Newsletter - August 2023

Hi everyone,

Once again, things appear to be relatively quiet at the moment. Not just within the group. My local Royal Mail delivery office is so short staffed, my Strider(s) still haven't arrived. I hope you're enjoying reading yours already!

The highlight of last month was our walk to remember Tim James on 20th July. 30 members, past and present, and 4 dogs (not sure about their current membership statuses) joined Carol Holmes at the Knap Hill car park for a leisurely 11-mile walk in and above the Pewsey Vale. It was a wonderful seeing so many familiar faces, including one I haven't seen since my first LDWA walk in 2012! I wonder if it was something I said! Carol fed us facts and anecdotes throughout the walk. My particular favourite was that Tim's family didn't know what the letters LDWA stood for!

Here is Bea's group photo to remind us all of this special day ...


Tim James' Memorial Walk

Tim James' Memorial Walk




Wiltshire LDWA Annual General Meeting & Xmas Meal


The Wiltshire LDWA committee has yet to agree a date for this year's AGM, however, it would be appreciated if members could offer ideas for suitable venues that can accommodate around 30+ members on first Sunday in December. Thank you in advance.




The End Point Challenge - Raising Money for the British Heart Foundation


You may be aware that David Morgan and Alan Warrington are currently walking from Lands End to Ness Point. They are now well on their way, having recently passed through Wiltshire. I hope some of our members managed to catch up with them at some point. If not you can still support them via their Alan and David's "End Point Walk" Just Giving page. They are 96% of their way to reaching the target of £3,500. Congratulations and good luck to you both from your friends in Wiltshire.




Forthcoming Walks


Finally, here's the usual look ahead to all the group walks and challenge events that are taking place this month within a 50-mile radius of Chippenham.


Date Name Type Mileage Organiser
Sat 5th Aug 2023 Woodland Explorer Group 16 miles Bristol & West
Sun 13th Aug 2023 The Birdlip Doddle - Event Details Updated Group 21 miles Wiltshire
Thu 17th Aug 2023 Trailing Around the Downs Group 13 miles Wiltshire
Sun 20th Aug 2023 On the edge of Kingsclere Group c20 miles Thames Valley
Sun 27th Aug 2023 A Harrow-ing & Test-ing Adventure Group 18 miles Wessex
Wed 30th Aug 2023 Up and down the Downs Group c15 miles Thames Valley


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That's it for another newsletter. All our newsletters are available via the Wiltshire LDWA website. If you have anything to contribute to future editions, please can you get it to me by the 20th of each month. I look forward to seeing you out on our group walks this month.

Warmest regards


Secretary of the Wiltshire LDWA