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Festival opens today!

It may be a little bit damp out today but as they say there’s no bad weather just the wrong clothes! The 6th Corsham Walking Festival opens today with the first of our walks taking place this afternoon.

We still have spaces available for walks on Saturday and Sunday. Check out our Festival Walks page for more information.

We hope you enjoy the events going on over the weekend. Here are some hints and tips to help you get the most out of the Festival.

  • Weather: At this range it looks like it will be fairly cool (13c – 15c) throughout the weekend, with a chance of showers – particularly on the Friday afternoon. The walks will go ahead come rain or shine, so keep an eye on the forecast and please ensure you are suitably equipped with drinks and footwear/clothing.
  • Parking: There is free parking at the Springfield Campus. Please use the rear car park if possible – especially if you are leaving your car while going on one of the longer walks. On Saturday and Sunday, overflow parking is available in The Corsham School – entrance is beside the all weather pitch/Campus rear car park. For walks starting away from the Springfield Campus, there is normally off road parking available at the start location. Please park considerately and/or share transport where possible.
  • Tickets: We are not issuing paper tickets and will register walkers using lists prepared by the booking office. You may have received a confirmation email during the booking process – but this is not required for registration purposes.
  • Registration: Ensure you turn up at the start point in sufficient time to register for your walk.  In the majority of cases this will be in the exhibition area inside the Springfield Campus. As part of the registration process you will be asked to confirm the first part of your post code (eg SN13) and your email address. The former is so that we can get a better picture of where our walkers are from – the latter so that we can send out a very short survey after the festival weekend.  For walks starting away from the Springfield Campus, your Walk Leader will complete the registration at the meeting point. 
  • Emergency Contact Number: For the duration of the Festival you can contact the Festival staff in the Springfield Campus on 07949 122119.  Please let us know if you are no longer able to join the walk to avoid unnecessary delays.
  • Cafe: The cafe in the Springfield Campus will remain open as usual on Friday and Satruday and will open from 1400 – 1700 on the Sunday so that there is an opportunity to socialise over a drink at the end of your walk.
  • Walk Commencement: After you have registered, you are welcome to use the cafe or browse the displays in the exhibition area until your Walk Leader calls you together for the walk. Note it is likely that you will be leaving the Campus via a door at the far end of the exhibition area so please ensure you do not get left behind. Walk Leaders have been instructed to leave promptly at the advertised time.
  • Walk Briefing: The Walk Leader will give a safety briefing before the start of each walk; if you have any concerns please bring them to the attention of the Walk Leader before the walk commences.
  • Security: Please do not leave any items unattended at any time. Coin operated (refundable) lockers are available in the Springfield Campus.
  • Publicity:  A reminder that we will be taking photos for publicity purposes on all walks with the exception of the Children’s Treasure Hunt.
  • Quiz and Buffet: If you have booked a place for the Quiz and Buffet on Saturday evening, please ensure that any dietary requirements have been notified in advance. There will be a cash bar selling wines, beers and soft drinks. There will also be a raffle with all proceeds going once again to Wiltshire Air Ambulance.

And finally – enjoy yourself walking in our fantastic countryside!

Here is our new Committee!

Following last week’s AGM the new Committee was elected as follows:

Chair Person: Kevin Wilson
Treasurer: Pete Smith
Publicity: Barry Cox
Routes: Sarah Keevil & Gill Fox
Sales: Ian Rooney
Entertainment: Tom & Margaret Winskill
Website & Social Media: Karen Christian
WaW: Vacant
Grants and Sponsors: Malcolm Gliddon
Town Council: Anthea White
Opening Ceremony: Elma Lawer

If you feel left out don’t worry, there are other ways of being involved. Please contact Kevin Wilson at chair@corshamwalkingfestival.org.uk for more details.

AGM – Thurs 3 October

Everyone is warmly welcome to the Corsham Walking Festival AGM at 7 pm on Thursday 3 October at The Methuen Arms in Corsham.

The new Committee will be elected – there are several interesting vacancies as well as many other opportunities to help.

For further details see the September Newsletter.

Hope to see you there!

RAFFLE PRIZES DONATED BY CORSHAM TRADERS

Corsham’s generous traders are amazing – they donated some wonderful prizes for our raffle, which took place at the evening supper and quiz event. This raised a total of £228 for the Wiltshire Air Ambulance, and we are pleased to support their valuable service.

Thank you to the following:
BARNETT BROTHERS
CHAMOMILE CAFE
CHRIS DAVIES GRIMSBY FISH
COPPINS OF CORSHAM
CORSHAM HARDWARE
DAISY CHAIN
THE FACTORY SHOP
GREEN GINGER
MAYS GREENGROCERS
PREVIOUS
RIGHT ANGLE PICTURE FRAMING
THE CORSHAM BOOKSHOP
THE POUND ART CENTRE
THEODORAS
TOBY HAYNES FAMILY BUTCHER

HOPE YOU ENJOYED THE FESTIVAL – PLEASE SEND A FEW PHOTOS

We would really appreciate your sending us a few of your favourite festival photos for our website Gallery page. It’s great to see what happened on other walks and share some happy memories.

You can either:

1. Email them to web@corshamwalkingfestival.org.uk

2. Upload them to your Google Drive, then send a link to web@corshamwalkingfestival.org.uk

3. Share them to the Corsham Walking Festival Facebook Group.

We look forward to seeing your photos and hope you enjoy your walks – weather looks promising with (shhh) possible blue sky…

Thank you for your support it wouldn’t happen without you.

PLEASE PHONE THE POUND IF YOU NEED TO CANCEL

If you are unable to join a walk on which you are booked, could you please phone the Pound Arts Centre as soon as possible to cancel.

The Pound will offer the place to the next person on the waiting list. If the ticket is re-sold The Pound will refund you.

Thank you for giving someone else the chance to participate in the festival, there are a lot of hopeful walkers waiting.

The Pound Arts Centre Box Office is open: Monday to Friday from 10 am to 6 pm. Saturday 10 am to 4 pm. Phone 01249 701628. Closed on Sunday.

Or you can visit their Box Office at Pound Arts Centre, Pound Pill, Corsham, SN13 9HX.