Monmouth Walkers are Welcome

Walking is the best possible exercise. Habituate yourself to walk very far.

Thomas Jefferson

Armed Forces Community Covenant Project Launch

March 2015

Monmouth community organisations and members of the Royal Monmouthshire Royal Engineers (Militia) - (RMRE(M)) - will be working more closely together thanks to a £30,000 grant from the Armed Forces Community Covenant.

The grant, which was submitted by Monmouth Walkers Are Welcome, will ensure that residents and visitors to the town will recognise and remember the sacrifices made by the Armed Forces community. This will be achieved by the installation of interpretation panels at the Regimental HQ at Monmouth Castle and a trail of Poppy Plaques from the Castle to the site of the old Troy railway station, where there will also be an art installation.

Armed Forces personnel from the RMRE(M) will be involved in the installation of the panels and the art installation, doing preparatory groundwork, using skills that they normally employ whilst in training and on operations.

The Poppy Trail, believed to be the first of its kind in the UK, will consist of ceramic plaques, marking the route taken by soldiers of the RMRE (M) as they ‘marched off to war’ in August 1914.

Brian Ramsey, Chair of Monmouth Walkers Are Welcome said: “We were delighted to hear that our bid was successful. We are looking forward to working with the many different community groups and the Armed Forces community to bring this project to completion.”

Armed Forces Community Covenant Project Launch

Monmouth Walkers Contribute to National Banner

January 2015

Monmouth has been a ‘Walkers are Welcome’ town for over two years and the group has produced walking leaflets and organises monthly guided walks.  The national ‘get-together’ was held in Chepstow in October last year and towns were invited to send an embroidered square to be included in a banner, which would then be displayed at each get-together.

Monmouth is fortunate to have local resident Eira Steggles who is a keen walker and embroiderer she has designed and produced an attractive square of Monmouth showing the Monnow Bridge, Monnow Street and St Mary's Church.

Brian Ramsey, Chair of Monmouth Walkers Are Welcome, said: ‘Eira and her husband Harry were founder members of our group and have contributed an enormous amount of their time to ensuring our success, writing and illustrating 5 of our walk leaflets. This beautiful embroidery square will represent the town and our group at each annual get-together for Walkers Are Welcome towns. We are extremely grateful to have their experience and support.’

Further information for Monmouth Walkers Are Welcome is available from The Shire Hall, Monmouth or via www.monmouthwalkersarewelcome.org.uk

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