Forthcoming Meirionnydd Ramblers meeting dates
Committee Meetings 2019
- Friday January 18th.
- Dates for the rest of 2019 will be set at the January meeting
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 2019 - to be agreed
For the latest available AGM draft minutes click here.
Annual Lunch 2019
After the success of the Bring and Share evening on October 2nd, we are now planning our next social event. This is the group’s Annual Lunch which will take place on Thursday February 7th at the Royal Ship in Dolgellau. Members should receive invitations by email or post or via the Group Newsletter to be published in December.
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.
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
Our informal “Workshop for Walk Leaders and Prospective Walk Leaders” took place on Friday November 2nd. The outcome was an update to the set of guidance notes produced previously by the group. These and links to other Ramblers walk leader advice, can be found on the new "Walk Leaders' Page" of this website.
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.
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 attended such a course in the Spring of 2018 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
The latest round of Ramblers Cymru training events in Wales has recently finished. Information about future events will be shown here when it is available
Members' News Update from the Meirionnydd Group Chairman – December 2018
It’s hard to believe that we are already in December and that Christmas is nearly upon us. Somewhat to my surprise, as I write this on December 1st my Christmas preparations are well underway and I’m not suffering from the usual last-minute panic - at least, not yet! Many of us, like me, will be looking forward to spending time with friends and family, enjoying the festivities and simply relaxing. But we should also spare a thought for those less fortunate than ourselves, for whom Christmas is a cold and lonely time.
With the holiday period comes the Ramblers’ annual Festival of Winter Walks which this year runs from Friday December 21st to Sunday January 6th. Festival walks are open to everyone, members and non-members alike, and we particularly like to encourage people to join us who fall into that “cold and lonely” category. The Meirionnydd Group has two walks in the Festival period, a New Year’s Day walk and a short and leisurely walk on January 2nd. If you know anyone who doesn’t find Christmas all that joyous, why not bring them along for some fresh air and good company?
The Festival of Winter Walks is only a small part of our winter programme; we have the usual good selection of walks in the run up to Christmas and in the New Year. Don’t be put off by the winter weather; just wrap up warm and join us and I’m sure you’ll enjoy yourself. There are, though, inevitably occasions when walk leaders judge that bad weather would make it foolish, even unsafe, to attempt to undertake a scheduled walk. If they are not able to offer an alternative, they may have no choice but to cancel. We try to send out emails to notify members but if the decision is last minute this is not always possible so, if the forecast is especially bad, please do check the Walks Programme page for notice of a cancellation or phone the leader to confirm whether the walk is going ahead.
I hope to see plenty of you on our winter walks over the next few weeks.
Best wishes for Christmas and the New Year
Jacky Cross, Chairman Meirionnydd Ramblers
Members Newsletter and Volunteer update.
Ramblers regularly sends out email newsletters to members with links to interesting articles on the main Ramblers website. Ramblers Cymru are also now emailing a quarterly newsletter packed full of information of particular relevance to us here in Wales. To receive your own copies you need to sign into your Ramblers online account (or phone Ramblers head office) and opt in to receiving information by email. In addition, CEO, Vanessa Griffiths, issues a monthly newsletter to volunteers with lots of information about Ramblers activities, priorities and campaigns. If you are registered in your Ramblers account as a volunteer and have chosen to accept email updates, you should receive these regularly.
Photos from some recent walks
As usual, hover the pointer on the top picture for information and click on it for an expanded view.