Waltham Walk updates

Over the last few weeks the Waltham Walk website has under gone a number of updates.

  • Changing hosting provider.
  • SSL enabled for greater security.
  • PWA – progressive web app configuration, so you can now have the website on you phone just like a real app.

Waltham Walk 2017 a bumper year

This year’s Waltham Walk Challenge Expedition across the Essex countryside was held over the weekend of the 20-21 May 2017 and for our 49th year a bumper entry of 167 of which 53 were Scouts, 91 Boys’ Brigade & Girls Association, 12 Independent and 11 ATC.   The Waltham Walk started at Pleshey Village Hall, Overnight camp at Skreens Park, finishing at Mountnessing Village Hall covering a distance of approximately 25 miles.  For the full team achievements go to the results section under 2017.

Skills of map reading, camp craft, and team work are but a few of the challenges the teams met over the weekend.    Congratulations to all teams on their success.

Note next years event will be held on the weekend of 19 and 20 May 2018 in the same area of Essex.   Entry forms will be available January 2018 but for more details check the Waltham Walk website and Twitter and Facebook for latest news.

Final Briefing before Waltham Walk 2017

Checkpoint staff & committee members met 10th May to finalise preparations for the event and brief Marshalls.

The Committee have walked the route, created route puzzles, & checkpoint permissions have been granted and incidents agreed.  

The event starts 20th May 0830 Pleshey Village Hall, camping overnight at Skreens Park and finishing at Mountenessing Village Hall on the 21st.

Team instructions have been issued and Marshall checkpoint control folders issued.  

There are 161 entrants this year so plenty of competition.

You can keep up to date at the event on our twitter & Facebook pages.

Update December 2016

Planning has commenced for Waltham Walk 2017 the youth challenge expedition in the Essex countryside. Start will be at Pleshey Village Hall, overnight camp Skreens Park and finish Mountnesssing Village Hall.   Book the date of the 20th and 21stMay 2017 for your teams to take part in this great adventure.  Entry forms are now available.  Route planning is underway.

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

Committee Meeting 13th Jan 2016

Committee Meeting 13th Jan 2016

The route basics are now sorted and walking to check the footpaths, sort out puzzles and consider checkpoint incidents has commenced.

Currently Saturday route is 16 miles and Sunday 9 miles.

Waltham Walk is now formally affiliated to the Boys’ Brigade

Cotswold will continue to support the event

Hallowen is upon us which means planning for WW2016 has commenced.

At the start up meeting the following were agreed:

  • Next year’s event the 47th will be held on the weekend of the 21/22 May 2016
  • Start at High Easter Village Hall
  • Overnight camp at Skreens Park
  • Finish at Blackmore Village Hall
  • In between checkpoints/route to be available end of year
  • Mini entries £10 per member if paid on time £15 for late entries
  • Main entries £10 per member if paid on time £15 for late entries
  • Vets entries £8 per member for Saturday
  • New event Vets £15 per member for Sunday
  • Supervets entries £18 per member
  • Complete Redbridge and Waltham Forest Battalion affiliation process