Congratulations and a huge thank you from all here at Shropshire Outdoor Partnerships to Cleobury Mortimer Footpath Association on the celebration of their Silver Jubilee back in October 2015. In 1990 Paul French and Bill Duley organised the first meeting of the newly formed Association in Paul’s house. With just 9 members and the active support and help of the farmers and landowners they set about making the footpath network around Cleobury accessible to the townspeople. The CMFA was one of the first P3 groups set up in the County and have proved a formidable force in maintaining the Rights of Way network in and around Cleobury. The group have also been intrinsic in creating and promoting a series of "Cleobury Country Walks" all of which are available to download form our new website Shropshires Great Outdoors.
The occasion was marked with a celebratory dinner for both founding
and current members and the evening was a great success. 27 members attended including all eight founder members who
were given lifetime membership on the night. All of them stood and told stories
about their long term involvement with CMFA P3 group. One amusingly brought his
rucksack with a huge archive of published walks, photos and records including
the minutes of the first meeting.
For more information on on what the group are up to these days and how the group started in the words of their founders visit the CMFA website.
Pearce (widow of founding member Adrian), Alan Kimber (Walking for Health) and Jenny Vanderhook (Founding member).
Duley (founding member) with wife Wendy and Steve Parker (former Chair)
Ludford, Jim Reynolds (founding member), Geoff Hainsworth (Chair), Graham Simpson.
A big thank you to Peter Knight and Shrewsbury Ramblers P3 for taking the time out of their busy morning improving the Severn Way to talk to the Shropshire Star about their group and the work they've been undertaking. This is a fantastic article and really captures the essence of what Parish Paths Partnerships are all about and how the work they do impacts on the accessibilty of Shropshire's Great Outdoors.