Routes P and M Cleared

Work parties Sunday 13th August – John and Yvonne cleared overhanging branches, brambles etc. from route P Prescott over the river and Chris and Jo did similar on the top half of the main Hill Houses route up onto the common.  Also thanks to Jon for trying his best to join the work parties.

Over the last 3 weeks we have completed approaching 100 hrs of voluntary work on the bridleways. Something we can use to try to get help from the council towards larger projects. We will be chasing them.

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Work Parties Sunday 13th August 2017

A small work party is meeting to do some clearance work on Detton Bridleway. Contact John for details. 01746 718652.

Jo and Chris will be doing some clearance work on Hill Houses. Contact Chris 01299 270514

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Work Party 6th August 2017 – Great Job Done

Many thanks to John, James, Olwen, Izzie, Kate, Yvonne, Steve, Corrine,  Kay, Pippa, Sally, Alan, Sandra and John for the work on clearing Route R – Titford Bridge. Again a great turn out and the route is now much easier to use.

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Route R – Titford Bridge (Detton to Neen Savage) – Thank you

Rode the Titford bridge this afternoon after the work party had done their stuff. Excellent! This is one of our longer routes and makes a lovely and interesting ride.   The bridge could be a bit of a challenge but so long as you are sensible (dismount) and take your time the horses don’t seem to mind. There are helpful lengths of rope to close the gates behind you.  I did clear back the nettles from the gate onto the road at Detton which is a bit narrow so take care. Also the gate by Keepers Cottage has a large log under so your horse needs to be happy stepping over this. There is a great opportunity for a relatively safe fast canter all the way from the river crossing up towards the road at Detton.

Pictures below showing the path that has been cleared (a long stretch and now so much easier to use), the stoned section we did a couple of years ago is holding up well. Shows the long term value of what we do and doing a job well. The bridge and mounting blocks which have been cleared (each end) although the mounting blocks were obviously put in by a non-rider as the steps are the wrong way round for mounting the normal way.

Many thanks to the work party today for making this route such a pleasure to use.

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Work Party Sunday 6th August 10am – Please come and help. Tittford Bridge – Keepers Cottage

Your help needed for a bridleway clearance work party on Sunday 6th August, Tittford Bridge – Keepers Cottage bridleway. This is a lovely route but has got overgrown in parts.

Meet at  Olwen’s (Reaside Farm, Neen Savage, DY14 8ES) at 10am. Please try to come along to help as we saw last week that many hands soon get the work done for the benefit of all. Bring equipment suitable for clearance work.

Any questions contact John Sutton – 01746 718652.

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Work Party – 30th July – Good Job Done

We had a very good turn out on Sunday for the clearance work party.

Thanks to John, Gill, Steve, Yvonne, Sally, Alan, John, Sandra, Jackie, Clare, Arthur, Chris, Jo.  It is amazing what can be achieved in a short time if enough people get together.  It only took an hour and a half  and we had cleared back the overgrown path and hedges for the full length of the bridleway opening it up and hopefully spreading the wear. This is a lovely path and well worth using. The lanes are very quiet to make a nice round route.

Also thanks to Yvonne for the invite back for Coffee and biscuits.

We hope to hold work parties on next 2 Sundays. Sunday 6th we are probably going to have a clearance party on Keepers Cottage to Tittford Bridge route. Sunday 13th will probably be Catherton Common and Hill Houses to clear back gorse and overhanging branches etc.

Will post details but please let John or Chris know if you can come along and help.

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Meeting 26th July 2017

Attendees: John , Chris, Pete, Louise, Yvonne, Steve, Sally, Alan

Apologies: Clare, Kay, Gill, Paula, Gill, Sandra, Jackie, Corinne


Detton – Prescott – Has been opened up with hedge cutter and some large stone put down in worst of holes. Now needs some small stone on top and ditch clearing in wood down to stream.

Action : John to keep chasing Council for stone.

Hinton – Urgently needs a clearance party as is very overgrown.

Action: Work party (see below)

Hill Houses – Not too bad but could do with overhanging branches cleared

Action: Work party (see below)

Nunnery – Could do with some drainage/improvement work near bottom. Still have option to get small amount of match funding from Hopton Parish council. If we can get some stone from council we could look at this.

Action : All to monitor and feedback

Walters Lane – Council started work. Waiting for digger to become available to order stone and finish work. They have promised to do this soon. Route has recently been damaged by 4×4’s . Only answer is to make up route with stone so that it becomes less of a “play ground” for inconsiderate off road users.

Action: Monitor and chase council if no progress in next few weeks

Top of Crammer Gutter Field – Still waiting for guidelines from Carl Pickup (SWT) on how they want the drainage to be done. (has been chased on a number of occasions). This has been dragging on for nearly 12mths and needs to be sorted before winter.

Action: Chris to chase SWT again and explain that P3 group not prepared to wait any longer to make this bridleway usable.

Titford Bridge – Needs some clearance work

Factory Lane to Detton-Prescott – Route by gate still gets very muddy and could do with some work.

Action: John to speak to new owners when he gets a chance to discuss how to improve this.

Green Shropshire Exchange Grant

Grant of upto £500 available. We might be eligible but need application in by end August.

Action: Louise to investigate and if looks an option contact John, Chris and Clare to look at submitting an application for Crammer Gutter project.

General Publicity and Awareness

Clare is working on a poster we can use to publicise our work. We should also make sure we put up a Clee View Bridleway Group did this poster when we do a work party.

Action: Clare to circulate poster which people can use to promote our work

Action: Chris to get some “we did this” posters done to put up on routes we work on

Work Parties

We agreed to run a work party on the next 3 consecutive Sundays starting at 10am

Sunday 30th July – A – Hinton route. Meet at Hinton end

Sunday 6th August – Will agree on which routes when people have notified us of availability

Sunday 13th August- Will agree on which routes when people have notified us of availability

Routes  to be covered are –

A – Hinton – General clearance

M – Hill Houses (clear overhanging branches etc.) and K – Catherton Common (clear back gorse and widen route across common from road to 3 springs

Y – Cleeton to Clee Hill – Sign Posts

R – Tittford Bridge – Clearance

Action: Chris to email all and ask that they support at least one work party and let him know which dates they can help and coordinate with John.

Fund Raising

Agreed to hold a fun quiz late Autumn similar to other years

Next Meeting

September to organise Quiz. Meeting date to be agreed closer to time.


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Meeting Tuesday 25th July 7:30 John’s

We plan to hold a meeting on Tuesday 25th July 7:30pm at John’s.

Items to discuss include work parties and some much needed clearance work as well as plans for any major projects this year and possible fund raising events.

RSVP to John or myself (Chris) please.

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2017 AGM – 29th March 2017


John Sutton (Chairman), Chris & Jo Bargman, Kay Matthews, Clare Ratcliff, Beverley Taylor, Corinne Griffiths, Jackie Knight, Sally and Alan Barnaby, Paula Porter, Gill Eyre, Jon Nock, Sandra Wright


Yvonne Jones, Steve Jones, Pete Brown, Louise Killey, Olwen Law

Previous Minutes (see website):

These were approved by all attendees

Chairman’s Report:

Improvement work was undertaken on the route C – Detton Prescott and A – Hinton plus some sign posting, clearance work and improvements to gates on various other routes. We did not take on any major new projects as the most important work  had been successfully completed previous year. Refer to website for list of activities and projects undertaken during 2016-2017. A total of 100 hours of volunteer support work plus 12 hours digger and 12 hours dumper work was undertaken. We also had a very successful Quiz fund raiser (see treasurer report) plus a meeting and discussion on the “Lost Routes – Restoring The Record” initiative.

There were various communications/meetings with Council and we were promised that they would undertake major improvement work to route M – Walters Lane plus a number of other routes (see notes from Meeting 24th Nov 2016). So far this has not been done. John has recently spoken to Richard and was informed money had been set aside for Walters Lane. Any spare stone could be used on other routes (Detton).

We are still waiting for a report from Carl Pickup of the Shropshire Wildlife Trust on Route G (top of Cramer Gutter field) on how this can be improved.


Petty Cash Account

Item Cost Income
Sep-16 Fete 34
Oct-16 Quiz
Donation 40
Wine sales 7
Raffle 73.1
Teams 322
Food 50
Digger & Dumper 200
Digger & Dumper 180
Totals 430 476.1
Mar-17 Petty Cash Balance 46.1

Bank Account

Date Debit Credit Balance
20/02/2017 150 378.46 Council Grant
28/04/2016 288 228.46 Digger Work

We have a total balance as of 29th March of 378.46 (bank)+ 46.10(petty cash)


Trustees – Chris proposed that all attending to be elected as Trustees (see Present for list of names

Seconded by Clare Ratcliff

Chairman – John Sutton

Secretary/Treasurer – Chris Bargman

Proposed Kay, Seconded Jo

Tesco Funding

Groups can apply for funding. Looks like we are eligible. Will need to be for a project e.g Nunnery Lane.

Jo will investigate.

Shropshire Council 

Survey – All to complete (needs to be done by end March)

Outdoor recreation has new website and a useful interactive map (see Useful Links page one our website)


Crammer Gutter – Still waiting for info from SWT. Chris to chase.

Walters Lane – John/Chris to chase council

Corner of Crossroads – review after Walters Lane has been done.

Nunnery Lane – Will try to tackle this summer. Could use small grant from Hopton Parish Council. Also look at clearing the route from road opposite Nunnery lane.

Detton – Tree has fallen and been cut but needs tidying. Richard W. was going to look at this. Need to make livery yard at his farm aware of work we do.

Clare agreed to create a poster we can print off and put up publicising the work we do.

Route  from Cleeton over hill – need to do more way marking. Could start from top of hill. Work party when dried up a bit.

Oreton Riders, Runners & walkers Facebook Group. Local group, use to notify of any informal rides.

Shropshire Bridleways & Carriage Driving Forum – 5th June at Shire Hall. Gill is planning to attend. Good opportunity to meet up with council reps.


AGM was closed with thanks to attendees and to Chris and Jo for hosting the event

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AGM – Reminder

AGM is Wednesday 29th March

I have not had much feedback yet on attendees.

Please drop me an email to confirm you have received this post and let us know if you can or cannot attend the meeting. Thank-you.

Time – 7:30pm

Venue – Chris & Jo’s Portacabin Office.

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