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.  


The Autumn 2018 programme is the latest one available and you can see details by clicking on "current programme" tab or the "Autumn Programme" at the top or down the right hand side of your screen. IT IS WELL WORTH A VISIT.


Some of our more observant visitors will have noticed that in the last few weeks 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 (November 2018) I have restored 11 programmes without addresses or telephone numbers and will restore the remaining missing 44 as time allows.


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 1,500 visits up to August 2018.


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 seven years. The hit counter you can see on your screen reports over 35,000 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 187,000 and rising up to September 2018. 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 there are 50 programmes currently available only as PDFs so translating them into web pages will be a really long term project.


I am glad to say that the archive of past programmes has proved a popular development, with 6,843 visits having been made to the page to end of September2018.  It is a slow process finding and then reproducing old programmes. So far I have got back as far as the Summer programme issued in May 1986. In time I hope to get all the way back to 1938 and perhaps even have extracts from programmes earlier than that but as I am creating web pages to match or replace existing PDF programmes progress with this will be even slower than before.


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 46,972 hits up to the end of August 2018.  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.