Our AGM this year will be on Thursday May 3rd, at the Solihull Sports and Social Club, Brick Kiln Lane.
A formal notice will be issued, but members can put forward any items they would like to be included in the agenda up to 2 weeks before the event. This can be done via the website, or by post to the secretary.
Derek Jones is planning new courses for 2018. When he has about 20 names on the list an email is sent to everyone asking what days and dates they cannot attend. The courses (3 x 4 hour sessions) are then arranged to suit the responses and are at levels one or two.
Please contact Derek if you have any questions, or would like to go onto his list of interested people.
These courses have been a feature for a good few years, and many have benefited from them, including several Pathfinders members. Courses focus on appropriate levels of the National Navigation Award Scheme (NNAS) accreditation: Bronze & Silver. Programmes are mainly practical, and course charges cover registration, certificates, badges, assessment, maps, facilitation etc.
The 3 weekly sessions will run from 10am until 2pm and the cost in total will be £30.
If you have any queries please ask firstname.lastname@example.org (0121 744 7881)
Typical Level 1 course for beginners and improvers; suitable for any walkers who wish to increase their map reading skills so as to be able to navigate with confidence – includes map reading, compass skills, basic navigation techniques; leading to (optionally) Bronze level in National Navigation Award Scheme (NNAS).
For those who decide to be formally assessed for the Bronze National Navigation Award (NNAS) there will be an extra session arranged and cost for this session including registration and the certificate will be £10 in total.
Names are also being collected for Level 2 course which is suitable for those who already have first level skills.
Derek Jones, Trainer/Assessor.
The club is holding a quiz night at Bentley Heath Village Hall on Saturday, February 24th, 2018.
Arrive from 7 o’clock, to be ready to start quizzing at 7.30 p.m. This time, the questions are being set by a club member – Bill Shortt – and he promises a mix of subjects, so that we should all know at least some of the answers!
There will be an interval, when a hot supper from a local fish and chip shop will be served, although those who don’t wish to partake in this will get a cheaper ticket.
The quiz will be a team effort, but there is no need to feel you have to form a team before applying for tickets, as groups can be organised on the night.
Flyers with all the information of how to get tickets and pre-order your supper have been sent out , so send in your booking and join us for a fun evening.
A group of club members has been undertaking the Two Moors Way, from Wembury, on the south coast of Devon, to Lynmouth, on the north coast of Somerset. The route included crossing Dartmoor and Exmoor, and the group did the walk over 3 weekends.
October 6th to 8th saw the group complete the walk. Apart from the beautiful scenery, which almost goes without saying, the weather contributed greatly to a fantastic three days walking. Friday and Sunday were like very pleasant spring days, but of course it had to rain sometime, so Saturday morning, going across Exmoor, was very wet.
Friday was the longest day, walking around 14 miles from Knowstone to Withypool. The walk was varied, but the highlight was the Tarr Steps across the river Barle. Saturday morning proved to be rainy, but a shorter walk took the group on to Simonsbath, which they reached in the early afternoon. Sunday found the group treated to another lovely day, as they walked on across Exmoor, catching sight of several red dear on the moor. Finally they descended steeply into Lynmouth – icecreams all round!
Overall the event has been a huge success. Tasty meals were eaten (to be walked off next day) and the occasional celebratory drink consumed. Everyone who took part enjoyed the walking, the scenery, and most of all, each other’s company.
A group of around 30 members have just enjoyed 3 days walking in Northumbria, whilst staying at the HF house in Alnmouth. Walks varied from easy strolls round Bamburgh and Lindisfarne, to more strenuous days out across wonderful heather-covered landscapes. As usual, the hotel was very comfortable, and the meals excellent. Entertainment in the evenings included a quiz, a bat walk and a visit to a local hall, where there was a live music concert featuring Northumbrian pipes.
These holidays prove consistently popular, and we hope to try another HF break next year – watch this space!
This year’s Cramble was based in Nottinghamshire. On July 9th the group walked some 5 miles into Southwell, where they had lunch in the grounds of the magnificent Minster.
After lunch the group split into two – those wanting to explore Southwell, and those wishing to do a circular walk, following some of the Robin hood Way. Although those in Southwell were disappointed that the shops were mostly closed, they were able to visit the minster, or even the workhouses, a National Trust establishment on the outskirts of the town.
The day was blessed with good, sunny and warm weather, and the walks were enjoyed by all. To round off the day the group travelled to the Oakmere Golf club, where we were able to freshen up and enjoy a 3 course dinner together.
Those who took part in the day all said how much they had enjoyed it. However, there were fewer than 30 participants, and the club therefore made a financial loss on the day. The committee will have to decide whether to put on a similar event next year given the disappointing level of support.
Derek Jones, who runs these NNAS acredited courses, has recently contacted the club about the next round of courses he plans to run:
“I am starting a list of people interested in the next set of courses. How it works is when there are about 20 names on the list an email is sent to everyone asking what days and dates they cannot attend. The courses (3 x 4 hour sessions) are then arranged to suit the responses and are at levels one or two.”
Several club members have attended these courses in the past, and found them both enjoyable and of great value. If you would like to be added to Derek’s list for his next course, or want further information, please contact the club via our ‘Contact us’ page, and we will pass on your email to Derek.
Or contact him directly via email@example.com .
Whilst a group of Pathfinders members were walking in Snowdonia, on our recent autumn weekend break, we met a couple of fellow walkers, and stopped for a chat. They told us about a new trail, which they had had some part in formulating, called the North Wales Pilgrim’s Way. They have since sent us some leaflets, detailing what looks like a very attractive trail.
It runs from Holywell, in Denbighshire, along the north coast, down the Lleyn peninsula, finishing at Bardsey Island, a distance of 135 miles. Stamps can be collected for your ‘passport’ along the way.
Further information can be found at www.pilgrims-way-north-wales.org