BMB Rambling Club - 1963
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Despite the persistent WINTRY CONDITIONS, the ramblers press on - on to the ice of the Grand Union Canal to Packwood House for the first ramble of the New Year.


As a change from a theatre party, a very pleasant evening was spent at the Chantry Rooms in February. The excellent meal and entertainment were enjoyed by everyone - it is believed that someone enjoyed the cabaret artiste even more!! - and this event will certainly be repeated in future.


Looking ahead to Easter, the Club has arranged a week-end at Blue Anchor Bay situated within easy reach of Exmoor, and the Quantock and Brendon Hills.


Another selection of interesting rambles is being arranged for this summer, and it is hoped that many members of this Staff will join us for at least one of them.


Diane Johnson

Hon Secretary









The Summer months seem to have attracted more ramblers than ever, especially to the Matlock Outing.


We were fortunate in being able to reserve the front coach of the diesel train to Matlock and enjoyed the glorious views of the Derbyshire Dales and Peak District. The weather stayed fine for our walk across Massons Hill to the Cavern, where some members ventured below. After leaving the cave, we descended the Heights of Abraham for tea at Matlock Bath, before catching the train home.


Last July saw our second moonlight ramble around Ludlow. This time however we were able to have our cook-up in what turned out to be a gamekeepers hut. The dawn brought a weary trek into Ludlow, where a hearty breakfast was enjoyed by everyone.


It is hoped to continue the rambles throughout the winter, and a special invitation is extended to all new members of the staff to come along and join us. Any information may be obtained from me at Aston Branch.


Diane Johnson

Hon Secretary





The past year has seen several interesting rambles, most notable being the Matlock Outing. Our thanks are due to Mrs Diane Johnson for her untiring work as Secretary, also to Messrs Mann and Davenport for their continued excellent leadership.


We look forward to 1964 with another full programme of rambles. A welcome is extended to all members of the Staff and their friends to join us on our fresh-air excursions. Hope to see you in the New Year.







CLUB OFFICERS (Circular dated 11th December 1963)

At the Annual General Meeting of the Rambling Club held at Head Office on the 20th November, the following officers were elected to the Committee for the coming year:
     Chairman: Mr K Whittaker
     Secretary: Mr M Davenport
     Treasurer: Mr G Butler
            Mrs D Johnson, Mrs P Butler, Mr R Mann
            Mr H J Sutherland remains your President.

The annual subscription, which is now due, has been reduced to 2/6d. This amount must be credited to Account G.54045 at Sparkbrook Branch.

It is hoped that members will continue to give their unswerving support to the Club, and help to encourage the younger members of the staff to accompany us on the many ambitious rambles planned for the coming year.


M Davenport (Hon Secretary)