A new structure for management of The Ridgeway National Trail is at last beginning to emerge. It has been decided that The Ridgeway and the Thames Path, currently run by a single committee of all the local authorities concerned, will in future be managed separately. A new Partnership is to be set up for The Ridgeway, to include a range of the local communities of interest, and with greater focus on engagement, improvement and promotion. We welcome this development and look forward to playing our part in this new body. For more news, have a look at our News & Events Page.
We are sad that our long-standing Chairman, Ian Ritchie, is standing down after 15 years in the post. Ian felt that now is the right time for someone else to take over as Chairman of the Association, who can lead us into a new role in support of the new public/private Ridgeway Partnership, of which Ian has become the first Chairman.
We are pleased to say that the Trustees will be considering at their next Meeting in July a very well experienced local candidate as Chairman. The post remains open until then, and any further nominations should be addressed to the Secretary, Jeff Goddard, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by post to him at 6 Darell Road, Caversham, Reading, RG4 7AY.
We are always looking for new members to join us to help preserve the spirit of The Ridgeway. Our annual membership rates and further information on joining can be found on our Join Us page. You will receive regular e-Newsletters with campaign updates, articles of general interest about The Ridgeway and news on recent publications. We also run a programme of interesting and informative events throughout the year. We are currently seeking volunteers to join the committee, as Trustees, and as Membership Secretary and as Engagement Secretary.
Our Christmas Newsletter includes news on the retirement of our Chairman and search for his successor as well as developments for the new Ridgeway Trail Partnership due to be in place April 2015.
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Thames Valley Police is appealing for information from farmers, landowners and other members of the public who use the Ridgeway between Streatley and Faringdon.
Greetings Cards and Postcards for Sale
We have a selection of beautiful and colourful greetings cards and postcards of Ridgeway and Avebury scenes from local artists Anna Dillon and Gus Mills. For further details, take at look at our Cards for Sale page.
The Friends of The Ridgeway is a registered charity (No 1107926) and we rely on the support of our members and from donations. We are working to extend The Ridgeway to Salisbury and onwards, as the Great Stones Way, and we need your help to do so.