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Progressive Energy

25 Feb 2021

On March 10, The local Institution of Mechanical Engineers is hosting an online talk by Chris Manson-Whitton, Director of Stonehouse based Progressive Energy. Chris is going to speak on his company’s plans for the production, storage and distribution of hydrogen which will be used as a replacement for natural gas.  All are invited.  For more…

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Slow Ways

25 Feb 2021

We were recently sent this message about Slow Ways that might be of interest to South Cots members: As I understand it Slow Ways is a new organisation who, working in collaboration with Ordnance Survey, have developed a proposed network of 110,000 km of existing pathways to join all towns and cities and thousands of…

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Latest Ramblers’ update

23 Feb 2021

LATEST UPDATE Leaders and walkers. On 23 February 2021 Ramblers UK (click to read more) confirmed that it had reviewed the situation, and the national lockdown is continulng. Walkers are only allowed to walk for exercise on their own, with members of their household bubble, or with one other person.

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Ocean Rail Bridge installation now planned for December 2021

19 Feb 2021

As you may know Network Rail and their contractors Alun Griffiths Construction Ltd have been working hard towards a fixed date for the replacement of the Ocean Rail Bridge in Stonehouse. We heard today that this programme has been re-programmed until Winter 2021. We hope that this message from Dave Marshall at Stroud District Council…

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Group changes and Newsletter

09 Feb 2021

At our AGM (via Zoom) on 14th January there were some changes of officers. Ann A is now Chair, Sally Vice Chair and Ros is Membership Secretary. Brian W is continuing as Treasurer, Andrew as Secretary and Malcolm as Footpath Secretary. Mike is continuing as Walks Co-ordinator (when walks are permitted) and Richard is remaining…

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In the Clink

09 Feb 2021

Eagled eyed members will have notice that Ramblers in London have moved office, see below, from Camelford House to The Ramblers, 1 Clink Street, 3rd Floor, London SE1 9DG. Read about Clink Street here and the Museum here.

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Petition about now ex-footpath above Winchcombe

08 Feb 2021

https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/save-our-ruined-right-of-way-in-winchcombe See above a link to the petition about the now ex footpath above Winchcombe. Last time I tried to cross here in the summer it was almost impassable due to the pipework excavations. Jill  

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New Railway Bridge over the canal at The Ocean, Stonehouse

27 Jan 2021

At our recent AGM, Jim White told members that the towpath in the vicinity of The Ocean at Stonehouse would be closed for the replacement of the Railway bridge over the canal by The Ocean. The new bridge components are being precast in sections in an adjacent field in the next few months and will…

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Don’t Lose Your Way – Can you help?

23 Jan 2021

As you may be aware, in Feb 2020 the Ramblers Association launched the “Don’t Lose Your Way“ initiative. This was to identify and make sure that historical paths that were not necessarily on the map were not lost. Area Vice Chair Charlie Morris has been involved with this and now has a record of all…

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Emergency calls on your mobile in wild places – 999 or 112?

06 Jan 2021

Watch this short video on how best to use the 112 number, especially if you plan to walk in a remote area: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XPZv_8dABfU&feature=player_embedded Don’t be put off by the fact that it is on YouTube. This is actually very useful.

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Winter Walks on BBC iPlayer – Ravenscar to Robin Hood’s Bay

04 Jan 2021

Members who went on Ann’s group walking holiday staying at Ravenscar in September 2018 should enjoy seeing the programme on BBC iPlayer. A coastal walk is the setting for Poet Laureate Simon Armitage’s ramble along Yorkshire’s enchanting and historic frontier with the North Sea. Starting in Ravenscar, Simon Armitage takes the old Cinder Track –…

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COVID SAFE WALKS

04 Jan 2021

Eventually, once we are out of Lockdown, if leaders wish to arrange a walk or have questions, ring Mike on 01453 873625. You can use the Leaders > Submit a Walk Form for sending in the details. However we will not be pressurising any leaders. You must feel safe to lead. COVID SAFE You will…

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NEW – Rolling Programme of Covid Safe Led Walks

20 Dec 2020

Our Walks Programme is now a rolling one – visit our Home Page regularly to see if there are any more walks planned – Remember – First Come, First Served! Also we would be grateful if you could keep any members not online informed of walks as they appear on the website. If any leaders…

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December walks photos

17 Dec 2020

These are on the Photos menu >2020 > March and December 2020.

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16th December’s walk

16 Dec 2020

11 of us have returned from our first led walk this morning since last March. There should have been 15 of us but the weather was a tad inclement. We had no issues at all and I asked for feedback when we got back to the cars. There were two people who felt that 15…

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Ramblers’ advice on walking near livestock

17 Oct 2020

https://www.ramblers.org.uk/advice/safety/walking-near-livestock.aspx

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Walking all around, up along, down along Robinswood Hill

26 Sep 2020

The new café at the Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust at Robinswood Hill Country Park has just opened for take away. This makes this location a good start point for walks. Robinswood Hill Country Park CP (free). Reservoir Rd. Gloucester (GL4 6SX) L162/E179 SO837158 https://tinyurl.com/mapRobinswoodCountryPark Lawrence

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Polperro holiday photos

19 Sep 2020

Photos of our brilliant sunny holiday are under Group <Group Holiday photos> Polperro – Sept 2020. Sally

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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. One way to see them is to click the Photos > 2020…

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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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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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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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