Health Coordinator Telford &Wrekin ,presented Walk Leader Certificates to Alexis Falconer and Chas Grewal. Congratulations Alexis and Chas. After the presentation all enjoyed a lovely walk. They walk at 10.30 am every Thursday from the car park behind the cricket club in St. Georges.

We are exempt from “the rule of six”

Walking for Health nationally has confirmed on September 10th, that we are exempt from the rule of six. See https://www.ramblers.org.uk/coronavirus

To quote from the email received

We are very happy to confirm that Ramblers Walking for Health walks can continue to organise led walks for up to 30 people, as long as they follow the guidance to restart group walks in a COVID-secure way.

Remember, there is no pressure to restart groups walks until you feel ready to do so.

Why does the “rule of six” not apply to the Ramblers group walks?  

Ramblers and Walking for Health organised group walks are categorised as ‘outdoor physical activity events’. These are exempt from the latest restrictions, as we have already met the protocols, and put extra measures in place to reduce the risks of COVID-19.

Successful restart

Most of our walks are running again in a socially distanced way. The Town Park walks are the only ones that haven’t happened yet, but the committee have stepped in (literally) and have a temporary rota to restart the Friday walk from September 11th. Normally the restriction to 30 people is not a problem on our walks, but they have had to split the Shawbirch walk into 2 walks on occasion. Here are the Apley walkers showing how to socially distance.

Most of our walks will restart in the week beginning 10th August.

We are pleased to be able to tell you that most of our walks will restart next week (from August 10th).
The exceptions are : Stirchley which will restart the following week (Tuesday 18th) and all the Town Park Walks. (If you are using a printed programme please note that the Oakengates walk was cancelled some time ago.) (Edited: originally we thought Horsehay was not starting on the 11th)
The group size is limited to no more than 30 (Legal requirement, but all our walks are normally below this)
As a walker you will be asked to confirm that you and nobody in your household has a fever, a new persistent cough or an altered sense of taste or smell and you and all your household are not self-isolating. You will be required to observe social distancing (see photo) and we recommend that you have both a mask and hand sanitiser with you.
The leaders are really looking forward to seeing their walkers again, but please only come if you are comfortable with the situation.

No Telford and Wrekin Walking for Health walks until 1st August at the earliest

Last week our chair issued this letter to walk leaders and walkers. If you are desperate to walk with others, it is possible for up to 6 people to walk, socially distanced. For us, limiting to 6 is impractical. Other local walking groups have restarted in a slow way, so take a look at their websites. You could also phone your walking friends and arrange to meet somewhere (but not travel together) .