COG Chairman’s Message – November 2017

The Annual General Meeting of COG was held on November 7th, thank you to all those members who made the effort to attend. The new committee met on November 13th and the following appointments were confirmed:  

President – Bob Neville

Chairman – David Miller

Treasurer – Patrick Kelly

Secretary – Richard Jarvis

Membership Secretary – Brian Daw

Safety Officer – Nick Williams

Walks Co-Ordinator – Josie Lee

(previously Weekend Programme Organiser)

Social Secretary – Vacant

(previously Weekday Programme Organiser)

Communications Officer & Programme Typesetter – Susan Powell

Family Liaison Officers – Jane Savage & Rowena Furnish

Three Peaks Trial Event Organiser – Chris Lewis

Three Peaks Trial Finance Officer – Jane Ormrod

Welcome to the new members of the committee, Nick and Josie. There is one vacancy, for the post of Social Secretary. If any member is interested in volunteering for this, please contact any member of the committee.

It was decided at the AGM that membership fees will remain the same as in 2016-17. These are £15 per year for adults and £2 for children under 18. The reduced fee of £12 for adults will remain in place. The contribution towards petrol costs when travelling to events by car will remain at 24p per mile.

A discussion took place about meeting at Chapter to organise car sharing to travel to the start of Sunday walks, as stated on the programme page of the COG website. As a group we encourage car sharing, as this offers the opportunity for those members without cars to attend walks. It is also cheaper than driving to the start of a walk alone and is better for the environment. However it was acknowledged that it is not always practical for the walk leader to meet at Chapter, and that some members prefer to make their own arrangements to travel to the start of a walk.

In October, 11 young COG members completed their expedition for the Duke of Edinburgh’s Silver Award. This involved walking for 3 days in the Brecon Beacons and camping overnight. There are plans for them to complete the Gold Award next year, supported by a contribution from COG .

David Miller, COG Chairman