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Clarion Call Gig Oct 25th

GeneralPosted by MalcolmD Mon, September 02, 2019 12:41:24

Date for your Diary

Clarion Call Gig

We are using Eventbrite for booking tickets to the Clarion Call Gig Sheffield Ramblers are organising at the Shakespeares Ale and Cider House on Gibraltar Street.

The gig is on Friday October 25th from 19:30 and booking is now LIVE.
You can use the link below to get to it. Tickets are £5 each.

Please publicise the event and do invite friends and fellow ramblers.
It should be a great night out with songs inspired by GHB Ward and Alfred Wainwright, written & sung by local singers & musicians, which proved a great hit at last year's AGM. The Shakespeares pub has a great reputation for real ales & cider.

You'll need to copy & paste the following link into your web browser to get tickets:

Please ask anyone who doesn't want to make an online booking to get in touch with me at either "" or tel: 0784-253-0128.
I will make the booking for them.

Malcolm Dixon, Secretary

Coach Ramble 29th September Reeth

GeneralPosted by LizS Wed, August 28, 2019 19:16:15
The last coach ramble of. 2019 will be going to Reeth in the Yorkshire Dales. We are going to Reeth rather than to Kirby Stephen as. originally advertised as the journey time to Kirby Stephen was too long.

The coach will be leaving at 8.00 am from Arundel Gate/Howard St. There will as usual be two led walks. The A walk will be approximately 12 miles and led by David Hogg and Andy Irwin. The B walk of approximately 8 miles will be led by Judy Gathercole and Susan Rushworth. Both walks will finish in Reeth and the coach will depart at 6.00pm. Details of the walks will be on the website once the reccies have been completed.

Reeth is a village in a magnificent setting on a plateau above the river Swale. It has cafes and two pubs and the Swaledale museum which may be of interest to non walkers.

All are welcome on our coach rambles so please encourage family and friends to come along. It is fine to come along and walk independently or just explore the local area.

Places are £13. To book or for further information email: or phone/text 07711353310


Fixit+Friends Party

FixitPosted by Jan Sat, August 24, 2019 14:54:25
Reminder of Fixit and Friends party on Saturday 31st lunchtime at 1pm
Judy suggested we have a walking related items stall, so bring anything which you no longer need.
that might be useful to someone else.

104 Southgrove Road. On the 80's bus route down Ecclesall Road. Get off at Tesco.

Its a bring and share. All Ramblers welcome!

Barry's 80th update

GeneralPosted by CynthiaA Sat, August 24, 2019 11:07:09
The Old Horns menu can be found on their website. I have also downloaded the menu which I can attach to an email if I have your email address. I can also send a paper copy by post if required. My contact details are: or text/phone 07742 677205.

For anyone who missed the earlier blog the date is Monday 16th September at the Old Horns Inn, High Bradfield at 12:00 midday. I have to submit numbers and menu choices the week before. There are 22 names to date.

I have been asked about a present for Barry. I know he would like an angler's folding fishing chair so I have suggested a gift voucher from Fishing Republic which is on John Street (not far from Go Outdoors). Any contributions are entirely voluntary - there is no obligation at all. The problem is collecting them. I will be at Jan's house on Saturday 31st August for the Fixit Bring and Share at lunchtime. Or we usually see Dorothy Birch at Ponds Forge (leading Good Companions walk Sun 1st Sept). Also Pat Langford's Good Companions walk Sun 8th Sept is another opportunity. David Goodchild is leading the Co-op walk on Sun 8th if you see him prior to that. Dorothy, Pat and David are all going to the Old Horns.

So far we have managed to keep it secret from Barry!

Best regards

Extra Fixit Tomorrow

FixitPosted by MalcolmD Sun, August 18, 2019 12:24:03

On Fri, 16 Aug 2019 at 17:05, Sheffield Ramblers Secretary <> wrote:

Hi there,

With regard to emails below from Christine Whitaker. I would be willing to go there this coming Monday with some secateurs and loppers - say from 11:00 onwards. Would anyone else be interested?
Call/text me on 0784-253-0128

Possibility of lifts/shared cars. Apologies for very late notice

Many thanks.


Malcolm Dixon

Sheffield Ramblers Secretary or 0784-253-0128

Christine - can you give us a grid reference for where this Park Lane, Hunshelf Bank in Deepcar is, please? see attached map, Malcolm - SK274990

You may want to change your mind when you know where the problem is. The section in question goes across the hillside from just after Wellhouse Farm on Park Lane to Old Park House. It's very difficult to access as it's half way up the hill. Tony Andrews may be able to get permission for parking at one of the farms, but the owners of Old Park House don't seem very friendly. When we went to do some work a few days ago we parked on the road on the hillside (shown in yellow climbing up between Fox Valley Retail Park and what's left of Samual Fox's steel works. We walked from there passing Wellhouse Farm and started clearing just after there.


---------- Forwarded message ----------

From: South Yorkshire and North East Derbyshire Ramblers <>

Date: 16 August 2019 at 13:25:38 +01:00

Subject: Fwd: Park Lane (Hunshelf Bank) Overgrown

To:, Sheffield Ramblers <>

Re Park Lane Hunshelf Bank

Dear Malcolm and Judy

Below is a conversation between myself and Tony Andrews regarding the condition of Park Lane, Hunshelf Bank, Deepcar. I wonder if any members of the Fix IT Team may be interested in helping clear the overgrown path mentioned below, before the 25th August. It seems as if Mr Andrews will help out if we can provide a some volunteers (I think he may provide the equipment needed). As Jan has now finished with Fix It, I'm sure who to approach. Could you please contact anyone that may be willing to help?


---------- Forwarded message ---------

From: Andrews Tony <>

Date: Fri, 16 Aug 2019 at 08:44

Subject: Re: Park Lane (Hunshelf Bank) Overgrown

To: South Yorkshire and North East Derbyshire Ramblers <>

Hi Christine,

Thanks for this. One of my rangers did a cut back on this path earlier in the year when we put in the new stiles at Old Park fm.

Unfortunately everything has grown madly this summer.

I have asked him to do another cutback along the route but it may be 3 weeks before it gets done as he has to take time off with kids school holidays.

My other 2 rangers already have a full workload.

If your RA fix it group want or can do this work please just let me know.

Regards Tony

-------- Original Message --------

From: South Yorkshire and North East Derbyshire Ramblers <>

Date: Wed, 14 Aug 2019, 17:02

To: Andrews Tony <>

Subject: Park Lane (Hunshelf Bank) Overgrown

Dear Mr Andrews

Terry Howard suggested that I contact you after I spoke to him about the condition of Park Lane at Stocksbridge. I have noticed that Sheffield ROW Department has installed a number of new stiles along the lane and wondered whether there were any plans to cut back some of the overgrown vegetation.

A few days ago I went along the lane while checking a route that was planned for Sheffield Visually Impaired Walking Group on 25 August, but the condition this year means the route is not suitable. Visually impaired walkers often need a guide by their side on our walks, and there isn't enough room for 2 walkers side by side.

Two of us went up yesterday and spent a few hours cutting back the brambles that were growing across the the path, but we were only able to clear only about a third of the route (and that was only a rough clearance).

There will be no problems changing the route for the August walk, but if you do have plans to tackle the vegetation in the near future, would you want any volunteers from Sheffield Ramblers?


Christine Whittaker

Barry Ashton's 80th

GeneralPosted by CynthiaA Thu, August 01, 2019 10:04:26
Barry Ashton's 80th birthday is in September and a lunchtime get together has been arranged for Monday 16th September at the Old Horns Inn, High Bradfield for 12:00 midday. Numbers have to be submitted so please let me know if you are coming by the 9th September. You can send an email to or text/phone my mobile 07742 677205.

The pub also needs to know menu choices in advance. Two meals for £7 will also be on offer. The menu is changing soon so when that is available I will give you an update.

Barry does not know about this so try and keep it secret! Fortunately he does not use the computer.

Best regards



GeneralPosted by angela Fri, July 26, 2019 14:28:51
Next coffee morning at Fusion will be from 10.30am on Friday August 30th.

Happy Summer everyone.


Party Party Party

FixitPosted by Jan Thu, July 18, 2019 13:49:56

I thought we should have a summer party for Fixit and Friends to mark a change in the Fixit history and celebrate what we have accomplished over the last few years.

So! It will be on Saturday August 31st at 1.0 pm in the garden at 104 SouthgroveRoad S10 2NQ

There are no parking restrictions on Saturday

Its a bring and share and bring whatever you like to drink.

Lets hope the day is warm and hopefully sunny. I shall put up the long suffering gazebos if it isn't.

So! Spread the word and hope to see you all there.

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