Where it all began in 2003/2004
CATERHAM & District U3A WALKING GROUP
Since May 2003 Nigel has been involved with leading walking events for the U3A Group from Caterham in Surrey : now entirely under the auspices of Oakleafe Rambling Club.
At the start of May 2018 we celebrated our FIFTEENTH ANNIVERSARY of planning and leading walks for this particular Group.
Since July 2016 we changed from a fortnightly adopted a weekly format of Guided Walks on a Monday morning, generally in East Surrey. These combine those who wish to ramble and those who have started with our Nordic walking group.
Typical group sizes here of from 10 to 20 folk per event.
The walk leader here for the Monday morning events is usually Nigel Bentley.
For our programme of U3A RAMBLES ~ our forthcoming diary of event dates ~ the HOME page includes a schedule of U3A events as currently known.
A note about U3A Walk Subs for U3A members (Caterham, local area Group) :
In addition to our Per-Walk Subscription, there is an Annual Subscription for membership of the U3A itself, however (currently £12 per year for the Caterham U3A Group for 2017).
OAKLEAFE Surrey RAMBLES ?
From 2019 Surrey Ramblers will be invited to join in with a General “WEEKEND RAMBLING” group
Since September 2004 Oakleafe Rambling Club has been running regular events throughout the east of Surrey ~ as far east as Sevenoaks in the west of Kent, and west to Leith Hill and Dorking; and south to Edenbridge (Kent again) and Ashdown Forest (East Sussex).
So, it is that section of the North Downs ridge with the Weald to the south including the Greensand Ridge. The immediate Home range for the Surrey group would have been Caterham/Woldingham/Warlingham/Oxted/Godstone area of East of Surrey.
Oakleafe Club planned, offered and and led walks for this particular Group for over 15 years. As numbers attending have fallen, over the last 6-months in particular … we had to make the difficult decision to combine our offerings as a single group with a wider regular range of events. These will be across parts of four counties and with our main focus remaining on events throughout East Sussex.
Typical group sizes for walks that can go ahead vary from 4 or 5 to 10+ . The group eMailing list (2017/18 version) has over 40 e-mail addresses.
Using our MailChimp tracking reports, and also looking at the take-up for Groups month-by-month, we will have to soon make some hard decisions regarding the future of specific groups (as above).
The putting together of the walk plans, briefings etc are very time-consuming … and if a particular group is not getting the support over a considerable period, then the future of that group will be questioned. This approach to practicality makes space of a weekend for other groups who are “active” ~ to perhaps have more events available, satisfying those groups that are busy.
HEARING via your email-INBOX about our NEXT WALKS :
Please contact us for details to be emailed to you directly (usually 24 to 36 hours before an event) for the series that you are interested in ~ OR, if you are not already receiving the briefings that you wish. It is simple to UNSUBSCRIBE from one or all of our Oakleafe database groups that we maintain; and we do not share our address-lists with ANY third parties; or through the Club membership.
IF you do not regularly at least open your emails, then MailChimp undertakes an occasional “Spring-Clean” to compare the statistics for a given email included in the database ~ those that are not being opened are at risk of removal from the List ~ which is outside of our control.