Coronavirus – Suspension of All Walks

Dear Ramblers,
Following yesterday’s government announcement about the Coronavirus the committee have decided to suspend all walks for the foreseeable future.
This is a disappointment but we would rather be safe than sorry.  There is of course nothing to stop you from doing a walk yourselves.
Stay well and I hope to see you all on a walk once the crisis has passed.
Best Wishes
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Next Walk – Wed 18th March 2020

Link to Word Doc Version – Wootton Worting Walk 18.3.20

NOTE – Change to the usual Meeting Point !

Description Information
Day & Date of Walk Wednesday 18th March 2020
Start Time & Place                    

 (Meet 10 mins before start)

Meet at the Fox car park at 10.20 for a 10.30 start.
Leaders  Chris Williams
Leader’s Contact Details  01256 781825  or 07790795993
Distance of walk  4 miles plus distance to the Fox if you decide to walk there.
Approx Finish Time of walk  12.30 – 12.45
Walk description / difficulty This is an easy pretty flat walk.  We will go past the new landscaping work at Newfound and up to Wootton St. Lawrence then over fields to Worting and through the new housing estate and back alongside the railway, down Pack Lane and across the fields to Newfound.
Terrain  Well defined pathways across fields, short sections of quiet lanes..Fields will be muddy.
Number of Stiles  One
Distance to start  Half a mile to The Fox
Where we are parking  The Fox car park
Sat Nav Reference  N/A
Directions to start of walk  N/A
Where we can eat/drink       

(If applicable)

The Fox. On Wednesdays they do a two for one main course offer for senior citizens!

If you wish to have lunch there please let me know by Friday.

Other notes Because of the atrocious weather recently it has been difficult to get out to recce a new walk so I decided to keep it simple and repeat a local one.  Wherever we walk it is going to be very muddy so come well prepared with gaiters and poles!
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Updated Walk Leader’s Template Document

As a result of some of the discussions at the AGM the committee decided to update the walk details template. Hopefully this will then give prospective walkers all the information they need to decide if they want to join the walk.

Note: For future reference this document has also been posted on the Rambler’s website on the “Reference Docs” Page

Link to document:- Ramblers-Walk-Template -Mar 2020

Note: Walk leaders should email the completed document to Pauline Shead ( & Carolyn Currie ( at least a week before the walk so that it can be posted on the website and sent out to members.




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Minutes of 2020 AGM

Thanks to everyone who joined us at the Rambler’s AGM in February. Please find attached a copy of the minutes for the 2020 AGM.

A copy has also been posted on the website under the “Reference Docs” page.

If you have any comments or feedback please email Chris Williams on

Hyperlink to minutes – AGM 2020 Minutes

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Updated Walks Diary – v3

Latest walks diary. Only one space left now 🙂

Walks diary hyperlink – Walks Diary Feb – Dec 2020 v3

Day Date Time Leaders
Saturday 15-Feb-20 10:00 Cancelled due to bad weather
Wednesday 18-Mar-20 10:30 Chris W – 01256 781825
Saturday 28-Mar-20 10:00 Karen – 01256 780446
Sunday 19-Apr-20 10:00 Peter & Pauline – 01256 781011
Wednesday 29-Apr-20 10:30 Sandy & Veronica – 01256 780849
Sunday 17-May-20 10:00 Roy Yeoman – 07973 374327
Friday 29-May-20 TBC  Val & Graham
Saturday 13-Jun-20 10:00 Annie & Rob
Wednesday 24-Jun-20 10:30 Lynn Martin & Chris W
Sunday 05-Jul-20 10:00 All Day Walk – Karen – 01256 780446
Friday 10-Jul-20 6:30 PM Evening Walk – Pauline H & Julie S
Friday 17-Jul-20 10:00 Lynn Martin & Jenny
Sunday 02-Aug-20 10:00 Julie & Pauline H
Wednesday 12-Aug-20 10:30 Alan & Celia
Sat/Sun 22/23rd Aug 10:00 Richard & Heather
Wednesday 16-Sep-20 10:30 Pat Dominey
Weekend 25-28 Sept 20 TBC  Walking Weekend – Selworthy
Sunday 11-Oct-20 10:00 Roy Yeoman – 07973 374327
Friday 23-Oct-20 10:30 Sandy & Veronica – 01256 780849
Saturday 07-Nov-20 10:00 Christine & Steve Savage – 01256 780711
Wednesday 18-Nov-20 10:30 Carolyn Currie
Wednesday 02-Dec-20 10:30 Leader Required
Sunday 27-Dec-20 TBC Post Christmas Walk

 Details for forthcoming walks can be found on our website:

Saturday/Sunday walks: between 5–7 miles.  Meeting at 9.50hrs leaving at 10.00hrs. 

Wednesday/Friday walks: between 3–4 miles meeting at 10.20hrs leaving at 10.30hrs or Afternoon walks meeting at 13.50hrs leaving at 14.00hrs.  Any evening walks will meet at 18.20hrs leaving at 18.30hrs.

All walks depart from the school lay-by in Oakley Lane unless notified otherwise.  If you require any further information please contact the Walk Leader.

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Winchester Pilgrimage Update

Unfortunately the hyperlink to the Pilgrimage presentation  included int the previous post did not come out as clearly as I expected therefore I am re-sending it to ensure everyone has the opportunity to see all the details

Link to the Pilgrimage Presentation:- Pilgrimage Presentation Ken

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Information on Winchester Pilgrimage

At the AGM Chris Williams informed the members of an invitation from St Leonard’s Church to join them on a pilgrimage walk to Winchester Cathedral. It was decided that the Rambler’s would not “officially” take part but any if members are interested in participating they should contact St Leonard’s directly. The details are shown below:-

Email from Barbara Robson below:-

Following our phone chat when I introduced the Oakley to Winchester Pilgrimage, which takes place Friday 3rd April and Saturday 4th April. 
Attached is the recent presentation giving the key information at this time.
We would like to invite your Ramblers to take part in the Pilgrimage. In addition as this is the first time anything like this has been done, total walker numbers is as yet unknown.  However the current interest level indicates there could be between 10-20 maybe doing the full 2 days, plus up to  50+ walkers for the final stages and the Cathedral Blessing Service.
In addition there is an opportunity for any Oakley Rambler to take on the role of a ‘Walker Monitor’.  This role is well suited to those with group walking experience.  Note, it is not a group lead as such, as everyone will be walking along a marked route at their own pace and either within their own company or in mutually chosen / evolving  groups.  
The Walker Monitor is more about keeping a eye out for anyone who needs encouragement, simple advice or alerts back to the Pilgrimage support team  for any walker who might be struggling. It would not detract from the individual reason to be a Pilgrim. 
If you have any more questions or comments please contact Ken Robson direct
Best regards
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