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Polperro holiday photos

19 Sep 2020

I have just started putting photos of our brilliant sunny holiday on the website. You can find them under Group <Group Holiday photos> Polperro – Sept 2020. I will add to them, as I expect others in the group will be sending me theirs. Sally

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Where can I go on a led walk?

13 Sep 2020

As you know from our chairman Richard’s message “Resumption of Walks“, South Cotswold Group have decided to wait a little longer before resuming our normally extensive Walks Programme. Some members are wondering what to do if they wish to go on a led walk in the near future. Here are two options: Led walks from…

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Resumption of Walks

11 Sep 2020

Many of you might be wondering when we are going to start walks again in South Cots, particularly as some groups and clubs are once more open for business. We have been giving the matter much thought over recent weeks, both among Committee members and with some of our members who we rely on for…

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Dursley Walking Festival Wednesday 7th – Sunday 11th October, 2020

10 Sep 2020

Dursley’s annual walking festival is back again and a lot of hard work has gone into making it fully compliant with the Covid-19 regulations and as safe as it possibly can be. To facilitate social distancing there will be no more than 12 people on any walk including leader and backmarker and all places must…

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Latest Ramblers’ update

10 Sep 2020

All of our group walks and events continue to be suspended until further notice. Our top priority is the health of our members and volunteers, and to help suppress the spread of COVID-19. Please visit the Ramblers website for updates:  LATEST RAMBLERS’ UPDATE HERE Leaders, one day we shall be asking for your help in…

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Far Oakridge proposed mobile phone mast

20 Aug 2020

Hi, I am wondering if any of your members who walk in or around the Far Oakridge area would be willing to assist the local inhabitants in objecting to a 20M mobile phone mast, which a planning application has been submitted to erect the mast and subsequent outbuildings at the edge of the hamlet, which…

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Local photos to keep in touch with members and places

06 Aug 2020

Since the lockdown in March, we have added 158 sets of members’ photos from their own “isolation” walks in our beautiful area. We have added a category of “Even less isolated walks” as people meet up with 5 other people for a walk. Why not join in and send a few from your neck of…

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We have a new Group Footpath Secretary

17 Jul 2020

It is pleasing to report that Malcolm Taylor has now taken over from Bob Frewin as South Cotswold Footpath Secretary. Malcolm about to lead a VERY wet walk on 14 August 2019 from Cowcombe Hill.

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Sending photos and large files the easy way using WeTransfer

05 Jul 2020

It’s been amazing the number of photos that have been sent to me to go on the website, and also the number of different people who have got interested in doing this. The photos have appeared in all sorts of formats and sizes, and hopefully have encouraged South Cots to learn new skills. After unsuccessful…

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Miserden School Parking

03 Jul 2020

Lawrence has been to Miserden recently and noted that the sign at the entrance to the CP by the school has been recently changed to “School Car Park – No Parking Mon – Fri”. This means that the car park should not be used for mid-week walks, at least in term time. (Jill and Sue…

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Tick time

01 Jun 2020

Be tick aware at this time of year. Here’s a link to a very good summary of how to spot ticks, and hopefully avoid possible health problems. How to remove them safely  

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Walking through uncertainty

01 Jun 2020

Ramblers remedy Walking through uncertainty 01 June 2020 by Dr Nick Summerton Read more

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Our June Newsletter is now published

23 May 2020

Sally and Mike thank all the contributors to our special edition of the Group Newsletter, now emailed to members. If anyone not on the email list has obtained an email address in the last few weeks, perhaps they might like to let us know – use the Contact Us form and join our lists. Thanks…

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The Chairman’s Sponsored Walk

23 May 2020

    From Richard Davis Hello everybody. Yes I am still here. Like a lot of you I have been trying to continue walking regularly in isolation but I will be glad when we can get our walks programme up and running again. As part of my ‘regular exercise’ programme, this Thursday, I will be…

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Leaders – possible lunch stops on walks from July to October

19 Feb 2020

Quite by chance caterers from two golf clubs have recently contacted our group offering lunches after our walks. Some of you might be interested in investigating one of them when planning a walk during July-October. Normally you would pick your date in April. But ring or email Mike for contact details at any time. Stinchcombe…

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Battle for the Cambrian Way

12 Feb 2020

https://www.ramblers.org.uk/news/blogs/2019/november/battle-for-the-cambrian-way.aspx You can see 661 photos of the scenery as if you were walking the route! CLICK HERE to start. About Tony Drake  

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DON’T LOSE YOUR WAY

10 Feb 2020

On the 11th February Ramblers will be launching  a new campaign, ‘Don’t Lose Your Way’ and will be emailing members with details of the campaign including a promotion pack explaining how you can help to register lost paths. At the same time there will be a major media launch to focus on our activities. An…

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Think FAST

31 Oct 2019

Act FAST and call 999  

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Our Footpath Support Group needs help – could it be you?

24 Oct 2019

Our Group was set up in the 1970’s as a Footpath Group and walks started years later. However the work of volunteers is still very much needed in keeping an eye on our wonderful path network. We need more help, having only 5 volunteers on the committee! If you don’t fancy meetings (just 4 a…

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Group member reaches century!

19 Oct 2019

Mike and Heather Garner were very pleased to read that Keith Ebbutt reached the magnificent age of 100 last month. He and Gill have been members of our ramblers group for at least 40 years. Mike remembers about 30 years ago or so that Keith was hoping the group could arrange a few slower walks!…

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URGENT – Holiday September 2020

02 Oct 2019

Message from Ann Having just returned from a successful holiday in St Ives I have been asked by a number of people if I would consider doing the same thing next year. I am proposing a week’s holiday to another John Fowler site at Killigarth near Polperro on 12/9/20, I know this is a long…

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John G’s RECIPE for delicious Mincemeat and Marzipan Cake!

30 Sep 2019

By popular request after John’s walk from Avening on 27 March 2019 — Another request 30 September 2019!! CLICK HERE JohnGM&MCake

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A417 Update – including news of garden bridge

29 Sep 2019

See the latest designs for the A417 Missing Link scheme, including a garden bridge from Crickley Hill taking the Cotswold and Gloucestershire Ways safely across the roads. Read about it here Report in the Citizen/Echo (including fly-through video after noisy advert!)  

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Nailsworth to Woodchester section of the cycleway UPDATE

18 Sep 2019

A quick update on the surface upgrade scheme on the Nailsworth to Woodchester section of the cycleway. The contractor will be commencing operations on site on Monday 23rd September and the works are programmed to last for around six weeks. The contractor has also provided a method statement and requested sections of the route be…

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what3words

12 Sep 2019

What is what3words? what3words is a really simple way to talk about location. We have assigned each 3m square in the world a unique 3 word address that will never change. For example ///filled.count.soap marks the exact entrance to what3words’ London headquarters. 3 word addresses are easy to say and share, and are as accurate…

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Stroud Leisure Centre problem as a starting place – Leaders please note

08 Sep 2019

On Alex’s walk this Saturday (7/9/19) which started from Stroud Leisure Centre it was almost impossible to park as there was a Parkrun in Stratford Park and virtually all the parking spaces were taken by runners. 2 South Cots who resorted to parking on the grass verge were given parking tickets. Parkrun’s website says that…

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The Cambrian Way and Tony Drake

19 Aug 2019

August 2019 – Exciting news about the Cambrian Way being waymarked and a new Cicerone guidebook being published in 2019. We in Gloucestershire are very interested as it is the creation of Tony Drake back in the 1960’s. Read more about Tony here. Overall route map – longer than the Pennine Way with more climbing…

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10% Discount now at Go Outdoors too

12 Jul 2019

Hi South Cotswold Ramblers, It’s Jacob from GO Outdoors, did you know we’ve teamed up with Blacks, Millets and Ultimate Outdoors to give you the biggest range, widest choice and the best value? As a member of the Ramblers your entitled to an extra discount of at least 10% in store and online. This further…

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999 or 112 for Emergency Calls – which is better in wild places?

07 Jan 2019

Watch this short video on how best to use the (relatively) new 112 number, especially if you are in a remote area. Don’t be put off by the fact that it is on Youtube. This is actually very useful. Click HERE

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The Walking Partnership

08 Nov 2018

8 November 2018 – Richard writes, “We have just received another £430 to us under the Walking Partnership. This includes £130 from the Ravenscar Holiday towards Group funds from Ramblers Holidays as a result of members going away with them. Excellent.” South Cotswold Ramblers Group receive funding every time you book a holiday with Ramblers Walking…

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Please take your banana skins (and orange peel) home!

25 Jun 2018

Walkers: eat bananas – but take your skins home Not being native to the UK, they take about two years to biodegrade. This applies to orange peel too! I have climbed Ladhar Bheinn, one of Scotland’s finest peaks. The view was glorious. And I threw a banana skin at it. I have stood on the magnificent…

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Please keep an eye on the backmarker

22 Jun 2018

A big thank you to all members who act as backmarkers on our walks. Occasionally leaders forget to keep an eye on them, especially when entering a wood. Sometimes the backmarker needs to hang back as a walker is having a comfort stop and then the backmarker wonders where the group have gone! Please keep…

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GDPR and Walks’ Leaders

01 Jun 2018

Thank you to all the walks leaders who have sent/emailed the Publishing Volunteer Details form to Mike. He is also grateful for those who don’t mind their photos appearing on Walks>Leaders’ Photos for sending him a Photo Consent Form. Just  a few to go….. Mike  

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Is Ramblers using your correct email address?

01 May 2018

GDPR News – All your contact details are your personal information, including your email address. To check your record and indeed update it if necessary it is quite straightforward: Go to www.ramblers.org.uk If you have already registered online with Ramblers, enter your login details (email address and password) and then check your record. If not…

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Leaders’ Photos

23 Apr 2018

In case you hadn’t heard, we now have a gallery of our walks’ leaders photographs under the Walks heading, so that new walkers can see the leader of the walk they are thinking of trying. Still a few gaps, so leaders please ask Mike, Richard or Sally to take your photo. There is also a…

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A reminder to walkers

10 Dec 2017

Please can you stay behind the leader unless the leader tells you otherwise. It makes it very difficult for leaders to set a comfortable pace for everyone, and particularly when we have a large group. Mike Walks Coordinator

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Offers to be Parish Footpath Checkers

25 Feb 2017

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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Suspect a stroke – act FAST and call 999

14 Oct 2016

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

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Ramblers Holidays will pay the S Cots money – if you ask!

12 Oct 2016

Each newsletter Ramblers Holidays pays the group and we are very grateful as it helps towards paper newsletter production. Follow this link for news of their Adagio holidays. Don’t forget to tell them you belong to South Cotswold Ramblers if you book for a Ramblers or Adagio holiday, as it can be worth £10, £20 or…

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