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New albums added to our Flickr photo site:
Walks March to May 2018
Strawberry Fayre 2018
Dorset Holiday 2018

Have your say on Kent’s footpaths and bridleways
Kent County Council (KCC) has launched a consultation on its Public Rights of Way strategy for the next 10 years. You have until 12 September to offer your views on their plans. Full details can be found at https://kccmediahub.net/chance-say-kents-footpaths-bridleways745 or you can request hard copies of any consultation materials by phoning KCC on 03000 421553.

Subscription Renewal for 2018/19
Subscriptions are due on 1 September 2018. Please see the Autumn 2018 newsletter for payment methods.

Walks highlights in September to November 2018 (full details in the current Walks Programmes)
Sunday 12 August: Annual Walk with London Blind Ramblers – Please note 10.45 start time
If you would like to assist, please contact the leader, Peter Adams, on 01322 229143
London Blind Rambling Club is a membership group for blind and partially-sighted people, who meet every weekend from early March to the end of October for guided walks. Started by Valerie Clark and her blind husband David, members normally meet at a London train or tube station to travel to the walk area, where members of local walking groups lead them, usually one-to-one. MDFG’s association with this club started in 2000 and Peter Adams (who is also a fundraiser and collector for RNIB) organises an annual walk from Sole Street, returning via the Cock at Luddesdown for a pint. About 10 leaders are usually needed on the day. We never know exactly how many blind people are coming but it is important that we have enough sighted leaders on hand as, without them, the event cannot go ahead, so this is where you come in – someone who’s happy to natter, can direct them left or right and steer them clear of the cowpats! The main task of a guide is to advise companions of approaching obstacles – things like overhanging branches, undulating ground and approaching stiles. Perhaps, too, to point out the features of the surroundings, such as colours, shapes and textures.
Sunday 2 September: Tree and Pond Walk
Following last year’s successful tree walk from Meopham Green, David Carey from The Kent Tree and Pond Partnership will lead another walk, this time from Camer Park. During the 4 mile walk David will tell us about the woodlands and individual trees.
Sunday 9 September: The Pat Wilson Memorial Walk
56 years ago Pat Wilson founded our footpath group. She died in 2014, aged 97. On this walk you will have the opportunity to see the kissing gate erected by our group in her memory and will pass Scratch Arse Corner and read the plaque which we erected.
Wednesday 17 October: Autumn Walk and Lunch
Howard Bright is leading a 5 mile walk from The Black Horse, Stansted, starting at 10am, followed by a two-course lunch at the Black Horse, arranged by Judie Bright. Price £12.95. Places for the meal are limited to 20 people and must be reserved no later than 30 September.

Old Chalk New Downs Project (OCND)
The Women’s Land Army: Was your mother or grandmother one of the women recruited to work full-time on the land in World War 1, to help replace men who had left to fight in the war? As part of their environmental project, showing the heritage value of our landscape, the OCND Project is appealing for photographs and stories for their research into these forgotten women. Please contact hilary.hunter@kent.gov.uk.
Help our hedgerows: Hedgerows (some of them historic or ancient) divide up our landscape, preventing livestock from wandering and defining parishes and estates. They also provide shelter and a rich larder for wildlife. Over the next three years the project, with the help of volunteer surveyors, will assess the health of much of this precious habitat. If you would like to attend a training course and carry out a survey please contact matthew.pitts@kent.gov.uk.

2018 AGM
The Annual General Meeting will be held on Friday 12 October at 7.30pm at Meopham Village Hall, when our speaker will be Kev Reynolds, who lectures and writes about some of the most scenically spectacular places on earth. He has produced more than two dozen guide books for walkers and trekkers. His talk A Walk in the Clouds is based not only on the delights of mountain scenery but also on the variety of flowers, animals and people found there.