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Sunday 17th January 2021

To be confirmed

 

 

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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)

Bob, our membership secretary

 
   

Howard, the club secretary

Petra, our treasurer and one of the extreme walkers

 
   

Wendy, keeps everybody in order

Arthur, our man in the Lakes

 
   

Rob, he has never classed himself as one of the extreme walkers

Tony, one of our small group of extreme walkers  
   
Ian, our latest committee member
   

 

 
Weather Forecasts

NEWSLETTER SPRING 2021

A shorter newsletter than we usually have at this time of the year for obvious reasons but time to update you all on our “trail map” out of the pandemic.

The “stay at home” rule is due to end on March 29th, but guidance remains to minimise travel.

April 12th is the date government has given for outdoor attractions, zoos etc and holiday lets and campsites to resume business so we feel that travel restrictions will be lifted then. Ramblers indicate that they are planning to restart organised walks from April 12th so we have plans to begin our activities in April, with a “car walk” PROVIDING WE CAN TRAVEL OUT OF THE LOCAL AREA.

Date of the walk would be SUNDAY APRIL 18th and would start at Hulme End, with walking on the Staffordshire/ Derbyshire border.

Howard will be emailing you more details in a week or so and you will need to book your place with him, as you did last autumn. This is important as we can only walk in restricted sized groups so we need to know numbers attending.

If all goes to plan and the virus plays ball, we hope to have Sunday car walks on May 16th and June 13th.

The government hopes to be in a position to remove all legal limits on social contact after June 21st. The earliest we will resume coaches is July 11th but this is very much dependent on being able to use most of the seats in the coach (ie if any social distancing is required) and also on having enough take up of seats to make the hire viable.

The first coach walk is likely to be in the Howgills and we are only planning walks a couple of months in front as we are aware that Wales may have different restrictions to England and that some of the more popular mountains are likely to be very crowded. The dates for the rest of the year are unchanged and can be found on the programme page of the website.

Please be aware that these arrangements are provisional and are dependent on any restrictions that may be imposed.

AGM 2021

The AGM was conducted by email this year and members received the relevant information either before or on February 23rd.  No queries or comments have been raised since then.

AUTUMN WEEKEND FRIDAY OCTOBER 22nd – MONDAY OCTOBER 25th

Accommodation is arranged at The Cavendish Hotel, Exmouth for a weekend of coastal walking on the South West Coastal Path. The hotel is located on the seafront so perfect for those early morning/late afternoon dips for the brave hearted. There may be further limited availability if you haven’t already signed up – contact Rob Maule, the weekend organiser for further information (ramte8@yahoo.com)

PEOPLE NEWS

We were very sorry to say goodbye to Roger Pobjoy at Christmas as he has moved back to the Bristol area (his original home territory) to be nearer to family –it’s that lure of the grandchildren! Roger had been an active club member for several years and could always be relied upon to recce and lead a B walk. He also organised the last club European holiday in France in 2019. Thank you for all your help Roger- we shall miss you but may be you will be able to join us on a walk if we get to the Quantocks or even South Wales.

Wendy Price is scheduled to have her second knee replacement on March 31st.  We’ll miss you whilst you are off, especially the C party, but best wishes to you from all the club, for a speedy recovery and we hope to have you back walking with us in a few months time.

Belated congratulations to Maninder and Ravi Kalkat who, despite being flat out on the front line of the NHS, cycled “Le Jog” (Lands End to John O’Groats……no, I didn’t know what it was either, but it’s obvious when you know!) They completed it in August, in 10 days (most cyclists take 10-14 days) and cycled 982 miles with 52,910 feet of ascent, negotiating strong winds, heavy rain and the notorious Scottish midges! There were around 10 of them in the group so there was much planning in the operation – not least in the pit stops where their support team provided delicious sounding food.  Maninder had a birthday en route and was surprised by his son, Harkaran who appeared at a hotel in Scotland with a birthday cake. I’ve also seen a photo of Ravi, looking very glamorous in her sari at the John O’Groats signpost! Congratulations to you both for completing "Le Jog" which I believe is the grand daddy of all cycling challenges in the UK.

Finally

Get your jabs, look after yourself and keep smiling. Hope we can get walking soon.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 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.

 

 

 

 

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