I do hope you are able to enjoy the good walking weather we have been having!
The Area Council are continuing to work on your behalf on projects to promote a safe and beautiful walking environment for all our members in the Northamptonshire Area, however it is always important that you show your support when out and about by reporting any obstacles on our Rights of Way, for example fallen trees, broken stiles or access difficulties.
MGWSP, the contractor responsible for maintenance of Rights of Way in Northamptonshire provide a service called “Street Doctor” to report such issues, the contact details of which can be found in our Footpaths section. I am also pleased to announce that Katie Angel, the Team Manager from MGWSP responsible for Rights of Way, will be joining us at our AGM on the 23rd November to talk about their roles and responsibilities in the walking environment.
The Area Council is also very much looking forward to the 25th Anniversary of the Northamptonshire Area this Autumn. How many of us can remember our inaugural meeting on the 5th November 1988 or the first AGM on 25th November 1989. I would like to extend a warm invite to all our members of the Northamptonshire Area to attend some or all of the Queen Eleanor Walks commencing on 27th September and to join us to celebrate our successes with a cup of tea at the end of the final leg on the 5th October.
Plans are well underway for our celebratory 25th anniversary Queen Eleanor Walk from Stamford to Stony Stratford. All walk details have now been provided by all the Northamptonshire Groups.
Please note that as all walks are LINEAR special meeting instructions have been carefully detailed to maximise car sharing opportunities.
DOWNLOAD the walk instructions.
Please also note that if you are planning to come on the final leg on Sunday, 5 October, it is important to let David Yeomans of the Daventry Group know by 9 September, for catering purposes.Read more: Celebrate 25 years of the Area Council with Queen Eleanor
The Northamptonshire Area AGM will be held at Wadenhoe Village Hall, Church Street, Wadenhoe on Sunday, 23 November 2014. Before the AGM there will be a choice of two walks, starting from Wadenhoe Village Hall and led by members of the 20’s to 40’s Group who have organised the day.Read more: Notice of 2014 Annual General Meeting
Just like it says on the main Ramblers website, our work to protect and expand the places where we walk and promote walking for health and leisure wouldn't be possible without the help of thousands of dedicated individuals across Britain who give their time and expertise as volunteers.
The Northants Area could do with a few more likely lads or lasses stepping forward to help to fill some roles that are currently - as Johhny Rotten might have it - pretty vacant. The roles are also open to those who didn't see a few safety pins and a bin liner as essential fashion. With the AGM fast approaching there will never be a better time to start your volunteer career with the Ramblers!
Read more: Vacancies on the Area Committee
The Northamptonshire Local Access Forum (NLAF) is being re-established.
The Northants Telegraph and Chronicle & Echo contain a Public Notice inviting applications for membership of NLAF. The closing date is Friday 29th Aug.
NLAF is a statutory body set up to advise the County Council on rights of way and green spaces. Its role includes advising on:
The County Council state that the advice NLAF gives will strongly influence how the authority performs its functions in relation to access to the countryside.
NLAF can therefore strongly influence the Council on topics of current concern to the Area Council and Footpath Committee, e.g. on the prolonged closure of byways for ‘health & safety’ reasons, re-establishment of former rights of way across old airfields (e.g. Polebrook), Lost Ways, paths affected by HS2, and paths affected by hazardous crossings of major roads (A14, A43, A45).
Please consider applying for membership of NLAF. It is not onerous – there are likely to be only 4 meetings per year. Details and application forms are available from the County Council website.