Northern Ireland Civil Service Ramblers Committee
Wednesday 20th April 2022
Jim Hamilton (JH, Chair), Cowan Higgins (CH, Sec), Denis Hamill (DH), Helen Magill (HM), John Holmes (JH).
1. Welcome / Apologies
The Chairperson welcomed the Committee .Apologies were received from Stephen Dougherty, Michael Carson, Norman McIlhinney, Colin McWhirter, Wally Gamble.
2. Review of the minutes of the last meeting (23rd March 2022)
The minutes were accepted as a true and accurate account of the meeting.
3. Matters Arising
3.1 Matters arising:
Escort of Individuals back to start of walks:
Note was sent to the membership and it was agreed that this was sufficient.
A note is required from the Treasurer outlining the issues regarding insurance cover for the membership.
3.3 Mourne Heritage:
The volunteers have been noted and will be contacted following discussions with Mourne Heritage
3.4 First Aid Kits:
It was agreed that DH would purchase, on behalf of the club, six small kits from Lidls to supplement / replace the current kits. DH will be reimbursed from Club funds.
CH will contact the membership seeking an update on the equipment held by members.
ACTION: DH to purchase kits on behalf of the Club and to be reimbursed from Club funds.
ACTION CH to contact membership seeking further update on equipment held.
4.1 JH reported that the website company had contacted him but that no action was required at present.
5.1 In his absence, the Treasurer provided a written update on the Clubs current financial situation. The Committee agreed that a total of £25 will paid to members for carparking fees associated with Club walks.
5.2 It was agreed in principle, to cover bus fares to and from walks during holidays but this would depend on the financial position of the club at the time.
6. Walks Review.
There was a review of the walks held during March – April and generally attendance was good. It was noted that the summer programmes were now on the website and it was agreed that CH would inform the membership of this.
ACTION: CH to inform membership that the updated programmes were on the website.
7. Holidays Programme 2022
JH provided a further update on the Borders Abbeys walk. There was nothing further to discuss.
CH suggested that perhaps we should seek advice from NICSSA on ways to promote the club, in an effort to boost membership and awareness of the clubs activities.
ACTION: CH to contact NICCSA and NIPSA to seek advice on promoting the clubs activities to civil servants.
9.1 Savings Account:
HM informed the committee that we now face the same problem with the club savings account as we had previously with the current account. The committee felt there was no longer a need for the savings account and agreed it should be closed.
ACTION: HM to liase with Treasurer and the Bank, to arrange closure of the savings account.
10. NEXT MEETING: Wednesday 18th May 2022 18:45, Playball Conference Room.