Group Leader Sheila West Contact the office 01292 260086 Location Meet at Millbrae Car Park, Ayr Day & Time Friday fortnightly 9.30 am Continuous
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Change of Leadership
The Friday short walks have evolved into a very social and relaxed event ending with a lunch in a nearby cafe. The objective of friendship and conviviality has been achieved.
Unfortunately the leader for 8 years, Frank Crawley, must now bow out for reasons of “age”; joints ache and the wind is short. The good news is that there will be a joint leadership of the walk so the group will continue with a sharing of the duties. It is hoped that the transition will take place over the next couple of months.
There should be no change of intent only the leadership. Frank will still remain the point of contact for the group and OiR. I thank most sincerely so many of the walk members for the willingness to maintain the function and run this walk. I have found this very encouraging. Frank Crawley
The Friday short walks are better described as casual walking with a natter or blether. The locations are roughly within 15 miles of Ayr.
The objective of these walks is not just to have a scenic walk but primarily for people to ‘get out of the house’, meet others and have companionship.
The walks are on a fortnightly basis and, for the most part, circular routes of about 3 to 4 miles on surfaced paths or, in the case of parks, secure earth tracks. The speed is dictated by the attendees, though it is usually slow and casual.
For those without transport who require a lift, the meeting place is Millbrae car park at 0930 where the available cars can be filled. Those receiving a lift, please give driver modest contribution to petrol.
For those with transport who drive straight to the start point, the start time is 1000.
There is a conscious effort made to avoiding steep rises and roads, but this is not always possible.
Where possible the start and end points of the walks are near a café or coffee shop where the walk can end in a socially convivial manner, again this is not always possible.
Without any intention of insulting the group, the average age is probably just over 70 so there is a constant recycling of members as they find that the 3 to 4 miles becomes outside their limits and younger members join.
The typical walking numbers are 12 to 15 per walk dependent upon the weather and holidays.
This leaves a quandary! As the objective of the walks is ‘companionship’ it would be nice to have a senior group of maybe 6 or 8 who could join the main group for a walk of about 2 miles in the same area and then rejoin them later for a coffee. This should be possible with the vast proportion of the existing walks, but will require a sub-group of leaders of maybe 4 to 6 who would take it in rotation (four times per year) to ‘lead’ the very short walks.
If you are interested in the walks, or assisting in the ‘shorter walks’, please contact: Anne or Frank Crawley on 01292 445314.
Friday 6th December 2019 OiR Friday walk at The Stables Belleisle
18th October 2017 Friday Walking ‘Consortium’.