This is the content of the Autumn 2021 Newsletter excluding what is already  within the website e.g Walks Programme and  Holiday / Event details

NEWSLETTER                      Autumn 2021

CHAT FROM THE CHAIR

It seems that Hollywood needs the Reading Rambling Club, for on our walk from Boveney the car park was closed for filming.  Then just four days later they were at it again and the car park on our West Wycombe walk was also obstructed by another film crew.  You have to give those guys points for perseverance.

Memories of our Gower trip came with the news that meat from sheep reared on the salt marshes there has now acquired "Special Status" as it has a rather distinctive flavour.  It may be best to try some soon before sea levels rise to force the flocks back on to more firma terra.

At last we can celebrate our Club's 90th year with our Grand Anniversary Christmas Lunch on Wednesday 1st December at Badgemoor Park Golf Club, Henley.  It would be great to see a large gathering of our members, so do make a special effort to come along if you possibly can.

Happy Autumn Rambling!

Tom Harrison, Chairman.

CAR PARKING

Many of our popular car parks for starting walks are now charging 7 days a week, particularly in South Oxfordshire which includes Goring, Henley and Wallingford.  In addition some Henley car parks now restrict the maximum stay to 3 hours including Sundays.

Car park charges have also been applied by the Culden Fawr Estate which covers Mill End and Hambleden.

FIND THE START

As explained in the General Information Sheet, Ctrl + Click on the grid reference (the blue letters and numbers) on the walks programme displays a map showing the start point.  Below the map “Click here to convert coordinates” gives list of alternative coordinates for the start point which now also includes the “What 3 Words” reference.

CLUB COMMUNICATIONS

In 2016/2017 Reading Rambling Club created a new website, encouraged electronic bank transfers for holiday payments and introduced a Private Facebook Group.  We were uncertain as to how our members would be attracted to the Digital Age and after a four year period we can state that:

The website has become the key communication tool to update members on planned activities, used by at least 75% of members.  We will continue with the printed Newsletter for those that prefer this option.  The website was invaluable during COVID when late changes had to be made to the Walks Programme and we still recommend that you check the website for the latest information before attending a specific event.

Electronic bank transfer has become the norm for most members.  I have not written a single cheque in the last 12 months as all transactions have been electronically.  With holiday cancellations due to COVID, all refunds to members were made electronically; considerably easier than writing the cheques and distributing them by post.

The Private Facebook Group (Reading Rambling Club) allows two way communication between members and the club.  Most posts are a quick feedback plus images of a recent walk, or feedback to the Committee on holidays and events.  However, being Private you can only join by request and the club only approves individuals who are members.  Any posts or pictures can only be seen by other members of RRC.  It is therefore private.  25 of our current members are now part of the Group.

Facebook is part of Social Media but much of the bad publicity of Social Media is directed at Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat etc. used by youngsters.  Facebook has become the older generation’s preferred social media.  To join you need to set up a Facebook account (free), search for Reading Rambling Club, request to join and that’s it.  You could restrict your activity to just Reading Rambling Club and a few of your family and friends.

Vyv James, Treasurer.

EVENT BOOKING

Events may be booked either on line or by paper form.

To make an on line booking send the organiser an email stating the information requested on the booking form/s (along with any additional information e.g. special dietary requirements) with a copy to the Treasurer, Vyv James, vyv@vyvjames.com; please pay by on line banking, Sort Code 08 92 99, Account 65274075, include the online payment reference given on the booking form.

To make a paper booking print the form/s at the end of the newsletter, complete and send to the organiser (along with any additional information e.g. special dietary requirements); please pay by cheque payable to Reading Rambling Club.

Please do not mix methods.