20th Anniversary July 2019
Over The Hill Walking Club - 20th Anniversary Party
July 2019 was 20 years since our walking club was founded, and to celebrate the occasion it was decided to hold a party. As a reward for all the hard work put into the organisation, the event was blessed with a beautifully warm sunny day, fantastic food and excellent walks.
Below you will find a number of photos from the event together with a brief outline of the club history.
On behalf of the membership the committee would like to express thanks to David and Finola for opening up their home to host the event, the organisers and volunteers, without their hard work, the event would not have been the success it was. Finally, the committee would like to thank those founder members who joined us in this celebration.
OTH Mk 1 – In 1992 or 93 a group from Leics/Notts started as Over The Hill. Sometime later its name was changed to Making Tracks. Eventually with Derbyshire members increasing the emphasis of walks was on Derbyshire with fewer Leicestershire walks.
June 1999 - The present OTH was established - On a return trip from a Making Tracks walking holiday in Ireland Martin Sellicks, Sue King, Sue Holm and Bill Roscoe discussed the possibility of setting up a Leicestershire based 'sister' club and so a resurrected OTH was formed. Close relations were maintained between the 2 clubs, some walking with and leading for both. An annual joint walk was established over a few years but as members of both clubs changed this relationship petered out.
2000-2005 Martin continued to organise the Ireland walking trips as he had done for MT.
2001 – Normal walk schedule was interrupted by the outbreak of foot and mouth disease so a programme of social events organised such as treasure hunts and once the restrictions on walking were relaxed canal/urban walks were introduced before full access was eventually regained.
2004 - The original informal committee all stood down and a new one formed, still without a proper constitution.
2006 - Proper constitution was adopted and public liability insurance was taken out. Membership fees introduced where previously it was £1 per walk (leaders free).
2008 - The sad and untimely death of founder Martin due to heart problems. Martin's ashes scattered at Milldale in Derbyshire on a walk in compliance with his wishes.
2009 - To celebrate 10 years we had a coach trip to Ironbridge and walk to The Wrekin. Sadly the weather was awful and route finding proved difficult.
2009 to the present – the club continues to prosper with a turnover of members and frequent changes of committee members to bring fresh ideas.
Since October 2001 the club has organised weekends away and holidays which still continue to the present day.