Working Party Dates for 2019 - next date 31st January
The ‘February’ task will be early, on Thursday 31st (Mary & I will be away when we would usually meet). We’ll almost certainly be working between Fairlands & Wood Street near Littlefield Manor. Part of the task will be to replace a stile with the first of the kissing gates funded by the Guildford Ramblers group. Please put it in your diaries now. Detail to follow but here is a summary:Thursday 31st January (I’m away 7th to 20th February inclusive).
The ‘February’ task will be early, on Thursday 31st (Mary & I will be away when we would usually meet). We’ll almost certainly be working between Fairlands & Wood Street near Littlefield Manor. Part of the task will be to replace a stile with the first of the kissing gates funded by the Guildford Ramblers group.
Thursday 7th March.
Thursday 4th April.
Thursday 16th May (Guildford Ramblers Lulworth walking break previous week).
Thursday 6th June.
Thursday 4th July.
What happened in January?
Twelve of us were able to come out on this first working party of 2019. This is all of those who can come regularly, apart from Lynne our esteemed & hardworking Chair (no, not in the sense of something in your house!) & David F, who visits his family in Australia at this time of year. John Baker from Surrey County Council, Countryside Access set the task up, but was on leave this week.
I have to say the job was deliberately ‘contained’ this time as this was the occasion when we celebrated yet another successful year of working parties, by repairing afterwards to The Drummond at Albury. On this suitably chilly early January day & with so many of us, we made very short work of clearing 250 yards of vegetation (including large accumulations of brambles very effectively cleared by Andrew using the brushcutter), below St Martha's Hill on the path running west from Albury Mill towards the Chilworth gunpowder mill site. We also built two stile steps to make one of the stiles on the route useable again. The photo shows David M, who had joined us for the first time, Bob & Robert looking suitably happy having just completed work on the stile (I’m sure the prospect of shortly being by the fire in the pub had nothing to do with their smiles…).
At the beginning we came across one Guildford Ramblers member who doesn’t join our group walks, then one or two passing walkers & whilst clearing up a whole host of U3A walkers who were walking from Blackheath, via the gunpowder mills to the Percy Arms. The leader of this large band asked if it was possible to get to their destination direct from the mills (which it is) & when we suggested we point out the route on his map, he said “it’s not on my map” - fortunately we were able to rapidly produce the appropriate OS sheet & put him straight! Anyway The GRA member, passing walkers & those of the large group we spoke to were all impressed by our volunteering & wished us all well.
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