Key Features

  1. Footloose has a website which is maintained regularly by a Committee Member and which all interested in the Group should look at. It contains the Constitution, current Walks Programme, Responsibilities, Key Features, social events, recent photographs, the latest Newsletter and so on.
  2. Constitution and Committee to be updated annually with elections as needed. The current Constitution and names of Committee members are to be found on the website.
  3. An AGM is held at the end November or early December. It is combined with a walk and a seasonal meal, and serves also as one of the quarterly Planning Meetings. A Chairman and Committee are elected at these meetings, in accordance with the Constitution
  4. A quarterly Newsletter is distributed by e-mail concurrently with the Walks Programme, containing news of any planned events and notes on recent activities.
  5. Membership of Footloose runs from January to December each year and costs £5.00. Anyone joining after the end of August onwards, will have his or her membership carried forward into the following year. Prospective new members are entitled to attend up to three walks to see how they fit with the group, before being urged to join formally and pay the relevant subscription.
  6. The yearly membership fee is kept as low as possible and its primary purpose is to pay the Group’s Public Liability Insurance premium. As a voluntary grouping we are not required to have our accounts audited, but the financial position will be outlined each year at the AGM. Those interested in further detail may contact the Treasurer/Membership Secretary.
  7. Walks and Social Planning Meetings are normally held in a pub in the evenings. They are social and informal and are at the heart of Footloose activities. They are often combined with Committee meetings. The quarterly Walks Programme is subsequently e-mailed to all members. Members are urged to take part in the Planning Meetings and encouraged to submit walks, acting as Leaders for the walks they propose.
  8. Walks take place on most Sundays but some shorter evening walks in the summer months may also be featured. We endeavour to provide a mix of easier walks (7-8 miles) and harder walks, in which ascents, descents and mileage provide the grading.
  9. As a group of individuals, we agree to take full responsibility for ourselves and our equipment, on any walks or social activity we choose to participate in. Footloose maintains Public Liability Insurance for possible third party claims against us, but the Walking Group accepts no liability whatsoever for the personal safety of individuals, or the consequences of any incident or accident that may occur.
  10. Footloose is an ‘open’ group and welcomes new and guest walkers. On occasion, we may be asked to accept guests who are disabled or partially sighted. Before an acceptance is given, the matter must be referred to the Committee, as under the terms of our Insurance Policy, the Chairman is ultimately responsible for all safety matters. The Committee will then decide whether, or how, these guests can be accommodated.
  11. Following a vote at the 2016 AGM, the Committee has agreed to circulate full membership contact details to current group Members. Any member not wishing to have these details circulated, should contact the Membership Secretary, currently Norman French, in writing. Please note, it is stressed that membership details will never be divulged to any person or organisation outwith Footloose Walking Group.
  12. Please see the attached list of responsibilities of members, which are reflected in the Disclaimer Note that must be signed annually with the Subscription Renewal Form.