Walk Group 1,000 mile challenge update

73 miles to go!   Almost there!   Since the last report in June the group has completed 7 more walks and clocked up another 375.25 miles, giving us a total of 927.00 miles.

Together, our walk group has managed 18 different walks since the end of March 2021:   some new walks, some revisiting old haunts, and some with an added bonus.   Last Saturday’s walk took us through Parham Park to the Glider airfield near Cootham.   It could have been Jan’s biggest health and safety nightmare, as the gliders were taking off alongside us!   In true form, Jan had checked things out and we were on a public footpath, along the edge of the air field – such a joy when the pilot waved cheerfully to our group.

The Lavant Trundle walk might stick in our minds for a while – walking on what was probably the hottest evening of the year and getting to the very top of the Trundle, a first for some.   We took it easy, with water stops en-route and were rewarded with one of the best views of the 1,000 mile challenge walks.

Each walk throws up its own memories – all shining with friendship, gleaning knowledge about our area and working on a challenge together raising funds for Sage House Dementia Unit.   £410.00 have been pledged so far.

Another 2 walks should see the successful completion of the task.   

“What are we going to do next?” cried the walkers.  

Jan Marsden 20.9.21

To see all the latest photos, and a glider port video, click here.

Prairie Garden Visit

11 of our members visited the Prairie Gardens near Henfield on 9th September.   The owner, Pauline McBride, introduced us to her garden with a lively description about the garden’s beginning:  it took 2 weeks to plant 36,000 plants, most which Pauline and her husband had grown from seed, cuttings, and division in Holland.   They conscripted family and friends to help by inviting them to a party – which went on for days!

Although, it felt a bit like a party of our own, on a WI outing, the Prairie Gardens proved to be a very relaxing and tactile place – pure escapism for a couple of hours.  In a lush and well-formed garden, we immersed ourselves amongst the plants as we walked on paths in the borders, we took in its gentleness as we sat by a pond, and of course we had tea and cake!

Jan Marsden

To see all the photos click here

Zen Tangling Take 2

Members once again enjoyed an evening of Zen Tangling, chat, and laughter led by our Crafty Queen Sarah.

Everyone was pleased with their results.

So cathartic , perfect way to wind down and relax whilst catching up with friends.

Sue Harris

Latest Update -1,000 mile Walk Group Challenge raising funds for Sage House

Since May’s report the walk group have completed 6 more walks, culminating in its biggest challenge to date with an 8 ½ mile walk at Fittleworth.  

Not only was the distance both a group and a personal challenge for some, the torrential rain the day before made walking muddy and wet in places, and hurdles were put in our way!   To overcome the hurdles:  we explored how many different ways you could get across a barbed wire fence, tested our horse whispering skills and summoned the energy for a sprint up, and down, the highest point in the Fittleworth area!   

551.75 miles have been collectively walked by the group, since the challenge started on 29th March, with £250.00 pledged for Sage House Dementia Unit, one of our WI charities for 2021.   Only 448.25 more miles to tread before our Annual Meeting in October!   Can we do it?

Each walk has a different character – with different routes, different fascinating facts and different corners of the countryside and coast in our area.    The relief of covid restrictions easing in May was enormous, not only did it signify less people across the nation were falling very ill, it meant we could walk together in 1 group, so the planning and organisation were simplified.  

Not every walk group member walks every walk – they walk when they can if the route and date suits them.  Each walk, however, has been in really good company and seemingly enjoyed thoroughly by all taking part.   The walks have been to Dell Quay, Slindon Dale Park, Bognor beach and Pagham Harbour, Arundel as well as Fittleworth.  

Here’s to the next 448.25 miles!

Jan Marsden

Beach Walk

Up to a few years ago I was an enthusiastic member of our walk group, taking part in most of our 4 mile walks. Then old age and arthritis caught up with me so 4 miles was just not on. Hence I was delighted in May when Jan organised a 2 mile flat walk at low tide along the beach at Bognor which I thought I could manage – and I did!

It was a windy day but southerly so we didn’t have to walk into the wind either way. Well wrapped up we started off from the pier walking towards Aldwick. This took us past the end of the prom, where the road comes away from the sea at Fish Lane into what, for me, was unknown territory.

The Mulberry pontoon with Lesley, Frances, and Heather

On the way we came across a piece of history … in the water exposed at low tide there is the remains of a floating pontoon, part of the Mulberry Floating Harbours used by the Allies to support the invasion of France on D-Day 6 June 1944. I am ashamed to say that I didn’t know of it’s existence, even though I have lived here for many years.

Lorraine, Frances, Jan, Manuela, Lesley, Kate, Heather, Pam, and Gill munching shortbread

When we reached halfway we had a rest and were supplied with a piece of Jan’s delicious crisp shortbread – this is an essential part of any BRWI walk – I recommend it highly and have added the recipe to the site – click here if you would like to try it.

Manuela and me!

I enjoyed my walk very much, coming home feeling rather tired but very refreshed. I must admit that I was full of plans to have more low tide walks on my own, needlesstosay that hasn’t quite happened yet!

Many thanks to Jan for organising.

Words: Kate Claisse

Photos: Sue Harris

Hotham Park Wildforest Golf WI Tournament:

It may not be on par with the Open but Gina, Karen and Sue met for a round of  adventure golf in Hotham Park.

Competition was fierce but good natured with Karen being the eventual winner by 2 strokes and Gina and Sue enjoying joint second place.

Congratulations to Karen but also to Gina on her hole in one. This would have normally been celebrated with a round of drinks at the 19th hole but we made do with tea and coffee at the café.

Sue Harris

Sarah’s Macrame Feather Zoom

This month’s zoom with our Craft Queen Sarah saw us tying ourselves in knots of string and wool creating a feather under Sarah’s excellent guidance.

As usual there was a lot of chat and fun while we knotted.

Next month see’s us return to Zen Tangling with Sarah and an additional craft zoom, with new committee member Jen making pendants out of plastic bottles. (we love a bit of up-cycling)

Sue Harris

Walk Group Report

2021 – 1,000 mile walk challenge for mind, body, and Sage House Dementia Support Unit

If only we could measure chatter and laughter, or even those amazing views, or the joy from local knowledge researched and shared by our walk leaders.   We would have been to the moon and back – 477,910 miles!

Despite the challenges of organising 3 separate covid-safe groups for each walk, chilly weather, discrepancies in the mileage count, and eating shortbread for fear of offending, we have thoroughly enjoyed ourselves since the start of our 2021 – 1,000 mile walk.   It has kept us connected through lock down, and helped us focus on getting through these strange and isolating times.

We have felt privileged to enjoy our coast and countryside in such good company, whilst exercising and exploring areas some of us did not know were there!   We have learnt about our local history, and wildlife – and even about Jan’s family, as one of our few Bognor born and bred members!

To date, 20 of our members have completed 6 walks, some on all the walks and some walking when they can.  We have collectively walked 306.25 miles – the miles for each walk are multiplied by the number of walkers.    We are well on our way to the 1,000 mile target by our Annual Meeting in October.

During the summer, strolls, short walks and day long walks will be introduced into the programme, so that as many members of our WI as possible can be involved, if they want to.   Another way to get on board is to sponsor the walkers and details about that are in The Buzz.  All donations will go to Sage House Dementia  Support Unit at Tangmere.

Dementia Week 17 – 24 May

https://www.dementiasupport.org.uk/#

For these and more 1000 mile walk photos click here.

words & photos: Jan Marsden

Sarah’s Crafty Zoom – Zen Tangling

Members enjoyed a fun and relaxing evening as our Craft Queen Sarah introduced us to the art of Zen Tangling.

Sarah drew and we copied, with varying degrees of success, whilst chatting and catching up.

Not only did we learn something new, but afterwards we found ourselves more relaxed and chilled.

A great evening, coming next macrame feathers.

Words: Sue Harris

Photo: Sarah Greenway

Sage House – Fidget Cubes and Blankets

Our ongoing support of Dementia Support at Sage House continues.

When Sue was contacted asking if members could make fidget cubes, the call was quickly answered and the results, together with some blankets, were dropped off by Sue and Sarah.

A few words from Martha , Head of Sage House:

“Please again pass on our thanks to the WI ladies – their creations are amazing”

Thanks to Sarah, Sally G and Ann Mc for the fidget cubes, and Jakki, Elaine and Janet for the blankets.

Words: Sue Harris

Photos: Sue Harris and Sage House