To all of our good friends in the Walking Group:-
The gifts you gave us at the Fiveways today were certainly unexpected and greatly appreciated. It has been a pleasure and a privilege to have been the Leader of the walks for the last six years, plotting the routes, printing the maps and contacting the pubs. (If anybody ever opens my phone there are more pub names listed than people.) In that time we were in the main blessed with good weather, sadly not today, and who can forget the time at Coniston when the rain came down in torrents but afterwards we all got toasty warm around a great roaring fire at the Crown Hotel. Our main thanks go to you the loyal walkers. Without you and your support there would be no group. With best wishes for the future.
Cheerio and have a good Christmas
Bill and Ann Langham
WALKING GROUP – ORMSKIRK WALK – 8th DECEMBER 2016
The last walk before Christmas took place today (08/12/16), and was led by Ian Gent. The weather was dull, misty and wet but warm for the time of year. The group met at Ormskirk Rail Station, where the walk was to start. There was 16 people on the walk, who braved the wet weather and muddy conditions.
The route took us across Wigan Road, down St Helens Road to Chapel Street (past the Cricketers Arms) to Brook Lane, passing the cricket ground on our left. We then went through a narrow tunnel with a very low roof under the railway line and turned left on a pathway along side the railway, to Black Moss Lane. Here we turned right into Prescot Road and left into Long Lane. At Christ Church we crossed the main road and walked up a track to the reservoir. Our circular route took us around the reservoir along rather muddy paths, stopping off for a coffee break along the way at a seat, where extensive views over the river Mersey estuary can be had, on a nice day, but not on this occasion. After leaving the reservoir path, we descended towards Ormskirk via Red Gate Farm, and made our way back to Ormskirk, passing a shop selling large metal animal statues en-route. After saying goodbye to the animals, we headed for the Toby Carvery for our Christmas meal.
On arrival at the restaurant, Bill Langham was presented with a gift from the group by Margaret Schumacher, who also presented Ann Langham with a bunch of flowers. Bill, has been the leader of the Walking Group for many years but has had to relinquish his leadership for health reasons. Margaret Kendal has now taken on the role of Walking Group Leader. After a very nice carvery meal, good company and conversation, we all departed for home.
HAPPY CHRISTMAS TO ALL
The walks for 2017 have already been planned and will be advertised.
The new walk programme for 2017 is below. The walks will take place on the 1st Thursday of each month commencing on 5th January.Some walks will require transport to the start point by cars. The walk leader will be available at the coffee morning on the week preceding the walk to give information on the walk and how to obtain a lift if one is required. Walks will also be published on the noticeboard and announced at the Coffee mornings.
Please note: the first walk of the new year will take place prior to the coffee mornings recommencing after the Christmas break. This walk will be on 5th January. Start point is the Running Horses Pub, Lydiate for a 10:30 departure. There is an option to do either a 5 or 8 mile walk. Continue reading
A walk leaders meeting will be held on Tuesday 29th November, at 11:15 in the coffee room, to finalise the new walk programme for 2017. All walks will now take place on 1st Thursday of each month to prevent clashes with the Architecture group.
It is proposed to organise a selection of walks to suit all abilities, with a short walk being up a maximum of 5 miles and a longer walk up to 10 miles. Walks will start from the same point and walkers can decide which they wish to attempt. Walkers will be responsible for their own choice depending on their individual fitness levels.. Continue reading
8th December – Start at 10.30 am from Ormskirk train station going through old Ormskirk, up to Aughton, around Gore Hill Reservoir and down to the Ormskirk Toby for lunch.
Leader Ian Gent
The Toby Carvery requires numbers before we set out, so, if you intend to join us on December 8th please give your name to me at the Walking Desk, or, if I am not there add your name to the list pinned on the notice board.
Thursday 10th November saw us walking from St Michael’s Station to Princes Park, Sefton Park , Otterspool Park then lunch at the Otterspool Harvester and finally through the Festival Gardens and back to St Michael’s. The weather was, in the main, dry with the occasional sharp shower. My thanks to Margaret Schumacher for leading sixteen of us safely around the course.
The meeting was attended by 20 people who come walking and we decided the following for 2017.
1. The new Group Leader will be Margaret Kendall. Deputy Group Leader is Alan Carr.
2. It was decided that all walks should be on the first Thursday of the month thus avoiding clashes with other activities.
3. Most members would like the walks to be accessible by public transport with occasional walks a bit further afield and one walk in June by coach. One person has an aversion to buses and would prefer to travel by train.
4. There was some interest in arranging venues using cars but the logistics could cause problems. Margaret Schumacher would be willing to make the arrangements.
5. There was a suggestion that some people would like longer walks and it was agreed that where feasible,and providing there are sufficient leaders, two walks will be arranged both finishing at the same point in order to maintain the social aspect of the group. One walk will be approximately 5 miles and the longer one 7 to 8 miles.
6. The 2017 venues for the first seven months are as follows:-
5th January – Lydiate – Leaders Judith Jones and Alan Carr
2nd February – Parbold – Leader Ian Gent
2nd March – Hale Village
6th April Sankey Valley – Leader Ken
4th May Ormskirk (Warhorse walk) – Leader Margaret Kendall
1st June By coach, Destination T.B.A.
6th July Aughton
I have deleted the word LOOP from the 5th Jan as the proposed walks do not use the Lydiate Loop.
TUESDAY 18th OCTOBER 2016
@ 11.45 am in the Meadows Pub
You are all invited to come and discuss the following matters
1.Dates, Venues and Leaders for 2017
2.Do members want the walks to be accessible by public transport
3.What interest is there in arranging venues using cars
4. Do you want one or more outing(s) further afield by coach
5. Appointment of a new Organiser/Group Leader
Bill Langham 4th Oct 2016
The time has come to think about next year. As you know I am stepping down as leader, so we could do with a meeting of all members of the walking group to twist somebody’s arm to emerge as a new leader, even better would be a volunteer to take over.
Thursday 8th Sept saw ten walkers assemble at Hightown Station for what could have been a very damp walk as the rain had been fairly constant up till then, however to use an old nursery rhyme “out came the sun and dried up all the rain”so off we set ,nobody fancied going over the sandhills so Pam Bennet knew of a new concreted track and led the way. On arrival at the Royal Hotel places had been reserved for us and we enjoyed a good lunch.