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Our next Sunday walk will take place on 22nd January 2017 and will start and end from the Cock at Pavenham, a few miles north of Bedford. As always the walk will start around 10.00 and the walk desk will not open before 09.30 so please do not arrive before then as neither the walk organiser nor the venue will be ready for you - and the venue might have had a busy night on the Saturday so a little consideration for them would be appreciated. Give yourself an extra half hour in bed instead - you know it makes sense. Also remember that non-members wil pay £1.00 walk fee starting with this event - members continue to pay just £0.50 so you may wish to join us for just £4.00 per year. Check out the Membership Benefits page for more details.
Newsflash - great news for all members. The committee has decided that our membership year will, with immediate effect, be changed to the Calendar Year. All members who were paid up at 1st January 2017 will automatically have their membership extended to 31st December 2017 at no charge (those of you who have paid multiple years ahead will gain the extra 7 months membership expiring at the end of the calendar year they have pre-paid). New members yet to join will also get their first years membership up to 31st December 2017 so if you are not a member and wish to join why not do this sooner rather than later? More details as to the finer implications of this change will be communicated in the normal ways, but this year it has been decided that the AGM will remain as 1st June 2017 - a date for your diaries.
A final reminder to all non-members who walk with us. From 22nd January 2017 the walk fees for non-members will be set at £1.00 per walker. Members will continue to enjoy walk fees of £0.50, so if you walk with us regularly and have not yet joined our club why not become a member. Annual membership is still only £4.00 per adult member and as stated above will last for the complete calendar year, and co-resident dependents under 18 years old enjoy free junior membership status. A membership form can be downloded from this website or can be obtained at any walk desk.
I am delighted to announce the result of the vote for this membership year's selected charity as being Cransley Hospice. Whilst there were many deserving charities nominated, our members voted for Cransley and as such a percentage of your walk fees from this membership year, along with 100% of the fees at the Wellie Womble and Wollaston Wobble will go to this charity. Additional donations can always be made at any walk desk by anyone who wishes to do so. The exact amount of the donation will be announced at the next AGM which will take place on 1st June 2017. Opportunities to nominate our selected charity for membership year 2018 will be outlined in the March 2017 edition of the Waendeller which is sent to all club members.
I am pleased to announce that the Sunday schedule for 2017 is now finalised and can now be found on this website, along with a downloadable, printable copy should you so wish. You will note that there is one date, 9th July, for which we still need a walk leader, and anyone who would be interested in taking this role, or any of the Wednesday walks in 2017 please contact Steve Sloan or any other committee member. The following paragraph provides more information. Also note we have now published the 2017 Wednesday evening dates, although as stated walk leaders and venues are still being planned.
If you would like to get more involved in your club, we are always looking for additional walk co-ordinators - there are eight of us on the committee and almost 40 walking events every year - and whilst most committee members will run up to three events each year we still need non-committee members to organise the occasional event. If you have never organised a walk before, one of us will "buddy up" with you to help plan and run the event and we have a comprehensive "beginners guide" covering everything from choosing your venue through to details of the administration and what makes a good walk description. Why not give it a go - you'll enjoy it. If you would like a no obligation chat about what is entailed please contact me through the website and I will call you back.
Lapel Badges. Club lapel badges are now available from Andrew Whitehead or through this website or the Facebook page. They will also be available at walk desks and will cost £3. Please buy one and wear it on your lapel to support your club.