I do hope you’re enjoying our 25th Anniversary celebrations.
The Walking Festival went off very well with 252 people walking over the five days of the festival. In June we’re having our festival walks at the Lickey Hills and a buffet afterwards at the Old Rose and Crown Hotel.
The idea of a new group of walkers was put to the Warwickshire Area meeting in September of 1992 by John Roberts, a member of the Area Committee who lived in Barnt Green. During the Autumn of that year there were letters, discussions and meetings held to organise this group.
On 24th October 1992 there was a meeting at the Lickey Parish Hall and a steering group was formed to set up this new group. There was a member of The Ramblers Association central office present and the Area Chair. A walk was taken after the meeting which took in Beacon Hill, Bilberry Hill and a cup of tea at the Visitors’ Centre. A list of names was taken of people who would be interested in joining this new group. There were about 35 people on this list.
Then on 10th March 1993 the first General Meeting was held at Cotteridge Friends Meeting House, the steering group became the committee and so South Birmingham Ramblers was formed. We were allocated B30, B31 and B38 as the areas that our members could be taken from. B32, where John Roberts lived, was vehemently opposed by Birmingham City Ramblers.
So it’s John Roberts we have to thank for our celebrations this year.