Gloucestershire Area Ramblers Organisation – a bridge between our Groups and Central Office
Ramblers has a Central Office in London which acts as a central resource. From there it is also able to lobby MPs to ensure ramblers’ voice is heard on walking issues.
For administrative purposes England, Scotland and Wales is divided into 57 separate Areas. Each Area incorporates a number of local Groups and ours is Gloucestershire Area.
Within the Gloucestershire Area, ramblers has seven groups each with volunteers monitoring a footpaths District. These groups also have volunteers organising led walks. There are two further ramblers walking groups and many other walking groups and organisations affiliated to ramblers.
Gloucestershire Area Ramblers is administered by its elected Officers and a Council whose members are drawn from the local Groups, each providing two delegates who attend Council meetings, help with running the organisation and report back to their groups. The main function of an Area Council is to provide a forum for the discussion of issues relating to the Ramblers and also facilitates a two-way flow of information and comments between central Office and Groups. In addition to its AGM, which is usually held in early December, Area Council currently meets quarterly through the year.
A key function of our Area Organisation is to carefully monitor all Rights of Way issues such as path obstructions, closures and diversions, and our Area Footpaths Officer regularly meets with the individual Group Footpath Officers to discuss such issues.
Gloucestershire Area also acts as a conduit for the financial operation of the Groups and arranges appropriate funding from Central Office depending upon their individual needs. In addition, Gloucestershire Area can make decisions in any disputed interpretations of Ramblers policy.
It also produces a Newsletter at four-monthly intervals which provides an update of the wide range of social and walking activities in the various Groups as well as an overview of policy issues. Recent Newsletters can be viewed under the GR News page of this site.
Gloucestershire Area Committee
Area Chair: Ray Chaney
Area Minutes Secretary: Vacant
Area Treasurer: Geoff Smithdale
Area Footpaths Contact: Richard Holmes
Area Membership Secretary: Mike Bailey
Area Countryside (Walking Environment) Secretary: Jill Byrne
Area GRWalks Editor: Mike Garner
Area Midweek Walks Co-ordinator:
Area Publicity Co-ordinator: Bernard Gill
Gloucestershire Area President: Frank Wragg
(President is a purely honourary role awarded to Members with notable past achievement)
The Ramblers holds a General Council meeting each spring, to which each of the 57 Areas appoints two delegates and can send two visitors. This affords individual Areas the opportunity of being closely involved in the formulation of future ‘Ramblers’ policy and facilitates networking with members from other parts of the UK as well as Central Office management and staff.
To contact an Area Officer, see details above.