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January 2018


WEDNESDAY 10th JANUARY - Totley Brook Circular
MEET: Poundland High Street at 9.35 to catch the 10.00am no 98 bus to Totley Brook Road, where the walk will start at 10.45.
ROUTE: Bushey Wood, Poynton Wood, Totley, Gillfield Wood, Baslow Road, Penny Lane, back to the start.
DISTANCE: 7 miles.
TERRAIN: Decent tracks, might be muddy in the wooded areas, one long ascent (mild) at beginning of the walk.
LEADER: David Cadet (07554143262 on the day only). Please contact Chris by Friday 5th January, if you wish to join this walk 0114 2686339 or hewitt.c4@sky.com. Buses 97 and 98 every 10 minutes back to Sheffield

THURSDAY 18th January - Bamford Circular with Peak Park Rangers
MEET: Sheffield Interchange at 8.40 to catch the 9.14 train to Bamford (or meet on Railway platform at Bamford) where the walk will start at 10.00.
ROUTE: To be decided on the day.
DISTANCE: 7-8 miles.
TERRAIN: Some steady climbs good paths but expect mud at this time of year.
LEADER: Peak Park Rangers (07502547221). Members taking part must let John know to make sure there are enough guides to meet VIP members at Sheffield Railway Station (tel: 01142334080).

MEET: Poundland at 9.30 to catch the 10.00 no 51 bus to Lodge Moor Terminus where the walk will start at 10.40.
ROUTE: Walking alond the Conduit on country tracks and then back to The Sportsman public house for lunch..
DISTANCE: 3 miles.
TERRAIN: Easy tracks but may be muddy.
LEADER: David Cadet (07554143262 on the day only).
Please contact Norman if you wish to join this walk tel 0114 2686339.

We are going to the Sportsman Pub after a shorter Sunday walk. We have our tables booked for 1PM. A Carvery is available at £8.95 and there are other meals such as Scampi, Pies, Sandwiches, etc. Please contact Hilary on 0114 2306604 or email hilarymyers16@gmail.com, if you are eating.Please let me know by 13th January if you want to have a meal. Many thanks and a Happy New Year, Hilary.

TUESDAY 6th February - Hillsborough Park, Scraithe Wood, Wardsend, Parkwood Springs, Scraithe Wood Circular.
MEET: At Poundland, High Street at 9.40 to catch the 10.10 yellow route tram to Hillsborough, where the walk will start at 10.40.
ROUTE: Hillsborough Park, scraithe Wood, Wardsend, Parkswood Springs, back to Scraithe Wood and on to Hillsborough Park.
DISTANCE: 5 miles.
TERRAIN: Good tracks - muddy in places. No stiles but two short ascents.
LEADER: David (07554143262 on the day only). Please contact Norman if you wish to go on this walk 0114 2686339. Car drivers there is a park and Ride at Hillsborough (2£ for 4 hours)


A REMINDER PLEASE NOTE - I hope you all enjoyed your Christmas Lunch at the Shoulder of Mutton. I know many of you appreciated having the Tea & Coffee available on arrival on such a cold and wet day. However, MANY of you forgot to put your money in for your cuppa. The need to pay was mentioned in the last 2 newsletters. ALL HOT DRINKS WERE £1 PER CUP. There was also a sign up by the drinks reminding you to pay a pound. At the end of the day, when Stan paid the bill he had to pay £50 out of his own pocket to cover the HOT DRINKS BILL! If you had a hot drink when you were at the Shoulder of Mutton please let one of these committee members have your money so we can reimburse Stan. Either, David Cadet, Christine Hewitt, Nigel Robb, Gail Fagan or Hilary Myers. Thank you.


Shropshire has taken the vote for the place we want to walk in next year. I have a number of hotels in mind and they are holding 30 places until November. I have already had 10 people speak to me and confirm they want their name to be put on the list for next year. If you were on the holiday this year and have not spoken to me since confirming you want to go away next year please contact me as soon as possible please. Priority will be given to Visually Impaired walkers, then the guides.

The average cost will be about £75 per person per night Dinner Bed and Breakfast with a maximum of £400 for 5 nights, as always single rooms are at a premium and may have a small extra charge. Transport will be provided, once I have all the names, and I know which hotel we shall be using, I will let you have the details.

CONTACT Hilary on 0114 2306604 e-mail hilarymyers16@gmail.com

HOLIDAYS FOR VIP's AND SIGHTED GUIDES... Traveleyes is a holiday company who specialise in holidays for Blind people and Sighted guides. They do short City breaks and World Wide Travel. Sighted guides can get a discount of up to 50 percent. For further information call 0113 8874275 or visit their web site traveleyes-international.com

MAIN WALKS CONTACTS: Christine Hewitt (Chair) - 0114 2366685 hewitt.c4@sky.com and John Bater (Walks Organiser) - 0114 233 4080 or 07816089059

Please note that anyone intends to come on any off the walks, you must contact John Bater above (except for Wednesday walks when you should contact Christine Hewitt on 0114 2366685 or hewitt.c4@sky.com. Walks are suitable for dogs (on leads) unless otherwise stated.

IMPORTANT!! It is advisable to bring a waterproof jacket and wear walking boots (if you have them) when you come out with the group.

This is by way of a reminder to everyone about how we should be taking care of dogs on walks. There was an incident on a walk recently where a Guide dog went missing and it took some time and a lot of retracing of steps to find her again. WE CANNOT AFFORD TO BE LOSING GUIDE DOGS!!!! So - let us just remind ourselves of the rules governing dogs on walks. Firstly, it is up to the leader to say when dogs can be let off the lead. In making their decision leaders will be bearing in mind that dogs should not be off the lead near roads, anywhere where there are livestock, either in the field we are in or adjacent fields. Nor should dogs be off the lead if we are walking on a narrow path where dogs running up and down the line of walkers runs the risk of knocking people over, especially if they pick up a stick in their mouths as some of them are prone to do. Once the leader has said that dogs may be let off the lead it is up to the guide dog owner to release their own dog but they must make sure that a sighted guide takes responsibility for keeping an eye on the dog. If the sighted guide is you - then YOU DO NOT TAKE YOUR EYE OFF THE DOG. Ask the guide dog owner to call the dog back the minute you spot a possible problem and let's be sensible about playing with the dogs. This can just get them over excited and distracts their attention from their owner as well as the potential danger of dogs chasing up and down the line of walkers. Please do not throw sticks, dogs get splinters in their mouths which can be quite dangerous. Finally - remember that dogs must be on leads for coffee and lunch stops. Christine

Please send articles for Newsletter to gail.fagan@guidemail.co.uk Tel; 0114 2667764.


VIPs and Guides need to Contact Christine Hewitt 0114 236 6685 or
hewitt.c4@sky.com by tea time on the Friday before the walk AT THE LATEST if they intend to walk. This gives her time to ensure that there are enough guides available for the VIPs. Leave a message if she isnít in. For ALL other walks you need to contact John Bater.

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CALVERT TRUST Activity Centre in the Lake District - for people with disabilities have contacted me to enquire if any of our members would be interested. They offer a wide range of activities and include training i.e. canoeing, sailing, cycling, climbing plus indoor activities. Accommodation provided with full board or self-catering. Anyone interested to please contact me for further information. Thanks, Eric. CONTACT - Eric Andrews: Tel. 0114 229 9504 or email:ericandrews2009@guidemail.co.uk

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