Penny’s Post-It Autumn 2018
This is a difficult one to write following Marion Teal’s unexpected death. We shall miss her sense of humour, her smile and her patience and efficiency in gathering in walks for the Programme. Those of us who live in Stroud will miss seeing her around the town on her bike.
Marion and her late husband Maurice were early members of Stroud Rambling Club. They were keen photograhers and together they wrote a book about the Club’s history to commemorate the Club’s Golden Jubilee in 2003. They entertained us at several winter social meets with slide shows of their holidays, beautiful slides which made you wish you could go there too. Marion led a full and active life right to the end.
Marion had served the Club as Programme Secretary for many, many years which of course leaves us with a problem: we need to find a replacement. Please consider volunteering for this post. You need to be able to type into a computer but you don’t need to be an IT wiz, help is available. Please let me or a member of the committee know if you could help the Club out.
Other News: “Thank you” to Anne Copeland for once again organising the Summer Outing to Hampton Court Castle in Herefordshire. Anne had arranged for us to have a guided tour of the castle which had a most interesting history and was filled with spectacular artefacts and décor. The gardens were lovely, although past their best due to the hot summer. There is even a secret passage and a waterfall to walk behind. If you have never been there, put it on your “to visit” list.
Thank you to all the walk leaders for their contributions to a varied programme of walks during the summer and especially to Geoff Hudson for his popular evening walks and some day-time walks as well.
The Gloucestershire Ramblers “Walking Together” at King’s Stanley was very successful and the Glos RA chaiman thanked Stroud Rambling Club for their contribution – 3 led walks and a good number of our members on the walks.
The Italian Holiday has been put back to Sept 2019, not least because of the problems of leaving our gardens in May. Adrian Roberts has found a cheaper alternative and I am going to do a recce whilst on a Ramblers Holiday this October.
This is my last Post-It as I shall be standing down at the AGM. What has been achieved this year? well we’ve weathered Data Protection, got the Group email set up and started to bring the website up to date. I say “we” because I have had the most fantastic support from the committee members who had the technical know-how – Adrian Roberts, Alan Brackenborough and Andy Pickersgill, and Ray Wilson who is not on the committee but has guided us through – and I have just been the “facilitator”. Due to family commitments I was away for most of the summer and I have not yet been able to progress the kissing gate in memory of George Lodge, or complete the claim for 2 footpaths off Thrupp Lane to be made public rights of way, but I shall continue to work on these. Also, due to health problems, I have not been as visible on walks as a chairman ought to be.
Finally I must thank Tessa for her tremendous support, mostly behind the scenes. She has saved me from making any dreadful faux-pas (I think) and I can’t count the times when something has needed to be done and Tessa has said “I can do that”.
So, all best wishes to all the members for the coming year and see you at the AGM. There will be some of Marion and Maurice’s archive photos on show, photos from the Allgaü (Germany) holiday and I will have photos from the Amalfi Coast. Plus drinks and nibbles of course.