- Many thanks to John for leading the walk on Sunday, the good turnout no doubt proves the popularity of shorter walks, although the stunning weather was probably also a contributory factor. Below is John's report, and a photo by Paul Graber is also attached.Report of Walk on Sunday 7th JulyApproximately 21 people turned up for the walk around Shere on Sunday 7th July.Unusually there were no dogs, mad or otherwise, risking the heat of the midday sun.
Unusually, even though July, it was a prefect summer’s day with bright sunshine and a hint of a breeze.
Unusually there weren’t many stiles and the walk was not many miles. About 6.
Unusually I did not get lost.It was in a way, unspectacular and uneventful, but I think very pleasant nevertheless. We walked across fields of crops; oats and barley but not hops. We walked across a railway line, we walked under a railway line. We walked down country lanes. We also walked down sunken lanes and tree covered avenues which afforded some welcome shade from the heat of the midday sun. Some of the paths and their encroaching foliage had just received a much needed ‘short back and sides’ from either a travelling hairdresser or a kindly local farmer. This meant that the incidents of nettling were much reduced. After the walk there was beer, ice cream and all things nice, provided in Shere. I think and hope that everyone enjoyed it and managed to get home to watch the tennis.John EllisNext Walk
Sunday 21st July10 mile circular walkLeader: Peter Cormode (contact number 07740 844933)Our meeting place: Mill Road NT Car Park, South Holmwood, just off the A24 south of Dorking. Post code is RH5 4NF grid reference 187/TQ172452.Start Time: 10:00. AMDetails: A circular walk around Holmwood Common and Leith Hill, about 10 miles with a couple of steep hills, mostly through woodland, so if the hot weather continues then there will be the benefit of plenty of shade.Lunch: Picnic, or pub at Coldharbour. There is scope for other stops for refreshments at Leith Hill tower, and at Anstie Grange for tea and scones.
- Firstly, I must apologise for the delay in issuing this newletter but I have been tied up with other things recently and have only just got round to drafting itWalk on 19th April - Abinger Hatch Figure of 8The report on this walk is attached. I have to thank Janice for leading the walk and for writing a most interesting account of it.25/26th April - Dorset Weekend.I have yet to hear about this event but undoubtedly you will get the report in the next newsletter, which will be issued by Amanda to whom I am now passing the baton of responsibility for co-ordinating and reporting on the walks over the next three months. My thanks go to Amanda for not only taking over from me but also for organising the Dorset trip.Forthcoming Priorsfield QuizDon't forget to book in for the next quiz at Priosfield school. Pam has already sent out details and the closing date is looming fast. It is a highly enjoyable evening and at the last quiz one of the SWSW teams was just pipped to the winning post on the last round with our other team not far behind. Sadly, I won't be able to make it this time as I will be on holiday in Scotalnd - what a hard life some of us have! Nevertheless, if you haven't been along before, I urge you to try it.New Committee MembersAs I mentioned in one of my previous newsletters, we are looking for new blood to take over from the longer standing committee members. We cannot let the existing ones escape before we have replacements and the chains currently holding them in place are likely to break at any time. So, if you would like to join the committee, a number of us would be overjoyed to hear from you.Bye Bye for nowMy three months as walk co-ordinator finishes at the end of April. I would like to thank all those who have led the walks and organised events during this time. Amanda now takes over and she has already issued a provisional programme for the coming quarter, albeit with some gaps. Please support Amanda by leading walks and helping to organise events.Best regards,