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Welcome (Michaelmas 2014)

A very warm welcome to the new academic year with OUWC. We've got some exciting looking Weekend Trips and Minibus Day Trips lined up this term, in addition to our ever-popular Local Walks programme. To top it all off we have a fantastic line up of socials (including the annual Ceilidh later in term), which will be available to view on the website soon.

I look forward to seeing many of you at the Fresher's Walk along Port Meadow, exploring the wilder side of Oxford and hopefully some nice ruins and churches, with a long mid-way stop at a lovely riverside pub. Put it in your calendars - the afternoon of Sunday of 1st week, 12 October – leaving from 2pm at Trinity Gates, Broad St.

We will be meeting each Wednesday for a visit to the Royal Oak pub (usually from 9pm), so if you have any questions, or just want to come along and enjoy a drink with your fellow walkers, please do come along.

I would also like to take this opportunity to encourage everyone – old and new – to really get involved with the Club this term. If you are interested in the minibus trips, get involved in helping out on one, and consider organising one next term. You don't need to be able to lead or drive, just have an idea for a location and time. We often team new organisers with more experienced members of the Club to ensure the organisation goes smoothly. If you're over 21 and able to drive, consider taking the minibus test! Both these activities can earn you a free spot on trips. And last but not least, think of joining the Committee at the TGM towards the end of term.

Having said all that, the Club is mostly about the love of outdoor pursuits and connecting like-minded people. If you feel like going for a walk, or want to organise a further away trip but lack company, you can use our Facebook page, the walking-general mailing list or the private trips page on this website to find people interested in joining you. Also remember, you can borrow equipment from the Club free of charge – contact me () or the Quartermaster () to arrange that.

James Neuhaus, OUWC President, MT14