SHEFFIELD VISUALLY IMPAIRED WALKING GROUP

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NIGEL'S THANKS

Nigel would like to thank all your good wishes during this stressful time of leaving his home at Nether Edge for several years.

Nigel has moved to a flat at Gleadless Townend, near to amenities and public transport.

We wish him lots of happy years there and look forward to seeing him on walks and social occasions when he has sorted himself out.

SIZE 6 LADIES NORTH FACE WALKING SHOES

Ann Batty has a pair of good condition size 6 ladies North Face walking shoes.
If anyone would like these please contact Ann on 07989 053534

CATHOLIC CHURCH JUBILEE 2025

Below is part of a message from a potential new guide who has asked for our help.
Please send any comments or suggestions to Sue, who will forward them on.


The Catholic Church is preparing for Jubilee 2025 with the theme of Pilgrims of Hope and here in Hallam we are keen that everyone should have the opportunity to take part in local pilgrimages being planned.
Please can you suggest what people with visual impairments would need to know in order to decide whether to take part?

This planning is at a very early stage so all ideas welcome. One pilgrimage site might be Padley Chapel at Grindleford.
Do you think this is something some group members might be interested in?

SIGHTED GUIDE TRAINING

Apologies to all members who have put their names down to receive VI Training.

At present we have 6 names but would like a few more to allow for holidays and to make it worthwhile for Alison Anthony to teach.

As soon as we have enough names we will arrange, so if you would like training or extra training please contact Sue Hill.
(Email: susanmaryhill56@icloud.com or Mobile: 07970 311329)

CONGRATULATIONS TO ROBERT NOLAN AND TIM

Congratulations to Robert Nolan and sighted guide Tim who completed the London Marathon time 4 hours 35 minutes.
Robert has run the Marathon some years ago when he had more eyesight, this time attached to Tim a brilliant achievement.

Robert is Chair of Deaf Blind UK and all funds raised go to this charity.
If anyone wants to sponsor him, please check out his JustGiving Page.

FROM DAVID AND PAUL

David and Paul would like to thank all those members who came on the Tuesday walk on the 5th March. It was a fantastic turnout, there were 19 in total which is one of the highest we have had.

There were eight VI's so we had enough guides. It was especially nice to see Mary and Ken.

It was a nice day, the weather was kind, and although we had to change the walk due to the heavy rain we had just a few days before, it was a first Tuesday walk around Graves Park, Summerhouse and Cobnar Woods.

SIGHTED GUIDE TRAINING

We are holding a training session, date not known yet, for any new guides wishing to come along. This is also open to any guides who have received training in the past but would like a refresher.

This is a great opportunity as Alison Anthony who works as a Re-hab officer at Howden House is extremely qualified to give this training. Please put your name down with Sue - it would be good to see our new guides there.
Email: susanmaryhill56@icloud.com

SHEFFIELD FESTIVAL OF THE OUTDOORS

A month-long celebration of Sheffield as "The Outdoor City" featuring sporting events, community gatherings, guided walks, outdoor markets, film festivals, and more!
Check out this webpage for more information.

NEW WEB SITE MANAGER

A warm welcome to James Percival, who volunteered through Voluntary Action Sheffield to take over our web site from Chris Whittakker.
Chris set up the web site some 15 years ago and has kept it running for us for all this time.
We are very grateful to you Chris - now you can relax and still enjoy coming out walking with us.

CONGRATULATIONS TO MIKE JACKSON

Congratulations to Mike Jackson who has received an MBE in the new year's honours list for services to the community.

Mike said one of his greatest privileges was joining the SVIWG soon after the group started, leading a Bi-monthly walk taking VI's to places we never dreamed of and indeed VI's who had been long time ramblers and lost their sight later in life they never thought it would be possible again.

The memorable ones like Kinder Scout, Bleaklow and leading a party up Snowdon. Mike was a warden on Kinder and we always knew we were in safe hands.

Well-deserved Mike on behalf of the SVIWG.

UNDER THE EDGE

This magazine has printed a short article about SVIWG - you can find it in the January edition on page 6.

David and Paul would like to say THANK YOU

Thank you to all the members who have supported the Tuesday walks offered in 2023. It means a lot to us to have your support, and makes it all worthwhile. Plans for 2024 are already in progress, and we are hoping to branch out again as we did in 2023. This means journeys will be longer than others but we feel it will be worthwhile.

Thank you again

Thanks to David and Paul

There is quite a lot of work for David and Paul, in planning a walk each month, and the walks are very popular, so thank you from members of SVIWG for all your efforts.

CHESTERFIELD CANAL TRUST CIRCULAR WALKING ROUTES

THE CHESTERFIELD CANAL TRUST has a number of circular walking routes available on their website. The walks are under the heading 'Off the water'.

OUR HOLIDAY IN WALES - A THANK YOU FROM HILARY

A BIG THANK YOU TO EVERYONE - Guides and VIP's alike, who went on our six day holiday in Anglesey. You were Marvellous. We had six lovely HOT days away with great companions. A special thanks must go to the five lovely people, our friends from Wales, Margaret, Peter, Helen, Steff and Angie who joined us and led us on different days, giving us six different and interesting walks, we shall all remember.

To Phil, our skilful Coach driver and friend, thank you for looking after us all so well, and getting us safely back each day. I'm looking forward to finding out what Margaret Patrick is planning for us next year in Northumberland. Thank you all for your support over the last 12 years of my arranging the groups walking holiday. My records show that the first time we met and were led by Margaret Norwood was on Tuesday 6th September in 2011. She led us on a 7 mile circular walk, from our Hotel in Betws-y-Coed.

MEMBER UPDATE

Congratulations to Robert Nolan who is now on the board of Trustees at SRSB.
It is always good to have someone who represents the charities to which they serve and with Robert's dual sensory impairment he will be a good ambassador.
Peak Park Rangers Walk 22/7/21

VOLUNTEER GUIDES NEEDED

If you are interested, please click here for more information.
Some of our walkers describe their experience in this "Walk and Talk".

You can also look at this brilliant short documentary film, developed by Sheffield Hallam University Students, featuring members of our group.