The Bolton Group held its AGM on Wednesday 15th November. The chairman, Malcolm Deaville, gave his report on the years progress and referred the attendees to the annual report booklet provided that contained more details of the committees' activities (copies available on request). The treasurer, David Smethurst, presented the annual accounts and they were approved by the meeting. He explained that we received funding from head office based on our expected expenditure, this year was £1488. We, in fact, only spent £1207 leaving a surplus to carry forward of £281 plus a contribution of £60 from Ramblers Holidays. The general bank account has £1586 in it, of which £750 is reserved to be spent for new steps on the Horwich 59 footpath. The coach rambles account produced a small surplus of £89, compared to £585 the previous year, as bookings has seen a decline in 2017.The Bolton Ramblers Group Annual General Meeting will be held on Wednesday 15th November 2017 at 7.30 pm at the Friends Meeting House, Silverwell Street, Bolton.


At the meeting, Stephen Cartwright of the Wild Life Trust gave a talk on the re-vitalised trail. This excellent and entertaining talk covered the nine sections of the trail from the Jumbles down to Philips Park. Stephen highlighted the various fauna and wildlife that could be seen along the Kingfisher Trail. Stephen also explained some of the industrial history of the Croal/Irwell valley and the toxic chemical waste around Nob End that has surprisingly created a Site of Special Scientific Interest where rare orchids now grow. His enthusiasm for the whole project was conveyed to the meeting. For more information visit www.lancswt.org.uk

BOLTON RAMBLERS is part of The Walking Partnership.

This partnership, supported by Ramblers Worldwide Holidays, provides direct financial contributions to local walking groups to help with organising group walks, encouraging people to get out walking, helping to clear and improve footpaths, providing equipment to help walkers etc. Now our group can benefit directly. Ramblers Worldwide Holidays operate group walking holidays in the UK and all around the world. Holidays are graded in terms of difficulty, and there is a full range from sightseeing right up to hut-to-hut mountain treks. Take a look at their website on www.ramblersholidays.co.uk or give them a call on 01707 331133 for more details or to order a brochure. Remember when you book to quote the name of our group, and we will then receive a contribution of £10 per person on UK holidays, £20 per person on short haul holidays, and £30 per person on long haul holidays. This extra funding could really make a difference to us! For more details, visit The Walking Partnership website at www.thewalkingpartnership.org.uk.