Avon Area Ramblers

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Welcome back to Clevedon group

Clevedon group has re-joined Avon Area after being part of Somerset Area for the past 19 years (following the local government re-organisation which saw the end of the County of Avon). We welcome them back and wish them well in their 25th anniversary year.

Memorial Ceremony for David Waterstone

David Waterstone, onetime Chairman of Avon Area Ramblers passed away on 30th September 2014. David did an immense amount of work for the Ramblers both in administration, as Footpaths Secretary and in setting up the Path Wardens Scheme. A fuller appreciation can be found in the Spring 2015 edition of Avon Area News.

The Bath Group Path Wardens Team installed a plaque in his memory on the riverside footpath at Batheaston, a path which David was instrumental in saving. David’s widow, Sandra, unveiled the plaque on 13th March 2015 in a ceremony attended by some twenty Bath Group members. Tributes were paid by David Butterworth – Bath Path Wardens Team, John Robertson – Ranger for BaNES and Ron Phelps – Chairman of the Path Wardens Sub-Committee, to which Sandra graciously responded.

The gathering then walked “David’s Path” to the toll bridge and returned on the new path on the other side of the River.

 

Memorial plaque

The plaque in Welsh slate which has a resonance with David’s previous role as a highly regarded Chairman of the Welsh Development Agency.

 

John Robertson address the meeting

John Robertson address the meeting.

 

David Butterworth recalls working alongside David with the Bath Path Wardens Team.

David Butterworth recalls working alongside David with the Bath Path Wardens Team.

 

Sandra Waterstone thanks Bath Group members for their recognition of David’s contribution to the Ramblers.

Sandra Waterstone thanks Bath Group members for their recognition of David’s contribution to the Ramblers.

 

 The riverside location of David’s plaque.

The riverside location of David’s plaque.

 

Sandra unveils the plaque.

Sandra unveils the plaque.

 

 Members set off on the short memorial walk.

Members set off on the short memorial walk.

 

The walk passes the tollbooth at Batheaston.

The walk passes the tollbooth at Batheaston.

 

Ron Phelps March 2015