Next SYNED Area Ramblers Meeting 6th February 2017 - ACROW 6.30pm Area Council 7.30pm
Area Agenda
ACROW Agenda
17.02 AGM Draft Minutes

November 2016 Minutes 

Tribute to Roy Cannon

We are sad to report the recent death of Roy Cannon at the age of 95.

Like so many of us, it was Roy’s love of the countryside that brought him into the Ramblers. He was a member of Chesterfield and North-East Derbyshire Group and then of Bolsover Group.

Roy reacted angrily to injustice. It infuriated him that the simple act of walking over open land was often denied at the whim of the owner and for no other reason, or that someone might ignore the law and obstruct a public footpath, or that characteristic features such as hedgerows could be wilfully destroyed.

However, he was not a man to sit back; he fought back with letters of complaint, petitions, and publicity rallies. Roy was a determined campaigner.

In the 1980’s Roy became Area Chairman and formed a good working partnership with his colleagues. He encouraged younger members of the committee, of which I was one, and was most efficient in the role. He was a superb technical chairman. It may seem of small importance that he understood constitutional procedures, but he was proud of this skill and enjoyed exercising it was something he had learned from attending courses. I think that to Roy this was the opposite of injustice; it was fair play, for when everyone worked to the same rules, then everyone had equal opportunity. This was an essential value in his life.

Roy wanted as many people as possible to enjoy the countryside as he did, and to work together to care for it and the opportunities it offered, so he was also an active walks leader and supporter of local Groups. Along with Norman Mason, he started the Wednesday Walkers in Chesterfield in 1983. He was instrumental in forming the Bolsover Group (which has now closed as a separate group) and helped to form others in Barnsley and Penistone, Rotherham, and Dearne Valley.

In recognition of his work and dedication Roy was honoured as the Area President in 1993 and 1994, and has been a Vice-President ever since then.

Roy Cannon was a considerate easy friend and colleague. I will always remember that broad, knowing smile and the twinkle in his eye when he thought we had achieved success or shared a special memory. He could tell a good tale, often against himself and possessed an infectious sense of humour.

This was the Roy I knew, the Roy that I will miss, the Roy that I thank for helping me in so many ways, the Roy who did so much for which the Ramblers can be grateful. We send our condolence to Margery and her family at this difficult time

Cath MacKay


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    The GHB Ward Commemorative Walk: Holmesfield to Longshaw Circular

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South Yorkshire and NE Derbyshire are unique in having such glorious countryside on our doorsteps so easily accessible for everyone to enjoy.  Why not join one of our group's walks and see for yourself! 

Carl Wark - South Yorkshire (above) and Milthorpe Ford
NE Derbyshire (left). Maps and directions for walks in these areas and many others throughout Britain can be found on the Ramblers website. Simply 
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Jack Burling of the Ramblers would like anyone who has walked in Norwood, to contact him regarding which footpaths they have used.  Please contact:
Jack Burling - 0114 236 0462 or email

KINDER TRESPASS 2017........
The event is at Edale Village Hall, at 2pm on Saturday, 22nd April, 2017

This year marks the 85th anniversary of the Mass Trespass and the theme of the conference will be the work being done buy the National Trust and others in the re-wetting and re-wilding of Kinder Scout.

It is also hoped that the launch of a book 'Clarion Call', which consists of some wonderful old photos of Clarion Ramblers' members, and items on the early development of walking in our area, will be launched at this event.


Roll Smith reports ...
  Kinder Trespass                 
  Alan Edwards and Jan Gillet 
unveil the commemorative plaque
which will be placed on the outside wall of the Royal Hotel

Cary Davis
   'A sense of Space a sense of Place'