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Dr Denys Thompson’s Funeral is on Tuesday 2 May

PS If coming please reply in the next 2-3 days to help Caroline. Thanks. Mike 21 April From the Stroud News and Journal:- THOMPSON Dr Denys Ridley – Died peacefully at Leckhampton Hospice on April 13th 2017 aged 75. Caroline, Nick, Annabelle, Dom and Jaime invite you to the funeral and celebration of his life…

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Daneway Portal New Kissing Gate

The South Cotswold Ramblers have financed a new kissing gate next to the Daneway Portal of the Thames and Severn Canal near Sapperton. Ramblers have long queued by the slope, waiting for short legged ramblers to struggle over the high fence. The route then continues up the field to Sapperton Church and is part of…

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Denys Thompson has died

I have to inform you about the very sad news that Dr Denys died peacefully at the Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice on Wednesday 12 April. Caroline wants his fellow ramblers to know. The family will be arranging a service and wake after Easter, and would like friends to be there. We will post the…

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Come Bowling with Brian – Friday 12 May

Brian Ruther writes, “I play bowls at Nailsworth Mills Bowls Club, and on Friday 12 May we have an open evening for anyone who would like to try their hand at it and we would be very pleased to welcome you along from 6:30 pm.” See their website here and here. If you head for Nailsworth…

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Sad news about George Lodge

We have just heard the sad news that George Lodge, a stalwart member of Stroud Rambling Club, died yesterday, 6 April. I expect many of you knew him. Update 10 April. George’s funeral will be on Tuesday 25th April at 11.30am at St Matthew’s Church, Cainscross. Please note that parking is tight at the church.…

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The Five Valleys Walk for Meningitis Now

  So here we are again – the next Five Valleys Walk will be on Sunday 24 September 2017. SAVE THE DATE! This 21 mile sponsored walk through the stunning Cotswold countryside has something for everyone, so why not lace up your boots and join us for another spectacular day out on the hills.

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The Wysis Way series of five walks 2017

All welcome – each walk is very attractive in its own right, so no need to do the lot, unless you want to! The second instalment takes place on Saturday, 6 May (meet 09:20 at Robinswood Hill, Gloucester) and is the next day walk across Gloucestershire, eventually reaching Wales and the river Wye at Monmouth. This is in…

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Stuart Maconie named as our new president

Broadcaster, writer and journalist Stuart Maconie has been named as Ramblers new president. Read more here

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Bisley Tea Room now open

Hi Ramblers, We have opened a tearoom in Bisley shop selling teas and coffees to drink in situ or take away. We also serve cakes and hot food and would be grateful if ou could pass this information on to you members. Thank you, Tom 01452 771203

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National Trust parking charge at Haresfield Beacon topograph

Richard reports, “Walked from Cripplegate CP today. Nice new machines in place. £1 for one hour, £3 all day for non-members. Not many people buying tickets but those who do pass their tickets on where there is time left. Not to sure about the pricing policy. One hour not much good for walking, All day…

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Members transport Denys for his appointments once again

Denys has now been moved into the Sue Ryder Leckhampton Court Hospice. He and Caroline have been extremely grateful for the transport to his radiotherapy sessions given by group members. Update 2 April Brian did contact members with cars large enough to take a folding wheelchair to kindly run Denys into Cheltenham for revised radiotherapy…

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If you’re walking past do pop in for coffee!

Dear Walkers & Ramblers, The Bird Park at Prinknash has just opened a new Visitor Centre and we have a fantastic new tea room which you can come into without removing your boots! There are huge balconies overlooking the Reindeer Enclosure, lakes and the park itself. There are smart toilets and we are really quick…

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Safeguarding Policy – Children on Walks

Safeguarding Policy – Children on Walks Ramblers have now given all Groups guidance about children on Group Walks. It is very rare that we do see children on our walks, but leaders need to be aware of the new guidance in case anyone under 18 turns up on your walk. See Leaders – News and…

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Ramblers General Council Motions

Updated 10 April Each year Area delegates attend General Council. This year they met at Southampton on 1 and 2 April. We have heard that all motions (below) were passed. Download the motions HERE. They included: 3. Staff Support for Areas and Groups 4. Ploughing and cropping 5. Protection of Rights of Way post-Brexit 6.…

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Offers to be Parish Footpath Checkers

Following Richard’s appeal in the the last newsletter for members to check all rights of way in a particular parish, we are now starting to get offers for several parishes and would be pleased to hear from more members. There are 60 parishes from Coberley and Cowley to Westonbirt and Shipton Moyne, and from Arlingham…

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First Aid Apps

Been on a First Aid course? Feeling rusty? Got a smartphone or tablet? On a First Aid course, a friend discovered First Aid apps for smart phones. They are amazing – there are three you might want to consider (or install them all, they are small): – St Johns Ambulance – Red Cross – British Heart…

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Personal Notice from Denys

Some of you have been aware of my non-appearance on recent walks. What started as a pain in the left hip has now has now been confirmed as malignant spread from the original bladder cancer into the ileum bone of the pelvis. I’m expecting to start radiotherapy soon. In the meantime, thank you for all…

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Know Maurice? He’d love a call or a text!

Walkers who remember Maurice from Berkeley, now in Sheffield, might like to give him a short call or greet him with a text message on 07912 552075. He rang Mike recently, and is still in the home. His sister looks after his dog, and brings him in regularly.

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Janet Davis is retiring – who’s she? you may ask

Many members attended the unveiling ceremony of Tony Drake’s memorial in Hambutts Field, Painswick in May 2013. Janet was the lady from London who had worked with Tony since the 1980’s on all sorts of legal footpath matters. She is now retiring and will be much missed. See our new page Tony Drake – who…

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Suspect a stroke – act FAST and call 999

Face weakness Arm weakness Speech problems Time to call 999 See https://www.stroke.org.uk/

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