Since November 2013 the committee has been recording a selection of data that effectively monitors the health of our Group over time. Sandra C. has been capturing the base data from walk attendance sheets in a spreadsheet and Cliff D. has been analysing it.
Summary analyses have been published on our website every six months since May 2014. The data up to and including May 2017 has now been analysed and gives a total of three and a half years of information, enabling seasonal factors to be taken into account.
Observations that could be made from the latest data include:
1. The number of registered members at 431 has remained relatively stable over the past eighteen months and sits midway between the peak of 453 recorded in March 2015 and the baseline figure of 399 in October 2013. It is the highest total since January 2016.
2. 39 new members have joined over the past seven months, way ahead of the same period in any of the three previous years. The impressive stream of new recruits is however essentially offsetting those existing members not renewing.
3. Membership within the remainder of the Worcestershire Area (comprising Bromsgrove, Wyre Forest, Redditch and Evesham) currently stands at 632 compared with 625 in November 2016.
4. The number of registered members who are ‘active’ walkers is currently 117, which is an increase of 16% over the same period last year and close to the peak of 123 in February 2015. However, ‘active’ walkers still only represent 27% of overall membership (117 out of 431).
5. The number of different members walking in any given month has increased significantly with an average of 89.7 over the past seven months compared with 72.4 during the same period last year and the previous highest for the same period of 81.7. During the month of April, we registered 112 different Worcester Group members walking which is by a huge margin of 21, the highest number ever since recording began.
6. Over the past seven months, our Group has put on 117 walks compared with 99 during the same period last year, 97 the year before and 86 the year before that.
7. We offered 36 shorter walks (of 6 miles or less) during this period compared with 35 last year alongside 81 longer walks compared with 64 walks previously.
8. The number of different walk leaders continues to increase from an average per month of 8.9 in 2014 to 10.7 in 2015 to 11.6 in 2016 and again 11.6 in 2017.
9. During the year to date there has been an average of 17.8 participants per walk compared with 16.7 when compared with the same period last year and 19.6 and 17.1 in the years before that.
10. We have continued to undertake working party assignments at a rate in excess of one per month with 8 completed in the first seven months of this period.
Another detailed analysis will be published in or around November 2017 but if you have any observations or questions about this information, please feel free to bring them up with Cliff.