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Event Reports from South Midlands Group


South Mids, Blenheim Palace

15 Jan 2019 | South Midlands Group

A big thank you to everyone, 26 in total, who turned out to support South Midlands January walk through the grounds of Blenheim Palace. As well as many of our regular walkers we were delighted to welcome several members.. and their dogs.. from neighbouring GOC groups.

We were rewarded with mild weather, dry paths, and stunning views of the palace, lake and surrounding parkland. The sun even made a brief appearance to highlight the beauty of our surroundings.

Drinks at the village pub rounded off the day and a good time was had by all....
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South Mids Xmas lunch, Dec 18.

12 Dec 2018 | South Midlands Group

It was certainly very different weather this year on Sunday 9th when we met up in Chipping Norton for our annual Christmas walk and lunch. Last year the event had to be postponed when we awoke on the Sunday morning to find the whole of South Midlands blanketed in 2’ of snow. This year was unsettled and threatening the odd shower, but by 10.00am had dried up and was a relatively pleasant morning.

21 walkers set off from the centre of Chippy for a 3.5 mile walk, to build up an appetite for the eagerly awaited traditional Christmas lunch to follow....
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GLOUCESTER - 'A Day to Remember'

14 Nov 2018 | South Midlands Group

We were all thrilled to be joined by a cross group of 25 GOC'ers; ladies, gentlemen, three Group Coordinators, a Board member and a black labrador ...... friends, old and new.

We commemorated Remembrance Sunday at 11.00 with the congregation of Twigworth Church, near Gloucester, next to the war memorial, and then at the graveside of Ivor Gurney, the war poet, we heard one of his better known works; 'To His Love', then each dedicated a small remembrance. After this, moving moment, we rambled across the meadows ...
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Sherborne Park and Windrush Valley. Oct 2018

16 Oct 2018 | South Midlands Group

My walk in Sherborne Park and the Windrush Valley was advertised on line with a picture of the large layby on the A40 which was not going to run out of parking space. The forecast was for some rain over the weekend but with Sunday dry but cooler. I had 12 people booked to come on the walk including a new potential Member.

On Sunday morning it was clear that the edge of Storm Callum had hit Gloucestershire. I contacted the South Midlands coordinator suggesting a curtailed walk given the unfortunate weather conditions of driving rain....
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