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Minutes of the 47th Annual General Meeting of the Ramblers Association (Lancaster Group) held on Tuesday 15th November 2016

Present:  37 members attended.

Apologies:  Val Johnson, Cicely Pickles

Minutes of previous meeting:  Approved

Matters arising: None

Treasurer’s report (David Todd):

The Treasurer presented the 2015/2016 accounts. There was a slight deficit over the year, but our finances are healthy overall. We are holding more books but sales continue to decline. The Group gave a donation towards the improvements to Birks Bridge, Sedbergh.

David thanked the independent examiner, Anne Donnelly, and Phil Wraith for help with some technical aspects of the accounts and Sheila Jones for organising the selling of books. He reminded members of the income available through the Walking Partnership (Ramblers Worldwide Holidays).

Secretary's report (David Johnson):

The secretary delivered a brief report highlighting the year's events.

Footpath Secretary's report (Neil Herbert and Jean Walker):

Neil presented the Footpath Secretary's report.

Chairman's report (Brian Jones):

Brian thanked the officers and members of the committee, remarking that we had a good working team.  He also thanked all the volunteers who, in their various roles, made us the effective Group we are. The English Coastal Path is progressing and active; currently discussions are in progress with landowners and we anticipate lot of activity next year. Our detailed report being used as input to the project.

The extensions to Lake District and Yorkshire Dales National Parks became reality in August. Leck and Orton fells are included. It is anticipated that the path network will improve over time when legal responsibility has actually transferred.

The Bay Gateway is now open – we have yet to check that the footpaths conform to the agreed plan.

Election of Officers:

There were no new nominations to the committee, so the chair proposed that the officers and committee members be re-elected, as all were willing to continue. This was agreed unanimously.

The meeting unanimously agreed that Anne Donnelly should continue as Independent Examiner.


Gordon Phillips queried whether the aqueduct car park may be made an alternative meeting place. The Secretary explained that, if used, the car park would be an overflow from Riverside, which would remain the primary meeting place. Jennifer Kingsley told the meeting that there is always space on the Ridge Estate.

Social time:

The meeting closed at and was followed by a presentation given by John Parker, formerly of the Ordnance Survey, about “How Maps are Made”. John outlined the process involved in producing OS maps from the initial land surveys to final production and printing. Gordon Phillips thanked the speaker on behalf of the meeting.

Following this, whilst enjoying refreshments, we were entertained with a short video presentation of some walks highlights during the year by David Simpson.

Issue date 22/11/16