We occasionally have ‘events‘ but mainly, we meet at 9am, on the third Sunday of each month, assembling in the car park of the Crown Inn Martley by kind permission of ARCC, before leaving to tackle the month’s footpath issues. These, in the winter months, roughly October to March/April involve ‘furniture’ work–bridges, gates, stiles, waymarks, fallen trees (though these occur at any time of the year), steps and so on. Rest of the year is a mad rush to try to beat the growth of vegetation. There are numerous gates and stiles to keep open, and around 10 miles of paths that require undergrowth clearance. The PONS are equipped with 4 or 5 brush cutters, three walk behind strimmers and all types of hand tools, and may soon have use of a mini tractor. Volunteers will be supplied with protective gear such as gloves, hi-vis wear, goggles and ear protectors, and a subsidy towards steel toed boots. County Council runs many different free, training courses.
Having said we rarely have ‘events’ indeed there IS one planned for Friday, March 17th at Crown Inn Martley. This is a wine and nibbles evening to attract new recruits. Many of our members have been loyal for years and that is the problem, we are all getting older. We would also like to expand our work to the adjoining parish IF we gather enough folk around us. The mission to keep paths open for all to enjoy, is we feel, very worthwhile, encouraging visitors to enjoy our wonderful outdoors as well as preserving these ancient rights of way on which you have as much right to be as on any public road.
Do join us!