Saltford Walkers step out to celebrate 40th anniversary

August 07 2015
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A fitting 40 people joined a celebratory outing to mark the 40th anniversary of a walking group.

A fitting 40 people joined a celebratory outing to mark the 40th anniversary of a walking group.

Starting with coffee at The Crown, Saltford Walkers enjoyed a 2.5-mile walk on July 18 along the river and across countryside to Corston, before returning to the pub for a well-earned lunch.

The club began with an advert placed in Saltford Post Office and the Keynsham Chronicle inviting anyone interested to join Gwen Rixon at The Crown on a Wednesday evening in July 1975. Three people – Elizabeth Palmer, Jean Strachan and Len Coggins – turned up and the following week, joined by Joyce Wilshire,  they set off on a five-mile walk around Kelston.

Chairman Helen Gilroy said: “From then on word spread and within three years, with the closure of Keynsham Ramblers, numbers steadily grew to 52.   The first AGM took place in early January 1978 and we've been going strong since.  Numbers fluctuate as, like all activities, rambling comes in and out of fashion but for the past three or so years membership has stayed in the mid 90s.”

Speaking about the anniversary celebration, she said: “The walk was wonderful, a glorious day and 38 members joined vice chairman Martin and I to celebrate. The walk brought together all three groups – long walkers, amblers and strollers – and for many it was an opportunity to meet members we only ordinarily see at social events and others whom we’ve never met.” 

The group walk up to four times a month on Saturdays as well as organising other activities, membership is £12 and people can find out more on Twitter @SaltfordWalkers.