If you have visited the site before you may find some things have changed and I will use this page to alert you to recent developments (most recent additions in italics).

 

The month of October 2020 was an eventful one for the club and for once it was NOT eventful in the best possible sense but brought the return of the Covid 19 Lockdown and therefore the cessation for the time being of weekly walks. For the duration of this suspension I will resume the practice of putting up links to photographs taken on corresponding dates in the past. This was popular during the first lockdown and hopefully contributes a little to keeping the spirit of the club alive. On a more positive note, I continued the long term task of populating the Programme Archive Page, putting up four programmes in the 1970s and taking us back to the Winter programme beginning in 1974. I also made good progress in publishing Leo Coshan's Reflections In Priestly Formation and the first 15 articles are now up and being visited regularly. 

 

Also in October I began capitalising on the use of our new software which enables the enhancement and colourising of old photographs which we have on the website in black and white format. The first venture in this exercise was to enhance and colourise the photographs taken on Richard Sumner's weekends in the 1960s and 70s. Next I managed to colourise ten of the photographs taken on club holidays in the 1950s. I still have to work the magic on further photographs taken in the 1950s but am having some difficulty finding the originals.

 

The members' obituary page has proved a popular introduction and now has links to over 20 Obituaries, some gleaned from past issues of the club programme and some put together by myself. Any member or friend of the club is very welcome to provide tributes to deceased members for publication on the website and a few of the obituaries published so far were found in this way. I introduced this page in 2015 and it has attracted over 2.033 visits up to the end of September. 

 

Another relatively recent idea for innovation is to provide a link in the website copy of the programme to photographs taken on any walk for which I have received photographs. I made a start on this in 2016 and have continued doing it as often as possible. 

 

The members' photos page continues to be very popular and is the most visited apart from the home page. We are indebted to Antoinette Adkins for the vast majority of recent photos but any member or visitor is welcome to send me photographs taken on club rambles or other events included on the programme and I will be delighted to put them up for the enjoyment of other visitors to the website

 

I am pleased to say that every new page is visited more than once in the first few days after it is added to the site.

 

We have now had the counter of visits to the website for eight years. The hit counter you can see on your screen has now reached 50,000 visitors but this is a slightly suspect figure as the counter remembers individual visitors in the course of one month but not from month to month. A more meaningful statistic is the number of visits to individual pages and this amounts to over 238,000 and rising up to Novmber 2020. July 2018 saw a big dip in the number of visitors, perhaps due to it being school holiday time, but in August there was a huge upsurge with over 1,100 individual visitors paying over 2,000 visits to individual pages. The number of visitors in any one month can be anywhere between 200 and 1,100 and the number of page visits has been as many as 10,000 in one month. Happily the number of visitors did not drop off too much during the period of no rambles. There were 750 separate visitors in each of the months of April and May 2020 and over 500 in June and July. During those four months there were nearly 5,000 visits to individual pages.

 

Changes to the website:

 

Programme Archive: I am making slow but sure progress with the programme archive which continues to be popular with visitors.  When I introduced this page In November 2012 I found that my technical knowledge was not up to creating a normal web page for each programme of which I did not have an electronic copy. For older programmes I therefore created PDF copies and put a link to the PDF on the archive page. However I have now devised a means of creating web pages for these programmes and have introduced them in place of the PDF copies. This has the advantage that our hit counter will tell me how often each programme is accessed whereas it does not count visits to PDFs. However In creating the PDFs I was not able to remove contact details of committee members and with the introduction of the new Data Protection Regulations in 2018 this created a problem. At that stage there were 55 programmes available only as PDFs and I took these down temporarilyand have now replaced them with standard website paages with addresses and telephone numbers removed.

 

Members photos: We continue to update the members photos page which has been there as long as the present Home Page and is the most visited part of the website apart from the home page, with 53,681 hits up to the end of October 2020.  To maintain this success we would still ask members to PLEASE take your cameras with you when you walk and let us have copies of any photographs you take.  If you cannot e mail the electronic file you can always post the phtographs to me and I will scan them and return your hard copies to you.  As you may know my name is Tony Finnegan and my address is 30 Avarn Road, Tooting, London SW17 9HA.