As part of our continued drive to improve the visibility of Worcester Ramblers within our community, your committee agreed to invest in a print run of economical credit card sized contact (handout) cards.
The objective is for members of our Group who wish, to carry a few of these cards with them to hand out to potential interested contacts on walks, at events or indeed on social occasions. The reverse of each card is blank to enable more personal contact information to be handwritten if desired.
If you would like a small supply of these cards, please contact either Cliff or Rod either on a walk or via the Details button.
Festival of Winter Walks 2017
WALK LEADERS...WE NEED YOU.
The Festival of Winter Walks 2017 will take place from Saturday 23rd December to Sunday 7th January - potentially 16 days of wonderful winter walking.
As ever, we can not do walks unless we have walk leaders so we would ask that you consider submitting a walk on one of these days. It can be a shorter walk (5 miles) or a longer walk; a walk with a theme or just an opportunity to get out and grab some winter sunshine and fresh air.
We really need to have all walks for the festival programme submitted before the end of October as this is when we need to get the advertising of the event submitted to publishers. Please submit your walks directly onto the website where the Walks Coordinators will review and publish them in the normal way.
Fil Williams will be coordinating and overseeing our festival programme this year so if you have any queries about our winter walks programme, please contact her.
We had a very successful festival in 2016. Let's make 2017 even better
Sue Rose, our current Group Secretary has decided that she would like to stand down at the AGM in November after several years in post.
The Group Secretary holds a central position on the committee and offers a new volunteer the opportunity to contribute directly towards the further development and improvement of our activities as a Group.
Previous experience within a similar function would be useful but not essential. Full handover and training will be available from Sue.
The Group Secretary's role description can be accessed by clicking on the Links button.
We are keen to fill this role for the next AGM, so please consider your nomination and take the opportunity to contribute by contacting Cliff or any member of your committee via the 'Help/Contact Us' page on our website or have a chat on one of our walks.
Remember – this is your Group and it can only function and continue to improve if volunteers come forward from the membership
Worcester Ramblers members often meet at local pubs for an evening sampling the latest real ales.
If you would like to join in please contact Cliff D via Details button.
Can you lead a Walk?
This year we had 255 walkers who completed 916 walks and many of our walks were fully booked . Next year we want the festival to be bigger than ever with five walks each day along with three multi-day walks.
We already have many loyal walk leaders but always need more. We're hoping that we can persuade some of the excellent Worcester Ramblers walk leaders to put a walk into the festival programme. These don't have to be new walks, they can be recycled from your Rambler repertoire as our walkers won't have seen them before. Walks can be any length but probably (although not essentially) Malvern side of the river.
It's always good to promote walking but with over 50% of this years walkers from 'WR' post codes you'll have a chance of telling them all the benefits of joining Worcester Ramblers.
Next years festival will be from Saturday 26th May to Sunday 3rd June. Although it seems a long way off we publish our brochure at the start of the new year so that means we need walk descriptions by early November.
For further information please contact Brian Pitts
Having nearly exhausted supplies of our current Group brochure, we have created and printed a stock of smaller replacement pamphlets as one of our key recruitment initiatives for 2017.
This is now available, having been professionally printed as a glossy A4 trifold.
To access the full PDF version, please click Details, then Small Pamphlet in the Documents section.
Cathie A. will distribute the pamphlets in public and commercial locations across our catchment area on a regular basis.
In addition to this however we need your help:
Friends, Family and Colleagues
Do you have people that you know personally who might be tempted to try us out as a result of reading about our activities?
Back Pack Stocks
Could you carry a couple of copies in your rucksack on walks to be able to hand out if you meet fellow walkers or passers-by who express interest in our activities?
Yes – we have actually recruited people directly this way!
Other Distribution Locations
Do you have access to specific locations that Cathie might not easily identify or approach where you could leave some copies?
Sharing and extending our reach will make a huge difference, so please help with one or more elements of our campaign by contacting Cliff D as soon as possible. Cliff has a stock of pamphlets to issue which he can make available at the beginning of walks or alternatively get in touch with him via the ‘Contact Us’ page on our website.
Thanks are due to Sue R. for designing the pamphlet and to Jane Vi. for getting them printed at a very competitive cost.
More members will generate more leaders which will in turn mean a more vibrant and varied walks programme!
The post of chairman has been advertised for several months now since Cliff Dimond, your current chairman, confirmed that he will be standing down at the forthcoming Group AGM in November.
There have been no volunteers coming forward so far although some feedback has been received suggesting that the role is perceived as a little daunting. As a response to this, your committee has agreed a revised role description that removes the 'good to do' tasks and focuses just on the 'must do' tasks. This updated role description can be accessed via clicking on the Links button.
It is hoped that the reduced duties of the role will now encourage volunteers from within our Group to come forward. In conjunction with the committee, this role description can be developed and modified over time to suit the skills and experience of the new chairman.
Cliff remains willing to provide a full hand over and could offer a ‘shadowing’ arrangement for a period of time if that would be helpful.
Worcester Group has great momentum at present and it would be a major setback not to be able to build upon this seamlessly with an enthusiastic replacement.
Your committee is very keen to fill this role at the next AGM, so please consider your nomination and take the opportunity to contribute by contacting Cliff or any member of your committee via the 'Help/Contact Us' page on our website or have a chat on one of our walks.
Remember – this is your Group and it can only function and continue to improve if volunteers come forward from the membership.
Get your gear here.
Hoodie and t shirts with Worcester Ramblers logo - now available
Full zip hoodie - £22 No zip hoodie - £18
Polo shirts - £12.75
Round neck t shirts - £10
Next order - 20th November Just in time for CHRISTMAS