Update: Silchester Walk Sunday 2nd April 2023

Calleva Arms have sent us a menu, please find attached.

A table is provisionally booked for 8 people for 2pm. If you want to have lunch please let Ray 07775064190 or Pauline 07788928430 know by the end of Sunday 26th March, with your menu choice.

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Freedom to Roam

Hello Friend 

Our Freedom to Roam petition is now live. Will you take one minute today to add your name? Please share it with your club’s members so they can sign it too!

In 2000, after years of campaigning, we won the Freedom to Roam. The precious right to walk freely without having to stick to paths or fear of trespassing. 

But right now, it only covers 8% of England’s land

Now, we’re asking the government to expand it. Are you ready to make history?
Sign the Freedom to Roam petition
Together, we have a powerful voice that the government won’t be able to ignore. 

The Freedom to Roam is currently concentrated in areas such as the Lake District, Peak District and Yorkshire Dales. If it’s expanded, everyone will be able to enjoy the physical and wellbeing benefits of being able to wander freely, closer to where they live. 

This is one of the greatest things the government can do to improve access to the outdoors for all.

Let’s make this happen!

With best wishes, 

Olly Hicks-Pattison
Campaign Manager
The Ramblers

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Next walk is on Sunday 2nd April

A lovely 5-6 mile walk around Silchester.

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Charity Walk

St Michael’s Hospice have their annual walk for the Hospice which takes place in the grounds of the prestigious Farleigh Wallop Estate.

The 5.1 mile walk is taking place on Sunday 23rd April. The walk raises money so St Michael’s Hospice can continue to provide free care to the local community.

You can find more information about the walk on their website here – https://www.stmichaelshospice.org.uk/event/walkforthehospice/

Please let Becky from St. Michael’s Hospice know if you need any more information or if you would like to join the walk at Becky.Legate@stmichaelshospice.org.uk.

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Walk on Friday 10th March

Please see attached details of this walk and the menu for The Spring Inn. If you are eating please let Derek know by 7th March.

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Walk on Friday 10th March

Derek Beer will be leading a walk of about 5.5 miles around Sulhamstead and Ufton Nervet.

More details to follow.

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Navigation / map reading training

Several ORC members have commented in last year or so that they would like to have more confidence with route planning.  Dave Thomas has offered to share his knowledge and provide basic level map reading / navigation training.  Aim would be to gain the confidence to look at a map and be able to identify your location / devise and follow a route. 

Training would be in three 2-3 hour sessions, mostly practical and outdoors. It would be aimed at bronze level national map reading awards.

Dave will be sharing more information re the training in due course, however it would be very useful to know the level of interest in advance. Dave has offered to set up a WhatsApp group to communicate with those interested and arrange convenient training dates. 

If you would like to be added to the WhatsApp group with the intention of participating, please contact Dave by email DaveThomas04@hotmail.co.uk  and provide your mobile phone number.

Thank you.

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Walks Diary

Hello walkers

We are very pleased to say that Dave Thomas has volunteered to join our committee and to take over the role of diary coordinator from Chris Williams, who has left the committee after many years of service.

The draft walk diary for 2023 is attached and will also be available on our website. 

As you will see there are still gaps looking for volunteer leaders. Please check your diary and volunteer to lead. If you feel uncertain about doing so, let us know as a committee member or more experienced leader will be happy to help out with route planning / recce walk.

There is helpful information to be found on ORC website under “How to plan a walk”  and also “Walk Leaders’ Guide”.

If none of the dates suit, then feel free to offer an alternative as the empty spaces in the diary are not set in stone.

Most importantly, we have, as yet, no leaders for 27th February, 10th March & 25th March.

Dave can be contacted on DaveThomas04@hotmail.co.uk

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Minutes from AGM

Please find attached the minutes from last weeks AGM.

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Dear Members

Please find attached a copy of the Oakley Ramblers Club – 2022 End of Year Audited Accounts.  

Should you have any concerns regarding the Accounts please attend the Oakley Ramblers Club Annual General Meeting which is being held on Wednesday 8th February at Oakley Village Hall, Station Road at 7.30pm where we will be pleased to discuss them with you.

Carolyn Currie


Oakley Ramblers Club

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New Walk Leaders Template

A new walk leaders template has been added to the website. This now includes the area that you are planning walk. Please ensure you use this updated template. I have attached a copy of it to this email.

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Emergency Contacts

Hello Everyone,

The committee have decided that we need to update the emergency contacts for people as many of you are new or your circumstances may have changed.

Please can you email Pat at pat.dominey152@icloud.com with two contact numbers together with their relationship to you.

Many thanks.

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