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MONDAY WALKERS, please note change of date 13th January, not 20th.

29 Nov 2019

Please note Patrick and Angela’s walk from Painswick will now be one week earlier, on Monday 13th January.

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Regular walkers – would you like to help?

23 Nov 2019

We are feeling the need for one or two more leaders to complete our amazing walks programme. We wonder if one or two regular walkers would like to team up with a buddy (an experienced walk leader) and work out a walk for the next programme. Please give Mike a call if you wish to explore…

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A few spaces left for our Annual Lunch

23 Nov 2019

There are just a few spaces left for our Annual Lunch at the Bear of Rodborough on Saturday 15 February at 1pm. £25.70 for 3 courses plus coffee and mince pies. Plus excellent company! Details are in our October newsletter. Mike will have emailed (or posted) you a copy of this but you can also…

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Please take advantage of Ramblers’ special Christmas gift membership offer

22 Nov 2019

This Christmas we’d love to grow our Ramblers walking community. That’s why we’re offering a special incentive for any members who buy Christmas gift membership for family, friends or a loved one. When a member buys Ramblers gift membership they’ll receive a £10 gift voucher from Cotswold Outdoor (with thanks to Cotswold). Hurry – we…

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Further News about Brian Kirkman

22 Nov 2019

Christine T writes, “Please could you appeal on the South Cotswold website to anyone that remembers Brian (our former chairman and Group holiday leader extraordinaire) to visit him if they can fit in the time. Brian would be delighted to see anyone from the R.A if they have time to visit him. Brian is fine.…

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AGM – photos taken by our speaker, and thanks from Richard and Mike

19 Nov 2019

You can see 4 photos taken by our Ramblers Holidays speaker at the AGM on the Photos section, November, Pre-AGM walk. He and his wife were very impressed with our Group and enjoyed making their presentation. Thank you to everybody for attending the meeting and helping to make it go so well. Richard and Mike…

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Endangered crayfish moved

06 Nov 2019

Last Wednesday Brian and Sheelagh led a walk for us and we came across volunteers from Gloucestershire Wildlife Trust moving crayfish. See Richard’s photographs (numbers 5,6 and 7)  here The BBC have now published a news item here

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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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Possible delays on A46 at Pitchcombe (updated)

17 Oct 2019

There are roadworks on the A46 at Pitchcombe where it joins the A4173 between Painswick and Stroud causing significant delays at times that are planned to go on until Spring 2020. For details see website – https://www.gloucestershire.gov.uk/highways/major-projects-list/a4173-improvements/ Future layout diagram  Thanks to Lawrence for the update.

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Contact details for Annual Lunch

17 Oct 2019

I omitted .uk off the email address on page 5 of the newsletter for people booking the Annual lunch, so please use [email protected] to let me know you have made a bank transfer and what your menu choices are. If you have already got my Hotmail email, you can use that instead if you prefer.…

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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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Walking holiday – Spring 2020

15 May 2019

Ann A is planning a walking holiday to Catalonia in Spain for Spring 2020. Details will be in the next newsletter which will come out in June. However, if you want to look at the holiday in advance, you will find it on the Preferred Travel Services website. The holiday is called Catalonia – Trails…

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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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Brian K – update 19 October

19 Oct 2018

Latest news – “Brian is now in Sandfields Care Home. It’s in St Georges Road, Cheltenham and is close to Waitrose. He is settling in and getting to know the staff and residents. It has a nice café on the ground floor and a garden. Please visit him.” — We have heard from Christine T…

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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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