messages to members
Dear White Cliffs Rambler, Walking outside is still regarded as one of the safest activities with significant health benefits for those taking part. However, following recent news on the numbers of Covid-19 cases and the likely transmission of the new variant Omicron it is important that we all do what we can to reduce risks to all Group Members, other Ramblers Members and members of the public. Official Ramblers (and Government) advice has not changed yet meaning that we are still allowed to take part in Group Walks with no limit on numbers, however it may take a short time for the official advice to be updated in light of the recent news. For those people proposing to join the forthcoming Group Walks I ask that you take the following precautions to help keep everyone safe. • As has been previously advised, if you have Covid symptoms, don’t attend a group walk. • If you have recently socialised with other people and are planning to join a Group Walk please consider taking a lateral flow test before you do, and only attend if the result is negative. Whilst on a walk, please take care to respect other footpath users, especially so when the path is narrow. Others may be daunted by a large group coming towards them. Slow down, keep to one side of the path and try to give as much space as possible to allow each to comfortably pass. We will continue to monitor government and Ramblers guidance and will keep you updated as appropriate. Everyone’s co-operation in these difficult times is appreciated. Regards John Pye Chair White Cliffs Ramblers
Please see attached the draft minutes of our AGM which took place on Sunday at St Margarets. After a difficult couple of years, we are delighted to welcome our new chairman, John Pye, who has already been a member of the committee for the past year. We look forward to working with you in your new role, John, and thank you for stepping up to take on this essential position in the Group. Thanks, too, to Tony Bristow, who has been very proactive as Acting Chairman since last December.
At our recent Group Committee meeting I agreed to take on the role of Chairman of the Festival Committee. I had been inspired to do this because of a conversation I had with Les Preston in August in which he expressed his fear that we could lose continuity with a number of important changes to the Committee and he was concerned that this might jeopardise the future of the Festival. The Festival has been such a huge and popular success - despite the challenges that we have all faced over the last two years- for White Cliffs Ramblers and for the promotion of the love of walking to a wider audience - as well as contributing to tourism in our beautiful area, that we must ensure that we go on to hold another Festival next year - and for many years to come . I am very conscious that I am a relative newcomer to the Committee and that I have much to learn about its organisation and the many roles which have been undertaken to ensure the success of the Festival over the last 8 years. I am arranging to liaise with our outgoing Chairman, Neil, to be able to access and familiarise myself with the records and files that he, and his predecessor, Bev kept over the last few years, and I hope to talk to all of you in due course too. I will do my best to work with everyone to make WCWF 2022 another success. I know I have a hard act to follow! At the 2021 Festival Committee meeting last week, we agreed to have our first meeting to look ahead to 2022 by Zoom on Wednesday 24th November at 10am. At this meeting, I suggest our main agenda will be to identify and agree a timetable for what needs to be organised over the coming year and to enable us to get to know each other as a new committee especially as we welcome Kevin and Jane to the Committee. I hope you will be able to attend. Rhona has already circulated the minutes of last Friday's meeting, but I would like to echo and add my thanks to Neil. John Grace and Gavin for all the work they have put in to organise previous Festivals and which we will be able to build on in the future.
Today (Thursday) a number of us from White Cliffs Ramblers were able to join family members, friends and former colleagues in paying our last farewells to Les Preston. His funeral took place at Shorncliffe Military Cemetery, and was followed by a celebration of his life at Etchinghill Golf Club. Anyone wishing to make a donation in his memory can do so by clicking on the following links to Just Giving: