The first half of November has been a busy time for the West Tyrone Ramblers . First up , was a well attended AGM , held at the SilverBirch Hotel. Secretary Anne McCullagh give an account of the busy year the group have had , in this , it’s 25th anniversary year, including a Civic Reception at the council and a trip to the Lake District. Outgoing Treasurer Tony McGarvey give a detailed account of the Club’s Financial activities of the year. Chairman Ian Cathcart gave thanks to Tony for his service and also Walks Manager Brian McGarvey who steps down after coordinating 3 years of a wonderful varied walking programme that took the club to a new level.. Praise was also given to John Templeton who steps down as Vice Chairman , John did a lot of work in the background in the year for the Anniversary celebrations.

Despite the inclement weather that caused one member to suggest the group rename themselves the Wet Tyrone Ramblers numbers remain good for the rambles A trip to Belfast to enjoy Belvoir Forest and Lagan Meadows was followed by a first visit by the club to the wonderful Benburb Valley. Walking along a rapid Blackwater River, popular with canoeists , the Ramblers enjoyed views of old Mills , the Castle and the Priory.

Focus now switches to the 25th Anniversary Dinner and Book Launch of the Club’s History at the SilverBirch Hotel on December 4th.