WALTHAM WALK 2016 – STAFF, FRIENDS & PAST ENTRANTS’ NEWSLETTER

Welcome to the WW winter Newsletter, keeping you informed of WW2016 news. Entry forms were circulated in early January, from which you will have seen we are returning to Skreens Park Scout Activity Centre for overnight camp (2017 as well), and we start at High Easter VH and finish at Blackmore s, both excellent venues that we have used before. So what’s been keeping us busy ? Well several things really apart from the usual planning and admin:

  1. Funding: As always we try to keep the cost of entering the event, down to a level which all can afford, and this has been achieved over the years by the securing of various grants and donations. We have not been able to obtain any grants this year, so it has been necessary to raise entry fees to £10 (provided you get your entry to us by the closing date, to obtain your discount!) Vets and Supervets entries are higher as we feel most of the benefit of the grants should go to the Main, Mini & Teeni Trek entrants. Hopefully this will continue to encourage entries from teams from underprivileged areas, who may well have limited funds. The real cost we incur per person to enter WW is around £21. These grant applications to take a lot of time and effort!

  1. Formal Boys’ Brigade Affiliation: Having started many years ago, as a Boys’ Brigade run activity, we have always been affiliated in some way to the BB. We have now finalised our formal affiliation, reporting to BBHQ through the Redbridge & Waltham Forest Battalion. Our review and upgrading of safety and safeguarding procedures has continued in parallel with this process, and we are now fully compliant with BBHQ requirements. We acknowledge the help and co-operation afforded to us with this process by both Jonathan Eales (BB HQ Business Director) and Melvin Dawson (R & WF Battalion president).

  1. STAFF! Our biggest challenge continues to be finding enough staff to adequately run the event on the day. We’re stretched to the limit, especially on the Saturday! We hope this newsletter may encourage those of you who we haven’t seen for a year or so, to return this year – WE NEED YOU ! You can even phone a friend and drag them along! What we need is commitment from as many staff as possible, by 12th March, so we can allocate staff to checkpoints at our meeting on 16th Match. This will allow the committee to concentrate fully on the details for the weekend, after having sorted the staffing arrangements.

So please complete the form at the end of this Newsletter & email/send it back to Len Field by 12th March at the latest. As usual, we are especially asking those staff/supervisors who are likely to accompany teams, this year, to commit themselves to what times they are available to help over the weekend, by 12th March as well, rather than leave it until the weekend or just before. This should then give adequate time for us to finalise allocating staff to checkpoints at our final meeting in early May, and for staff to be briefed in advance by their checkpoint marshals, especially concerning administrative and safety matters. It is all too much of a rush on the day, to do properly. Many thanks in advance for your co-operation.

  1. WW Website: If you have looked at our website recently, you will know that it has been upgraded and the improvements are ongoing. Thanks to Matt & John Brookes, and our new Safety Officer, Simon Roberts and his wife Alaina, for their continued work on this. Facebook to come !

  1. Veterans Sunday Event: We had an enquiry last year about running a Vets Sunday event. So we are just offering this as a pilot event, to see if there are any entrants. We will review the situation after WW2016. If you want to enter, use the Entry Form and put SUNDAY against the Vets option.

  1. WW logo’d clothing: Please email me by 12 March if anything needed

Look forward to hearing from potential staff soon, & hopefully see you on 21/22 May. Don’t forget to visit walthamwalk.org.uk to keep up to date. If there is any change to your email address or other details, or even want to be removed from our mailing list, please let us know. Finally, I would just like to say a word of thanks to the small group of WW friends, who, over the years, have given great support to WW, both financially and in other ways… many thanks.

LASTLY REMEMBER THE CLOSING DATE IS SATURDAY 23 April 16

Welcome to the WW winter Newsletter, keeping you informed of WW2016 news. Entry forms were circulated in early January, from which you will have seen we are returning to Skreens Park Scout Activity Centre for overnight camp (2017 as well), and we start at High Easter VH and finish at Blackmore s, both excellent venues that we have used before. So what’s been keeping us busy ? Well several things really apart from the usual planning and admin:

  1. Funding: As always we try to keep the cost of entering the event, down to a level which all can afford, and this has been achieved over the years by the securing of various grants and donations. We have not been able to obtain any grants this year, so it has been necessary to raise entry fees to £10 (provided you get your entry to us by the closing date, to obtain your discount!) Vets and Supervets entries are higher as we feel most of the benefit of the grants should go to the Main, Mini & Teeni Trek entrants. Hopefully this will continue to encourage entries from teams from underprivileged areas, who may well have limited funds. The real cost we incur per person to enter WW is around £21. These grant applications to take a lot of time and effort!

  1. Formal Boys’ Brigade Affiliation: Having started many years ago, as a Boys’ Brigade run activity, we have always been affiliated in some way to the BB. We have now finalised our formal affiliation, reporting to BBHQ through the Redbridge & Waltham Forest Battalion. Our review and upgrading of safety and safeguarding procedures has continued in parallel with this process, and we are now fully compliant with BBHQ requirements. We acknowledge the help and co-operation afforded to us with this process by both Jonathan Eales (BB HQ Business Director) and Melvin Dawson (R & WF Battalion president).

  1. STAFF! Our biggest challenge continues to be finding enough staff to adequately run the event on the day. We’re stretched to the limit, especially on the Saturday! We hope this newsletter may encourage those of you who we haven’t seen for a year or so, to return this year – WE NEED YOU ! You can even phone a friend and drag them along! What we need is commitment from as many staff as possible, by 12th March, so we can allocate staff to checkpoints at our meeting on 16th Match. This will allow the committee to concentrate fully on the details for the weekend, after having sorted the staffing arrangements.

So please complete the form at the end of this Newsletter & email/send it back to Len Field by 12th March at the latest. As usual, we are especially asking those staff/supervisors who are likely to accompany teams, this year, to commit themselves to what times they are available to help over the weekend, by 12th March as well, rather than leave it until the weekend or just before. This should then give adequate time for us to finalise allocating staff to checkpoints at our final meeting in early May, and for staff to be briefed in advance by their checkpoint marshals, especially concerning administrative and safety matters. It is all too much of a rush on the day, to do properly. Many thanks in advance for your co-operation.

  1. WW Website: If you have looked at our website recently, you will know that it has been upgraded and the improvements are ongoing. Thanks to Matt & John Brookes, and our new Safety Officer, Simon Roberts and his wife Alaina, for their continued work on this. Facebook to come !

  1. Veterans Sunday Event: We had an enquiry last year about running a Vets Sunday event. So we are just offering this as a pilot event, to see if there are any entrants. We will review the situation after WW2016. If you want to enter, use the Entry Form and put SUNDAY against the Vets option.

  1. WW logo’d clothing: Please email me by 12 March if anything needed

Look forward to hearing from potential staff soon, & hopefully see you on 21/22 May. Don’t forget to visit walthamwalk.org.uk to keep up to date. If there is any change to your email address or other details, or even want to be removed from our mailing list, please let us know. Finally, I would just like to say a word of thanks to the small group of WW friends, who, over the years, have given great support to WW, both financially and in other ways… many thanks.

LASTLY REMEMBER THE CLOSING DATE IS SATURDAY 23 April 16

WW2016 Committee