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Mr Vint’s Last Hurrah?

When John told me at the Margaret’s Bridge opening ceremony that he would be leading his last Strollathon on 11 October I said I would go along to see what it was all about. And I’m very glad I did. 

JV happy

Twenty one people met at Boulter’s Lock on a very fine Thursday morning to take a walk around Ray Mill Island. John had said he wanted two group photos taken, one showing how miserable everybody was about him giving up leading walks and the other how happy everyone was now his reign of terror was over. (I think I’ve got that the right way round). We took both photos before setting off on the walk and I leave it to you, dear reader, to decide which is which. 

I tend to prefer wild walking these days whilst I can still do it and am more usually to be found in the more remote hills of the UK than the gentler paths around the Thames. This time, in excellent company, I really appreciated the time to stop and take a closer look at the scenery, or even ‘contemplating the water’ as John put it looking out over the weir. It also reminded me that it is possible to enjoy the countryside at any stage of life or physical well-being, and that whatever your level of ability there will be others of a like mind to walk along and chat with you. I and some others left the walk on returning to the lock, whereas John and the majority decided to carry on up to Islet Park to round off the walk. 

Sometimes the slower road is best and I would certainly recommend anyone to take the occasional foray out at a more leisurely pace.

JV sad

The only word of warning I would sound is to watch out for John’s All Terrain walker sneaking up behind you, as he assures me it will ‘go over anything’.

I certainly believe him on this but am not fully convinced he is finished with Strollathons just yet. 

Steve Gillions


Jack Fraser

Jack Fraser, a long-time EBR member, passed away peacefully at Royal Berks hospital on Wednesday, 10 October after a brief illness. Jack's funeral will take place on Monday, 29 October at 2.15pm at Easthampstead Park Crematorium, South Road, off Nine Mile Ride, Wokingham RG40 3DW.

Rosemary Davies (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) can provide additional information.

Request from Walk Magazine

Walk magazine is looking to run a feature on how walking has helped people reduce their loneliness and social isolation.  If it has helped you, would you (men) be willing to talk about this?

Any interested parties can contact me in the first instance and subject to their consent, I can forward their accounts to our magazine editor.

We have had sufficient examples provided by women but we are struggling to get men to talk about this issue at the moment.

Your help would be greatly appreciated.

Richard Sharp      This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Caroline Sexton

Caroline unexpectedly passed away in hospital on the 8th July.  She has been a regular walker on the Wednesday longer walks, and when her husband Graham retired a few years ago, they came together, enjoying walking, talking and sharing each other’s lunch in the pub afterwards.

We have not seen Caroline this year as she was not well. She was fighting a recurrence of cancer. Graham says that she experienced a lot of tiredness and a little discomfort through her illness, but no serious pain.

Graham has asked me to be the liaison between him and EBR.

Pera Marrs 12/7/18                        This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Caroline’s funeral took place on 26th July at Reading Crematorium.

Graham has set up a Just Giving page for donations to Cancer Research in memory of Caroline.  Here is the link:


New Strollerthon Organiser

John Vint has sent the following message:


I have decided that I should give up the organising of the Strollerthons.
They are now established as a feature of our programme.  Numbers vary considerably,but there is a loyal following.
Pera Marrs has kindly offered to be the organiser as from now, so I hope all of you who have led Strollerthons in the past will support her to the full as you have done to me.
There is plenty of room for innovation and new initiatives.  So let Strollerthons go on stronger and better in the future.

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The Committee would like to thank John for organising the Strollerthons for the last several years.

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