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Another Rumpus Media Update.

Latest update from Biddy at Rumpus Media. I think they have discovered that Northamptonshire isn't somewhere 'oop North and now think they will be at Welford around 11.00/11.30 on Monday rather than 2.00ish as previously

I would suggest we meet in the Wharf car park no later than 11.00 and if they are running late we can adjourn to Tiny Teas Tea Room while we wait. She was asking if it would be possible to walk to the aqueduct just after the end of the Welford Arm which would be about 1.5 miles. I'm still not sure they have grasped that at this stage the Avon is only a stream so be prepared for changes on the day.

posted by CHANGERINGER on  January 08, 2020 19:46  under Special Occasions

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Channel 5 filming update.

I have just spoken to Imogen from Rumpus Media and she has confirmed that filming will be on Monday 13th starting around 2.00pm(ish) I have given her a couple of possible stretches to be walked. One starts at Welford and the other at Naseby itself so no long drives involved.

I will keep you posted as more info is received.

posted by CHANGERINGER on  January 06, 2020 15:48  under Special Occasions

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A chance for stardom on Channel 5!

We have been approached as per the message below about being involved in a new series on Channel 5. If you are interested in being involved let me know. David H.

"My name is Biddy and I am contacting you from London-based television production company Rumpus Media. We are producing a six-part documentary to be broadcast for Channel 5, that will explore the history and story behind some of Britain’s rivers as we travel along from the source to the mouth. 
One of the rivers we will be featuring is the River Avon where we will begin our journey in Naseby. I have come across Shakespeare’s Avon Way which I believe begins near the source, a brilliant walking route following the River Avon. It would be really interesting to include some of this ramble with some lovely ramblers! I wondered whether we could discuss the possibility of filming a little group of walkers along a part of the route please?
We do not have a confirmed date yet but will be filming in the week commencing Monday 13th January 2020. We are also a very small crew of just two people, myself and my director. 
Please do let me know if you have any questions and I look forward to hearing from you very soon. 
Thank you, 

posted by CHANGERINGER on  December 30, 2019 20:26  under Special Occasions

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John McMillan Funeral Details.

John's funeral will take place on Tuesday 22nd October at St. Botolph's Church, Barton Seagrave at 1.30pm.

posted by CHANGERINGER on  October 15, 2019 19:38  under Special Occasions

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Club Weekend 4th to 6th October 2019 Report

Club Weekend  4th to 6th October  2019

The annual club weekend was held at Newton House Hotel near Ashbourne in Derbyshire.  26 members  attended and we were joined  by four leaders from Secret Hills the organisation who arranged our accommodation and led the walks.

When most people had arrived after lunch on the Friday we set off for a 5 mile walk which  left from the hotel along the Tissington Trail down to the pretty village of Parwich , through Alsop en le Dale and back to the hotel.  It certainly proved quite a challenging walk as after all the rain  the gateways and stiles were very muddy. 

  The stiles came in a range of shapes and sizes and the squeeze ones being particually troublesome to those with short legs!

On the Saturday we split into two grades of walk.  The more adventurous (or daft) did a circular walk of just over 9 miles which included 1900 feet of ascent. They headed from the hotel down to Milldale which is a pretty valley with a packhorse bridge. From there they crossed the river Dove  and up a sharp ascent to Ilam Rock. A packed lunch was very welcome after the climb and the views from Bunster Hill over the Manifold Dale were beautiful.  They then dropped down to the river again at the popular tourist spot of Dovedale, enjoyed an ice cream before making there way to the Stepping Stones. 

Not only was the water quite high it was also very busy with anxious children and dogs causing a bottleneck. 

Our leader Keith eventually crossed the stones and picked up a nervous dog carrying it back to the side.   Everyone completed this challenge successfully and after a walk up Lin Dale arrived back at the hotel.

Group B meanwhile covered a distance of just over 6 miles taking a slightly tricky descent down Nabs Dale to Milldale. By the time they arrived  there a tiny coffee shop was open making a welcome  break. They then walked upstream and enjoyed their lunch at Coldeaton Bridge. Following the ascent out of the valley they reached the Tissington Trail before descending to Alsop en le Dale. A short climb brought them back to the hotel and a welcome cup of tea.

The weather forecast for the Sunday had been dire but the day dawned reasonably bright if a little breezy.  Two levels of walk were again organised.  Group A  covered similar ground as the B walk the day before with a few extra twists whist the B walk headed off to Tissington for morning coffee before using farm tracks to return to the hotel.  A roast lunch was laid on by the hotel with such enormous portions we could all have done with another walk to burn it off!  It was then time for goodbyes with people setting off in different directions. Some were staying another night, some having a holiday elsewhere and others straight home.

An excellant weekend.  Looking forward to Cromer next year!

Thanks to Sue H form organising this very successful weekend. Even with the help of Secret Hills it stiill involves an enormous amount of work on her part. Sue also provided this report and several of the photographs. 

Also a special thanks to Sue C for handling all the financial matters associated with the weekend.

Thanks also to Teresa M and Judith E for providing additional pictures many of which are shown below. 

 (Apologies for not including every picture but it is one of the drawbacks with our current website is that loading pictures takes an inordinate amount of time. I have tried to show a representative sample of people and scenery. David H.)

posted by CHANGERINGER on  October 10, 2019 10:36  under Special Occasions

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