As I noted in Yesterday’s post, today in Edale, Ramblers and the general public were invited to celebrate “spirit of Kinder Day”, at the Village Hall.
I considered taking the train to Edale, but in the end I drove over, and got the last parking space. I was a mere 20 yards from the Village Hall, with 10 minutes to spare. I walked in to find every seat taken, and the audience spilling out of the door to the car park. I would say it was well attended. I carved out a small corner at the back of the hall and set up my camera. Much of the footage was backs of heads, as the crowds kept piling in, but hey, I tried.
The meeting began with a talk by National Trust boss Dame Helen Ghosh,
regarding the huge amount of work that has been undertaken with the restoration of Kinder Scout. Dame Helen said that she felt “very much at home” among today’s audience.
Following on, we were enthralled by Stephen Trotter, Director of the Wildlife Trusts, England, and former manager of the NT’s High Peak estate. One of the team who made the transformation happen. A transformation that involved the return of 40,000 sheep to their farmers, although this could have been just 2,000 sheep being continually recycled.
Our next speaker, Jon Stewart, General Manager of the National Trust in the Peak District, showed just how involved the National Trust is in this area, and how the future can be shaped for the benefit of the wider community. He mentioned how investment from Big Utility companies helps with the vision for a healthy and sustainable landscape.
Vanessa Griffiths, new Chief Executive of The Ramblers spoke with passion about the area.
The past came to life for me as she described the workers from Sheffield turning up on the 24th April 1932 for the violent clash of the mass trespass. She mentioned Tom Stevenson, first paid member of the Ramblers (also creator of the Pennine Way). Her 20 minute talk was fascinating, I may almost be tempted to join an activist organisation 🙂
Our last talk was by the President of the Ramblers, the charismatic Stuart Maconie. His talk today was amusing, yet thought provoking.
My favourite part of any gathering has to be a rousing chorus. I was not disappointed. Sally Goldsmith, a Sheffield lass, and folk singer, led us all through one of her own songs and then the finale with everyone joining in to sing “the Manchester Rambler”
Two last things I really must mention. The great job of hosting the event by Master of ceremonies, Rony Robinson. And the launch of a new book, “Clarion Call: Sheffield’s Access Pioneers” a copy of which we saw being presented to all the speakers by the author.