LICHFIELD & DISTRICT RAMBLERS
Minutes of the meeting held on 24 July 2018
Present: Phil Cheesewright Chairman, Ed Watson Secretary, Tony Grady, Kevin McManus, Jean Rollins-Head (part), Jo & Peter Trodden, Jenny Wilson
1 Apologies: none
2 Minutes of the previous meeting: minutes of the meeting held on 5 June 2018 were approved
3 Matters arising: the walks programme for the second half was now complete. 24 people had taken part in the Lichfield Festival walk on 10 July. Ramblers Walking Holidays had paid £40 to our account. Ed had booked the Martin Heath Hall but was awaiting confirmation of the booking from John Waterfield.
4 Holiday breaks: we now had 15 people for Sedbergh, with Mollie Sanders now on the list. Phil would be looking into walks possibilities. Ed was still awaiting feedback from Amber Parish-Smith re Hassness House prices for next Spring.
5 Officers’ reports:
- Walks programme: a potential new member may turn up at Tony’s pub walk from the Black Horse Coton-in-the-Elms this coming Thursday.
- Social events: Christmas lunch 1.30 for 2.00 at The Globe, Tamworth. Mac will collect deposits after 1 November
- Footpaths and environment: NTR
- Finance: Tony advised that the General fund stood at £615 and the Social at £115.
- Publicity: NTR
- Membership: now 106.
6 Staffordshire Area news: Ed advised that the Annual Report for Step Out would be due by 15 September latest. Phil to provide stats, Ed then to draft report including holidays and Lichfield Festival walk. Phil advised that topics included at the last Area meeting were – further cuts expected in next year’s SCC budget and therefore even less footpath maintenance expected – Des Garraghan replaced by Kate Ashworth – the Area AGM would be held at Horton village hall near Leek – Bilston Group wound up – meetings were being held every three months with SCC to discuss footpaths – 238 new RoW had been requested in Staffordshire as a result of “Don’t Lose Your Way”.
7 Group website: NTR
8 Correspondence: Ed had heard from the HoEW Committee rejecting our proposed amendment to the route.
9 Any other business: we had been advised that former member Gwen Hartley had died. Ed to ascertain date of her funeral.
10 Date of next meeting: 10.00 a.m. on Tuesday 4 September at Jo & Peter’s, 16 Wheel Lane, Lichfield WS13 7QW
The meeting closed at 10.30 and Jean and Ed were thanked for their hospitality.
These minutes are to be published on the Group website. All present have consented to their names being made known.