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THIS MONTH'S WALKS AND EVENTS

JANUARY 2019

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.

WALKS - John is now collating names for the walk program 2019. If anyone would like to lead a walk for us, or perhaps you have not lead one before and would like to try please contact him on 0114 2334080 or 07816089059.

WEDNESDAY 9TH JANUARY - A WOODLANDS WALK!
MEET: Meet Poundland High Street 9.15 to catch the 9.45 no 86 bus to the Acorn Pub at Burncross where the walk will start at 10.30.
ROUTE: Burncross, Ecclesfield Woods, Parkin Wood, Newbiggin Plantation, Thorncliffe Woods, Westwood, High Green, return back to the start.
DISTANCE: 7 miles.
LEADER: David Cadet (07554143262 on the day).
Please contact Chris by Friday 4th January if you wish to join this walk. Tel 0114 2366685, hewitt.c4@sky.com Car drivers can park in the pub carpark or side roads nearby.
Please note the bus times could change in the New Year.

THURSDAY 24TH JANUARY - PEAK PARK RANGERS WALK - BAMFORD
MEET: Sheffield Railway Station at 8.40 to catch the 9.14 train to Bamford (meeting on the Railway platform at Bamford), where the walk will start 10.00..
ROUTE: To be decided on the day.
DISTANCE: 7 - 8 miles.
TERRAIN: Some steady climbs and good paths.
LEADER: Peak Park Rangers (07502547221). Members taking part must let Carol know to make sure there are enough sighted guides to meet VI members at Sheffield Railway Station - Carol Adams 07786546004, 0114 2753922 caz25adams17@gmail.com.

SUNDAY 27TH JANUARY - MILLHOUSES - ROBIN HOOD PUB FOR LUNCH
MEET: Meet Poundland High Street at 9.50 to catch the 10.23 no 98 bus to Millhouses Park where the walk will start 10.48.
ROUTE: Millhouses Park then a nice stroll through Ecclesall Woods to the Robin Hood Pub for lunch.
DISTANCE: 2-3 miles.
TERRAIN: Good tracks and paths.
LEADER: David (07554143262 on the day) and Norman. Please contact Carol if you wish to join this walk 07786546004, 0114 2753922 caz25adams17@gmail.com

MENUE
1 course £7.99, or 2 courses £9.99

Mains: Desserts
Please let me have your menue choices no later than Wednesday 16th January. Max number to be seated together will be 30, so please let Hilary know ASAP - 0114 2306604 or hilarymyers16@gmail.com

TUESDAY 5TH FEBRUARY
MEET: Poundland, High Street at 9.50 to catch the 10.15 no 3 bus ib Arundel Gate to Washington Road/Sharrow Lane, where the walk will start 10.45.
ROUTE: We will visit the community cafe Fpr for refreshments, then a visit to the General Cemetery taking the original pathway to the Gatehouse, then to the Botanical Gardens for a look around and lunch stop (please bring packed lunch), then back to the General cemetery visiting the Catacombs, finishing at Weatherspoons bottom of Ecclesall Road.
DISTANCE: 4 miles.
TERRAIN: Good paths throughout.
LEADER: David (07554143262 on the day) and Phillip and Paul. Please contact Norman if you wish to join this walk 0114 2686339.

GROUP NEWS
We raised a fantastic sum of £130 on the Wednesday 12th December Christmas lunch raffle well done.

TABLES WANTED
A member has asked me if anyone has a nest of tables they no longer need, if so please let Gail know who will pass your details on to the person making the enquiry. email gail.fagan@guidemail.co.uk 0114 2667764.

NEW UPDATE FOR IPHONE...


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MEMBERS LEAVING ANY WALKS EARLY PLEASE LET THE LEADER OR BACK MARKER KNOW


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.

DOGS ON WALKS...
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.


!!! REMINDER!!! PLEASE NOTE FOR ALL WEDNESDAY WALKS

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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OTHER EVENTS

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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