Forthcoming Meirionnydd Ramblers meeting dates
Committee Meetings 2018
- Thursday October 18th (note change of date)
Please note that committee meeting dates are provisional and may be subject to change. Members are always welcome to attend as observers or to see if they would like to become more involved in running the group. For further information about forthcoming meetings or minutes of previous meetings, please contact the group secretary.
- AGM 2018, Saturday October 27th at 10 am in the Village Hall, Llanelltyd. NOTE CHANGE OF VENUE.
For draft minutes of the last AGM, click here.
Bring and share social evening
Tuesday October 2nd is the date for our next group social event. We are grateful to Rita Thornbery for offering to take on the organisation of a ‘bring and share’ evening that will follow the format that we used last year when Jean Napier gave us an interesting illustrated talk on the drovers’ roads. Provisional arrangements for 2nd October are for people to gather at Llanelltyd Hall from 6.30 pm, bringing with them a variety of tasty food for all to share following an illustrated talk that Sheila Cole has kindly offered to give starting at 7 pm. The talk will be entitled 'Thomas Pennant's tour of Merioneth, 1781, Caer Drewyn to Barmouth' and will give an interesting historical perspective on an area we know and walk in today.
The event will be open to friends and family and whilst there will be no charge to attend, we shall invite donations (and possibly hold a raffle) to cover the small cost of hiring the hall so if you have any items that would be suitable for a raffle please let Rita or one of the Committee have them. Should we collect funds in excess of those needed for the room hire we shall, as last year, donate them to a local charity. We do hope you will come along and support this event which is a relaxing way to meet up with walkers and non-walkers alike. Further details will come out by e-mail (or by post for those who prefer to be contacted this way) nearer to the date. Thanks to both Rita and Sheila.
The committee is considering ideas for future events. If you have any suggestions for things to do or places to go which you think would interest members, please let us know. Look out here, too, for news of the group's Annual Lunch, which will take place early in 2019.
From time to time we organise leader training, for both new and experienced walk leaders, and first aid courses for leaders and walkers. You can read about our current training plans here. We will also alert you to training and development opportunities in and around the area organised by Ramblers GB or Ramblers Cymru.
Walk Leader Training
We are planning to hold a repeat of our “Workshop for Walk Leaders and Prospective Walk Leaders” which last took place in April 2016. This will be a friendly and informal discussion, for Meirionnydd Ramblers members, when we can share ideas about best practice and offer support to new and prospective leaders. The event is planned for the Autumn and details will be circulated nearer the time. You can read the guidance notes drawn up after the last discussion here.
In addition, regular Volunteer Development Days are held by Ramblers GB, which often include sessions on walk leading. These range from basic guidance sessions to more advanced workshops on how to deal with difficulties and challenges. There is also plenty of guidance available in the Walk Leader Toolkit on the main Ramblers website.
First Aid Training
We occasionally run first aid courses for walk leaders, potential leaders and other interested members of the group. A number of members have recently attended such a course which they unanimously agreed was excellent, as well as enjoyable. We expect to run a similar course in 2019; please contact the group secretary to register an interest. Priority will be given to those who trained in 2016 and who wish to renew their qualification but if the course is oversubscribed, another will be organised at a later date.
Ramblers Cymru Training Events
Ramblers Cymru are hosting a number of training events across Wales. Topics include Short Walk Leader training, Public Rights of Way training, Navigation Skills and a Practical Maintenance Workshop. Click here for details.
Members' News Update from the Meirionnydd Group Chairman – August 2018
As I write this newsletter, the North Wales Ramblers Walking Festival has just finished. Groups from all over North Wales, including our own group, ran a range of walks over a period of nine days, designed to attract new walkers and families as well as our regular walkers. Unfortunately, after the extended hot and dry period of the early summer, the weather conspired against us; two of our Festival walks took place in rain and turnout was disappointing. But, as usual in such situations, the people who did brave the weather all had a good time. Only our final Festival walk, a strenuous mountain walk in the Moelwyns, was blessed with ideal walking weather and those of us who took part had a really great day out. A big thank you to four of our Festival walk leaders – and let’s hope we get better weather if North Wales holds another festival next year!
On the personal front, I recently enjoyed a wonderful ten day walking holiday in Bulgaria – not an official Ramblers event but a holiday shared with a number of friends from the group. We arrived in Bulgaria early in July to be told that June had been cool and wet – they thought, perhaps, we had stolen their summer and sent them ours in its place! Within a couple of days, though, Bulgaria was sharing the wonderful Welsh summer. Our holiday hotel was situated in a small spa town between the Pirin Mountains and the Rila National Part, and we enjoyed walks in both these areas - some moderate walks through forests and fields and some strenuous high level walks in spectacular mountain scenery. The whole holiday (apart from the air flights) was organised by Bulgaria Walking Tours, run by an English lady now resident over there. Everything about it was excellent and I would thoroughly recommend it to other walkers. Many thanks to Alan Norton for contacting Bulgaria Walking Tours and setting the whole thing up.
But now it’s back to earth – or rather to Wales – to enjoy the rest of the summer’s walking and also to start thinking about walks for the first half of 2019. Yes, believe it or not, the time has come again for putting together the next Walks Programme! I hope plenty of you are getting out and about exploring new routes or maybe revisiting old ones with a view to putting them on again. We’ve got a really full and varied programme of walks this time round so let’s make sure we can repeat this in 2019.
Meanwhile, I hope to meet up with you on our summer and autumn walks – there’s plenty of variety and something to suit everybody.
Jacky Cross, Chairman Meirionnydd Ramblers, August 2018
Members update from the CEO of Ramblers
Ramblers CEO, Vanessa Griffiths, regularly issues a newsletter to volunteers, with lots of information about Ramblers activites, priorities and campaigns. If you are registered with Ramblers as a volunteer and have chosen to accept email updates, you should already have received a copy. If not, click here to read the latest edition.
Photos from some recent walks
As usual, hover the pointer on the top picture for information and click on it for an expanded view.