The seventeenth Valley and Views will be held on Sunday 30th April 2017. There will again be a variety of distances following footpaths and bridleways with short distances on quiet country roads. A full route description will be provided for each route. The walks follow the Welland Valley with some great views across Northamptonshire, Leicestershire and Rutland. There will, as is customary, be a long route recognised as a demanding walk whilst the shorter routes are suitable for anyone, but not for pushchairs. Entrants come from all over Britain and the continent and there is always a good friendly atmosphere at the Village Hall which has full facilities and even a bar. An all day breakfast is available for a small charge.
On-route check points will all be providing light refreshments free of charge.
Starting times, distances and entry fees are available on the downloadable pre-registration form which, to save time on the day can also be printed, completed and given to us on or before the event.
If you prefer you may enter on the day – just turn up, register, collect a route description and go. Remember there is no such thing as bad weather, just unsuitable clothing. If the weather is sunny, remember the hat, drink and sunscreen. If it is wet bring the waterproofs and umbrella! Wear suitable shoes, trainers or boots. Dogs are welcome, but please remember to keep it under control and on a lead when walking through the countryside, particularly amongst livestock.
The routes are all on OS Landranger (1:50k) map 141. If you use OS Explorer (1:25k) maps you will need 233, 234 and 224. As with all of our regular walks you will be provided with written route instructions at check in and detailed route maps will also be displayed around the hall.
The Annual General Meeting will once again be held at the Wellingborough Old Grammarians HQ on Oxford Street and will take place on Thursday 1st June 2016. As usual you will have the chance to elect or re-elect those committee members who are standing down along with any new members who are nominated. Also as usual you can vote for the charity to receive our annnual donation from a choice of at least three possible beneficiaries. If you have any possible charities, preferably local, that you wish to be considered please contact Peter Rickwood, club secretary by Saturday 13th May. Also if you would like to serve on the team please also contact Peter by the same date. We still have a few unfilled roles (Minutes Secretary, Young Peoples Officer, Social Events Coordinator) or you can choose to be a committee member with no specific role. Any other motions or issues you wish to be raised at the AGM should also be communicated to Peter by 13th May. We hope to see many of you there, its your opportunity to influence the direction of your club.
Please remember that now your membership is paid up until 31st December 2017 there wil be no need to renew at the AGM - although if you wish to do so in advance you are more than welcome to do so.
The second of our quarterly coach trips this year will take place on 25th June and as is customary for our Summer coach trip will be coastal. More details and booking information will be made available around the end of April.
Sadly as most of you are aware, this event has had to be cancelled in 2017 due to non availablility of suitable ferry times.
We can confirm that the club will participate in the 2018 and more details will appear once the details have been finalised.