Committee meeting synopsis

Meeting date: 5 June, 2017

Our meeting started with the sad news that we would be losing two of our Committee members. Jean Stratford resigned for personal reasons: she had authored the two walks using the Mid-Norfolk Railway and the one still in production using Konect bus services to North Elmham, and had been a major part of our Walking in Wonderland event at Easter, as well as making contributions generally to our work. We also lost Neil Cliff, who had represented Dereham U3A, but who recently had stood down from U3A; U3A will now be represented by Sue Rothwell, already a member of the Committee in her own right. We thank them both for their help and wish them well for the future.

We were pleased to have a snapshot of the usage of our website in April, when our walks had been downloaded quite a few times - around 60 each for the 4 walks in the printed pack, and around 40 each for the Mid-Norfolk Railway walks. Yet more content had been added to the website, keeping it up to date with events and plans.

We reviewed our May Tud Valley Walk, which had again attracted positive comment, as well as making a contribution to our bank balance. Plans for future walks were also discussed. The next will be on Monday 28 August, followed by a repeat of the Garden Party walks (not necessarily the same routes) on 1 October. We are still undecided as to whether we will be entering walks for the Norfolk County Council Cycling & Walking Festival during October, but will definitely be holding another New Year’s Day walk to start 2018.

Much of the rest of our time was spent finalising plans for our Annual Public Meeting on 15 June, including deciding on some small changes which we felt were needed to our Constitution (to be put before the APM).

There were as ever other matters to be discussed, which will be reported as they come more towards fruition.