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NEW PROGRAMME 2020-DATES FOR YOUR DIARY

The committee have been discussing the suggestions put forward by the members for the Sunday walks and club nights for the 2020 programme.  Although destinations have not yet been finalised, the following dates are confirmed for your diaries.

Sunday, January 19

Sunday, February 16

Tuesday, February 25 - AGM

Friday, February 28th- Monday March 2nd- Club Weekend

Sunday, March 15

Sunday, April 19

Sunday, May 17

Sunday, June14

Sunday, July 19

Sunday, August 16

Sunday, September 13

  Autumn Club Weekend – dates to be confirmed

Sunday, October 18

Sunday, November 15

Sunday, December 13

 

Sunday 13th January 6:30am Offa’s Dyke, Knighton

         Walk Organiser – Carol Gosling

Cost of this months walk is £14 members £16 non members

Our walks will explore the countryside around Knighton, using footpaths, bridleways and part of the Offa’s Dyke National Trail, which runs alongside part of the 8th century earthwork of Offa’s Dyke itself.

All walks start at Knucklas and finish in Knighton.

A Walk

The A party will walk under the impressive viaduct at Knucklas and make their way to Cwm Jenkin, via Pentrusco. They head north-west to Upper Hall Farm, then north to Wernygeufron Hill, continuing in a northerly direction to Stoney Pound. Here they turn south easterly to pick up the Jack Mitton Way and the Offa’s Dyke Path, which is followed back to Knighton.

Leaders:  Dave Arnot and Carol Gosling      Distance: 24 k - Height Gain: 900m              

B Walk

The B party will ascend Castle Hill, the site of the ruined Knucklas Castle, then, head north- west over Bwlch-y-Plain, and Goytre Hill to Wernygeufron Hill. They continue in a northerly direction until they reach Mellin-y-Grogue, where they turn south easterly. They turn northwards again at Llanfair Waterdine and eventually reach the Jack Mitton Way and Offa’s Dyke Path, which they follow to Knighton.

Leaders:Bob Price, Nigel Compton and Gary Price     Distance: 20km-Height Gain: 850m

C Walk

The C party climb Castle Hill, then turn eastwards to Monaughty Poeth. Here they walk in a northerly direction via Llandinshop, ascending to the Offa’s Dyke Trail. They follow this to the coach at Knighton.

Leaders: Howard Hill and Wendy Price       Distance: 14km -Height Gain 600m

Maps:       Explorer 201 Knighton and Presteigne

 


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All Those Years Ago!
The seed was sown in the Autumn of 1973 when Ken Smithem was asked to arrange walks for a few interested colleagues in the Lucas electronics factory at Mere Green. Having thought he had discouraged them with the scramble up Tryfan they came back for more, so the idea of a club was formed. At an inaugural meeting, which was so well attended that it filled the whole canteen area, the Lucas Fellwalking and Rambling Club was born. Representatives from the nine main midlands factory areas were elected to produce a programme of walks.

The cold, 20 - seater coach for the first club walk, left the Great King Street factory on 17th February 1974, bound for Lathkill Dale. In this first year. members' subs were deducted from their monthly wages. Finding this arrangement less than satisfactory, the club was dissolved at its first AGM in February 1975, and reopened to all-comers as the Hill Walking Club - a double entendre reflecting the Hill Village area of its origin as well as our intention of being much more than a rambling club.

>Ray Siddell was the first chairman, and Stan Patchett designed the first club badge which is still seen on a few rucksacks, and now on the website. Little remains in the club archive from that very early period, but an entry from May 1975 details two walks interestingly described as a 'Ramble' and a 'Fell Walk'. The Ramble led by Joy and Ken Madeley took walkers from Patterdale, along Grisedale to finish at Grasmere. The Fell Walk led by Stan Bellaby and (of course!) Ken Smithem, was over St Sunday Crag, offering walkers a chance to watch fell runners on the Fairfield Horseshoe.

Many friendships, marriages, subgroups for weekly walks and backpacking have been generated from the contacts through the Club – we all have that common interest at heart.

May it long continue.


Ken

How do I contact the club for more information? Use the contact email link at the top of this page, and we will get back to you. It would be useful if you leave a phone number.

Can I come on the next walk?

 

Use the email link at the top of this page and we will get back to you about coach availability, please leave a phone number
Where do you meet? The coach picks us up from the car park in Mere Green.
How do I become a member? The Club Rules require that a prospective member would normally have to complete 2 "B" walks succesfully to be eligible for club membership.

What fitness level is required?

 

A good level of fitness is required as all walks are in mountainous and sometimes remote areas.An average "B" walk is 18 kilometres in length and 900 metres of ascent, depending on the terrain,to be completed in about 6 hrs

What equipment is needed?

 

Please refer to the "Safety & Kit" link

What do I wear?

 

Please refer to the "Safety & Kit" link
How much does it cost?

The annual membership at present is £20. The coach costs vary, depending on the distance travelled, but is generally between £12 and £17.

Is there an age limit? We don't have an upper age limit, -as long as you are fit enough to do the walks, thats fine. We do have a lower age limit of 18.
Can I take my dog on the walks? No, we don't have dogs on our Sunday walks.

 

 

 PRIVACY POLICY FOR HILL WALKING CLUB

Hill Walking Club  takes your privacy seriously and is committed to ensuring that all personal information handled by the club is processed according to the legally compliant standards of the General Data Protection Regulations which came into force on 25thMay 2018. As a “controller” of the personal information that you provide to us, this privacy notice sets out how, why and for how long we will use your personal data, as well as whom it is shared with. It also explains your legal rights as a data subject and how to exercise them.

What we need from you

When you join as a member of Hill Walking Club or renew your membership, we may ask you the following personal information:

Contact details – name, address, email address, phone number and emergency contact details.

If you do not provide us with the personal information that we need this may affect our ability to offer you our membership services.

When we collect your data, we will ask your consent to use it in different ways e.g. preferred means of contact.  We will only use your personal data in ways you have given us permission to do so.

Why we need your personal information

Administration

We collect and use personal data solely for administrative purposes in order to help us carry out our services to members.

This includes:

  • Receiving membership subscriptions.
  • Issuing membership renewal reminders
  • Maintaining a contact database of our committee, leaders and members and their contact permissions.
  • Fulfilling coach bookings placed on-line, over the phone or in person.
  • AGM and Committee notices
  • Organising club activities including recces.
  • Reasons of safety on the hills in the event of difficulties or emergency
  • Banking officers will have access to bank details when required.

Legitimate purposes

We may also share personal information with professional and legal advisors for the purpose of obtaining advice.

We respect your privacy and will not sell or disclose your personal information to any third party, including other walking groups locally or nationally.

How we protect your personal information

Your personal information is accessed by our committee, only for the purposes set out above. It is stored by our club in a password protected computer database and paper based filing systems which are securely stored.

How long we keep your personal information

We only keep your personal information for as long as necessary to provide you with membership services. Unless you ask us not to, we will review and delete your personal information where you have not renewed your membership with us for one year.

You have a right to:

  • Change your communication preferences or restrict the processing of your personal data for specific purposes.
  • Request that we correct your personal data if you believe it is inaccurate or incomplete.
  • Request that we delete your personal information.
  • Access the personal data that we hold about you through a “subject access request”.

You can contact us by e-mail at: walking@hwcsc.co.uk

Complaints

If you are unhappy about how we have used your data, you can complain to the Honorary Secretary of the club

If you are not happy with our response, or you believe that your data protection or privacy rights have been infringed, you can complain to the UK Information Commissioner’s Office which regulates and enforces data protection law in the UK. Details of how to do this can be found at www.ico.org.uk

Notification of change of Privacy Policy

Hill Walking Club reserves the right to amend this Privacy Policy at any time. Notice of any change will be posted on our website and will be deemed effective on publication.

Honorary Secretary

Hill Walking Club

August 2018

The following list of clothing and equipment is agreed by the Club Committee, and links directly with the club rules.If committee members are unhappy about your clothing you may be restricted in the walks you can do, or even excluded from the days walk.

Considered to be essential;

  • Walking Boots with a good ankle support and well cleated soles.(Trainers or Approach Shoes are not acceptable)
  • Good quality waterproofs, jacket and over trousers.
  • Hat
  • Gloves
  • Rucksack(do not share)
  • Hot Flasks are needed in winter.
  • Plenty of water in the summer will stop you getting dehydrated.
  • Enough food for the day

Advisory;

  • Extra warm top.
  • Gaiters
  • Spare Socks
  • A change of dry clothing left on the coach is useful.
  • Sun protection cream (all seasons)
  • Map, compass and torch
  • Survival bag
  • Personal First Aid Kit (comprehensive kit carried by walk leaders)

General;

  • Clothes must be able to adapt to changeable mountain weather. Tops and trousers will be more comfortable made from lightweight fabrics designed to keep you warm in winter or cool in summer. These fabrics often draw moisture away from your body keeping you more comfortable. Thick cotton garments should be avoided as they are likely to get very wet, taking a long time to dry. Jeans are not allowed.
  • You will be out for a whole day, with no scheduled visits to food shops.You need sufficient calories to get you up the hills!
  • Please let the walk leaders know if you have a medical condition which could affect you on the walk

 

 

   

Carol the "Chair" (Likes to be addressed as Sir)

Colin the club secretary

 
   

Bob our membership secretary

John our treasurer (and the owner of the fattest wallet you're ever likely to see)

 
   

Wendy, keeps everybody in order

Arthur, our man in the Lakes

 
   

Howard, not the youngest on the committee

Rob  
    Petra, one of our small group of extreme walkers
 

Tony, Our co-opted committee member and another member of the small group of extreme walkers

 
Weather Forecasts

AUTUMN NEWSLETTER 2019

Autumn is upon us again, with colder temperatures and darker evenings. We still have some cracking walks in the programme for the next three months, so let’s hope for some fine autumn sunshine to enjoy the colours of the season.

AUTUMN WEEKEND – BIDEFORD 4th -7th OCTOBER

Another splendid weekend was enjoyed by 36 club members and friends in Bideford, North Devon.Accommodation was at The Royal Hotel – the best hotel to date, excellent accommodation, food and staff.Weather – Saturday, we had a few light showers. Sunday was warm and sunny with a cool wind.

Walks:-

Saturday – Two walks, the longer walk (20km) from Clovelly was led by Colin and the shorter walk (14km) from Bucks Cross was led by Wendy. Both walks followed the undulating SWCP (Southwest Coastal Path) back to Westward Ho!

Sunday – One circular, more leisurely walk (19km) from the hotel along the SWCP via Westward Ho! and Appledoor, with a pub stop for lunch

Colin picked a great venue and hotel for his final time as organiser of the autumn weekend and was thanked by everyone for all his efforts over the last 22 years.

BEER & SKITTLES LEE MARSTON HOTEL - OCTOBER 18TH  2019

Thirty five of us are meeting for a beer and skittles evening which includes your pre booked supper. We understand that as well as the skittle alley, we have been promised indoor games(!!)

Meet up time is 7pm –supper will be served about half way through the proceedings –and apparently, the bar can be open until midnight!

Address: Lee Marston Hotel, Haunch Lane, Lea Marston, Sutton Coldfield B76 0BY

 DECEMBER MEAL AND COACH

This year, we visit the Monsal Head Hotel in the Peak District for our annual dinner. John Collins, the organiser, will need to order the meals a week before the event. The board will come around the coach in the next two months for you to make your choice.  Completion of this form does not book a coach seat. The normal booking system does that.

Travel

The meal is open to all members and non-members (at a higher price). If you do not have a seat on the coach, ie if take-up is more than 57, then you will need to arrange a car share. But with the meal and walk it is still good value. It just means that the unselfish driver of the car restricts his or her drinking. The club makes some reimbursement to the car driver for petrol.

Dress for Hotel

Remember to bring change of clothing, towel etc.

Payment & membership

The December walk price for members will be announced in November. The cost will include the walk and your three course meal, with a supplement for non-members. The annual subscription for 2020 is £20 so we are happy to have a payment to cover both.

The simplest way to make this payment is online - please contact John Collins for the bank details, if you don’t already have them. The payment must be made by Monday 9th December to allow payment to the hotel. If you have any queries please email John Collins jandpcollins@hotmail.com . If you pay for yourself and somebody else, please let the treasurer know who else is covered by your payment.

THE NEW PROGRAMME

This year we have had difficulties finding suitable hotels both for the Christmas meal and the October weekend. This has meant a delay in the finalisation of the 2020 programme for printing, but it is well on the way and should be distributed on the December coach. The dates for 2020 are listed at the bottom of the programme page on the website.

EVENING WALKS 2020

We have decided not to organise any formal evening walks during the summer of 2020. There has been a general lack of support for these events over the last few years with only around 10% of members attending for any one walk. We have also found it more difficult to get volunteer organisers outside of the committee.

We will review this decision for the following programme of 2021.

EUROPEAN HOLIDAY 2020

Over the last few years, some very successful walking holidays have been organised in Switzerland, Austria and France by Mike Harris and Roger Pobjoy. If members wish this holiday to continue, we need a new volunteer to take it forward into 2020. If you would be interested in this role, please let us know. As it stands, the holiday will not go ahead unless someone volunteers to take up the reins.

HILL WALKING CLUB MEMBERSHIP ANNIVERSARIES

Bob Price, our membership secretary, has again been reviewing the club records to find those who have reached a significant anniversary (multiples of 5 years) in their years of membership. Still no gold watches to be had!

In 2019, the following members will have completed:

10 Years Membership

Michael Bowen

Eileen Moore

Linda Smith

5 years Membership

Paul Green

Colin Jackson

Matthew Lumley

Rekah Maralidhar

John Quinn

Angela Rushbrooke

QUOTE OF THE QUARTER

The road is made by walking,

Abreast or single file.

While idlers sit there gawking, child,

Come walk with me a while.

No miles are made by talking

No map can stride a mile

The road is made for walking, child.

Come walk with me a while.

Felix Dennis  -  publisher, poet, performer, philanthropist, impresario and tree planter.

 

 

 

The Hill Walking Club, based in Royal Sutton Coldfield, offers a warm welcome to people who enjoy challenging and adventurous walks in the hills and mountains of England and Wales. We are a convivial group and look forward to welcoming new enthusiasts to our club.
Once a month on a Sunday, our walking programme takes us to the best high places in England and Wales. Starting from Sutton Coldfield in the West Midlands, we travel there and back by coach, replacing the stress of driving with a comfortable journey, -and maybe even a nap and a drink!
We usually offer three walks of varying length and difficulty, and because we take the safety of our members seriously all routes are thoroughly researched and led by the Club’s most experienced walkers. We also have local evening walks in summer, occasional club nights in winter, and weekends away at least twice a year.
The Hill Walking Club has been visiting Britains hills and mountains for over 40 years and many life-long frienships have started on our outings. Our walks are a wonderful way to stay fit and active and a chance to experience the joys of hill walking in the British countryside.
So, explore our website further. If you like what you see and would like to join us, then please use the contact at the top of this page.

Hill Walking Club

Constitution

1 The Club shall be called the Hill Walking Club, hereafter to be referred to as ‘the Club’ and shall be affiliated to the Ramblers’ Association.
2 Objects: To foster and promote challenging walks in hill country, providing opportunities for recreation and leisure.
3 Membership: The following are eligible for membership:
3.1 Membership of the Club shall be open to any person of 18yrs or above, completing a membership application form and paying the relevant subscription as determined by the Annual General Meeting, and who has completed two walks with the Club, to the satisfaction of the Committee.
3.2 There shall be 2 classes of membership available. These are:
3.2.1 Full Member
3.2.2 Honorary Member
4. Expulsion of Members: Members of the Club whose conduct is inappropriate or who decline to abide by any of the Club Rules may be expelled or suspended by a resolution passed at a meeting of the Committee where their subscription may be forfeited. Members shall have a right to appeal in person to the Committee with regard to any decision affecting them, provided that notice of such appeal is submitted to the Secretary, in writing, within seven days of the notification of the decision.
5. Officers and Committee Members: There will be nine members of the Club committee, three of which shall hold the offices of Chairperson, Secretary, and Treasurer.
6. Election of Officers and Committee:
6.1 All Committee members shall be elected for a period of three years. The elections shall be staggered in order to maintain continuity within the Committee.
6.2 Each year, any member of the Club may offer him/herself for election to the Committee, provided that a proposed and seconded application form is received by the Committee 60 days prior to the AGM.
Elections shall take place at the Annual General Meeting.
6.3 The officers shall be decided by the Committee.
7. Duties of the Committee:
7.1 The affairs of the Club shall be controlled by the Committee. The Committee shall meet at agreed intervals, and not less than twelve times per year.
7.2 The duties of the Committee shall be:
7.2.1 To control the affairs of the Club on behalf of the members.
7.2.2 To keep accurate records of the finances of the Club through the Treasurer. These shall be available for reasonable inspection by members, and should be externally reviewed before every Annual General Meeting. The Club shall maintain a bank account and the following officers shall be authorised to sign Club cheques: two from the Chairperson, Treasurer, and Secretary.
7.2.3 To co-opt additional members to the Committee if the Committee feels this is necessary. Co-opted members shall not be entitled to a vote on the Committee.
7.2.4 To make decisions on the basis of a simple majority vote.
8. General Meetings:
8.1 The Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Club shall be held not later than the end of February each year. At least 60 days written notice of the AGM shall be given to members. Members must advise the Secretary in
writing of any business to be moved at the AGM at least 30 days before the meeting. A copy of the Agenda shall be sent to members not less than 7 days before the meeting.

8.2 The business of the AGM shall be to:
8.2.1 Receive and confirm the minutes of the previous AGM and any Special General Meetings held since the last AGM from the Secretary.
8.2.2 Receive the externally reviewed accounts for the year from the Treasurer.
8.2.3 Receive the annual report of the Club’s activities from theChairperson.
8.2.4 Elect Committee members as necessary.
8.2.5 Transact such business received in writing by the Secretary from members 30 days prior to the meeting and included on the agenda.
8.2.6 Accept, from members, items of Any Other Business which do not require a vote.
8.3 Special General Meetings may be convened by the Committee or on receipt by the Secretary of a request in writing, from not less than 5 Full Members of the Club. At least 30 days notice of the meeting shall be given.
8.4 At all General Meetings, the chair will be taken by the Chairperson or, in their absence, by a deputy appointed by the Committee.
8.5 Decisions taken at a General Meeting shall be by a single majority vote.
8.6 A quorum for a General Meeting shall be 16 members.
8.7 Each Full Member of the Club shall be entitled to one vote at
General Meetings.
9. Alterations to the Constitution: Any proposed alterations to the Club Constitution may only be considered at the Annual or a Special General Meeting, convened with the required notice of the proposal. Any alteration or amendment must be proposed by a Full Member of the Club, and seconded by another Full Member. Such alterations may be passed subject to conditions 8.5 and 8.6.
10
. Dissolution:
10.1 If at any General Meeting of the Club, a resolution be passed calling for dissolution of the Club, the Secretary shall immediately convene a Special General Meeting to be held not less than 30 days
thereafter to discuss and vote on the resolution.
10.2 If at that Special General Meeting, the resolution is carried by a simple majority, the General Committee shall thereupon, or at such date as shall have been specified in the resolution, proceed to realize the assets of the Club and discharge all debts and liabilities of the Club.
10.3 After discharging all debts and liabilities of the Club, the remaining
assets shall not be paid or distributed amongst the members of the Club,
but shall be given or transferred to some other organisation or organizations having objectives similar to those of the Club.

Hill Walking Club

Rules

1 The annual subscription is set by the Committee and will run from 1st January to 31st December.
2 The Club requires that all members participating in full day walks are equipped according to the requirements outlined in the document which they receive when accepted for membership. Failure to do this could result in being excluded from the walk, and possible expulsion from the Club.
3 Members will have priority booking up to 2 weeks before the day of the walk. After that, any remaining seats will be made available to non-members. The fare for the day becomes due in full at the time of booking and should be paid into the Club bank account by the Thursday before the walk. If the seat is cancelled later than 7pm on the Thursday prior to the walk, the fare will still be payable unless the seat is resold and the coach is full.
4 The coach will leave Mere Green at the time stated in the programme. Refunds will not be available for those who miss it.
5 In the event of the coach being oversubscribed, members who sign on waiting lists for a walk must accept the Committee’s decisions re priority. It is the member’s responsibility to contact the Secretary before the walk to confirm or reject their place on the coach.
6 Visitors and guests are welcome on full day walks at the discretion of the Committee, having given prior notice. They will be charged a visitor’s fare and be expected to adopt the rules regarding walking and equipment.
7 During the walk, it is the responsibility of all walkers to accept the guidance of the leaders, respect the countryside codes and maintain a corporate responsibility which ensures a safe and successful day for all participants.
8 Members on walks must inform the leaders if they are aware of any medical condition or other reasons which might affect the successful completion of the walk.


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