Newsletter | November 2017 to March 2018





Weekend in Rum, September 2017

Rum Island Weekend was a great success, apart from a few minor issues

The crossing on Friday was very rough which resulted in a few being sick – no wonder. But like true brave AYR members they carried on regardless.

Due to me sleeping in on Friday morning three of us missed the boat, so we eventually crossed over on Saturday, very calm crossing I must add.

Rum is very special in so many ways.  No doubt we will be back in the future.





Holiday Weekends in 2018

Ratagan Hostel is booked for Saturday 14th April for 3 days.

17 Members have currently booked a place.

May weekend date 18th -21st May, location Isle of Arran, Lochranza Hostel.

Booking now being taken.  Note that these Hostels are booked very quickly.

September weekend date 14th to 17th. Location to be announced.

Please NOTE for future use, all cheques MUST be made payable to All Year Ramblers Club.


Cheese and Wine Evening, Thursday 2nd November 2017

The Cheese and Wine evening will take place as usual in the Hall of the Guide centre, 33 Melville Street, at 7.30 pm on 2nd November.   Tickets are now on sale and cost £8.00 per person.


An Evening of Photographic Entertainment, Thursday 7th December 2017

This is the event we used to call the “Slide Show”.  We felt that the name no longer does justice to the professional-looking presentations, many with music, that members now assemble on their computers.   It will take place at 7.30 pm on 7th December at the Guide HQ, 33 Melville Street.   We will be asking for a contribution of £2 per person on the night, to help defray the cost of hiring the hall.  Please be prompt.


High Tea, 18th March 2018

The annual High Tea will take place following the walk on Sunday 18th March at the Carfraemill Hotel.   Tickets will cost £14.   Members who would like to attend but are not going on the walk should note that the Hotel is accessible by public transport.   More details in the next Newsletter.


Dates for your Diary

All meetings are at the Guide premises, 33 Melville Street, unless stated otherwise.


Thursday 26th October 2017, 19:30 Room 1 Committee Meeting
Thursday 2nd November 2017, 19:30 Hall Cheese and Wine
Thursday 7th December 2017, 19:30 Hall Slide Show
Thursday 11th January 2018, 19:00* Room 1 Walks Subcommittee
Thursday 25th January 2018, 19:30 Room 1 Committee Meeting
Sunday 18th March 2018 Carfraemill Hotel High Tea
Thursday 26th April 2018, 19:00* Room 1 Walks Subcommittee
Thursday 17th May 2018, 19:30 Room 1 Committee Meeting









Club Walks Archive for Leaders

The Club has a large database of walks that we have done in the past, many with maps and other details provided by the original leaders.  Leaders often find this material useful when planning and recceing their walks.   Remember that the Club walks follow a nine-year cycle, so walks done this year are in the main repeats of those done in 2008-9.  Please contact the Programme Convener or any member of the Walks Subcommittee (it is best to do this before the recce in case there are particular problems) and they will put you in touch with the best person to help.   Often this will be someone who has led the walk in the past.  You don’t have to follow their route to the letter – you may see a better alternative when you come to do the recce – but it does mean you will be aware of any potential problems before you start.


Other Information for leaders

Leaders on private buses are reminded of their responsibility to direct the driver to the start of their walks.  Ideally they should sit at the front of the bus.  Don’t just sit back and leave it to the Bus Convener!    Where feasible the party with the longest walk should be dropped off first – usually this will be the A party, but not always.   Also ensure that the driver knows the time and place of the pick-ups – it can help if this information is given to him in writing.

Leaders who produce descriptions of walks to circulate around the bus are asked to submit copies of this information for inclusion in the walks archive.  Most important are:  map showing route of walk; any obstacles encountered on the walk (both physical obstructions and access problems); any problems in road access with the bus to the start and finish; location and acceptability of the pub stop, etc.  If you have generated a GPS route file you should send this as well.

Recces are proving increasingly expensive for the Club.   It can help to save money if, where possible, A, B and C leaders get together to recce their walks on the same day.


Leaders on recces may prefer, in the interests of safety, to take a friend with them. Alternatively, they may inform someone (family member or club member) of their planned route and expected time of finishing, then contact the person on reaching the end of the walk.   Leaders, and anyone who would like to help in this way, should contact the Programme Convener in the first instance.

Leaders should ensure that the Programme Convener has their contact details, in particular their email address, so that a draft copy of the new programme can be sent to all potential leaders as soon as it is available.