Peak & Northern Footpaths Society (est.1894)

Chairman's Piece

David Hurrell (Chairman)

This article is from Signpost 53, February 2017

During the short days of December and January, there can be many contrasts in the weather. Dank days of little wind and poor visibility, contrasting with sparkling, sunny days of clear blue skies and views of distant hills. Walking is not just about walking, but also about seeing the many facets of the countryside. We can enjoy foggy days when strange shapes loom in front of us, with trees seeming so very different from a clear day. We can enjoy struggling through the snow when a familiar path has disappeared under a blanket of white, and we are left to wonder which way the path goes.

Now the days are lengthening and the sun is ever higher in the sky and we have Spring to look forward to.

In my last Chairman’s Piece, I mentioned the illness of Mike Barnes, our Web Master, and that Mel Bale had agreed to help Mike out during his illness. Unfortunately, events moved faster than anyone had anticipated, and you would have read in the same edition of the death of Mike. I know that Mel and Mike had a few meetings before he died, and that Mel was very impressed with the work that Mike had done over the past few years. Mel is now picking up the baton and will continue to build on the work that Mike had done.

Our Publicity Officer, Ian Salvage is working on a programme to celebrate the 120th anniversary of the Society’s first success – to keep the Snake Path open in perpetuity for walkers. This will take place over the weekend of 27th and 28th May 2017, and should be an interesting and memorable weekend. Do put the dates in your diary now, and come along on either or both of the days to join in the celebrations. Bring along your friends also.

From time to time, the Trustees need to review the work of the Society in all its aspects, and decide what, if anything, needs to be changed in order to assist with its smooth running. The Trustees are currently looking at the Constitution to see if any minor changes may be required to clarify the position regarding the funding of footbridges and boardwalks, and whether the Society would be able to fund gates and stiles under the terms of the Charitable status that the Society enjoys. The Trustees will be taking professional advice before putting forward any proposed changes to the membership.

Don’t forget to book the dates of 27th & 28th of May 2017, and come along to the celebrations. I look forward to meeting you and your friends on the day.

Next: Report on our Half Yearly Meeting

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