At the start of this Autumn, we’re nearer to returning to being the Rambling Club that we were before the pandemic started. I think I may have said something similar a year ago when we (briefly) resumed walks, only for it to become a ‘false dawn’. So, to any such announcements must be added a strong dose of caution. However, it is more straightforward and hopeful this time.
I hope that all of you who have managed to join a club walk (or bike ride), since the resumption of our programmes, have enjoyed a renewed sense of wonder for our countryside and pleasure in the company of like-minded ramblers. Long may this continue; but, for it to do so, requires more of us to lead walks. The reasons for us not having a longer walking programme and one further in advance (as before) are not just due to Covid-19 but also because of a diminishing number of members offering to lead a walk. As I have said before, anyone who has thought about this but has been worried about doing so can be assisted by one of our experienced walk leaders so please contact us about that. In the meantime, special thanks must go to Geoff, Ray, Ade, Jenny, Alan, Andy and Wendy, Alex, Tessa, Penny, Suzanne and all those who have led recent walks (with apologies to anyone whom I may have omitted).
It’s only a couple of months now before our AGM is due and, unlike last year, we will (hopefully) be ‘live’. We’ll let you know the date as soon as it’s arranged. I hope that as many of you as possible will make the effort to attend. It’s your club so we want it to be as you want it to be. All Committee positions are up for re-election so, if you want to be Chair or Publicity Officer for example, please put yourself forward now. Every assistance will be given to any new office holder. We also have vacancies for those without specific responsibilities but who can be part of the Committee. We meet monthly, either in a pub or by Zoom.
Finally, please persuade your friends and family members to try us. They can have a couple of free walks before deciding whether to join the club. Who could resist that?
Peter, Chair of Stroud Rambling Club