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MT05 Welcome

Making the Most of Michaelmas with

Oxford University Walking Club

Hello m'dears - welcome back after the long vacation to all those familiar faces and a very warm welcome to those joining us this term! And it looks set to be a brilliant one - whether you want to pound those paths, stretch your legs on a quiet countryside amble or just kick back for an evening at a social, there's something for everyone. Just get involved!

This term we have four fantastic weekend trips. The first sees the club going to Dartmoor with Christopher and Bruno to ease everyone back into action and enjoy the start of the crisp autumn season. Next Andrew and Dom will be "Peak Bagging" in scenic Snowdonia to provide the club's more avid walkers with a challenge, and at the end of week 5 Per and Bianca are off to one of the prettiest areas of the country, the Lake District. The last trip of the term is the Cornwall BIG trip, with James leading his intrepid group around his home county.

Of course not everyone can get away for a whole weekend, so why not escape on one of our three minibus trips? The first will be to the Vale of Neath, which has never before been attempted by the club, but which will undoubtedly be conquered by Bianca and Zing! Or if you prefer the seaside, join Christopher on his jaunt to the South Coast, which is bound to provide much fun and frolics. The last day trip will see Matty off to the old favourite, Long Mynd in Wales, to finish off the term.

As ever, there will be local walks every Saturday and Sunday during term time, exploring Oxford and its environs - for each of these trips you can just turn up on the day, and you don't even have to be a member, so why not bring a friend?

This term our social secretary, Sarah, has put together some amazing events to help everyone unwind. At the end of 6th week, we'll have our annual Ceilidh! Come dancing to the music of the "Mouse and Trousers" (please note, dancing ability is not necessary - certainly your president has none so come and have a laugh at her expense at nothing else!) We've got plenty more to keep you busy - if you like your ales, why not take a tour of the Wychwood Brewery, or if you prefer an evening of light-hearted humour, come along to the Film Night where we'll be showing The Emperor's New Groove. And for all those sweet teeth out there, we're having a pudding party! Come join fellow OUWC-ites for all these and more...

Finally, none of this could happen without volunteers to lead walks, drivers and the commitee - thank you to all those who have done something for the club. We're always looking for people to help, so if you think you can spare an hour or two a week, please do consider joining the committee or leading a walk - just drop me a line if you're interested...

Amy Schou

OUWC President, Michaelmas Term 2005