Saturday 23rd April, meet time 11:00
DYW Annual General Meeting, Meal and more...
Walk or event leader: Mat B Contact: 07746 247 536 Email event leader
Join us for the DYW Annual General Meeting, which this year will be held at Vivo Lounge in Dorchester’s new Brewery Square, on Saturday April 23rd 2016, at 11:00. We will be booked into “the Snug” – a room off the bar.
As well as re-locating to the snug of a bar, we have decided to take a less formal and more pragmatic approach with the event, as some of the formalities can be off-putting and superfluous to our needs at DYW.
N.B. If you really want to get into the nitty-gritty of it, attachments have been circulated via email (sent 18/3/16), to the members (to cover rules on Voting, Motions and Amendments to our Constitution). But Voting etc. is pretty self-explanatory and Motions and Amendments are very rare.
We will be booked in for 11:00am, with the meeting being about an hour; before we settle down to the lunch – the food there has always been rather good! After lunch will be quite flexible, in that there will be a short walk for anyone who fancies it…or people can take advantage of the bargain tickets at Dorchester Plaza - only £3.50 - and go see whatever’s on…or you can simply call it a day after lunch.
In the meeting, like I say, this year we have decided to be more pragmatic. There will be reports from the previous year’s Committee, celebrating our successes of the last 12 months; then some prize give-aways (for those who’ve lead/walked the most miles etc.); and then we will be forming the new Committee. So come and hear what we’ve been up to in the last 12 months; see if you win a prize; but also show your support by attending.
PLEASE EMAIL IN TO BOOK YOUR PLACE FOR THE MEAL.
Also circulated to the members was an email (sent 18/3/16) regarding the need for members to step forward this year and volunteer some of their time; otherwise the Committee will be too stretched and the group risks folding, even though we are thriving in just about everything else! We know that 4 Posts are not being re-stood for: Treasurer; Walks Cordinator; Area Representative; and Membership Secretary).
This needn’t be too onerous on each person. Many hands make light work. And the experience is quite rewarding and should be enjoyable. If any one is able to help, please let us know (by email/on a walk) - it is important to find interested people before the AGM.
Hoping to see you there.
Start or meeting point: Vivo lounge, Dorchester (the new Brewery Square area). This is accessible by public transport; Dorchester South train station being around the corner.
Walk gradings are provided as a general guide only. If you have any doubt about your fitness for a particular walk please contact the organiser or leader in advance.
Bear in mind the distance of the walk, regional differences in terrain and the possibility of bad weather, which can make a walk more difficult than planned.
If you're unsure of your fitness level, try a short and easy walk first - it's much better to find a walk a little too slow and easy than to make yourself miserable and exhausted.
Leaders may refuse to accept participants who in their opinion are inadequately equipped or unfit.
What to Bring With You on a Walk
Packed lunch - most walks require you to bring along a good packed lunch as most day hikes over 5 miles will entail a lunch stop of about twenty minutes (or five minutes if it's raining hard!). If the walk has a pub or tea room stop then a full lunch shouldn't be needed, please check the individual walk details for more information.
Proper walking boots and socks - every year a few new people will turn up to longer walks in unsuitable footwear and suffer painful blisters, sore ankles or be forced to get the bus home as a result. Don't let it happen to you - approriate footwear is a must in the rural and rocky terrain that Dorset has to offer, and on any walk that is over 4 miles or has anything more than a 'easy' difficultly rating. Outdoor stores are everywhere now and offer decent ankle boots at affordable prices, so it's easier than ever to get the proper kit on a budget.
Rainproofs - on any walk the weather can turn for the worse, so even if the forecast is clear most members carry a packaway jacket or rainproofs. During the winter a rainproof jacket is a must, and many members also swear by waterproof over-trousars or quick drying outdoor fabrics. Gore-tex and eVent fabrics are perfect if you have the budget!
Mobile phone - a mobile is a good safety device to have with you, even if reception is patchy you can always walk to high ground and try to get a signal if you get lost or seperated from a group walk (which is extremely rare!). Also if you are late for a walk you can contact the Walk Leader and ask them to wait for five or ten minutes, please be aware however that if you are very late the Walk Leader will have no choice but to start the walk.
A print out of the event details - our event start details are optimised for car Satnavs, so you can enter the walk start address, postcodes and even latitude and longtitude coordinates to help you find the walk. The print out will also give you the Walk Leader name and mobile should you run into to trouble on the journey there.
Walks Grading Explained
Easy Access - walks for everyone, including people with conventional wheelchairs and pushchairs, using easy access paths. Comfortable shoes or trainers can be worn. Assistance may be needed to push wheelchairs on some sections, please contact the group running the walk for details.
Easy - walks for anyone who does not have a mobility difficulty, a specific health problem or is seriously unfit. Suitable for pushchairs if they can be lifted over occasional obstructions. Comfortable shoes or trainers can be worn.
Leisurely - walks for reasonably fit people with at least a little country walking experience. May include unsurfaced rural paths. Walking boots and warm, waterproof clothing are recommended.
Moderate - walks for people with country walking experience and a good level of fitness. May include some steep paths and open country, and may be at a brisk pace. Walking boots and warm, waterproof clothing are essential.
Strenuous - walks for experienced country walkers with an above average fitness level. May include hills and rough country, and may be at a brisk pace. Walking boots and warm, waterproof clothing are essential. People in doubt about their fitness should contact the organiser or leader in advance.
Technical - walks for experienced and very fit walkers with additional technical skills. May require scrambling and use of ropes, ice axes and crampons. You must contact the organiser or leader in advance for further details.