|MANY CONGRATULATIONS |
I would like to congratulate everyone who took part in the Walk Round Britain for Sebastian’s Action Trust. Collectively walking over four thousand miles and raising over £2000 for the Trust is a truly magnificent achievement. The walk gave me and I am sure many others a real purpose to get out of the house and appreciate the beauty of our countryside while benefitting from daily exercise. It was my first visit to John O’Groats and several other places around the country. Having spent my formative years in East Anglia, places such as Hunstanton brought back fond childhood memories. Team French included grandson Owen who turned three months old a few days ago, and Margaret and I as part of the family support bubble got great pleasure in pushing him around the local footpaths. His brothers, Euan and William, ran hither and yon in the local parks and certainly helped our mileage count. The photographs of the local area highlighted what a lovely part of the country we live in. This was a superb team effort by choir members and their families and everyone should be proud of their walking achievement and the benefit our endeavour will bring to the exceptional work of Sebastian’s Action Trust.
I am sure you will all join me in thanking Hazel and many others who kept us up to date through the Choir’s web site.
Many Congratulations all round.
What an achievement!
A simple idea on a gloomy Monday evening late in February when it was suggested to use our allowed daily exercise and Make March Matter Walking Great Britain for our chosen charity ‘Sebastian’s Action Trust’.
Who could have thought where this would lead us? Our intended 972 miles or so just grew and grew and after 31 days of walking covered over 4,000 miles.
My sincere thanks go to all who have supported us either by walking or with donations and sponsorship. There were 60 or so walkers, friends and family members from all over the country. The enthusiasm to clock up the miles, taking us through beautiful parts of the country both far and near, sending in photos too, was most encouraging. We linked up virtually on zoom with choirs along the way renewing old friendships. We pushed babies in prams, exercised the grandchildren, walked within our bubbles and discovered walks of natural beauty within our local areas.
Hazel has spent many hours keeping the website up to date week by week of where we have travelled. Thanks to her and the team who supported her in this.
Basingstoke Ladies Choir may not have been singing in concert since December 2019 but has much to be proud of, raising over £2000 for the charity.
I must also add a very special thanks to the Mayor, Councillor Diane Taylor and her Consort Andy Taylor who met us at the Memorial park by the Council Offices and welcomed members of the choir back from their virtual walk on Wednesday 31st March. Donations can still be made here on our website.
Thank you to all for your support and generosity to help provide emotional, social and practical care for life-limited and life-threatened children and their families.
A THANK YOU from our VICE-CHAIRMAN
Listen here for the message from Margaret French
|At the end of last week we reached the outskirts of Scarborough having walked in excess of 3,000 miles over the last 4 weeks! A bright sunny start to the final 3 days. Wouldn't it be lovely if we really were sitting overlooking Scarborough beach as Margaret was back in 2019! |
Nevertheless, our walks around Basingstoke and beyond have taken us to many beautiful and unusual places as the photos show. We have discovered new walks, perhaps pushed ourselves just that little bit more or been surprised at how far we actually walk in our normal daily routine.
We have walkers around the country joining us and has been good to get their photos of the areas where they have been walking.
Leaving Scarborough we went further north along the coast to Jarrow then headed inland working our way west and south to the Yorkshire Dales. We meandered through many small villages and towns including Skipton, Haworth and Hebden Bridge. Continuing south we explored the Peak District, through Holmfirth, Eyam and Bakewell.
Although Great Britain is a relatively small country the landscape is very varied and there are some really beautiful places.
Avoiding the large towns we walked on towards Oxford from where we headed to Winchester, the first capital of England back in Roman times. From here it was just a short distance back to Carnival Hall in Basingstoke.
The Mayor, Cllr Diane Taylor and her Consort, Andy Taylor met us at Memorial Park by the Council Offices and welcomed us back.
31 days of walking; around 60 walkers of all ages covering 4,124.87 miles; £1,805 raised for Sebastian's Action Trust with more still to come.
From all of us in Basingstoke Ladies' Choir to all our walkers and to everyone who has supported us with donations and sponsorship, many, many thanks.
Do take a look at all the lovely photos that have been sent in.
|A rainy start to our 4th week but our walkers are still covering plenty of distance. As we left the South West Peninsular we were able to meet up with Barnstaple Male Voice Choir. We visited them back in 2016. It was great to catch up with them. Like us, they have been meeting regularly on Zoom for social interaction. We had a lively chat session, exchanging news about the events we had been doing and how the choirs operated. We definitely gleaned a few ideas from them too for the future. Thank you! The photo below was taken when we visited in 2016. The choir celebrated their centenary in 2019 and you can see a photo taken at their Centenary Concert if you go to the week 4 photos.|
We are now into East Anglia walking round the Norfolk coast and it won't be long before we are on the homeward stretch.
Thank you so much to everyone who is donating. As you can see we are not far off now in reaching our target. Looks like being a sunny week so we will enjoy our walking all the more.
Donations Registration Photos
|Our third week and we have already completed our walk around Wales, from Cardigan to the tip of the Pembrokeshire coast, then on through Cardiff. After walking along the Severn Estuary into Gloucestershire, we reached Prestbury, just outside Cheltenham. here we were able to meet Prestbury St Mary's Choir and have a lovely Zoom chat with them. Prestbury is very near the racecourse so as well as chatting about both choirs we were able to catch up with what was happening at the races! Like us, they have a weekly Zoom chat on their rehearsal night. They are just a small choir who sing for the Sunday services but like us they enjoy the occasional social get-togethers and usually meet up at their local pub, The Plough, after services.|
It was a slow start to the week covering just under 300 miles but we have had a very active second half to the week with 891 miles being logged! Even though we have passed Devon and Cornwall we are still going to try and meet up with the choirs we have visited there.
Did you see Margaret on Friday evening on That's TV? It was an excellent promotion of our walk. If you missed it, we are hoping you will be able to watch it soon on their FaceBook page. Definitely worth watching.
We have now just gone through the Dartford Tunnel and are heading for the east coast into East Anglia.
Did you see Margaret on Friday evening on That's TV? It was an excellent promotion of our walk. If you missed it you will be able to watch it soon on their FaceBook page. Definitely worth watching.
Many thanks for the donations that have come in. We are slowly creeping up to our new target of £1500.
Donations Registration Photos
|We probably won't walk so far this week, we said, as the weather forecast is set for many windy and rainy days. Wrong! Our walkers have been out despite the weather and logged just over 600 miles! So, we walked from the north of Scotland, through Glasgow, back into England, striding through the beautiful Lake District and onto Warrington where we headed further west into Wales. We have now walked around the coast of Wales to just outside of Cardigan. Everyone is doing exceptionally well. Tell your friends and families how well we are doing. |
We are very grateful for all the donations we have received and as we have nearly reached our £1000 target, we have decided to increase it to £1500, feeling confident that we can achieve it.
It's great to see where people have walked so do keep sending in your photos. Next week looks like being a good week for walking.
Donations Registration Photos
|It's been an amazing first week and we are delighted with the enthusiasm of everyone taking part whether walking or following us. We never thought we would cover the miles quite so quickly so we have extended the walk to take in John O' Groats and part of the west coast of Scotland. In our first week we walked 783 miles collectively. We have gone past two of our Capitals, London and Edinburgh and towards the end of the week we stormed through John O'Groats and we are well on the way to Fort William.|
Take a look at our Photos to see some of the lovely places we have been to on our virtual walk so far.
Our aim is to raise at least £1000 in sponsorship and donations. Watch the thermometer to see how we are doing. If you would like to support us, please go to our donations page where we have a 'pot' specially for the walk. There is the facility to gift aid your donation too if you are able. Donations can also be made via our Just Giving page.
There is still time to join in with our walk, We are asking for a small registration fee of £2 per individual or £5 per family. Please go to our Registration page if you would like to walk with us. (Don't worry if it looks like you are buying tickets! There is no need to print them) If you can get some sponsorship too, that would be great.
Many thanks to all who have registered to join our walk or made donations especially all those who are not BLC members. We really appreciate your support.
Walkers, we are updating our progress twice a week so please log miles/steps on Thursday and Sunday evenings by 9pm by sending them to Hazel, email@example.com.
|As we were unable to raise money through concerts last year we decided to do a virtual walk around Great Britain from Capital to Capital and raise money through sponsorship for Sebastian’s Action Trust. They do amazing work supporting families of seriously ill children, walking alongside them from diagnosis, through treatment and beyond.They provide emotional, practical and social support to more than 600 families. Please help us to help them. It would be great to see as many people as possible walking alongside us. No need to be a member.|
Starting from our rehearsal venue, Carnival Hall in Basingstoke we travel to London, a distance of approximately 51 miles. We hope to visit a choir in the city before travelling north to Edinburgh, 414 miles. After visiting a Scottish choir, we continue our journey to Wales, a slightly shorter distance of 393 miles. There we hope to meet up with a Welsh choir in Cardiff. The last leg of our journey back to Carnival Hall is 114 miles. In total we will collectively walk 972 miles.
Not a walker or prefer ‘Steps’? - That is fine. 2000 steps equates to 1 mile
Not a ‘Stepper’? Even walking round the house and garden can add up. Don’t forget walks to the post box or local shops. All small distances but they all count. Got a bike? Pedal a few miles for us. Or if you are not able to join the walk, perhaps you could sponsor us.
Walkers, we will update our distances as we go. You can send you miles in to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please make sure this is by 9pm on Thursdays and Sundays each week as this is when we will be reporting on the miles covered so far.
We have the month of March to complete the walk.
We are asking for a small registration fee of £2 per individual or £5 per family. Please go to our registration page if you would like to walk with us (Don't worry that it looks like you are buying tickets! There is no need to print them) If you can get some sponsorship too, that would be great.
Unable to join the walk but would like to support? Go to our Donations page if you would like to make a donation. We have a 'pot' specially for the walk. There is the facility to gift aid your donation too if you are able. Donations can also be made via our Just Giving page.
At the end of every week we will let everyone know how we are doing and where we are on our route, so keep checking back here.
Take some photos on your journeys and you can upload them on World Walking or send them to me, email@example.com and I can upload them for you. We have a gallery here on our own website. Take a look.
Enjoy the walk.