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@ Sheringham Community Paper - Issue 202 - 1st November 2017

New Prayer Support Group

I have become more aware of how many of us here in Sheringham are ex-military, have relatives who were serving and indeed still are serving. There is an international prayer team that pray for serving personnel.

With The Vicar's kind permission Terry and I would like to set up a Prayer Support Team here in Sheringham, based at St Peter's, but not limited to us. We would be matched with those we will pray for by the Armed Forces Christian Union.

This will develop in September, if you are interested, please let us know with your preferred choice of day and time so that we can come to an agreed start. You do not have to have served to want to pray for those who are, all are welcome to come and pray.

Yours in His Service Jane Randells

OPEN SPACES SOCIETY PUBLISHES NEW BOOK TO CELEBRATE OUR PUBLIC PATHS

The Open Spaces Society, Britain’s oldest national conservation body, has today published a new book, Public Paths, an exploration of the origins of ancient tracks, droves, bridleways and footpaths which make Britain unique. It is written by the society’s chairman, Graham Bathe.

Open Spaces Public Paths book coverAt a time of austerity, the opportunity to use and enjoy public paths has never been more important. Walking is the most popular form of recreation in Britain. Over 80 per cent of British people walk at least once a week. In the English countryside, walkers voluntarily spend 6 billion a year, supporting nearly a quarter of a million jobs.

Enjoyment of the countryside is dependent on the network of rights of way that spread across the landscape, relics of a time when these were the main routes for travel between villages and market towns. These routes often have rights beyond just walking, and are also enjoyed by nine million cyclists and over one million horse riders each month. In Wales there are 28 million trips to the countryside and coast each year and in England there are 3.1 billion trips.

This profusely-illustrated book explains the origins of rights of way and traces their history, describes the battles to establish and defend our paths, and explains how to establish a route is a public highway and how to get involved in protecting paths.

Says Graham: ‘Britain is exceptional in having well over 100,000 miles of rights of way, providing an important recreational resource for walkers, horse-riders, cyclists and other users, rarely matched in other countries.

‘I hope that people will enjoy reading about the story of our paths, and exploring the opportunities that still exist to record and protect them.’

The book is available from the Open Spaces Society http://www.oss.org.uk/what-we-do/publications/
For a free copy of the book and any photos, please contact the Open Spaces Society on 01491 573535 or hq@oss.org.uk.