Norfolk & Suffolk Group WhatsApp

We have a Norfolk & Suffolk group Whatsapp with around 60 members. This has news, updates and useful information about walks and events (which we will also try and communicate by e-mail) and it's a chance for new members to ask questions or get to know our members.

Please message the secretary at to join.

Norfolk & Suffolk LDWA WhatsApp Group Guidelines

While our WhatsApp group chat is a convenient way to distribute information quickly, it can also become overwhelming and cause people to leave or tune out from important messages.

Here are some  guidelines to keep the group an asset rather than a nuisance.

  • Stay on topic and avoid sharing irrelevant messages. 
  • Think before you post, and avoid responding hastily.
  • Check if the information is available online before posting.
  • Avoid spamming the group.
  • Avoid one-on-one conversations in the group. Switch to private messages.
  • Refrain from posting in the group between 10:00 PM and 8:00 AM (unless it is an important early message about a walk that day).
  • When someone asks for a positive response like an RSVP, only reply if you can attend. If you cannot attend, do not respond.
  • If someone asks a question to the group and you do not know the answer, do not respond with “I don’t know.” Wait for someone who knows the answer to reply.
  • If someone asks a question, do not respond if someone else has already answered, or respond directly to the person in a private message if you have pertinent information to add.
  • Avoid using the group as a political platform. Do not argue, express heated opinions, or spread fear-mongering or fake news. Verify sources before sharing.
  • Never use the group to berate someone or air grievances. Address the relevant person separately.
  • Do not criticise. The chat was not created for this purpose, and it can cause upset. Take grievances to the proper channels.

Before posting, ask yourself:

  1. Is this relevant and on topic?
  2. Is this information necessary for everyone in the chat right now?
  3. Is this a good time to post?