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Coordinator - Martin Richards

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This is a very active, popular and sociable group who enjoy each otherís company whilst tramping the local fields, highways and byways, marvelling at the wonderful Warwickshire scenery so close to us.

We meet twice a month, on the 1st Tuesday and 3rd Wednesday at 10.00 am. Details of the next walk are given below.

We have a number of walk leaders, from the membership, who take it in turn to select a walk of about 5 to 6 miles. They choose where to go and where we meet. Newer members are encouraged to offer to lead a walk either singly, as a couple or a small group, after they have settled in with us but there is no compunction to do so!

We try to start within 10 miles of Balsall Common and most frequently find pub car parks very suitable for our starting/finishing points! Many members stay for a drink and /or a meal after the walk.

The membership of the group is about 80 of whom most are active.
A walk averages around 18-25 members with a high of 36! Walks take place in most kinds of weather with one major exception being snow!

The cost is very low - there is a joining fee of £2 and to date no other costs. However, members are asked to pay for their own drinks/meals after a walk!

With the joining fee money raised so far we have bought and kept up to date 3 first aid kits for the leaders to take on their walks and future funds will be available to buy maps, written up walks, etc.

If you would like to join or require any other information please contact Martin Richards (the coordinator) by telephone: 01676 533429, or email: ramblers@balsallcommonu3a.org . Prospective new members can also "try us out" by just turning up at a walk starting point and joining us for that particular walk. Please note, however, if you are not already a u3a member you will not be covered by the u3a insurance scheme. Following that if you wish to continue you will need to join the u3a and the Ramblers group.

If anyone wants to lead a walk please contact the coordinator. Lots of help is at hand for anyone who has never lead a walk before.

If anyone wants to create a ramble route, either for the U3A or for personal reasons try out the following site:  http://wtp2.appspot.com/wheresthepath.htm

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First November Walk 2021

When:    Tuesday 2nd November 2021

Where:   Shustoke


Meet:      10.00am at The Plough Inn, Back Lane, Shustoke, B46 2AN


Directions:   (11miles, 20min). Take the A452 northwards out of BC. After going under the A45 continue on the dual carriageway (the road becomes A446) to and over the next roundabout (over the M6). Cross the next roundabout and at the next one TR into Coleshill village. Continue on this road (Blythe Road which becomes Coleshill Road) to Shustoke. The pub is on the RHS shortly after the 30mph signs, opposite the entrance to Shustoke reservoir. Back Lane is at the side of the pub.


Walk details:       The walk starts at The Plough, Shustoke and goes through fields and includes part of the Heart of England Way, The final part of the walk is around the banks of Shustoke Reservoir. It is generally pretty flat and currently free from mud. However there is a very short section where sticks may be helpful. The walk is just about 5 miles long and doesn't have any stiles.


Afterwards: At the pub. Food, the menus can be viewed on the website. 
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Meals can be pre ordered, or the specials board on the day, but numbers are required to reserve the necessary tables. Please contact me to book a place for lunch.

Leader: Richard Glynn  07833 054400.  richardiglynn@gmail.com

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Covid Precautions:     Please see latest Ramblers Risk Assessment


Walk Leaders Schedule 2021

05/01/2021 Gary and Linda Cary
20/01/2021 Barbara & Phil Hammonds
02/02/2021 Jim/Bernie Henry
17/02/2021 Martin Richards
02/03/2021 Peter Whalley
17/03/2021 Chris & Margaret Burleigh
06/04/2021 Peter Calver
21/04/2021 Keith Simpson
04/05/2021 Martin Richards
19/05/2021 Sandra Heard & Frances Critoph
01/06/2021 Alan Buckland
16/06/2021 Lynn & Tony Brinkworth
06/07/2021 Ian Lester
21/07/2021 Liz Cowley & Sheila Jones
03/08/2021 Peter Calver
18/08/2021 Geoff Kennedy
07/09/2021 Richard Drake
15/09/2021 Matthew Stephens
05/10/2021 Merryl Muat and Christine Harris
20/10/2021 Geoff Kennedy
02/11/2021 Richard Glynn
17/11/2021 Alan Buckland
07/12/2021 Richard Drake
15/12/2021 no walk - Xmas lunch?


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