WC Chair report from the WCEC meeting 24th September 2016
The following are notes from some of the items discussed at the WCEC meeting
last week in Cardiff.
Welsh Council Annual Meeting April 2017
Planning for this is in hand and Diane and Gwyn have agreed to manage this,
with Admin support from Cardiff office. Hopefully in the next couple of
weeks, I will be writing an update to all 2016 delegates, and will be
inviting suggestions for what people may like to see next year at Stackpole.
The feedback from Lampeter was generally positive so currently we are
planning on a similar format with not quite so much in the agenda for
September is normally the WCEC
meeting when budgets for the following year are formally accepted. This year
we seem to be a bit behind – the budgets have been formally approved by the
Trustees but breaking the overall figures out for Wales is not yet
available. This means that you will have no information on Area and Group
budgets for a few weeks.
The delay may be caused by having an interim CEO
and/or having a depleted staff in Cardiff.
With staff having left
Cardiff, Angela has taken another view of the ideal requirements, and
proposed (supported by WCEC), and has had approved, a core staff including a
full time person to work on Engagement and Communications. In my (limited)
experience, this is the first time we will have had such capacity, so
hopefully we can get better in this aspect.
By the way, did you like the
Ramblers Cymru Newsletter that came with the last Walk magazine? Did you see
it? If not, you are in good company as no one I have asked so far picked up
on it! :-)
A very big chunk of the
meeting was spent on the report produced by Kate McKabe on the status of
Areas in Wales. Many of you will have met and talked with Kate over the last
6 months as she has been going around Wales.
I had a similar presentation
the previous Saturday at the Board of Trustees meeting, the report being on
the whole of GB.
Both reports paint a picture that we all could have
guessed – that we have some good Areas and some less good Areas, and
although Groups weren't surveyed, that some Groups are doing really good
things, and some are doing not much more than organising walks.
and WCEC have set up sub groups to work out “what next”. And because I feel
VERY strongly that we need to do more to support volunteers, I have
volunteered on both sub groups.
It is very early days, but if I was
forced to predict, I cannot imagine anything coming out like the proposals
in the Governance review that was rejected at the General Council meeting in
York this year. And there is a strong feeling at board level that we should
be trialling any proposed changes and learning before trying to roll out any
changes, rather than “sitting in a room” and coming to decisions.
always, in Wales, we can decide for ourselves what we want to do (although
dramatic differences from GB as a whole might require BoT approval).
It may or may not be relevant to the previous item,
but it would be good to know when your AGMs are. Personally, I would like to
attend those I can – it is an opportunity to meet more of you, and it is
always a pleasure meeting members. It would be good to have a member of WCEC
and/or a Trustee at all AGMs, to show a bit more of Ramblers as a whole, and
also to try to answer any questions about the whole organisation.
Big Welsh Walk 2017
I only know very brief details of
this, but an event is being planned, and the date is fixed as Saturday 6th
May 2017. I particularly asked for this as the North Wales Area walks
programme for January to June next year is being brought to a conclusion
over the next few weeks, and it would be good to have the date in our
You may also be in the process of planning your programme for
Best wishes from myself and the WCEC team.
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