July 2021 Update

Please note, some individual's contact details have been removed, but please visit the future walks page.

Dear all

June has felt like the beginning of a return to normal with social walks in larger groups and meeting up with people we have not seen for a long while. It has been great to see familiar faces again and also to welcome some new ones.

Last weekend we had our AGM, attended by 22 members. Simon Colchester led a lovely morning walk, followed by a magnificent spread prepared by his wife Diane. After the meeting Simon gave us a ‘history tractor & trailer ride’ around the farm, showing us Mesolithic tools and dinosaur bones found in the fields. Julian White, Peter Edwards and Martin Watson stepped down from the committee this year and Hayley Calver, Nicolas Lynch-Aird and Susanna Smart were elected to join. Simon Colchester was elected as our new Chairman, Robert Bilbie will continue as our Treasurer and I am continuing as our Secretary. The committee thanked Julian for all the hard work he has put in to the club, particularly during the various lockdowns, and Peter for his many years of service on the committee and managing Sientries/event entries for us. Martin will continue as our President, leading walks and making us smile and all three are committed to continuing to support the club. We also wish Julian well in his role with the NEC. The Alzheimer’s Society won the vote to receive this years charity donation of £240.

July has further walks planned and there are also a couple of Wednesday walks on the programme. We are very grateful to all our walk leaders, particularly those new to leading walks for us. Anyone who would like to lead a walk, but is not sure how it all works, please contact our walks secretary, Jane Audsley. She can explain how it works and also offer support to get you started or pair you with an experienced leader for your first walk. As an added incentive we also provide a leader’s allowance of £2.50/walker to a maximum of £25. This could be used as a donation to a village hall for allowing car parking, or buying ice cream for the walkers!

Upcoming walks currently listed on the website are:

Sunday 4th July - Dragen's Den Reimagined
22miles from Stoke By Nayland Community Centre Village Hall/Recreation Ground car park CO6 4QP at 8.30am.
Leaders: Jane Audsley & Simon Hodgin 
A circular walk visiting Mount Bures and picking up part of the St Edmunds Way. Please ensure you bring plenty of refreshments as this is quite a long walk on potentially a hot day.

Wednesday 7th July - Mid Week Walk Brooke Norfolk
19 miles. Starting between Lakes at GR290993 in Brooke village. Park on the roadside - post code NR15 1JF at 9am.
Leader: Martin Watson 
From Brooke, Norfolk walking on several tracks and lanes visiting Woodton Topcroft and Howe.

Sunday 11th July - Kingsfleet and Kirton Marshes Revisited
17 miles from Newbourne Village Hall Car Park, Mill Road, Newbourne, IP12 4NP at 9am.
Leader Carol Williams 
Route via Kirton, Fakenham, West bank of Deben Estuary to Waldringfield. Return via Newbourne Springs Nature reserve.

Sunday 18th July - Peninsula Plod
18 miles. Meet at the Car Park off Holbrook Village Hall Green Post Code IP9 2PZ. (GR TM168365) at 9am.
Leaders: Jane Audsley & Simon Hodgin
A stomp around The Shotley Peninsula taking in parts of the River Orwell and Stour with a few pub thrown in for good measure.

Wednesday 28th July - Shouldham Circular Walk
18 miles. Meet at Shouldham Village Green PE33 0BY. (GR TF677089) at 9am.
Leader: John Mcgourty
Woods, rivers, dykes, abbeys and the odd church thrown in. Please bring own refreshments as no shops on route.

All walks must be pre-booked - please contact the walk leader directly. Please ensure you comply with the current Government Covid regulations - carry a mask and hand sanitiser. Do not attend if you have a high temperature or have been in close contact with anyone who has tested positive. Please contact the walk leader to cancel if you cannot attend.

The East Anglian Air Ambulance are running a Trek 24 2021 fundraising event in the Suffolk countryside and along the coast on Saturday 14th August. There is a choice of a 24 mile or 24 kilometer route. Details can be found at: https://www.eaaa.org.uk/get-involved/events/trek-24-2021

The 100 in 2023 is the Elephant, Bear and Bull and we're offering a chance to experience that event over a period of one week. Offered by the history group, you can either walk the whole route, or just dip in and out for one day or a few days. The walks take place between the 24 and 31 July inclusive.
The history walks are:
(i) 24 July - Coventry to Hampton in Arden
(ii) 25 July - Hampton in Arden to Bournville
(iii) 26 July - Bournville to Barnt Green
(iv) 27 July - Barnt Green to Henley in Arden
(v) 28 July - Henley in Arden to Stratford
(vi) 29 July - Stratford to Hatton
(vii) 30 July - Hatton to Leamington Spa
(viii) 31 July - Leamington Spa to Coventry
The walks are listed on the LDWA history group's Meetup page and you can RSVP there. The walks are all free, and there might be some little treats provided to those coming along (don't get too hopeful though, we're not that decadent). You can ask questions about the event on the Meetup pages.
Details of the individual walks are listed on the Meetup group (link below) and we're keen to get people signing up to the whole lot, so do feel free to do that. There will also be social events taking place on some evenings (these are optional!) for those who want to meet new people and gossip about craft beer, history and how hilly Norfolk can be (seems to be a regular topic).
All LDWA members are welcome and you can sign up below (but get your membership number ready).
Julian White

If you have any questions about any of our walks please email me or Jane Audsley. I wish you a month of Happy Walking!