Committee meeting synopsis
Meeting date: 6 February, 2017
This meeting concentrated on the development of plans for this year.
We are still working on getting information about Dereham’s walking
routes, both to residents and visitors. We have ordered a number of
Walkers are Welcome ‘stickers’ (they can be easily peeled off) which we
plan to offer to businesses and supporters (for their car windows) and
will be seeking to have them displayed around the town, and in B&Bs
and hotels within 5 miles or so.
We also agreed a version of our Annual Report
which, over 9 pages, sets out what we
did last year and what we aim to do this year. Printed copies will be
available at our AGM on 8 June.
We plan to update, reprint and extend the pack of walk guides prepared
last year by Dereham Town Council and their Footpath Warden. We plan to
add to the current pack of 4 walks with five further possible walks,
taking people out of Dereham and into the surrounding villages and
areas. The pack had already been supplemented by 2 walks using the
Mid-Norfolk Railway, and we are now working on further ‘travel out, walk
back’ routes, this time using the local bus network. We are planning to
test our map and directions on the first of these on 15 February-
you are welcome to join us: please contact the Secretary for details.
We also firmed up plans for our programme of ‘walks with a difference’.
Details of all of these are on the Current
Over the last few weeks, we have linked with
Dementia Friendly Dereham
, Breckland District
Council and Theatre Royal Surgery, all of whom have been looking to
promote walking in the town to their service users or patients. We have
offered information about possible routes that people with limited
mobility might use: this is still a work in progress.
Dereham WaW is of course part of the national Walkers are Welcome
family. There are three other Norfolk WaW locations - Cromer,
Aylsham and Swaffham. Cromer is well established, and we share ideas on
a regular basis, including planning exchange walks later in the year.
Aylsham and Swaffham are both experiencing some delays to their
development, and we are offering support.