BMB Rambling Club - 1962
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Staff Association
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The hardest part of the year behind us, we look forward to another summer of interesting rambles and socials.

Even the rigours of winter with the muddy footpaths and doubts about “Will it rain?” could not dampen the enthusiasm of the members. The weather man has been most helpful, providing us with five fine days out of six, as for the other ramble in February it was quite a job convincing the people of Bridgnorth that we were not the Fairy Snow Men!!

The Wembley Ice Show was unfortunately fully booked for the season and the Club was unable to arrange an outing. As a result of this a lot of last minute re-arranging had to be made and I must apologise for the rather late notice given on some of our more recent rambles. To make up for our lost London trip, arrangements are in hand for a visit to the New Theatre for the musical ‘Oliver’; details will be given as soon as available.

The Committee has not, at the time of writing, met to organise the Summer Programme. However, items that will appear are the very popular Moonlight, swimming-ramble and – an entirely new venture – a week-end ramble over Easter.

The Easter week-end will be based at Conway, the gateway to Snowdonia. Rambles will be arranged each day over the Snowdon Range with a trip to the top of the mountain on one of the days. However, if the weather is hot enough to invite you into the sea, members may spend the day as they wish and not join the ramble.

We are always on the lookout for new areas for rambles, new ideas or any sort of attraction which can be fitted in with a ramble eg Stratford Mop, Bewdley Regatta etc, so if you have any ideas, let’s have them.

The Club will be pleased to see any new members of the Staff who think they would enjoy themselves in the open air. Don’t be put off by the word ‘Ramble’. Distance is kept down so that it is enjoyable, most of us turn out in normal clothing, not the typical windcheater, corduroy trousers and heavy boots, just reasonably sturdy shoes and warm comfortable clothing is all you need. Come along next time and you’ll enjoy it. Any further information you require can be obtained from any of the Committee.

G Butler


The Committee of the Rambling Club, as elected at the Annual General Meeting is as follows:

Chairman – Mr A Radburn (Handsworth)

Secretary – Mr G Butler (Hall Green)

Treasurer – Mr P Baulcombe (Yardley)

Committee Members

Mr M Davenport (Cotteridge)

Mrs J Baulcombe (Head Office)

Miss P Ellis (Head Office Relief)



Despite a poor summer in general, the club has been extremely lucky with the weather. Only once have we been given a soaking - then we really made up for it. However, even then two members still managed to escape the worst by turning hitch-hikers (traitors)


Once again the most popular event was the 'moonlight'. A ramble that probably takes more out of one but certainly gives a greater sense of achievement, the all-night walk is with the club to stay.


Rambles will continue throughout the winter and all newcomers to the staff are welcome to join us. The club is a mixed group holding rambles (or leisurely walks to be more exact) once a month. Should you wish to know more, ask any member or contact me at Hall Green branch, better still, come along and see for yourself.


G. Butler




The Annual General Meeting of the Club, held on Wed. 14th Nov., was well attended rounding off another successful year. The meeting saw a complete reshuffle of officers with the new Committee as follows:-


  Chairman: P Baulcombe

  Secretary: Mrs D Johnson

  Treasurer: G Butler

Other Members of the Committee: Miss J Capener,  Mrs P E Butler and D A Johnson.


Looking back over the year it can be seen that Club activities have been extremely diversified, ranging from the straightforward walk, to theatre visits, weekend and all-night excursions, and of course the usual Rounders Battles. One outing which created interest included a tour of the historic Harvington Hall, a moated house containing several ingeniously hidden priest holes. This idea of visiting places of interest will certainly be considered in future programmes.


Talking of the future the Club hope, early in the New Year, to organise a 'members only' Dinner Dance outing. If you are interested don't forget to send your annual subscription through early. The practice of one ramble or outing per month will be continued, so if you find that on an occasional Sunday you would like to get out in the country and enjoy yourself with a group of younger members of Staff, watch for the monthly circular, then come and join us.


Wishing all members a merry Christmas and rambling New Year.


G. Butler.