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Message from John Penrose  5 May 2021

Dear Boghopper


Thank you all for your responses to the survey.  I received a total of 36 responses which were very informative and with some useful additional comments. 

26 voted for continuing to walk locally and 11 favoured trying walks further afield but most of these were happy to go alone with more local walks. 

Consequently for the time being we will continue to plan walks at fairly local venues (hopefully within 30/40 minutes drive from home).  We will continue to not encourage car sharing although we can wait to see if the guidance on this may change and some Boghoppers may feel that they can exercise some flexibility with people that are vaccinated and/or tested (some of us have been vaccinated and are taking lateral flow tests twice a week).

I propose to be more flexible with group sizes and perhaps aim for groups of 10 to 12.  However if, for example we have 13 people wishing to join a B walk it will be difficult to resist putting on just the one walk.  I gather that some Boghoppers have enjoyed walking in groups of 6 but this limitation has sometimes resulted in more than one group being only 4.  I hope that larger group sizes will allow us to meet with a greater variety of walkers.

Because of the increase in group sizes we will need to take care that we walk from locations that offer sufficient car parking.  I propose to bring forward our meeting time to 9.30 which should mean that we are parking before some of these venues are getting too busy.

I am now ready to take requests for walks on the next two dates 23rd May and 13th June.  Please let me have your requests for the 23rd May by next Friday (11th May).  I would also be grateful for any offers of leaders for A or B walks with details of distance and starting point.

It is probable that we will continue with the same pattern for the following two walks on 25th July and 15th August but we will see.  The Lakes weekend will offer an opportunity for some of us to discuss our ideas.  We will certainly not look at re-introducing a coach before September.

Best wishes, John, Chairman    



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