• See News section below for more details of following items
  • AGM 2014 report
  • Closure of Reach Lode bridge for maintenance, December 2014
  • New Trumpington Country Park to open next spring
  • Vacancies  at Wells-next-the-Sea hostel trip in early 2015
  • Restrictions on access to Fulbourn Nature Reserve – walks’ leaders please note
  • Walking opportunities from Wicken Fen – also new ‘Rothschild Way’ opens
  • Cornish coast path trip June 2015
  • North Wales walking near Cadair Idris May 2015 , based Corris
  • Summer 2015 – budget trip to Currer Laithe Farm, near Keighley and Haworth, Yorkshire – see News section
  • Booking open for October 2015 coach weekend to Bourton on the Water
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AGM 2014 – a great turnout!

Club members on email may have received up to 4 notifications of the Club’s AGM – due in part to a last minute change of venue! This publicity resulted in the biggest attendance for years. Thanks to everyone who managed to come; the Committee hopes you found it worthwhile. We liked our new venue at St James Church Wulfstan Way and will use it again.

The ‘business’ part of the meeting included a review of the past year’s activities, together with a summary of events planned for 2015. On a regular weekly basis we will be starting a fourth Wednesday walk – termed ‘B-am’. This is a morning walk of 5 to 7 miles, taken at a moderate pace. No specific arrangements are being made for a pub lunch, although there is nothing to stop participants arranging such a meal informally. This walk may prove popular with many Club members who can only manage a morning ramble, but who want a bit of a leg stretch. The current Wednesday B  all day walk will continue – termed Wednesday ‘all’.

There are some changes to the Committee. The past President Jill Tuffnell has stood down; after 5 years in post she was keen to see some ‘new blood’ taking over. Jenny U has been elected as President and we wish her well.  Thanks were given to everyone on the Club’s Committee for their hard work during the year – without our members we wouldn’t have a programme of walks!

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Trumpington Meadows Country Park to open next spring

Trumpington Meadows Country ParkA major new country park is scheduled to be open to the public next spring. Funded through planning ‘gain’ arising from the new housing development in Trumpington, the country park runs south from the Park & Ride car park to Hauxton. It straddles the M11 and is bounded by the river Cam on its west side. Access from the north is from Byron’s Pool or Trumpington P&R. It includes new tree planting, wild flower meadows, improvements to the river Cam, picnic areas, footpaths and an off-road cycleway. The park has been developed by the Beds, Cambs & Northants Wildlife Trust who will continue to manage it. There is a bridge over the M11, providing a new walking and cycling route from Cambridge through to Hauxton. This spine route has recently opened to the public – although other paths will not be available until next year. This is because construction vehicles are still building up a sound barrier of soil alongside the M11. A map of the park is attached. 173601-LA-SK027_Trumpington Country Park_FINAL Nov 2014

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Closure of Reach Lode bridge in December

The National Trust has advised us that the Reach Lode bridge,on the Lodes Way cycle route, at GR 557678, will be closed to all users for five days in December. This is because important maintenance work is required. The five days will be between the  4th and 18th of December. The National Trust needs a few days either side to allow flexibility with their contractor’s start day and to allow for a contingency.   If nearer the time you require the exact five days please give the National Trust a call on 01353 720274.

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Tony Hillier

Joan Hillier the regular back-marker for the Wednesday ‘A’s wishes to let everyone know that sadly her husband Tony passed away today (5th November). I’m sure that all those who know Joan will want to pass their condolences on to her at a very difficult time.

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