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Welcome (Michaelmas 2007)

Hello everybody and welcome back after the long vacation to all those returning to Oxford, and a very warm welcome to all those joining us this term!

To start off the term we've got Freshers Local Walks at the start of 1st week (see here) followed by Free Tea on Wednesday of 1st week where you can sign up for the trips with a pub meet afterwards. We're also trying something new this year: a 'Freshers Meet' for freshers and other new members in the Brecon Beacons.

We're also introduced Trip Organisers this term -- these are the people organising the trips and should be your first point of contact. The Trip Leaders are still responsible for safety and the walks. It'd be great if everybody can get involved with the trips and help out with planning and carrying out walks, shopping, cooking,...

There are four other fantastic Weekend Trips this term: Andrew and Fred head for the North York Moors. Next we have Rob and Dave going peak bagging while camping in Snowdonia followed by Dave and Chris in the Cumbrian Fells. Zing and I round off the term by visiting the North Devon Coast.

Don't worry if you can't take the whole weekend off, we have a couple of Minibus Day Trips that allow you to escape from Oxford for the day. Zing is going to the Black Mountains and I'm exploring Cannock Chase -- a new area for the Club.

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. You don't even have to be a member so why not bring a friend? A perfect opportunity to get out for the day. There's also a Navigation Day/Local Walk, a chance to learn or brush up on some basic navigation skills.

Helen has put together a packed Social Schedule this term. The highlight is the annual Ceilidh at the end of 7th week. Come dancing to the music of the "Mouse and Trousers". (Please note, dancing ability is not necessary as will be demonstrated by the Committee!)

Finally, none of this could happen without volunteers to lead local walks and trips, organise trips, minibus drivers and the committee. 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 (president(a)ouwc.org). Here's to another great term! I look forward to seeing you all at a local walk, trip, or social.

Christopher Thomas
OUWC President MT07