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Congratulations to Don Davenport and Dereck Smith

Congratulations to Don Davenport and Dereck Smith from Sheringham Ramblers, who have been awarded certificates for their long service to the organisation.

Dereck Smith has been a loyal servant of Sheringham Ramblers for over twenty years. In that time he has served on the committee for many years as well as being a regular helper at our many social events. However it is as a walk leader that he has made his greatest contribution,always offering 3 walks every booklet (ie, 9 long walks a year). In fact this is the first year that he has had to miss any, after suffering inflammation of one leg-he complained to his doctor that he was having to miss his walks-to which his doctor replied that he was 85! He is now back leading Ramblers as well as his U3A groups as the popular leader he has always been and someone right at the heart of the local group.

Don Davenport has also been a loyal servant of Sheringham Ramblers for over 20 years, has also been a committee man for many years and a regular contributor to the walks booklet, also as a leader of the longer walks. Don also has specialised in themed or event walks in recent years, linking in with the local carnivals. He was a prime mover in taking Cromer into the Walkers are Welcome organisation, and thus like Dereck he has contributed enormously to the well being of a good cross section of local walkers, Ramblers and others. Don is well known to all at Sheringham Ramblers and well respected.

Richard May, the area chairman of Norfolk Ramblers, said:

“It is always a great pleasure to present awards to members that have done so much for walkers in Norfolk, and to recognise all of their hard work. Ramblers, both in Norfolk, and GB wide, achieves great things because of our many dedicated volunteers. Congratulations to Dereck and Don, for their well deserved awards”.

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Green Build Show at Felbrigg Hall


Thanks to all those who helped at our stand at the Green Build stand at Felbrigg this weekend, and to everyone who came to visit us. We had a very successful weekend, with particularly good weather on the Sunday, and it was great to see so many people.

Thanks also to those who made purchases of our books, the money raised goes to help our path clearance fund. It’s always really positive to get such feedback about our work and hearing from everyone in the community about their experiences with their local footpaths and areas of public access.

Thanks to Sheringham group for helping to man the stand, and other areas officers for their support! We aim to be back at the 2017 event.

New Area Committee Announced after Area AGM in Sheringham

Richard P May

Following the Norfolk Area AGM on Saturday 27 February a new area committee has been elected.

The new area chairman is Richard May who is also currently a national trustee. Richard paid tribute to the work of Bernard Moore, the retiring chairman, and said:

“Bernard has been area chair in Norfolk for as long as I have been a member of Ramblers, and I would like to thank him personally for all the work that he has put in for the Ramblers in Norfolk. He has done a great job on behalf of Norfolk for many years, and he will be a hard act to follow”.

Richard added:

“I look forward to working with the area council members and the wider membership in Norfolk to continue to keep Ramblers an organisation relevant to the 21st century walker, and hopefully to turn the corner on membership levels and start to grow our membership again”.

Peter (Treasurer), Bernard (outgoing Chairman) and Ken (Secretary)

The area AGM was held in Upper Sheringham and the Sheringham group offered an excellent welcome with biscuits and wonderful home baked cakes.

We also had an interesting talk from Paul Strong, the Head of Ramblers ICT, who also offered an overview of the meeting. Members were able to get an insight into the complex nature of the operations of the national organisation and see the hard work which under-pinned the Big Pathwatch scheme.

After the formal part of the meeting we were also given a wonderfully entertaining talk by Richard Edwards from Sheringham Coastwatch. More information about this voluntary organisation is available at http://www.sheringhamcoastwatch.org.uk/.

Richard Edwards from Sheringham Coastwatch

The new committee is:

Chairman : Richard May

Vice-Chairman : Ian Mitchell

Treasurer : Peter James

Secretary : Ken Hawkins

Footpath Co-ordinator : Ian Mitchell

Press and Publicity : Julian White

Publications Manager : Peter James

Newsletter Co-ordinator : Richard May

Membership Secretary : Derek Goddard