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May Newsletter 2017

Welcome to our Spring Newsletter.

As always with the payment of Annual Subscriptions we say goodbye to some members and greet new ones. To those who for various reasons are unable to continue walking with the club, may I wish you well and thank you for the support you have given. A warm welcome to our new members, I hope you will enjoy joining us on our walks and social events for many years to come.

The new Walks Programme offers walks of varying lengths, difficulty and landscapes. Our Walks Secretary, Rosemary J. will now be planning the next programme so please let her know if you would be happy to lead a walk. If you would like help to recce a walk please contact Rosemary or any committee member and they will be able to direct you to someone who can help.

Plans for walking the Dorset section of the Wessex Ridgeway are now well under way. Dates have been set throughout May, July and August to cover distances of between 7 and 13.5 miles. We had an enthusiastic response with 15 walkers so far. If you would like to join us for all, or any part of the Wessex Ridgeway please contact Jenny and she will send you copies of the details.

On Saturday 18th March David Beaton delivered his interesting and entertaining talk on Dorset Heroines. The Coppleridge Inn provided us with a comfortable private room and an excellent buffet. A very successful and enjoyable evening.

On Saturday 13th May Dorset Ramblers joined forces with Jo C's gardening group for our Summer Outing to Cothay Manor, Somerset. The coach dropped the walkers off on the outskirts of Wellington and the non walkers continued down the narrow winding roads to Cothay. Our 4 ½ mile walk led by Jo took us through paths overarched by trees in full leaf opening out onto views of patchwork fields, a beautiful walk. During the walk Jo provided us with an interesting history of the area. Meanwhile the gardeners were given a tour of the gardens by the owner, Mrs Robb. After a ploughman’s lunch the ramblers and gardeners joined forces for a guided tour of the House. Cothay is a fine example of a Medieval Manor House, it has been lovingly restored by the present owner Mary-Anne and her husband Alastair Robb. Most recently work has been undertaken on the 15th Century wall paintings. After the tour we used our remaining time to explore the Manor's many garden rooms, each a garden in itself and enjoy tea and home-made cakes in the sunshine. Personally I intend to return to spend more time in the gardens. The trip ran very smoothly and was enjoyed by all, this was down to the meticulous preparation by Jo and Jenny N. They made it look easy but I know how much time and effort it has taken, many thanks to both of you.

As this is the club's 70th anniversary we thought we'd like to invite to the Christmas meal, club members who no longer walk with us but would enjoy meeting up with old walking companions. If you think of someone who would like to receive an invitation please let us know.


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