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This year’s AGM will be held on Sunday 2nd December 2018 at 2.30pm in The Spitfire, Kings Hill. The AGM will receive reports and elect a committee for 2018/2019. Any motions for the AGM should be presented to the Chairman by the end of October 2018 as should any applications for membership of the committee. Please advise us if you intend to attend.


After a short walk led by Robin, forty-two of us returned to The Star at Matfield on Sunday 3rd December for the pre-Christmas meal and inter-course AGM.
Surrounded by Christmas cracker hats Chairman Neil started the formal Business of the Day by establishing that the minutes of the 2016 AGM had been read and agreed and confirming that the current committee members were all willing to continue but with some roles modified slightly to accommodate the two co-optees, Frank and Andy , who had taken on the important tasks of Parish Pathways and Don’t Lose your Way activities (Frank) and Walks Programme Secretary (Andy). There being no other nominations or suggestions or, wisely, any votes of no confidence there was a unanimous vote in favour for all those standing, including the two previous co-optees. Neil did encourage others present to consider joining the committee.

The presentation of the new Champion Walker or Leaderboard award - for the most ‘dogged’ walker of the past year - went to Dash and was accepted on his behalf by Linda since she’d also walked more miles than anyone else.

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

This is a new EU legal framework which comes into force on 25 May 2018. Its purpose is to give individuals more control and protection of their personal data. It introduces new regulations for all organisations that process (collect, manage and use) personal data. Here is a link to the Ramblers privacy policy.

To all walkers

In response to recent feedback from several experienced volunteer leaders of this group could we ask all participants on future walks to respect the leader's role at all times. This includes -

  • allowing the leader to lead and determine the pace
  • to comply with the leader’s request to wait for slower walkers, particularly in hilly conditions, and, not immediately race ahead when they do catch up. The cohesion of the group will be lost if people disappear into the distance and, possibly, get lost.
  • if you wish to leave the main led group to take a shorter route, always discuss this with the leader, preferably, before the branch point so that everyone is clear as to what route you intend to take and who is then responsible for the splinter group.
  • could we ask walk leaders when submitting walks of 6 miles or more in future, (a) to consider in advance any shortcut options and, if available, mention them in the published programme so that they can be discussed at the start of the walk, and (b), perhaps provide a map for any alternative route (none of this is mandatory, but it is one way of providing for the diversity of wishes within the group, when possible).

Happy Walking

Lost Ways

Work is underway on a project to find lost pathways in Kent as part of a national response (“Don't Lose Your Ways“) by the Ramblers Association to footpath legislation. The legislation broadly means that if a path existed before 1949 and has not been recorded, or is not in the process of being put on the definitive map by 2026, it will be extinguished then and lost forever. "Lost Ways" is Kent's own part of the Ramblers national response.
We have all walked a path that seems to go nowhere or doesn't connect with where we think it should. These paths are potential lost ways.
On behalf of TMRA, I have volunteered to be group co-coordinator for this project. At present, a number of preliminary field surveys are being undertaken, where route anomalies have been identified. The survey will consist of photos, showing what's on the ground, together with anecdotal evidence - for example chatting to local residents, dog walkers and so on - together with information gained from historical and current maps.
When these surveys have been completed the data will be used to determine which of the route anomalies are suitable "Lost Ways Candidates " and therefore will go forward for more in depth research and will form part of the "Candidate Route Dossier".

I will keep TMRA informed as the project progresses. Frank

Important news for dog owners

From April 2016, all dog owners in England and Scotland will have to ensure their dog is micro chipped.

See link for further details:

dog micro chipping law Britain


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