We are pleased to announce that the organisation of Bollington Walkers are Welcome has now been taken on by the Bridgend Centre.
Walkers are welcome is a nationwide initiative launched in 2007 to be ‘welcoming to walkers’. They have enabled the development of over 100 accredited Towns and Villages members to assist with their communities’ economic, physical, health and mental well-being through walking. Bollington has had Walkers are Welcome accreditation since 2013 and has been very ably administered by Sandra Edwards, Ivor Williams of Destination Bollington, Chris Brear and Sue Dale.
The Bollington WaW team were aware that this not sustainable in the long term if they wish to develop any further. Sandra Edwards who was instrumental in achieving and maintaining accreditation has recently decided that it is time for her to stand down. Sandra approached Becky at the Bridgend centre to ask if they would be prepared to take over hosting WaW as they are already a hub for walking activity locally. Following consultation with the Walking Festival committee, WaW are delighted that Becky has agreed to stand as Chair. Chris Brear and Sue Dale are willing to continue as Secretary and Treasurer to ensure continuity. We would like to thank Sandra for her enthusiasm in championing the cause of WaW. Thanks are also due to Ivor Williams for setting us on the path to accreditation and for his support as our Chair.
During the year the Bridgend Centre has launched an update of its ranges of walking trails, the Bridgend Heritage Trails and Bridgend Tree trails. These are now available as very attractive leaflets and also to download online. We also run weekly guided walks to encourage people to get out walking.
Looking ahead WaW have plans to launch a town walking trail linking the new Historic Plaques which are currently being installed by the Civic Society. The first plaque is already in place at Ingersley Vale mill and will soon be followed by another 10 to mark significant landmarks in our industrial heritage. They have also established a link with the new Public Rights of Way officer for Cheshire East and look forward to liaising with her on footpath issues.
Once the Covid restrictions are lifted we are confident that Bollington WaW can continue to thrive in its new home in the Bridgend.