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WALKS PROGRAMME No 143  JANUARY, FEBRUARY & MARCH   2018

Due to the unpredictability of numbers attending each walk it will be appreciated if members advise the leaders by the dates shown. The leaders may wish to limit the numbers, which they feel, are manageable, taking into consideration car parking, lunch arrangements and the number of obstacles en route which could slow the walk. Additionally by leaving your telephone number you can be contacted in the event of cancellations etc.

A walk number that is underlined has been altered since its original posting or is a new inclusion

Earlier walk programmes have now been removed from the web pages to save space, but copies including the reviews going back to 2001 may be obtained from Stan

Walking Group Mobile phone numbers are : 0754 6069085 and 0752 2958435  -  Please note that the phones will only be operative on the morning of a walk to enable members who are running late, are lost or delayed, to contact the walk leader.  If one number does not work, try the other !




Just a brief reminder – if you are leading a walk, you need to make sure that you have
a Leader’s Pack containing First Aid, Phone and Safety Jackets.  They are held by Richard Hart and Anne Trott.  It may be that one of both of those people are on your walk so they will bring it with them but if not, you must obtain it.
The phone needs to be turned on before you leave home so that you know about any delayed or lost walkers, and then kept on during the walk.  Don’t forget to switch off afterwards and return the Pack to its owner.
If your walk involves roads or lanes with traffic, then you and your backmarker need to wear a yellow safety jacket.

And finally:  The committee thinks that in future all walkers should carry either on their person or in their rucksack, some form of identity with important details such as emergency contact numbers and Doctor’s details.  You will find an example attached with this programme.  Please adopt and use it.



After the success of the Winchcombe Way project we have a new challenge for 2018 – The Cheltenham Circular Footpath – a 25 mile walk around the outskirts of Cheltenham.  This was originally designed with the help of Bob Price and the Rotary Club in Cheltenham and was for several years a sponsored challenge which several Walking Group members completed in either one or two parts.  Now it’s your chance!  Bob has divided the walk up into 7 sections, which are circular routes, and the first is in January.  Will you take up the challenge?







JANUARY  2018

Walk 1201   

Date   Cheltenham Challenge  1
Wednesday 3rd January   6.9 miles Moderate   Own Arrangments  9.45 start
Meet        Prestbury. Junction Shaw Green Lane/Bowbridge Lane  Grid 967247      
Contact    Bob & Kath     01242 232527  the week before
Directions    From Winchcombe. First turning right after leaving Southam into Shaw Green Lane.  Straight on to junction with Bowbridge Lane.
From Racecourse. Along New Barn Lane. Turn left into The Burgage and carry straight on into Bowbridge Lane to junction with Shaw Green Lane.
Details    From Racecourse to Hewlett’s Reservoir then ascent to escarpment to join the Cotswold Way and return via White Barn. One major ascent. Several stiles.  Pubs in Prestbury afterwards.

 
This is now a pub lunch.
 
Meet at The Royal Oak, Prestbury     GL52 3DL      Grid     968240      9.15 for 9.45 start.
 
Additional directions:  
From Southam take 2nd exit into Mill St & at Cross roads turn left into Burgage.
From Racecourse delete all after Burgage.
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Storm Eleanor blew in for our first walk of 2018.  19 of us set off from Prestbury for the first stage of the Cheltenham Challenge. Fortunately the rain kept away and we even had some sun, but the walk gave us more Challengea than even Bob was expecting.  The first Challenge was crossing a stream, luckily someone had placed a handy rock in the middle and most got over with dry boots.  The next was mud, more mud and two fallen trees.  We then left the Cheltenham Challenge route to climb Cleeve Hill to make a circular route back for lunch.  We thought we had escaped the mud as we climbed up on a dry path only to be met with yet more on the Cotswold Way.  We tried going up higher but still met mud and a wind that tried to blow us off the hill.  Richard's hat made a bid for freedom but was recaptured with the aid of a walking pole. Another dry path took us safely down for lunch, promptly served at the Royal Oak.  Thank you Bob and Kath for an enjoyable if challenging walk and we look forward to the other challenges to come.
(Thanks to Jenny for the report and Graham for the photos - SF)

A bit of mud    (photo by Graham)

Convenient logs
   (photo by Graham)

Sunny and bright
   (photo by Graham)

It helps to be spry
   (photo by Graham)


Walk 1202   

Date   hursday 4th January     4 or 5 miles   Easy/Moderate      Pub lunch
Meet        Hungry Horse Seven Springs GL53 9NG    Grid  967169  10.00 start
Contact    Terry & Margaret   01684 772278     the week before
Directions    M5 to J11A then A417 to Air Balloon, L to Seven Springs pub on R near road junction.
Details    The walk takes a route over top of Leckhampton hill and possibly Coberley. Could be a couple of stiles.  Distance depends on the weather.


Fourteen intrepid walkers assembled in the car park of the Seven Springs Inn eagerly waiting for the start of the 4.5mile walk around Leckhampton Hill. Initially, the walk kept to the calmer, lee side of the hills, where the wind was slightly blustery; or about Force 5 on the Beaufort Wind Scale, defined as branches of a moderate size move and small trees (and walkers!!) begin to sway. The views towards Charlton Kings were magnificent, as the low clouds scudded across the valley in front of us. As we walked up the wet and muddy paths, snatches of a familiar Paul Simon song came into our heads: “slip- sliding away, slip-sliding away!“  A welcome coffee break again provided expansive views over Cheltenham, although if you had thrown an apple core away, with even a small force, the strength of the wind meant that it would probably have landed on the Prom. Approaching the summit of Leckhampton Hill the ferocity of the wind rose to Force 7:ie whole trees are in motion and (as everybody found out) real effort is needed to walk into the wind. This was definitely an exhilarating and hair-raising experience for all concerned. The final stage of the walk allowed us respite from the wind, as we descended down a beautiful Cotswold valley with a fleece lined barbed wire fence on the right-hand side and headed for lunch. Thanks go to Terry and Margaret, not only for a lovely walk, but giving us a whole new appreciation of the meaning of the word wind-power!  (Thanks to Steve for the report and Terry for the photos - SF)

Look at that!    (Photo by Terry)

Cold conversation
   (Photo by Terry)

Into the wind
   (Photo by Terry)


Walk  1203    

Date   Wednesday 10th January   4 miles Easy     Pub lunch
Meet        Crown Inn , Kemerton   GL 20 7HP        Grid: 946377   9.30 for 10.00
 Contact    Sonia        01684 298409    the week before
Directions    Park in lane on right after the pub(Share cars if possible)
Details    A flat walk connecting 3 villages around the base of Bredon Hill. A few muddy patches possible, but mostly good winter walking on lanes,tracks and fields.  3 or 4 stiles.

We met at the Crown Inn in Kemerton and twenty five members turned up on a dry day with no wind, but heavy fog and a temperature of 3-6 degrees C. Indeed the fog was sufficiently thick that it was difficult to cross large fields accurately. We do not usually need compass bearings on our walks but today was close to the exception. The walk was an easy four miles on flat but sometimes muddy ground. We left Kemerton in a south-easterly direction on a minor road and then a footpath, passing Upper Court before heading north east across fields towards Overbury. We met four excited horses which were charging about around us. The horses must have been bored as they had chewed the nearby styles down to about half their wood thickness. At Overbury we turned west along a minor road before taking another footpath across fields and through the northern outskirts of Kemerton to Westmancote. From Westmancote we took the minor road passed Hill Close and then more footpaths through woods and fields to the southern end of Kemerton before returning to our start via Kemerton Court, its nearby lakes and Upper Court again. Our lunch at the Crown Inn, while well presented and well cooked, was very late in arriving and one member was forgotten completely, despite our ordering our meals at 09.45 and he already having paid for it! Thanks to Sonia for a good walk. (Thanks also go to Hugh for his report, and to Graham for his photos - SF)

In the nature reserve    (Photo by Graham)

Mary makes a point in Overbury

Fog, fences and frolicsome horses
   (Photo by Graham)

A bit of mud here and there


Walk   1204

Date   Thursday 11th January  5.7mile Moderate/Energetic Pub lunch
Meet        The Royal, Charlton Kings, GL53 8JH   Grid  964204       10.0 start
Contact    Stanley  01684 850544 week before
Directions    Leave A 40 on A435 Chelt - Cirencester road.  Left at first traffic lights, then immediate turn right into Horsefair Street.   Keep going right on one-way system round church.   Pub is on left, opposite west door of church.
Details    A  long pull up to Wistley Hill, then along, then mainly down.


12 of us met at The Royal in Charlton Kings on a dry and misty morning that got no worse and at times blessed us with a glimpse of blue sky.  From here we threaded our way through the houses to the slopes of the hill (where two of our number decided not to continue) and climbed steeply and muddily up to the top of Wistley Hill where we imagined the views.  From here we walked along the Cotswold Way for a short distance before reaching the roundabout at Seven Springs.

A right turn took us on a familiar track but instead of following it towards the Devil’s Chimney we veered off down Sandy Lane to the Lillybrook golf course and back to the pub in its old-world setting by Charlton Kings Church.

We enjoyed a very good lunch in pleasant company. Thanks to  Stanley for some much needed exercise after the Christmas excesses and for taking us on a new route. (Thanks go to Richard for the report. and to Terry for the photos - SF)

This way! I think!   (Photo by Terry)

We're not lost!
  (Photo by Terry)

A bit brighter   (Photo by Terry)



Walk  1205   

Date   Wednesday 17th January   5.2 miles  Energetic  Pub lunch
Meet         Falcon Hotel    GL6 6UN   Grid867097.    9.30 for 10.00   
Contact    Anne T.    01684 294859 week before
Directions    Directions M5 to 11A to Shurdington exit A417   Turn R at roundabout A 46 to Painswick. Park at hotel or car park ( off main road through Painswick).
Details    Fields, tracks and lanes.  Extensive views. Hills, valleys. Gradient 705 ft
(we avoid the bull even though he is friendly!)

The threat of overnight winters worst from the doom merchants of Midlands Today proved just that, a threat. In sunshine we set off for Painswick, that most typical of Gloucestershire villages, built in the local Cotswold stone. The area has been settled since Iron Age times and has a fine if sometimes bloody history as the Civil War left its mark, particularly on the parish church.
Once food had been ordered 18 of us set off on a steady climb, through the golf course towards the hill fort and trig point of Painswick Beacon. En route we passed our first snowdrops of the season...... Oh Steve, how you would have leapt with joy! The views from the top were spectacular as the sun lit up the vale and the city of Gloucester to the north west. The Cotswolds not only is blessed with some of England's finest countryside but also names to stimulate the imagination. We contoured around 'Spoonbed Hill' towards 'Cud Hill', bypassing, the OS Map tells us, a 'Spout'. The walk was enhanced by the sight of four female red deer bounding across the hillside.
Coffee was taken at our most northerly point before returning along path and lane, passing a 'Hydraulic Ram'. (Your guess is as good as mine) and 'Gyde House'. The Rococo Gardens advertised their snowdrop festival.
As we re-entered the woods Bob drew my attention to the small hollows dotted around the hill. These are 'Delves', where the locals used to dig down and take the local stone for building.
A pleasant lunch was taken in the Falcon Hotel and whilst all sampled different offerings from the menu, none of us were able to taste the local 'delight', 'Bow Wow Sauce'. Developed in the Painswick of old, it contains port, wine vinegar, parsley, pickled cucumbers or pickled walnuts, English mustard and mushroom ketchup in a base of beef stock, flour and butter and is best served with roast meat. Our thanks to Anne for a fabulous walk in perfect winter conditions which left us all with a glow in our cheeks. (Thanks also to Ian for the report and Graham for his photos - SF)

Up we go     (photo by Graham)

At the beacon
    (photo by Graham)

Along the ramparts
    (photo by Graham)

Lovely winter walking
    (photo by Graham)


Walk  1206  

Date   Thursday 25th January    5 miles      Easy/ Moderate   Pub lunch
Meet        Hunters Inn, Buckbury GR 845337 at 9-30am to order food.
Contact    Ian & Kathy  01684 290542 the week before.
Directions    Take the A38 north from Tewkesbury and left, over the Mythe Bridge and  along the A438 for 4km, right onto B4211 and Hunters Inn is about 0.5km on the left.
Details    After ordering food we drive a short distance to Bushley  Green and park our cars at the Cricket Club GR 861347. Levelish walk to  start with, as we head towards Queenhill and River Severn, then its up  onto Heath Hill before heading back to Bushley Green via Longdon,  following the Worcestershire Way Link. Considering the time of year,  there is a distinct possibility of mud. Some stiles.

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FEBRUARY  2018

Walk   1207


Date   Thursday 1st February 6 miles    Energetic       Pub lunch
Meet         Carpenters Arms, Miserden  GL6 7JA   Grid 937088   9.30  order food
Contact    Jim & Margaret   01684 296773  the week before.
Directions    From Birdlip take the the A4070 towards Stroud taking the left turn at Fostons Ash and then shortly the first turning left signposted Miserden. Follow sign posts to Miserden.
Details    Walking from Miserden through wooded valleys and fields towards Brimpsfield then back through the village of Caudle Green before returning to Miserden for lunch.

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Walk  1208

Date   Wednesday    7th February     6 miles  Energetic       Pub Lunch
Meet         Farmers Arms, Birtsmorton, WR13 6AP  GR 790363  9.30 to order food.
Contact     Graham & Betty 01684 594331 week before.
Directions     A438 from Tewks, TR on B4208 after Duke of York and then TR again to
Birtsmorton. Fork left and pub is on right.
Details     After food orders we drive to Hollybush CP . Walk on Estate road to top                          
Gullet Quarry and take path down to Castlemorton Common, (Coffee stop).   Onwards to ascend by British Camp Reservoir before further uphill climb to Giants Cave and descent to Eastnor Estate and HB CP  

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Walk 1209

Date  Thursday 8th February    5 miles    Easy/Moderate           Pub lunch
Meet        The Bell Inn, Lower Broadheath WR2 6QG   Grid 814568  10:00 for 10.15
Contact    Isabel and Jennie   01684 592226 the week before
Directions    A38 to Worcester, then A4440 and A44 signed Leominster.  After just over 3.5 miles from A38 turn R signed Elgar’s Birthplace Museum.  After 1.25 miles turn R at crossroads.  Pub is on R at T junction.
Details    A mainly level walk along paths and lanes, passing Elgar’s Birthplace
Museum.  No stiles.

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Walk 1210

Date  Thursday 15th Feb    5 miles   Easy/Moderate    Lunch : Possibly
  at Hayles Fruit Farm.  More info when you book on.
Meet           Hailes Abbey Car Park     Grid 051302     9.30 for 9.45am
Contact      Ian& Kathy       01684 290542      From Jan 29th to Feb 1st or Sat
10th to Sun 11th Feb.
Directions      Take A46 out of Tewkesbury. At Teddington roundabout straight on, the B4077 to Toddington. Right at roundabout onto B4632 toward Winchcombe and after a mile turn left to Hailes Abbey.
Details          From Hailes we head to Didbrook and Wood Stanway where we pick up the Cotswold Way. From Didbrook we climb 185m onto the escarpment. 4 stiles. The route is a mix of fields, tracks and lanes. For those with an interest in History, there is plenty to stoke those embers as we stroll. Sadly, the Abbey closes during the winter.

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Walk  1211

Date  Wednesday 21st February    5 miles   Easy        Pub lunch
Meet        The Star Inn, Bridge Street, Pershore WR10 1AJ    9.30 to order food
Contact    Andrea & Bob 01684 294676 during the week before
Directions    From Bredon take the B4080 and follow signs to Pershore town centre.  The pub is on the East side of Bridge Street and the car park is behind it through an archway.
Details    This walk is an old favourite, along the Avon, through meadows and with an easy climb through Tiddesley Wood from where there are views of Pershore Abbey. Some short stretches of road walking.

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Walk  1212

Date  Wednesday 28th February  4.6 miles  Easy/Moderate  own arrangements*
Meet     NT Chedworth Roman Villa (near Yanworth) marked car park spaces on
approach lane,  GL54 3LJ Grid 055134         9.30 for 10.00
Contact     Hugh     01452 780460 the week before
Directions     Approach from the A40 east of Cheltenham then through Withington. (There is no direct approach from Chedworth village).
Details     The route follows parts of the Monarch's Way, going around Chedworth Woods and staying on the high ground above Chedworth village.
One gentle up slope, one difficult section through Listercombe Bottom, tracks and footpaths, three stiles, some mud. 
    *The National Trust Café may be open, otherwise it is a picnic afterwards.

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MARCH  2018

Walk  1213

Date  Thursday 8th March       5 miles      Easy      Pub Lunch
Meet         Yew Tree Inn, Chaceley Stock, GL19 4EQ, Grid864298, 09.45 for 10.00
Contact     Hugh 01452 780460 the week before.
Directions     From Tewkesbury A438 towards Ledbury, then B4211 towards Corse and Gloucester, turn left on minor roads following signs to Chaceley, then Chaceley Stock. Pub is at the end of the road at the river.
Details    A mixture of country lanes, bridlepaths and footpaths. Long gentle uphill to Cold Elm and back. Some mud, NO stiles.

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Stroll 

Date  Tuesday 13th March                  Laverton and Buckland
Meet    Buckland Church    Grid  082360         Stroll starts at 10.30
Contact    Eileen    leave message on 07510978597 or Richard.hart13@btinternet.com
Directions    B4632 from Toddington and turn right signed Buckland.  Church is at top of village.  Share cars if poss as parking is limited.
Details    We walk to Laverton to explore this village and return to look at Buckland Church.  Easy paths with a shortened version available.


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Walk  1214

Date  Wednesday  14th March     5 miles     Moderate/Energetic        Pub lunch
Meet        Star Inn, Ashton-under-Hill, WR11 7SN    Grid 997378     9.30 for 10.00 start
Contact    Margaret and Sally           01684 274440 the week before
Directions    A46 towards Evesham.  Take left turn to Ashton-under-Hill at Sedgeberrow.  Pub on left of main street in village, parking behind.
Details    We start with a steep climb (with lots of view stops) up Bredon Hill.  5 good stiles. Good tracks round the hill via Wychavon Way.  Descent more gentle but could be muddy, finishing down a lane to village. We will need to choose food from the lunchtime menu on line at:
www.thestar-ashtonunderhill.co.uk
Please give your choice to Sally when booking for her to give list to the pub.

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Walk  1215

Date  Thursday 22nd March     6 miles     Moderate         Pub Lunch
Meet        The Fox Inn, Little Barrington.  OX18  4TB   Grid 192131   9.45 for 10.00
Contact    Calvyn and Steve      01684 296684  The week before.
Directions    B4077 to Stow. A424 Stow to Burford, but after Wyck Hill  turn right onto minor roads signposted Rissingtons  and The Barringtons.  Follow road signs to the Barringtons passing Rissington Airfield. Drive through Great Barrington towards Little Barrington and the River Windrush. The Fox Inn is just over the bridge on the left.
Details    This walk has more bridges than Venice and more stiles than Versaci. It is a circular  route around the Windrush Valley. The walk passes through the Barringtons, Windrush village and the edge of the Sherborne Park Estate. It is a series of gentle rises and descents along a mixture of lanes, tracks, paths and field walking. It is likely to be damp and muddy in places.

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Walk  1216   Circular Challenge    2

Date  Wednesday 28th March   6.2 miles  Moderate/Energetic  Pub Lunch
Meet             The Royal, Charlton Kings  GL53 8JH  Grid 965204  9.15 for 9.30
Contact          Bob and Kath Price     01242 232527  the week before

Directions      Leave A40 on A435 Cheltenham to Cirencester Road.  Left at first traffic lights, then immediately turn right into Horsefair Street.  Keep going right on one-way system round church.  Pub is on left, opposite west door of church.
Details            Meet at The Royal, take cars to start of walk near Ham.  Take Challenge route up moderate slope to Colgate Farm, then down to A40.  Join Cotswold Way north, steep climb before descent to Hewletts Reservoir and rejoin Challenge Route back to  Ham.

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Walk  1217

Date  Thursday 29th  March      3.5 miles    Easy         Pub lunch
Meet        Pheasant Inn, Toddington    GL54 5DT   Grid 048323   Meet 9.30 to order
Contact    Anne   01684 294859  the week before.
Directions    The pub is next to  the Toddington r’bout.  After ordering food, we drive to Stanton cricket ground car park to start the walk.
Details    Tracks,fields ,villages, lovely views  .Mud!  

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Thanks to all walk leaders for your hard work. 





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NOTICE BOARD

The Walking Group has a mobile phone to be used before and during walks for emergency contact — see paper programme for number.


We are affiliated to the Ramblers Association and the membership card above may be used to obtain a 10 percent discount on walking gear in most local outlets.

If you require a paper copy of the walking programme, there is a charge of  £3 p.a., payable at the Walking Group AGM or at the U3A enrolment meeting. If you have internet access, then all information can be obtained by email, free of charge.

Walks are graded to give some idea of what to expect:

Stroll: A short walk at an easy pace with frequent stops.

Easy: Undemanding and mainly level with occasional gentle ascents or descents. There may be a few stiles.

Moderate: Some uphill/downhill stretches - unlevel walking - several stiles.

Energetic: Some longer steep hills and rough ground - may be many stiles.

Please book with the leader of the walk by the date given and arrive in good time before the start to boot-up and order lunch etc. Be sure to cancel with the leader if you are later unable to take part. Wear suitable shoes/boots and clothing for the walk and do not over-estimate your abilities. An attendance fee of 50p is charged for each walk attended. Dogs are not allowed on walks.

 

Walk Talk  

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SAFETY POLICY

WALKERS

a) Carefully read the walk description to ensure that you are capable of walking the route at a moderate pace (about 2 miles per hour) without risk to health. Attention should be paid to the EASY/MODERATE/DIFFICULT grading as well as to any references to steep climbs, stiles, etc.

b) Dress sensibly. Make sure that you have suitable clothing and footwear for the weather expected. A walking pole or stick can be of great help.

c) Remember to carry any medications that you might need. Carry food, and water, especially on hot days.

d) Follow instructions given by the leader. Keep those in front and those behind you, in sight all the time.

e) Keep to the route indicated by the leader: do not devise shorts cuts, etc.

f) Walk in single file on roads and heed any advice about crossing roads given by the leader.

LEADERS

g) Classify your walk as STROLL/EASY/MODERATE/ENERGETIC. Mention any steep climbs and stiles.

h) Limit your walk to a maximum numbers that you think you can safely manage, given the nature of your walk.

i) Have a co-leader to act as back-marker: count the party at the start and at suitable points during the walk

j) Carry a first aid kit or ensure that someone else in the group has one.

k) Set a pace of about 2 miles per hour plus coffee and lunch/tea stops. Ensure that those finding the pace difficult have sufficient time to rest and recover, even if this is not favoured by more energetic members.

l) Carry a map, the group mobile phone and GPS receiver to make emergency calls and give exact locations.

 

To download a copy of the Leader's Walk Plan Form (In Adobe Acrobat Format ie PDF) — Click on the following link FORM

 

 

To go to further advice for leaders  -  Click on the following link Advice

 

To go to The Tewkesbury U3A main site click here; Tewkesbury U3A

 

 

Contacts:

 

Ken, (Group Leader) 01684 772564

E Mail / kennethflude@btinternet.com

 

Tony, (Administrator) 01684 276960  

E Mail  tonyandjenniferbarrett@btinternet.com

 

Richard, (walks coordinator) 01452 780505

E Mail / richard.hart13@btinternet.com

 


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