Committee meeting synopsis

Meeting date: 10 July, 2017

Another busy meeting saw us moving forward on a number of fronts.

Improved by WaW sign Publicity is important to us, in a number of ways, and ran through a number of our items for discussion. We are looking to source a cheap banner that we can use to advertise our presence at events and discussed a number of options from buying one to doing it ourselves: we are optimistic we will find something we can afford.

At the other end of the acquisition process, we were awaiting delivery of some small “Improved for you by Walkers are Welcome” plaques that we can fix to signposts when we have undertaken significant clearance or other improvement works. We are grateful to Dereham Town Council for purchasing these for us, and are pleased to acknowledge that support on the plaque.

A third initiative is to distribute as many as possible of our window stickers to businesses in the town: these are freely available, and we decided a mechanism for taking them round during the next couple of months. Finally, we were pleased to welcome Carolyn Selby who visited us to enlighten us about the pluses and minuses of social media, and what we would need to do to make this work for us.

Publicity is good, but it is of course the means to the bigger end - walking. Further discussion took place about our next venture - Bank Holiday Monday 28 August. We firmed up the plans for a walk taking in Yaxham, ending at Yaxham Waters with the now mandatory coffee and cake. View more information and booking details. Further thought was also given to the ‘Garden Party’ walk on 1 October, and a planned walk in half term week to fit in with the Norfolk County Council Walking & Cycling Festival.

We continue to offer support to colleagues trying to develop WaW in Aylsham and Swaffham, and are hoping to have another get together (also including the very thriving Cromer WaW) before too long.

As can be seen, this is a busy programme, relying on a small number of people. We are very open to offers of additional assistance: we are particularly looking for someone who might really take on the social media side of things, and someone who will be our first aider on walks. But most of all, we would be happy to have the fresh ideas and perspective that anyone and everyone brings - and it’s good fun too! So, please feel free to contact us if you have a bit of time to spare.