Chilterns walk­ing fes­ti­val puts a spring in the step

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

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The walk­ing fes­ti­val, the first to cover the whole of the Chilterns, was in­tended to raise aware­ness of the Area of Out­stand­ing Nat­u­ral Beauty, to en­cour­age peo­ple to dis­cover more of its 2,000km of routes, and to pro­mote the health ben­e­fits of be­ing ac­tive in the coun­try­side.

With plans for an au­tumn event well

The talk is on us­ing old news­pa­pers as a source for com­pil­ing in­ter­est­ing fam­ily in­for­ma­tion.

It will fo­cus on the Bri­tish News­pa­pers ar­chive and us­ing the spe­cial Welsh news­pa­pers on­line for trac­ing fam­ily his­tory and in­ter­est­ing fam­ily events.

A re­port of a fam­ily mem­ber rid­ing a bi­cy­cle with­out lights, or a re­port of items that hap­pened to fall off the back of a lorry. underway, feed­back from walkers and walk lead­ers looks very pos­i­tive.

Replies show that 98% en­joyed or thor­oughly en­joyed their walk, 94% rated the fes­ti­val good or ex­cel­lent,54% dis­cov­ered new parts of the Chilterns and 16% were new to walk­ing or not reg­u­lar walkers.

The Chilterns Con­ser­va­tion Board’s Peo­ple and So­ci­ety Of­fi­cer An­nette Ven­ters said: “We are de­lighted that so many peo­ple en­joyed the fes­ti­val and that over half were dis­cov­er­ing new parts of the Chilterns.

“Best of all, the event en­cour­aged peo­ple new to walk­ing. That makes

Did Un­cle Sid win first prize for the big­gest cu­cum­ber or mar­row – or did he beat his wife?

It’s all here with clues on how to find it.

Doors open at 2pm for re­search, ad­vice and chat. The talk starts 2:45pm.

En­trance is free for mem­bers, £1 at the door for non-mem­bers.

Light re­fresh­ments will be avail­able af­ter the talk.

See www.bucksgs.org. uk or call 01844 291631 for fur­ther de­tails. the whole event a tremen­dous suc­cess and some­thing we will be build­ing on for fu­ture events”.

With ma­jor ur­ban cen­tres of pop­u­la­tion on the doorstep, the Chilterns Walk­ing Fes­ti­val en­joys easy ac­cess by rail, as well as by car.

Many walks are buggy and wheel­chair friendly and well be­haved dogs on leads are wel­come.

The au­tumn fes­ti­val dates are con­firmed as Septem­ber 16 to Oc­to­ber 1.

Walk de­tails, events and ac­tiv­i­ties will shortly be avail­able at www. vis­itchilterns.co.uk/ walk­ingfest THE

Al­though a mem­ber of the na­tional Re­late Fed­er­a­tion, it is an in­de­pen­dent char­ity, re­ly­ing on its own fundrais­ing to pro­vide pro­fes­sional coun­selling to lo­cal peo­ple, re­gard­less of their abil­ity to pay, through its Bur­sary Fund­ing Scheme.

Re­late now sup­ports more than 1,000 peo­ple in the area each year on mat­ters such as de­pres­sion, can­cer (in as­so­ci­a­tion with Macmil­lan nurses), men­tal health and all types of re­la­tion­ship prob­lems (in­clud­ing lone­li­ness).

Fiona Green­field of Re­late said: “We thank Bucks’ Freema­sons for this very generous do­na­tion.

“Our ap­point­ments team and coun­sel­lors work hard for our clients and hav­ing the use of a mod­ern head­set will leave them able to take notes while tak­ing calls from clients.”

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