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An impressive AGM on Portland

It was an impressive turn out for our AGM on the Isle of Portland last month. Thanks to everyone who came along. We were truly humbled by your support and inspired yet again by some of your amazing stories about walking and completing the entire South West Coast Path. All the experiences were different but one thing you all have in common is that it was a life changing and life affirming experience.

Congratulations once again to all those who came with their Completers certificates for the official presentation.

It was wonderful to meet many of you face to face and some of you brought along your well-worn guide books and scrap books of your journey, including Tommy and Helen Horton's immaculately presented journals (pictured).

Our guest speaker, Dr James Lovelock was an entertaining speaker as he spoke in conversation with our Trustee and newly elected Vice-Chairman Dr. Peter Scupholme. Peter replaces Ken Carter who is now the chairman having taken over after Andrew Lack stepped down at the AGM. Andrew stays on as Hon. Secretary.

The following day, there was a great turn out for the guided walk with Area rep and Portland Marine Officer Andy Straw. Thanks again to all those who stayed on to enjoy this stunning walk along the Coast Path.

It was a great weekend for walking the Coast Path all round, and we were pleased to hear from Gareth Lawless and Clare Bullimore about what they got up to the next day, as they climbed to the top of Golden Cap. We have recently shared their completer's story on our blog as part of a new blogger of the month feature for members.

If you're currently walking the Coast Path and would like to share your story with us, you could become our blogger of the month and win one of 5 A-Z maps on the Coast Path of your choice. Email Alex Green at this address: [email protected] and let her know when you will be walking the Coast Path if you're interested in blogging about it.

As some of you said at the AGM, the hardest part about walking the Coast Path is getting started sometimes. But once you start, it's difficult to stop. Good advice for anyone hoping to walk the Coast Path in future.

We look forward to welcoming many more of you at next year’s AGM.

Published on: May 31, 2016