Walk group is sin­gled out for praise in MP’s House of Com­mons speech

Macclesfield Express - - EAST CHESHIRE RAMBLERS -

OR­GAN­ISED walks con­tinue to be one of the area’s most pop­u­lar sports – groups like East Cheshire Ram­blers offering ‘big health and well be­ing ben­e­fits’.

This is ac­cord­ing to Mac­cles­field MP David Rut­ley, who sin­gled ECR out for spe­cial praise in the House of Com­mons.

“It is clear to all of us in­volved with the out­doors that a vast blue and green gym out­side is avail­able to all of us if we just make that ex­tra ef­fort”, he told MPs dur­ing a de­bate ear­lier this year on ‘Par­tic­i­pa­tion in Sport’.

The ac­co­lade, which was duly re­ported in Hansard, was men­tioned by ECR chair­man John Ed­wards at the group’s packed an­nual gen­eral meet­ing in Mac­cles­field re­cently, which heard that mem­ber­ship had in­creased to 631 dur­ing the 12 months end­ing Oc­to­ber 31 and had re­mained stable for the last two years fol­low­ing a con­sis­tent de­cline.

Pay­ing trib­ute to the ‘army’ of of­fi­cers, project lead­ers and or­di­nary mem­bers who had helped to make the last 12 months such an ‘out­stand­ing suc­cess’, Mr Ed­wards sum­marised ECR’s last 12 months as fol­lows:

Seventy lead­ers plan­ning, rec­ce­ing and guid­ing more than 260 walks each year.

Forty one foot­path in­spec­tors sur­vey­ing and re­port­ing upon 1,293 paths in the group’s area.

Twenty main­te­nance vol­un­teers putting in a to­tal of 533.5hrs work to keep paths, bridges, stiles and ac­cess points open and re­paired.

More than 30 mem­bers cre­at­ing and im­ple­ment­ing a var­ied events and so­cial pro­gramme, in­clud­ing week­ends away in Shrop­shire and Snow­do­nia, a week sight­see­ing in Moscow, meals out, coach trips, a sweep­stake, a hoe down, glid­ing evenings, bowl­ing tu­ition, an ecol­ogy talk, three mine vis­its and six Christ­mas lunches.

Other high­lights in­cluded the re-launch of ECR’s new web­site, ram­blerseastcheshire. org.uk, and its reg­u­lar walk­ing col­umn in the Mac­cles­field Ex­press, both of which were help­ing to pub­li­cise the va­ri­ety of walks avail­able and at­tract new mem­bers. “Al­though I have been a mem­ber of ECR for 30 years, it is only in the past year that I have truly come to understand and ap­pre­ci­ate the amaz­ing or­gan­i­sa­tion we are part of,” Mr Ed­wards added.

“It is very grat­i­fy­ing that ECR has been praised by our lo­cal MP and even been men­tioned in Hansard.”

●● ECR mem­bers gather be­side White Nancy on Ker­ridge Edge, Bolling­ton

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