4th Dec: Christmas lunch
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The nicely decorated Christmas-themed Burntwood Memorial Community Hall for the Area Annual General Meeting held on Sunday 27th November was pretty much packed with members from most of the 15 Staffordshire Ramblers Groups (approximately 85 members). We all settled down to the usual mundane, and predictable, election of officers for the next 12 months after enjoying a choice of two walks – 7 miles or 5 miles – in mild sunny weather, for those who arrived to take advantage of them. Well organised by the Chase & District Group – the cakes, tea & biscuits were excellent. After the main business was over, an interesting talk was given by Anne Walker of the Cannock Chase Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Incidentally, vacant posts on Area Committee are: vice-chairman, countryside officer and publicity secretary.
Richard & Anne Clamp
The success of Stoke/Newcastle Ramblers team 'Rambling Away' on the popular BBC TV quiz show 'Eggheads' has been featured in both the Stoke 'Sentinel' newspaper and the current edition of the Ramblers 'Walk' magazine.
The Sentinel article was published on 9/11/2016 and is currently available at http://www.stokesentinel.co.uk/newcastle-ramblers-we-went-on-eggheads-and-won/story-29877724-detail/story.html.
Ramblers members will find the Walk magazine feature on page 20 of their Winter 2016 edition of Walk.
The team of Susan, Doreen, Pete, Rob, Richard and Stephen would like to thank their colleagues for the kind messages of support they received.
19th November 2016
Brians real ail trail turned out to be a succsess once again. We all met up in the Green Man, a Wetherspoons pub in Leek. After enjoying a hearty breakfast we moved on to the Earl Grey where there was a good choice of real ales.
After one or maybe two pints we then made our way to the Fountain where the proprietor allowed us to eat our lunch. A few of us shared a pork pie that Brian had bought from the local market (well someone has to help him out.) From there we went to the Cobblers where we struggled to get to the bar, but we made it! Finally we made our way to the Leeky Tap where we sampled a few more real ales, before we made our way home.
Well done Brian, what a good dee out!
What a brilliant turnout of 35 members for our walk last Thursday. We started from Trentham monkey park, through to Swynnerton and after a lunch stop in the churchyard returned via Beech caves. The autumn colours were spectacular, thank you all for coming to share a lovely walk.
Steve and Mavis Heath
The large attendance at today's George Shufflebotham Memorial walk was a fitting tribute to a former colleague who epitomised the ethos of the Ramblers by producing several local walking guides and contributing to the maintenance of many of the footpaths that we regularly walk. No less than 55 walkers enjoyed a morning's stroll in pleasant October weather passing the memorial post erected by the Stoke/Newcastle group in George's honour. The event was certainly a success and everyone seemed to appreciate the butties in the pub at lunchtime.
Anne Clamp & Stephen Merry
Recceing last Sunday's walk out to Foxt was a challenge, but our wiley leader Malcolm would not be out-foxed. The original route (plan A) was too long, plan B was too steep, Plan C had too many leaves on the track and then when he thought he had cracked it, the Council closed a bridge due to a missing plank. Undeterred after 5 recces, I am pleased to report that plan E was a most enjoyable stroll from Kingsley to Whiston and Ipstones via Foxt.
What a great day we had visiting the Burleigh Pottery at Longport. Thanks to all for a supportive turnout - 21 members- which began with a short walk (well stroll really!) through to Tunstall Park and returning via the canal. After an excellent lunch in their cafe, with our knowledgeable guide, Tony, we spent a very enjoyable 2 hours exploring working life in the Potteries, taking us through each process of manufacture and at the same time making us all glad we live in the 21st century. The whole experience was enjoyed by all.
Richard & Anne Clamp
Twelve ramblers set out in the rain from Astbury Mere after pursuading a reluctant leader to get out of the car. Fortunately, the rain soon stopped, the sun came out and happiness was restored to all. We climbed up towards Mow Cop and then walked along Congleton Edge, with fine views across the Cheshire plain, to the Castle Inn at Dane in Shaw for lunchtime refreshment. Some of us sat outside in the warm sunshine while others sat inside by the even warmer open fire. A gentle afternoon stroll, mainly along the canal, took us back to the mere.
Had the frivolities of the previous evening caught up with him? Was he just lulled gently by the sunny babbling brook? Whatever, John grabbed this chance to 'rest his eyes' after lunch in the Glenderaterra Valley.
...looking toward Castle Crag where Alan's group were enjoying the rain you can see behind us !
Walking on Sunshine ... and don't it feel good. View South from Latrigg.
Fabulous views with Bassenthwaite in the distance
Numbers were reduced by holidays and family committments, but eight of us managed the early start at Poles Coppice car park on a beautiful autumn morning. At first we were quite cool walking though the extensive woodland of the Nature Reserve, listening to a noisy chorus of birdsong. As we emerged into the sunshine, we could see the twin peaks of Pontesford Hill and Earl's Hill looming above us.
Many thanks to all who took part & made the Keswick weekend the success it was. We had glorious weather, a superb choice of walks and a most enjoyable meal & get together on the Sat night. If anyone has photos to bring to the blog they would be welcomed. Autumn had not quite set in so still pretty green although the fells were changing colour with the dying bracken.
Our B&B was wonderful. We'd taken it over, filled with Stoke/Newcastle Ramblers & so created almost a house party atmosphere. Our hosts were kept amused.
It was good that so many were able to come on the weekend & we hope there will be more to enjoy in the future. A meeting to discuss this will be held at Holy Inadequate (back room) on 10th Nov at 7.30pm
Richard Clamp was recently interviewed by HitMix 107.5 FM Radio which is based at Alsagers Bank. He provided an excellent account of the origins of the Ramblers, the activities of the Stoke/Newcastle group and the advantages of membership. The full interview is available via the station's 'Listen Again' page at http://www.thehitmix.co.uk/onair/listen-again.
The Stoke/Newcastle Ramblers group held their annual general meeting on Thursday 22/9/16. The enthusiasm of the group was evident from the presence of a large number of members; a fact noted by the Ramblers area representatives in attendance. At the meeting the following group committee members were elected:
|Stephen & Susan Merry||Secretary|
|Ian Bradley||Membership Secretary/ Publicity|
|Alan Bell||Group FP Coordinator|
|Dave Fowler||Countryside Officer|
|Anne Clamp||Programme Coordinator|
|Ken Twigge||Full day walks Programme Secretary|
|Howard & Maggie Caton||Half day walks Programme Secretary|
|Doreen Adair||Mid week walks Programme Secretary|
|Richard Davies||Independent Examiner|
|Doreen Poole||Minutes Secretary|
|Brian Wood||Social Secretary|
|Lyn & Dave Wynne||Committee Members|
|Richard Clamp||Committee Member|
It is the role if the committee to both serve the members and to uphold the values of the Ramblers.
On Tuesday 27/9/16 the BBC broadcasted the much anticipated contest between a team from Stoke /Newcastle Ramblers and the Eggheads. The Rambling Away team comprised Doreen, Pete, Richard, Rob, Stephen and Susan who each made made their contribution to what was an enjoyable and interesting day. The win was a bonus and, perhaps, further eveidence that walking promotes mental wellbeing.
A tree with life and understanding
Reaching high and demanding
Sun light through golden leaves
Swaying gently in the breeze.
Brian L proudly flew the Rambler's Walk About Britain flag on our walk on Sunday the 4th of September as part of the Rambler's National Walking Festival. Sixteen of us enjoyed the 360 views from Teggs Nose viewpoint and explored some of the points of interest in this highly acclaimed Geological Site of Special Scientific Interest. After a pleasant liquid lunch on the sun terrace at the Robin Hood pub in Rainow, where we were made to fell most welcomed we ascended White Nancy to take in the magnificent view across the Cheshire Plain. It was fun to watch marathon runners attempting the 35 mile Gritstone Trail Challenge pass us by as we continued our Sunday saunter along Kerridge Ridge. The day was rounded off nicely by the excellent Real Tea (Irish breakfast) and nice cake provided by Tegwyn in Tegg's Nose visitor centre.