Litchborough Walking Group has been going for over 5 years now and meets twice monthly, usually on a Wednesday or Thursday morning, at 9. 45 a.m. at the village hall. We have built up a large repertoire of routes and still recce to find new ones to enjoy and show off the lovely countryside within close proximity of our doorstep. We aim to keep car use to a minimum when not setting out on foot from the hall and the range of terrain and scenery within a 20-minute drive gives us delightful walks of between 4 and 6 miles. The number of walkers varies – some regular walkers and others join us as and when they can. Of course, we love to have new faces and welcome well-behaved dogs and equally well-behaved owners. Exploring local tracks and paths through woodland and pasture and along our local waterways whilst getting to know a group of people who share an appreciation of our lovely area is a great way to spend a morning. Even on the odd grey or damp day we return to Litchborough surprised at how refreshed and invigorated we feel and have actually enjoyed being outdoors when we would otherwise have stayed inside complaining about the weather.
Over the last year the club has enjoyed a number of garden visits and a few talks in the Village Hall. Also, we have joined forces with Maidford Gardening club so that we may attend their talks and they may attend ours and join our garden visits. We went to the Secret Quarry Garden in Warwickshire on Sunday just gone which was a very pleasant outing. We’re looking forward to the Oxford Botanic Gardens and Arboretum in June and Hidcote National Trust in July as well as other visits most months of the year. The club structure has changed in that the committee has been dissolved. The club is now managed and events arranged by Teresa Cox and Sue Brunning. We have some new members this year but we are keen to increase numbers and for more people to attend the garden visits. Sometimes we drive but if we have enough people interested we will hire a bus. We have used DACT in the past and may do in the future but their charges have increased so we are looking for alternative means of transport. We remain affiliated to the RHS which provides us with one free visit to their flagship gardens at Wisley.
New members (and visitors) are always welcome. There is a charge of £3.50 per meeting for visitors. Garden visits are charged at cost.
The Litchborough Playing Field continues to be a valued and much loved village asset, used by all ages of people in the village and the surrounding local areas. 2018 has been no different, and the hot summer of 2018 resulted in many picnics, parties and informal get togethers enjoyed in the quiet and well maintained surroundings of the playing field. Many people comment how lovely the play area is, in that it is self contained, well maintained and generally a nice place to be.
The area is approaching 8 years old in age and, whilst the equipment is still very much useable, general wear and tear is starting to show. At some point, the area will need more investment to maintain and, in some cases, replace existing equipment and also the surface upon which the equipment stands in order for the area to meet safety requirements. Quotes have been obtained on the costs of replacement items such as surfaces surrounding the swing and spinner and also on costings of equipment to give the committee an idea of the level of funding it needs to raise.
The committee is very grateful to have received a grant of £850 in November 2018 to put towards the costs of maintenance of the area for mowing, hedge trimming and ROSPA inspection. The committee also held a fete in July 2018 raising further much needed funds for the play area. The committee will continue to raise funds in 2019, whilst also researching other areas of funding to go towards future equipment replacement projects.
We are sure the extra storage space that is planned will help playgroup run smoothly, and be a useful resource for the village as a whole.
The group relies on volunteers to keep it running, and we are currently looking for more people to commit to helping with this from September as we will lose some of our current families to school. This is our main concern going forward, as we would not want to lose such a valuable resource for the local community.
2nd Monday Club
Looking back over the past months is a great reminder of how we try our best to ring the changes for our meetings. Our speakers have included talks on local wildlife, local artists and local history.
Steve Dimmer has visited twice, first to give us a little insight into Agatha Christie and more recently the Titanic. Fascinating stuff.
In the past we’ve had Paul, a Blood Biker and Zoe, a spokesperson for Great Ormond Street.
Last night, The Little Smokehouse pop up shop visited, with cheeses to please! Always interesting to hear how a dream, passion, persistence and hard work can become reality.
Next month we’ll be welcoming two volunteers from the Samaritans.
Ideas and information about speakers are always very welcome and also kind helpers to organise.
We rely very much on visitors and members from surrounding villages, which is really nice. There is a strong and faithful gang from within Litchborough but we would very much welcome more folks to come along. As we originally set off along the lines of a cooperative, if anyone would like to have a go at sorting a meeting, that would be really great.