Brindle Community Hall

Brindle Cuckoo Walks – 2012 Report






After a week of mixed weather with quite heavy showers, we were extremely lucky to have a prolonged break in the clouds and some bright sunshine for this year’s event.

This meant that the 195 walkers who set out from Brindle Community Hall walked in good weather and returned completely dry. Conditions under foot were not exactly ideal and walkers were advised to take extra care (though I understand the children didn’t find the mud to be too much of a problem!).

The 6 and 9 mile routes proved the most popular distances with about 60 walkers on each and there were about 30 on the 3 mile route including several family groups with youngsters. The 12 mile route had some 40 walkers and went out to Withnell Moors, reaching the summit of Great Hill. It included two boys, 9 and 10 years, who were doing this route for the second time.

Unfortunately, the 24 mile route was cancelled due to low uptake, as the date had clashed with other long distance events. We are going to look at the possibility of running a stand alone 24 mile trail, perhaps to be held in the autumn. So, watch this space!

There was a team of 16 or so helpers (including stewards, registrars, walk leaders and sweepers, and refreshment stop staff), who were very important in ensuring the success of the event and I would like to thank them for all their support and assistance on the day and in the run up to the walks too. I am very grateful to and thank the catering ladies, particularly Susan and Stephanie, who once more planned and delivered excellent refreshments for the ‘brew stops’ and in the Hall where all the walkers returned to a hot lunch. Thank you to everyone who made such a wide selection of cakes, pies and other desserts for these.

There was also a very well supported raffle. Thanks are due to Eileen and team, for running this and to everyone who provided the excellent prizes to make it so successful.

As well as having a very enjoyable day, we were also able to make a substantial profit (including the proceeds from the raffle) and I am pleased to report that, after expenses, we will be able to make donations of £450 to both ‘Derian House Children’s Hospice’ and ‘St James’ 60/60 Restoration Fund’. So thank you to everyone who participated in any way for your generous support.

Next year we will be celebrating the 10th Brindle Cuckoo Walks and they are likely to be held on Saturday 13th or 20th April. The walks are an extremely friendly and happy community event which are much valued and appreciated by all who attend. If you weren’t able to participate this year I commend them to you and hope that you might like to join us on next year’s special occasion.

We’ll look forward to seeing you.

Eric Hindle
25th April 2012

l
BRINDLE CUCKOO WALKS
2015 REPORT

The 12th annual Cuckoo Walks took place on 18th April and once again we were blessed with good weather. There was glorious sunshine and a cool breeze which made for ideal walking conditions. There were 188 walkers in total and as usual the 6 and 9 mile routes proved the most popular distances. There were over 40 people on the 3 mile route including several family groups with youngsters and at least three babies carried in back packs! The 12 mile route (covering 12.7 miles) had 24 walkers and included a nine year old girl who arrived back first!

There was a team of 16 or so helpers (including stewards, registrars, walk leaders and sweepers, and refreshment stop staff), who were very important in ensuring the success of the event and I would like to thank them for all their support and assistance on the day and in the run up to the walks too. I am very grateful to and thank the catering ladies, particularly Susan and Stephanie, who once more planned and delivered excellent refreshments for the ‘brew stops’ and in the Hall where all the walkers returned to a hot lunch. Thank you to everyone who made such a wide selection of cakes, pies and other desserts.

There was also a very well supported raffle, for which tickets are sold before the walkers set out, which in itself raised £320. Thanks are due to Eileen and team, for running this and to everyone who provided the excellent prizes to make it so successful.

As well as having a very enjoyable day in great weather, we were also able to make a substantial profit (including the proceeds from the raffle) and I am pleased to report that we expect to be able to donate around £500 each (figure at time of writing to be confirmed) to the Gregson Green Development appeal and towards the purchase of the first defibrillator for the village centre. So thank you to everyone who participated in any way for your generous support.

The walks are an extremely friendly and happy community event which are much valued and appreciated by all who attend and walkers return year after year. If you weren’t able to attend this time I commend them to you and hope that you might like to join us next year. We’ll look forward to seeing you in April 2016.

Eric Hindle, April 2015