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THIS MONTH'S WALKS AND EVENTS

FEBRUARY 2020

DOGS MUST BE ON LEADS AT ALL TIME UNLESS OTHERWISE STATED BY THE WALK LEADER

From time to time we take photos to update our web site and also SRSB's web site. If anyone does not wish to appear on group photos please make it clear at the beginning of the walk.

FROM THE CHAIR... Can I ask that anyone going on the walks particularly Thursdays and Sundays, to please let Carol know, to ensure that sighted guides are available to help V.I.P.S. at Sheffield Interchange, if required. Thanking everyone. David.


TUESDAY 4TH FEBRUARY - COAL ASTON COMMUNITY CENTRE CIRCULAR WALK
MEET: Sheffield Interchange at 9.45 to catch the 10.12 no 44 bus to Coal Aston Community Centre, where the walk will start at 1045.
ROUTE: Easy walking on good tracks around Coal Aston heading back to the Community Centre.
DISTANCE: 4 1/2 miles.
LEADER: David Cadet (07554143262 on the day). Please contact Norman if you wish to go on this walk 0114 2686339.
Car drivers can park in the car park behind the Community Centre.
PLEASE NOTE BUS TIMES MAY CHANGE IN THE NEW YEAR

WEDNESDAY 12TH FEBRUARY - TRAINS, CANALS AND WOODS
MEET: Sheffield Train Station at 9.30 to catch the 9.53 train to Kiveton Bridge (not Kiveton Park) where the walk will start at 10.11.(car parking Colliery Road at the side of the station).
ROUTE: Kiveton Nature Trail to Harthill, Thorpe Salvin, Chesterfield Canal return to Kiveton Bridge.
DISTANCE: 8 miles.
TERRAIN: Fields Woods and a Canal.
LEADER: Joe Fagan (07791634319 on the day). Please contact Chris if you wish to join this walk 0114 2366685 or email hewitt.c4@sky.com

THURSDAY 20TH FEBRUARY - TOTLEY MOORS
MEET: Poundland on High Street at 9.20 to catch the 9.41 no 97 bus to Totley Hall Lane stop (opposite Cross Scythes Pub)- there is plenty of roadside parking nearby. The walk will start 10.20.
ROUTE: Totley Moors and back - the exact route to be decided on the day depending on the weather conditions.
DISTANCE: 7 1/2 miles.
TERRAIN: Moorland, woodland and field paths with some climbing and muddy paths..
LEADER: Mike Wilson - 07538001933 on the day. To ensure there are enough guides, it is essential to contact Martin Wing if you wish to join this walk. Telephone 07747443812 or email
mrmartinwing@gmail.com

SUNDAY 23RD FEBRUARY - ECCLESALL WOODS TO TOTLEY STATION
MEET: Poundland on High Street at 9.15 to catch the 9.46 no 97 bus to Dore and Totley Railway Station (bus stop)where the walk will start at 10.15.
ROUTE: Ecclesall Woods, Whirlow, Limb Valley, Ringinglow Road, Coit Lane, Whirlow Far and return to Dore and Totley Station.
DISTANCE: 7 miles.
TERRAIN: Easy walking on good paths and tracks may also be muddy at this time of year.
LEADER: Chris Hewitt (07730472606 on the day). Please contact Martin 07747443812
mrmartinwing@gmail.com if you wish to join this walk

TUESDAY 3RD MARCH - GLEN HOWE PARK - WHARNCLIFFE SIDE- MOREHALL RESERVOIR CIRCULAR
MEET: Sheffield Interchange at 9.35 to catch the 10.02 no 57 bus to the Blue Ball Pub Wharnciffe Side where the walk will start 10.40.
ROUTE: Glen Howe Park, Wharncliffe Side, Brightholmlee, Morehall Reservoir, return to the Blue Ball Inn.
DISTANCE: 5 miles.
TERRAIN: Easy walking on good paths.
LEADER: David Cadet (07554143262 on the day). Please contact Norman if you wish to go on this walk 0114 2686339. Car drivers can park on the side road behind the Blue Ball Pub.

WALKING HOLIDAY 2020...
There will be a 4 nights stay at the County Hotel Kendal with half board and transport for £310. We have a couple of rooms available until the end of February, but after that we lose them. If you are interested in walking around the beautiful scenery of the Lakes, then the walks available will be moderate about 4 miles and 7 miles Wednesday/Sunday walks. Please speak to Hilary, Sue Hill, or Chris Hewitt for further information. A deposit of £30, to secure your booking is due now. Please contact Hilary, or let her have your cheque on the next Wednesday walk or on Thursdays at SRSB. Hilary's contact details are Tel 0114 2306604 or e-mail
hilarymyers16@gmail.com Thank you Hilary.

CLIP ON SMILEY FACES
We have some Clip on Smiley Faces in stock both in Orange for guides and Green for VIP's. This helps to identify a VI walker and also acts as a high VIS reflector in poor light. We ask you to attach the appropriate one on the back of your rucksack. The group have bought them at a cost of £1.25. All we ask is if you would give a small contribution to offset the cost. This would be much appreciated, but the most important thing is that we use them. Thank you Hilary

VOLUNTEERING OPPORTUNITIES FOR PEOPLE WITH A VISUAL IMPAIRMENT...

The Woodland Trust and Natural Inclusion
href="https://www.natural-inclusion.org are working together on a project to involve blind and partially-sighted people as tour guides in the historic Skipton Castle Woods. As a Visually Impaired Guide, or VI Guide, you will take visitors on a sensory journey, assisted by sighted helpers. We'll provide full training and any out-of-pocket expenses will be reimbursed. You just need to bring a love of woods, trees and nature, lots of enthusiasm and the ability to talk to people in an engaging way.

Skipton Castle Woods, owned by Skipton Castle and managed by The Woodland Trust, the UK's largest tree conservation charity, is a 36 acre semi-natural ancient woodland located in the heart of the town at the top of Skipton High Street. The woodland is a popular walking spot and haven for wildlife including kingfishers, herons, hedgehogs and bank voles.

Hazel Birdsall Visitor Experience Manager for Skipton Castle Woods explained "The participants on the tours will be fully immersed in the sensory delights of their surroundings, without relying on the 'visual shortcuts' that so many sighted people use in their daily lives. This will enable them to connect more deeply with their surroundings for a whole new experience." Andy Shipley of Natural Inclusion added "As someone with a visual impairment, I am interested in how greater use of our non-visual senses can affect the way that people experience the natural world. With this project, we aim to shift perceptions about the experience of visually impaired people and demonstrate that there is much to be gained from exploring another perspective."

If you, or someone you know, would be interested in volunteering for this project, please contact
hollybooker@woodlandtrust.org.uk or 07769 139480

EARLIER ITEMS

SIGHTED GUIDE TRAINING...
It is some time now since we have had Sighted guide training. We now have Dyane Fisher one of our members who is well qualified in this field. If any of our new Guides would like to take part in this training (although we do not have a date yet) please contact Chris Hewitt after the 20th October as she is on holiday. Christine Hewitt on 0114 2366685 mobile 07730472606 or
hewitt.c4@sky.com.

HOW TO GUIDE A BLIND PERSON....
Below is a link showing how to guide a VI person it will help our new guides, also well practiced members and also VI's. It is by Amar Latif who founded the company Traveleyes which specialises in holidays for VI's. I think it is extremely good, so perhaps members would like to take a look.
We are currently sorting a training day for new members and anyone who has already had training but would like a refresher. Thanks Gail
https://youtu.be/-jqepQ8yASM

CPR LIFE SUPPORT TRAINING...
Would you like to know how to possibly save someone's life? We have not had a training CPR day for some time and there are only 12 places on the course. If anyone wishes to go on this please contact David Cadet by text 07554143262 or email davidcadet81@gmail.com

APP FOR I PHONE... APRIL 2019
Details below. Contact David if you have any problems.
davidcadet81@gmail.com