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 Autumn 2019 programme is now on the website and we have 53 excellent pghotographs taken on the second ramble on 7 September and allso photographs taken on two other rambles, following a lean month in August when we got photographs of only one ramble during the month. 

 

Another piece olatest news is that the programme archive page now includes programmes back as far as Autumn 1983 and the archive page continues to be one of the most visited pages on the website. We will be stalled at Autumn 1983 for a while now as I am devoting as much time as possible to restoring web page versions of programmes which were previously available as PDFs but had to be taken down following the introduction of the Data Protection Regulations in 2018. The most recent addition in this series is the Winter  2001 - 02 programme which you can see by clicking HERE or on the appropriate link on the Programme Archive page.

 

We had 35 events featured in photographs on the Members' photos page in 2018 and so far (by 29 September) in 2019 we already have photographs taken on the majority of rambles on the Spring and Summer Programmes and three rambles on the Autumn programme. I hope they will be enjoyed by our many visitors and that we will soon have some more photographs taken on rambles in the Autumn Programme..

 

Some of our more observant visitors will have noticed that during 2018 a large number of Programmes listed in the Programme Archive have not been available to view. This is because I was asked by the committee to review the content of the website in the light of the new Data Protection Regulations which come into effect in 2018. At that time there were 55 programmes appearing on the website in PDF format and in creating the PDFs I had simply scanned the programme and did not remove addresses and telephone numbers of committee members as I normally do on the stadard format website pages. In order to rectify this I have temporarily taken down all of the 55 PDFs and willl replace them with sanatised web pages as soon as possible. So far (September 2019) I have restored 29 programmes without addresses or telephone numbers and will restore the remaining missing 26 as time allows. Thanks to our visitors for patience while this laborious task is completed

 

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 1,733 visits up to Early September 2019.

 

One name it has been my sad duty to add to the list of deceased members is that of Leo Coshan. I had met Leo during my first sojourn as a club member in the early 1970s. Shortly after I temporarily ceased rambling Leo joined the Divine Word Missionaries and during the years in which he was preparing for the priestly ministry he wrote a series of 20 articles for the club newsletter which up to 1979 was published separately from the quarterly programme. After I rejoined and became an active member I acquired copies of all 20 articles and when time allows intend to publish them on the website. In preparation for that exercise I have been making enquiries about Leo's life after he ceased rambling and after several unsucccessful enquiries I discovered on 18 January 2019 that he had sadly passed on to his eternal reward on 5 February 2005 RIP. So his name now appears on the deceased members list (in red on the version to be used at the Mass for deceased members in 2019) and in time I hope to add an obituary on the Members' Obituaries page.

 

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 reports over 46,000 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 208,000 and rising up to August 2019. 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. 

 

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 am gradually introducing 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 have now taken these down temporarily. Translating them into web pages with contact details removed will be a really long term project.

 

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 49,837 hits up to the end of August 2019.  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.