The rain was coming down hard but that did not deter a hardy group to set off on the weekly ‘Health Walk’ from the Gill Nethercott Centre.
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These walks are open to anyone and last around 60 to 90 minutes covering pleasant routes around the town and often into the surrounding countryside. They are very friendly and sociable and finish with tea and coffee and a biscuit or three.
… and they are held in any weather.
This week’s walk, led by Wendy H, headed into town then along Chatter Alley with some wet misty views across the town.
The route headed towards Bere Mill seeing the trees planted at the end of Bere Mill Lane, before passing the fields of sheep and lambs before returning into town and a welcome cuppa – approximately three miles in total.
As well as the rain there were two other highlights!
Community Award for walking activities
Before the walk set off, regular Walk Leader and organiser Barry Carter was presented with his Whitchurch Community Award from Whitchurch Town Mayor.
Barry had missed the presentations due to walking elsewhere and along with Charmaine Hoey and Jackie Browne was being recognised for his numerous volunteer commitments to producing Bus Walk leaflets, leading the Health Walks, installing new kissing gates and litter/vegetation clearing many of the paths.
Surprise – an 83 year old birthday
After the walk, a there was another lovely surprise. While tea was drunk and biscuits consumed a candle decorated cake made its entrance with the rendition of “Happy Birthday”.
These walks really are for everyone and Neil Jacob, at the fine age of 83, had celebrated his Birthday by attending the walk.
Such a lovely lovely ending to the morning.
Then the sun came out.
Two walks start from the Gill Nethercott Centre every Wednesday morning at 10.00am.
They are free and everyone is welcome.
If attending your first walk please arrive earlier so you can register and fill in your details.
(allow 5 – 10 minutes)
IT RARELY RAINS – and its always fun.