January 2017

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Hello everyone, and a very Happy New 2017!

We have have had a few new members join us recently and would like to extend a warm welcome to them. We currently have 53 paid-up members plus 5 ‘lifers’. New members are always very welcome, so do please do encourage friends and colleagues to join.

Winter Walks Programme
As always, we have another programme of walks lined up for you for February to April. Thanks again to Katherine for her work as Walks Organiser, which is no easy task. During this coldest, bleakest time of the year, it’s good to be out and about, taking in the fresh air and the beautiful landscapes we have on our doorstep. Isn’t it?

Annual General Meeting: Sunday 26th February 2017
Full details are given on the separate statutory notice that comes with this newsletter. Do remember to make your lunch choice and return the booking slip to Pete in good time.

Our speaker this year is Paul Rendell, otherwise known as ‘Dartmoor Paul’, who will be giving an illustrated talk on “The secret wildlife on Dartmoor”. Paul is a full-time professional moorland guide, author of several books on Dartmoor and editor of the Dartmoor News. You can read more about him by visiting his website: http://paulrendelldartmoor.co.uk.

Please note, there will be a vacancy for a new Committee member as Bill will be standing down. If anyone is interested in this position, please contact Christabel before the AGM.

We’ll also be holding the now-traditional BRING & BUY SALE to raise funds for the annual club outing later in the year. For those who haven’t been before, we would greatly welcome donations of used or unused walking or outdoor gear in good condition, any home-made produce or crafts, and any unwanted maps, books or gifts. Just bring them along on the day.

** A reminder to bring your favourite photos for the pin board.  Members will certainly be interested in your ‘best shots’ taken on club walks during the past year, with a maximum of two per person please. Please also bring details of when you took the picture, and where. We look forward to seeing classic landscape pictures, close-ups, abstract or anything unusual or humorous.

Proposal to increase annual membership subscription to £10 per person
There has not been an increase in a number of years now. This is something the Committee has been discussing and will be asking the membership to vote on at the AGM. Among other things, an increase would enable us to continue to meet at least partial cost of the coach for the annual outing. In recent years, we have funded this from very generous one-off donations from previous members.

 Advance notice of future walks: two dates to save in your diaries
The following have been proposed for future programmes and are being advertised now so that you can save the dates.

The Templer Way – proposed date 28th May 2017
This is a historic and scenic waymarked route of 18 miles between Haytor on Dartmoor and Teignmouth on the coast. The Way traces the route by which granite was exported from Dartmoor via the unique Haytor Granite Tramway and the Stover Canal and is comprehensively waymarked except on the open moor. The route is named after the Templer family, who built the tramway and canal. The walk offers a wide range of scenery, including open moorland, woodland, river valleys, the Teign estuary and foreshore, together with glimpses of old quays and locks, the old tramway and canal. Four club members completed this walk in October last year and found it was a very enjoyable, easy walk. If you regularly do an 8, 9 or 10 mile Sunday club walk, then the Templer Way will be no problem to you. Walking the route from Haytor to Teignmouth it is mostly downhill. Further details of the walk can be found here: https://www.teignbridge.gov.uk/article/2690/Templer-Way

North Devon Weekend – propsed date 2nd-3rd September 2017
This will be a second attempt at the weekend away (camping or B&B, depending on preference) organised by Andrew and Lesley in 2016, which had to be cancelled due to appalling weather on the Saturday. Full details will follow but will be the same as before: a short walk on the Saturday afternoon followed by supper, and a full-day walk on the Sunday.

‘Ask Arthur’ Corner
Whilst out on one of our many delightful walks, a few of us remarked that a couple of cows in a field had their two back legs chained together via a ‘manacle’ on each leg, located just above the hoof. Our “go-to” man on the ground, Arthur (who has been a herdsman in a previous life) was called upon to give an explanation. He explained that they can be used to stop a cow kicking out at other cows. Some cows are, well, ‘cows’ to others! A kick from one of them can cause a huge amount of damage and being shackled helps prevent this, without splitting away the offending animals from the herd. This method is known as ‘hobbling’ and the hobble is the device which limits the motion of the legs. We thought this only happened in Ben Hur, certainly not in the fields of Woodbury in Devon!

Useful Websites
For general information about UK events, http://rambleon.org.uk/
OS maps are available from the Millets website with 40% discount and free delivery. A very good offer and there is a large selection to choose from: http://www.millets.co.uk

We are sorry to learn that Kit Cozens, who was Treasurer of the Club for many years, recently passed away.

Would you like to contribute an item of news or advertise an event in a future newsletter?
If so, please send suggestions to your editors, Janet or Julia H.

Reminder about our club sponsors
Our club relies on generous annual donations from several sponsors. These businesses in turn rely on your custom.

If you are booking a Ramblers UK or worldwide holiday, please look out for the Walking Partnership logo. Our club is eligible to receive a contribution each time one of our members (including friends and family) books a Ramblers holiday: £10 for UK, £20 for short-haul and £30 for long-haul holidays. Remember, you do have to ask for it, but it’s a simple process – please do so!!

SOS – Support Our Sponsors whenever you can!

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