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Corona Virus
and the restarting of walks

Like many other organisations within the UK, we have had to close down some of our activities, and this situation will continue until government restrictions are lifted.

This page is intended to keep our members, and any other visitors to this website, informed, and it was last updated on Sunday 2nd August.

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Advice from HM Government

Here is what you can and can't do, from Friday 31st July.

And here is the current advice on meeting people from outside your household, effective Friday 17th July.

Actions of the Committee during the closedown

We are still meeting, more often than usual, but now by video link from our homes, rather than in our usual face-to-face setting, and we have spent some time considering how and when we might be able to resume our activities. We will continue to update our members by e-mail using our Admin system, or via this website.

Restarting of A Walks

The July trial of running Wednesday and Sunday A walks in small groups has been very successful, and the committee has agreed that this should continue, until Government guidelines allow us to revert to our usual programme. Our Tuesday A walks group plans to restart in a similar way, but B walks, C walks and Café walks will remain suspended for the time being.

Since the numbers in a group will be limited to five plus the leader (six in total), booking will be required for each walk. The walks will be advertised on this website, and a booking should be made with the walk co-ordinator, ideally by e-mail at the address shown below. If there are more than five members who want to walk, then we will try to have a second leader to lead the same walk, but at a different start time, and we will also try to meet any preferences for who you would like to walk with. Members who have booked on the walk will be advised of their start time the day before, and please note that if you have not booked, then we will be unable to take you on the walk.

While we normally welcome guest walkers such as relatives and friends of members, with a view to them maybe taking out membership at a later date, we cannot continue this practice while our group sizes are restricted by government regulations - it would hardly be fair if by having guest walkers in a group, we had to turn away other members of long standing. Anyone who wishes to take out membership during the present difficulties is still very welcome to do so, and will be on an equal footing with all other members, once we have received their £3 membership fee.

Please be understanding and patient with walk leaders, as this is a new way of working for all of us.

There should be no car sharing, unless within the same household or support bubble. Walks will be reasonably local to limit travelling, and to make physical distancing easier we will try, so far as possible, to avoid busy and congested areas, and narrow footpaths.

You may want to bring your own alcohol-based hand sanitiser, gloves, face covering (which would only be needed in the event of an emergency requiring car sharing) and first aid supplies. The walk leader will have a first aid kit, but for minor incidents it may be better to use your own.

Booking Information - Wednesday and Sunday A Walks

Through Sarah at sarah.buck1@btinternet.com - there are confirmed walks for each Wednesday and Sunday in August, most of which are already shown on the Forthcoming Walks page, and we have an additional leader for each of the August walks.

Booking Information - Tuesday A Walks

Through Caroline at caroline@poundhouse.org - Len L's walk for Tuesday 11th August is confirmed as shown on the Forthcoming Walks page, but Caroline still needs to hear from anyone who is willing either to lead, or to act as an additional leader, on the following Tuesdays 18th and 25th.