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September Newsletter 3 - 2017

Even though I am retired life can at times be hectic. Walking has always provided a time to slow down and enjoy the countryside. There have been many opportunities to see nature close up during walks with the Dorset Ramblers, some of my favourite moments have  included watching a Kingfisher perched on a tree stump take flight over the river Stour in Sturminster Newton. Searching for, and finding a patch of beautiful cerise coloured wild orchids. Seeing a hare close up, watching a group of tiny frogs trying to make their way through the grass to a small stream nearby.  I am sure we will all have our own personal favourites.

Despite variable weather conditions Rosemary J reported that walks have been well attended, and none were cancelled. The Wessex Ridgeway has now been completed and thoroughly enjoyed by all the 12 walkers who took part. The walk covered the Dorset section of the Wessex Ridgeway walked in linear sections over 7 days; each person had a map and all took part in navigating.

The Summer Outing this year was to Cothay Manor, a small medieval manor with recently discovered 15th century wall paintings and beautiful gardens. In June, 15 club members travelled to Malham on a Holiday Fellowship holiday organised by Jo C. Jo explained to the Committee that there had been a good mix of sight-seeing and walks.

This summer we have had four new members, a very warm welcome to you. Jenny N and Anne N have produced A4 and A5 sized Posters to be placed in public places such as shop windows, libraries, village halls to raise awareness of our Club and hopefully attract more members.

As will be outlined in more detail in this Newsletter the Committee are busy planning future Social and Walking events. These include the Christmas Dinner which will also be the Club's 70th celebration, this will once again be held at the Dorset Golf and Country Club. If you have any suggestions for the celebration Jenny N will be happy to hear from you.

The Annual General Meeting will be held once again at Shillingstone Church Hall on Saturday 14th October. I shall be retiring as Chairperson. Working with the Committee this year I have seen just how much work goes on behind the scenes to enable such a relatively small walking group to provide such a wide range of social and walking events. May I wish you continued success in the future.      


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