2013: the club’s 30th Anniversary

STOKE LODGE RAMBLERS CELEBRATE 30 YEARS OF WALKING

A brass plaque has now been installed on the SLR sponsored Kissing Gate at Compton Martin (on the Limestone Link and Butcombe Trail footpath just off Highfield Lane to the south of the village: GRID REF 547567). The gate was installed last year to mark 30 years of the SLR Club in 2013.

The simple inscription reads:

“This gate commemorates 30 years of happy walking with STOKE LODGE RAMBLERS. April 2013.” (LNB 18/7/15)

SLR 30 year commemorative plaque.
SLR 30 year commemorative plaque
Plaque on Kissing Gate overlooking Chew Valley Lake at Compton Martin
Plaque on Kissing Gate overlooking Chew Valley Lake at Compton Martin
Installation of Kissing Gate sponsored by Stoke Lodge Ramblers to mark our 30th anniversary

The club sponsored a new Kissing Gate in the Mendips near Compton Martin on the Limestone Link footpath, and Don and Pat Walter went along to meet the people from Mendip Hills AONB and Mendip Ramblers Walking Club who installed the new Gate for us on Tuesday 25th March. Don wrote afterwards:

Dear Neville

We had a very pleasant morning with Andy Mallender yesterday and we were impressed by the work done by Mendip Ramblers. The work on the new Kissing Gate was half completed and they expected to finish by afternoon. The site is very attractive and close by the Compton Martin Rag Well. I think that the word rag means a hard stone, often limestone, of which this well is certainly built. It is certainly fed by a spring and probably was a dipping well for the locals who grew food in the triangular patch called The Wrangle. But it is also understood that people did, and indeed still do, attach rags to nearby bushes when they made a wish at the well. More research required! The gate is a little south-west of the position shown on Andy’s map. We all agreed that the gate should be named Rag Well Gate which would draw the attention of walkers to the well.

Andy is to produce a brass plaque which will be headed “Rag Well Gate” and underneath “gate donated by Stoke Lodge Ramblers to celebrate their 30th anniversary” or words to this effect.

Best Wishes

Pat & Don

Photos taken on 25th March 2014 at the site of the new SLR Kissing Gate near Compton Martin.

Pat (centre) and Don (right) with members of the Mendip Ramblers installing the Kissing Gate
Pat (centre) and Don (right) with members of the Mendip Ramblers installing the Kissing Gate
Don (left) and Pat (in gate) with members of The Mendip Ramblers and Mendip Hills AONB
Don (left) and Pat (in gate) with members of The Mendip Ramblers and Mendip Hills AONB
Close up of the Compton Martin Rag Well
Close up of the Compton Martin Rag Well
Pat and Don pose by the Compton Martin Rag Well with new Kissing Gate in background
Pat and Don pose by the Compton Martin Rag Well with new Kissing Gate in background

CHRISTMAS MEAL and WALKS, THURSDAY 12th December 2013

72 members gathered at the Mercure North Bristol Grange Hotel at Winterbourne to celebrate the Annual Christmas Meal and to mark the end of the Club’s 30th Anniversary Year.

There were 2 walks – a 4 mile one led by Gordon Wise and a 2.8 mile one led by Wendy Wise and John Hollyman.

We then enjoyed a Christmas Meal back at the hotel.

After the meal we were able to present Don and Pat Walter with some gifts to mark their 30 years of service to the club and its committee since they co-founded the club back in 1983.

The gifts presented were: a SatNav, two pieces of pottery from local potter Karen Edwards, and a SLR sponsored “Kissing Gate” to be installed by the Mendip Hills AONB on the Limestone Link footpath near Compton Martin.

On behalf of the club Ken Mewes gave a presentation talk in recognition of Don and Pat.

Photos from the event appear below.

(Thanks go to Gordon Wise and Felicity Brewis for the artwork!)

Group gathering in the grounds of Winterbourne Church
Group of 4 mile walkers led by Gordon Wise, gathering in the grounds of Winterbourne Church
Long walk group taking a break near Monks Pool on Gordon Wise's walk.
Long walk group taking a break near Monks Pool on Gordon Wise’s walk.
Photos taken before, during and after the Christmas meal of all the tables.
Table 1
Table 1

 

Table 2
Table 2
Table 3
Table 3
Table 4
Table 4

 

Table 5
Table 5

 

Table 2 (again)
Table 2 (again)

 

Tables 2 and 3
Tables 2 and 3
Don and Pat’s presentation photos after the Christmas meal.
Presentation of the Karen Edwards Pottery to Pat
Presentation of the Karen Edwards Pottery to Pat
Chairman Neville presents Don with his SatNav and Card
Chairman Neville presents Don with his SatNav and Card
 Don's response to the club after the presentations
(Close up of) Don’s response to the club after the presentations
Audience held spell bound by Don's thank -you speech!
Audience held spell bound by Don’s thank -you speech!
Photos taken of Pat and Don after Ken Mewes’s presentation to them
Pat and Don posing after the presentations
A very happy Pat and Don posing after the presentations

 

Ken Mewes and Don enjoying a joke about old times.
Two old friends enjoying a joke about old times

 

Don and Pat posing with Ken after the presentaions
Don, Pat and Ken looking very happy with life after the presentations
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CLUB’S 30th ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS .

On Thursday 25th April the club celebrated 30 years of walking with a series of walks and then a lunch at Tyntesfield.

It was good to see so many of the original members at the event.

There was a good photo of the assembled group and an article about our celebrations in the Bristol Post Weekend on Friday 26th April 2013. Thanks to Davina for supplying a link to these: Bristol Post 25 April 2013 and here as a pdf.

A full account of the event will also appear in the Summer Newsletter along with photos taken at the event. (LNB 26/4/13)

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On Thursday 25th April the club successfully celebrated its 30th Anniversary with a series of walks followed by a Celebration Lunch at Tyntesfield.

A big thank you from the club for organising the event goes to Pat Walter who was ably assisted by husband Don as always!

The occasion was captured by photos displayed below.

Long Walk

Group of the "Early Bird" Walkers gather for Long Walk led by Don Walter
Group of the “Early Bird” Walkers gather for Long Walk led by Don Walter
Long Walk Group awaiting further instructions from Don !
Long Walk Group awaiting further instructions from Don!
Group in the woods adjoining the Tyntesfield Estate
Group in the woods adjoining the Tyntesfield Estate

Medium Walk

Medium walkers gather at start of their walk led by David Hayes
Medium walkers gather at start of their walk led by David Hayes

Short Walk

Large group of short walkers gather for their walk led by Pat Mannell
Large group of short walkers gather for their walk led by Pat Mannell
Short walkers taking a break in the grounds of the Tyntesfield Estate
Short walkers taking a break in the grounds of the Tyntesfield Estate
Walk leader Pat leading the way around the Tyntesfield Estate
Walk leader Pat leading the way around the Tyntesfield Estate
Peter and Ken bringing up the rear!
Peter and Ken bringing up the rear!

Celebration Lunch back at Tyntesfield

Prior to lunch

The club's founder members pictured outside Tyntesfield
The club’s founder members pictured outside Tyntesfield

Lunch

Members enjoying their lunch in the "Cow Barn" at Tyntesfield
Members enjoying their lunch in the “Cow Barn” at Tyntesfield
Table of Members enjoying their lunch
Table of Members enjoying their lunch

The cake baked to perfection by our own “Mary Berry” aka Sue Bartlett

Sue's wonderful Celebration Cake
Sue’s wonderful Celebration Cake

After dinner entertainment from Club Founder Member Don Walter

Club Founder Don preparing for his after lunch speech about the club.
Club Founder Don preparing for his after lunch speech about the club.
Don staring his speech after the Celebration Lunch
Don starting his speech after the Celebration Lunch
The audience listens to Don's every word!
The audience listens to Don’s every word!
Chairman Neville awits his turn to deliver the VoT and the toast for 30 glorious Years of Walking !
Chairman Neville awaits his turn to deliver the Vote of Thanks and the toast for 30 glorious Years of Walking !

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