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WEDNESDAY 13th JUNE - CHINLEY To NEW MILLS (Panoramic views from Chinley Churn/Over Hill Road)
MEET: Sheffield Railway Station at 8.40 to catch the 9.14 local Hope train to Chinley Station where the walk will start at 10.00.
ROUTE: To New Mills via Throstle Bank, Chinley Churn, Over Hill Road, Howcroft Farm, Gowhole, Peak Forest Canal, The Torrs and Millenium Walkway, New Mills Station.
DISTANCE: 5 1/2 miles.
TERRAIN: Quiet lanes, stony track, field paths (one a bit overgrown/wet), canal towpath, possible muddy tracks, some steps/gates but no stiles, steady long climb from Chinley to coffee stop then undulating or downhill.
LEADER: Steve Brown (07801 906126 on the day) who will meet the party at Chinley station, very limited parking at or near Chinley station, alternative parking in New Mills Town Centre.
Please contact Chris by Friday 8th June - tel 0114 2366685, hewitt.c4@sky.com. Return by Train from New Mills Central to Chinley/Sheffield at 15.16 or 16.16

MEET: Sheffield Railway Station at 8.49 to catch the 9.14 train to Edale where the walk will start 9.50.
ROUTE: Edale to Barber Booth, up Chapel Gate to Rushup Edge and Lord Seat, over Mam Tor, along to Hollins Cross and back down to Edale.
DISTANCE: 7 miles.
TERRAIN: Well-marked tracks throughout, a few easy wooden-plank stiles, a steady climb up the Chapel Gate track with stony sections, otherwise easy going.
LEADER: Mike Jackson who will meet the group at Edale.
Members taking part must notify Carol to make sure there are enough sighted guides to meet VI members at Sheffield Station. Carol Adams 07786546004, 0114 2753922 caz25adams17@gmail.com Return trains every hour at half past the hour.

SUNDAY 24th JUNE - Ecclesall Woods, Whirlow, Ringinglow, Porter Valley, Forge Dam, Encliffe Park and finishing at Hunter's Bar.
MEET: Poundland corner High Street 9.30 to catch the 9.50 no 97 bus to Dore and Totley Station bus stop, where the walk will start at 10.15.
ROUTE: Ecclesall Woods, Whirlow, Ringinglow, Porter Valley, Forge Dam, Encliffe Park and finishing at Hunter's Bar.
DISTANCE: 7 miles.
TERRAIN: Good paths and tracks.
LEADER: Janet Herridge, who will meet the group at Dore and Totley Station - Tel:07790829995 on the day only. Can everyone wanting to take part in this walk please contact Carol to help her collate enough guide to VIP ratio on 07786546004, 0114 2753922, caz25adams17@gmail.com

MEET: Sheffield Interchange 9.30 to catch the 10.00 no 218 bus to Baslow where the walk will start 10.45.
ROUTE: Baslow, Pilsley, Edensor, Chatsworth return to Baslow,.
DISTANCE: 5 1/2 miles.
TERRAIN: Mostly good paths and tracks with one short steep ascent.
LEADER: David (07554143262 on the day) and Norman. Please contact Norman on 0114 2686339 if you wish to join this walk. Buses return from Baslow every 30 minutes at quarter to and quarter past each hour.

Come along and enjoy a social chat in relaxed surroundings with other members of the group. Enjoy a buffet meal £5 per head payable when you arrive. There will also be a bar available, should you wish to buy a drink 6.30 arrival time. AGM business will start at 7pm followed by a talk by Joanne of SRSB about her role as Deputy Manager. The buffet will be served 7.45 and we shall have to leave by 9.30. Please come to support your Committee for the work they do to make the SVIWG happen every week.
Contact Hilary by Friday 1st June if you have not already done so on 0114 2306604 or hilarymyers16@gmail.com

Just to remind you - the current Committee consists of: Chair: David Cadet, Vice Chair: Christine Hewitt, Treasurer: Stan Wainwright, Secretary: Pauline Bullivant. Committee Members: John Bater (Walks Co-ordinator): Hilary Myers (Social Secretary): Carol Adams (Membership Secretary): Gail Fagan (Newsletter Editor): Eric Andrews (Fundraiser): Brian Hirst (committee member). Nigel Robb and Susan Hill also sit on the Committee as co-opted members
Eric Andrews has expressed his wish to stand down from the Committee. Eric has served on the Committee for many years as Chairman, Vice Chairman and Fundraiser, Eric will continue to walk with the group so if anyone would like to nominate themselves for any of the above roles or be nominated please let David Cadet know before the AGM on the 7th June. tel; 0114 2325453; davidcadet81@gmail.com

Sunday 1st July. From 2pm - 6pm as part of the Dore Open Garden Day. The admission charge is £5 which will give access to eight gardens, three of which are within easy walking distance from my own. Good quality refreshments will be available. All proceeds will be donated to Sheffield's very own Cavendish Cancer Care. Many thanks, Mike Mike's address is 9 Newfield Crescent, Dore, Sheffield S17 3DE.

I mentioned in the last newsletter that some members have expressed an interest in going on a Cruise. Since then there has been more interest shown. In order to make this dream holiday into a reality for our VI members, we would need a few more sighted people as well. This is not a walking group venture but members of the group who wish to go away socially. If anyone is interested at present for more information please contact Hilary @ e-mail hilarymyers16@gmail.com or 01142306604

IMPORTANT - PLEASE NOTE - From time to time we take group photographs to update our web site and also SRSB's web site. Any members who do not wish their photos to be on the web site please contact Gail details below.



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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