Swanage Walking Group Programme


 March 2020 to June 2020


Rob’s Ramble


Let me begin by wishing a belated and sincere happy, healthy and prosperous new year and new decade to all SWWG members. I also extend a warm welcome to new 2020 members.


It was good to see so many of you at the Christmas lunch which was for a second time held at the Purbeck Golf Club. Thanks to Steve Williams for organising such a successful event. Steve also showed his versatility by performing on his Yuke (along with other fine musicians) at our sherry and mince pies walk just before Christmas. I’m not sure that our singing was of a standard to match that of the instrument playing. I seem to remember a very angry little robin trying his best to out-chirp us and send us on our way.


When I wrote my last “ramble” I mentioned that we could not complain about the weather, and then it started to rain and does not seem to have stopped. I hope by the time you read this we’ll be back to the “can’t complain” frame of mind. Writing this at the end of January, I find it hard to have any kind of view as to how things will turn out in May or June. The weather forecast predicts that next week we may be sweltering in a temperature of 15C!


Over recent times we have managed to deliver a programme of 2 walks per week and we hope to be able to keep that going for the future. This all depends on having walk leaders prepared to lead walks and to put them in the programme. Please do consider leading a walk, and should you be a bit worried about doing this for the first time, do ask me or another committee member for any assistance that may be needed.


We have recently made a couple of minor changes to the walk leader guidelines so please have a read through. These are included with the programme.


 A few shorter walks have been included in this programme. We hope these will appeal to some of our members, giving the opportunity to do additional things during the lengthening days.


Our AGM for this year will be held at All Saints Church Hall on Monday 27th April. I hope that a lot of you will be able to attend. Do put the date in your diary. The AGM enables us to confirm and select committee members as this is essential for the continued running of our group. To do this we must have the numbers to form a quorum. Equally important this is an opportunity to leave the poles, woolly hats and big boots at home and enjoy a “bring and share” supper. Attendees are asked to bring a plate of “finger” food. As usual, drinks will be provided.


Further details of the AGM are given in the programme.


Thanks once again to Brian Arnold for putting together our splendid Spring Programme. I hope you will find it includes plenty of walks to tempt you out into the Dorset countryside. Just remember to keep on walking!


And now to end my rambling something to make you smile or cringe.


What do you call someone who used to be mad about tractors?

An extractor fan.


Rob Lobley,  Chairman SWWG