The Area Council has been considering what support to offer to the various walking and canal festivals planned in the County.
As you may be aware in the past we have taken our publicity stand to Blisworth Canal festival in August, volunteers to help put up the gazebo and to chat to people visiting the stand are needed, please do get in touch with me or Claire if you can help. (8th/9th August 2015) Indeed we could do more of this type of event if we had more volunteers to help.
On a national note I am pleased to say that the Area Council were able to see and comment on the Resolutions for the 2015 General Council (the AGM of the RA) at our recent February meeting. There was also further discussion at GC about how the organisation is to be governed in the future. (See separate story and Governance article below)
Nationally the Ramblers will be 80 this year. To mark the occasion there will be a Big Pathwatch between June and October, involving members and the public, when it is hoped to walk every footpath all over the country. Details to follow.......
Joy Tripp and Fiona Rawlings have been talking to representative of “Walking for Health” in South Northamptonshire regarding some joint walking opportunities between them and the Ramblers, and therefore introducing more shorter walks into our programmes, but also to encourage non-walkers to start walking (and potentially join the ramblers). This supports the Ramblers campaign for “Settee to Summit”
The consultation on the review of how Ramblers is governed continues. A Board of Trustees document on the proposals forms the basis of the consultation. Please do take the time to have a look at this, as the Group and Area committees, and I'm sure individuals, will shortly be asked for their comments. These proposals suggest an evolution, not revolution, to changing the way Ramblers is run, with Area taking more of a lead role, supporting and coordinating volunteers and Groups. What do you think? Let us know.
We are currently looking for volunteers to join our footpaths secretaries on their sub-committee to help with this valuable work, a full description of the requirements of this role can be found on the Ramblers website. We would also like to put a call out again for a Walking Environment Officer and Minutes Secretary for the Area Council.