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SANDFORD to OXFORD CITY – Welcoming Guests

WEDNESDAY 25TH AUGUST 2021

Paul has been busy sending out e-mails to our former members (and our usual members) inviting them to a spacific mid-week easy, level walk of about 5 miles. The start location was deliberately chosen, away from bus and railway stops. Anyone attended had to be fairly fit to get first to Sandford on Thames Lock.

On arrival we were surprised to see several "Old faces". Starting at 4pm we took a leasurely pace. Jonathan, a kean naturalist soon started identifying wild plans along the way.

Discussion centred on what the club could offer (discovering why members drifted away). Two main themes emerged. Changes of work. Many took early retirement, party to supplyment income or fear of isolation - returned to work which involved unsocial weekend hours. Secondly, ageing parents - involves becoming "carers". Resulting in then becoming "virtually impossible to get away at weekends".

Having a "Mid-week walk" has helped greatly. All looked forward to be invited to similar activities, particularly during the dark winter months.

Paul is planning a social where by discussions on 2022 events can be planned, with what they want to do.

The walk progressed North towards Oxford City Centre, with the option of "slipping Off" to catch buses etc. All stayed the course and we reached "The Head of the River" Public House, we're the major stayed for drinks and light meals. Ultimately reluctant to head of for our bus services.

Well done Paul!!!

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