News & Stop Press

July to December Programme                Posted 20th March 18
Remember April 1st is the date our Rambles Secretary, Colin Lowrey, begins working on our Programme for July – December. So, if you’ve a walk you’d like to include, give him a call.
0121 382 1411 or 07773731105 or
Maybe you’d like to lead a walk but don’t know where….. Colin will help.
And if you don’t call him, he’ll call you….or he’ll spot you on a walk and engage you in cheerful conversation….
April’s Coach Walk Offa’s Dyke                Posted 20th March 18
As you know,our Coach Walk to Brown Clee was cancelled. So… we don’t have a Coach List….yet. If you would like to book your place on the next coach and head to the border with Wales and walk along part of he Offa’s Dyke trail, this is what you do –
1. Ring, John Brookes on: 0121 350 4081
2.Text, John Brookes on: 07870864030
3. E mail, John Brookes at:
And you will be on the list and you’ll have a jolly good day out.
Parking Arrangements                             Posted 12th Febuary 18
Parking arrangements for the Coach on Feb 25th have changed. The car park by Town School on Ebrook Road is no longer available for us. This is because Birmingham City Council, who have taken over completion of the work there from Carillion, wish to secure the entire site against a possible incursion by travellers.This means that the simplest parking solution for us all is to park at South Parade at a cost of £2.30. Colin is in regular contact with the Caretaker at Plantsbrook to make further arrangements with him when the situation changes
Autumn Break to Barmouth                      Posted 6th January 18
Rosie Power is arranging a 3 night break at the Min y Mor Hotel in Barmouth, 5th, 6th and 7th October.
The cost is £185 for twin or double and £209 for a single room.
Rooms are a little limited at this hotel, so first come, first served! A deposit of £20 is payable by 24th January.
If you would like to book please contact Rosie Power on 0121 580 9060 or Email
Further information (Spring Break)           Posted 11th December 17 
I thought it a good idea to share more information about our Ramblers spring holiday in the Lake District.
The hotel’s full address is:
Damson Dene Hotel
Near Bowness on Windermere
Damson Dene – Lake District Hotel near Lake Windermere
Damson Dene is a superb 40 bedroom Lake District hotel located near to Lake Windermere and in the tranquil Lyth Valley.There is ample free parking space for our cars.The hotel is about 5 miles from Bowness, and relatively isolated from the tourist hot spots. This means that we will need to be prepared to use our cars to reach the start of most of the walks, and to share the cost of car parks at the starts.I can’t find any buses which pass the hotel.Please think ahead about your packed lunches, and take the usual fruit, biscuits etc, as there are no shops in the immediate vicinity of the hotel.The hotel has an indoor swimming pool, free for use by guests, so, if that’s your thing, remember to take your costume!There are over 50 of us in the group, so we need to offer lots of walks. I am grateful to those members who have stepped forward to lead. If anyone else feels able to offer, then a couple of ‘D’ walks would be much appreciated. I have books of walks and maps available.I will be writing again, to tell you your balance is due, once we are into January 2018
Jenny Mitton
Gaps in 2018’s Programme                          Posted 20th November 17 
We have the following gaps in our programme for 2018.
Jan 7th a B  walk – Apr 1st (Easter Day) a B or C walk  –  May 13th a D walk –  June 17th B.
Just ring me on 382 1411 or text 07773731105
or e mail
I have walk.
Help is available in recceing.
Colin Lowrey – Walks Secretary
Spring break by the Lakes                            Posted 14th October 17 
Damson Dene Hotel, Crosthwaite, near Bowness on Windermere, LA8 8JE. The website is (
We have 3 nights dinner bed and breakfast,
23rd to 26th March 2018.
Single Rooms £265 per person.
Double/Twin Rooms £205 per person.
A non-refundable deposit of £50 per person is reqired to book your room.
Further instructions to follow.
Enquiries contact Jenny Mitton on the number below
Organised by Jenny Mitton 0121 308 1594
(We have filled our complement of rooms. Anyone else who wishes to join us, should negotiate directly with the hotel.)
Walk Programme Jan – June 2018                Posted 25th September 17 
Our Walks Co-ordinator, aka our Rambles Secretary, starts the process of compiling our next programme on October 1st. The aim is for 6 coaches, 2 rambles each Sunday, B & C alternatives, with a D alternative on the first Sunday of the month, a C walk on the first Thursday, a D walk on the second Thursday…. and a few more odd walks. Just ring Colin 382 1411 with your input. He’s waiting for your call.
Parking Changes (South Parade)                     Posted 18th August 17 
Our parking options on Sunday’s are shrinking, but parking guru, Pete, from Plantsbrook has helped again.
Option 1 – South Parade Car Park – £2.60
Option 2 – Ebrook Road parking area – £1.00 contribution to Plantsbrook PTA
Option 3 – On street parking nearby.
For option 2, turn into Ebrook Road (the road alongside Plantsbrook School). Look out for the yellow bus stop signs (these are for the school buses that carry students to the Erdington area). Where these marks end there is an entry to the parking area that is available for us.
Colin will direct traffic from 7.30!!!
El Camino de Santiago de Compostela           Posted 5th March 17
Many of us were inspired by our speakers at February’s Social. John Twort has offered to organise a Camino for Sutton Coldfield Ramblers. He suggests a week next June covering maybe 100km, finishing at Compostela. He will co-ordinate logistics etc, but, first things first – a meeting of those interested. In the first instance, please contact our Rambles Co-ordinator, Colin Lowrey on 382 1411.
Sutton Coldfield Ramblers Polo Shirts   
Top quality Polo shirts with “Sutton Coldfield Ramblers” embroidered on the front and back.
Embroidered logo on front left top, slightly larger on the rear. The shirt & logo can be of any colour combination from the chart.
Sizes : extra small, small, medium, large, extra large. The shirts come in standard fit & ladies fit.
Cost : £14-40 each How to order :
See Bill Paskin at any of the social evenings, he will bring samples to these evenings.
or – Contact Bill Paskin by phone or email : 0121 384 5664 or
Remember to state the shirt size & fit plus the colour of shirt and logo.
Make cheques out to ‘Sutton Coldfield Ramblers’
Archive of past walks     Posted 21-01-2015
An archive containing details of past walks is now in operation. It can be accessed from a menu option on the top of the Walks Program page.  Currently the archive contains the 3 months of July/Aug/Sept 2014 (the new website only started in July 2014) but blocks of 3 months will be transferred to the archive & removed from the current walks menu over time.
Further details are on the Archive menu page.
Enlarging website text for easier reading  Posted 17-12-2014
Remember that if you need to make any website text easier to read, all browsers have a Zoom in & zoom out option.  The easiest way to do this is to hold down the Ctrl key & then tap the + key (make larger) or the – <minus> key (make smaller).
Picasa : How to resize photos for email – Video   Posted 29-11-2014
Picasa is a free program from Google that you can use to organize and edit digital photographs e.g. It assists in the resizing of photos ready for emailing.
I would like to encourage more members to send in photos from walks but occasionally the photos are tiny (not doing justice to the photographer) or they are excessively large (requiring multiple emails to be sent with <say> only 2 or 3 photos in each email).
A number of members use Picasa & I have therefore produced a short video to demonstrate how easy it is for Picasa users to adjust the size of photos that are to be sent by email. 
Click to see video:  Video button
This video will also soon be available within ‘Guidelines for Photographers’ from the ‘Documents & Policies’ menu.
Brian Downing

 Miscellaneous Notices :

Computer maintenance & repairs    top_button
Peter Fox (‘By George Computer Repairs’) offers an excellent discounted PC maintenance and repair  service to members of Sutton Coldfield Ramblers.
See more details at Peter’s ByGeorge Website   blue-right-arrow

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