Rotawalk ’21, Sunday 12 September
The walk is over, and it was a great day. Nineteen charities came on the day, some in small and some in large groups. The u3a made a splash with its billboard and display, ably manned by John Sinclair and Jackie Rance.
Peter Horitz from the Archaeology group was kind enough to be my co-walker, together with Margaret Dennis from Dorking Museum. We started at the north end of Holmwood Common and walked four miles in 2½ hours, winding our way around the common, past Fourwents Pond and back again. The weather was fine, and 12 quiz questions along the route about Surrey and its history and natural history kept us on our toes! Refreshment stops were manned at regular intervals and people shared time in conversation and homemade goodies.
Although we were not there to raise money for the u3a I hope it raised awareness among our members of the extraordinary work done by the Patchworking Garden Project in Pixham Lane. It was good to network with lots of lovely people who take time out of their busy schedules to raise funds and fly the flag for their charities.
A year ago I was unable to walk to the local shop and back unaided due to a viral infection so, for me, it was a personal triumph. It would be good to have more support next year – after all, 2022 is the u3a’s 40th anniversary.
Beryl Sinclair (chair)