The Area AGM passed off without a hitch and we were more than pleased to have been able to fill two of the vacant positions on Area Council. Judith Taylor was elected as West Sussex Footpath Secretary, replacing Graham Elvey. Cindy Jones has taken on the post of South Downs Network Officer, a post which has been vacant for the past year. Unfortunately a replacement has not been found for the Chairman's post, we are fortunate however that Clive Grummett has offered to be Vice-Chairman for the time being purely to chair meetings, so we are still looking for that elusive person to take on the job permanently. A timely reminder here that our Treasurer, Mike Charman, will be standing down in 2018 and it would be good if a replacement could be found to shadow him in his final year.
Paul Rhodes, a Board of Trustees member who was present on behalf of Ramblers Central Office, gave a short talk highlighting the campaigns and successes within Ramblers during the past year. After a great deal of over indulgence on the tea and cakes front there was a very interesting talk from Chris Horlock about Sussex historical facts and myths.
Closures of Railway Crossings
Whilst of only immediate concern to our colleagues in East Anglis we understand that the proposals set in train by Network Rail in that part of the country may be a forerunner for similar closures nationwide so it would be wonderful if you could encourage as many people as possible to sign the petition which you can find via the relevant webpage here.
The Walking Partnership
As you will all know, Ramblers Worldwide Holidays operate group walking holidays in the UK and all around the world. If any of you go on a Ramblers holiday please nominate Ramblers Sussex Area for a donation, and Area will then receive a contribution of £10 per person on UK holidays, £20 per person on short haul holidays, and £30 per person on long haul holidays.