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National Map Reading Week 16 - 22 Oct 2017 




Forty-three of us gathered in the cosy dining room of The Star at Matfield on the 11th December.

Dave led the first half of the AGM in his customary style thanking his fellow committee members for their continued efforts and support. Then we broke with tradition; we actually witnessed the glacier beginning to move when Andy proposed and Cee seconded Neil as the new chairman. No other contenders were forthcoming so he was duly elected.

"Neil writes “Whilst I am looking forward to the challenges of the coming year(s) I know that I cannot achieve anything without the help of the current members of the committee, who were all re-elected without opposition, and the support of you the members of TMRA. Feel free to approach me or anyone else on the committee if you have any concerns, or proposals for change”.


It’s early days yet but please note that this year’s AGM will be held on Sunday 3rd December 2017 at the end of our Christmas lunch. The AGM will receive reports and elect a committee for 2017/2018. The venue has yet to be decided but it will be within the borough of Tonbridge & Malling. To find the location and exact timing please contact the Chairman after 1st October. Any motions for the AGM should be presented to the Chairman by the end of October 2017 as should any applications for membership of the committee.

Kent Area AGM 2016

After an eleven year gap, it was once again our turn to host the Kent Area Ramblers AGM last February. We chose the Snodland Community Centre for the venue for its accessibility both from the motorway network and to pleasant countryside for the post AGM walk. Approximately 100 members from all over Kent attended.

This year’s Area AGM will be at Kemsing Village Hall hosted by the Sevenoaks group on 4th February (details in the forthcoming Area Review).

Important news for dog owners

From April 2016, all dog owners in England and Scotland will have to ensure their dog is micro chipped.

See link for further details: dog micro chipping law Britain

England Coast Path project

We're delighted that the Government has given the green light for the Isle of Wight to join the England Coast Path project.

It'll allow walkers to enjoy the fresh air and sea views of the island's beautiful coastline and will breathe new life into the island's coastal towns and villages, boosting tourism and the local economy.

Read more at Isle-of-Wight-path-announced

Ash tree die back

Ash tree dieback details can be found at www.forestry.gov.uk/chalara

The Ramblers Senior Policy Officer Justin Cooke said “The tragic news about ash dieback reaching Britain need not stop people from enjoying a woodland walk this autumn. Walkers, who often know their local woodland well, can play an important role in identifying trees which they suspect might be infected and reporting them to the Forestry Commission”.

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