NW Sheffield News Editor Russell Cavanagh accompanied the Stannington “Walkie-Talkies” this morning in their weekly walk around the local area.
The group meets every week at 10.15am for a health walk and chat that lasts one to two hours. A friendlier bunch you couldn’t hope to meet – welcoming smiles and very easy to talk to as this week’s walk started down Stannington Road (from the Lower Stannington Community Forum offices “opposite the big red flats”) before cutting down to Rivelin Valley, along the riverside, past Rivelin Quarry and up Liberty Hill back towards the offices where the kettle went on and chat continued.
It was great talking to the Sheffield City Council Rangers – who led the event – and to walkers of all ages; hearing about how folk had found each other through attending the group after years away and listening to stories of how some people’s health had improved since starting to attend the sensibly paced strolls, and just having a laugh.
Indeed, the various routes (Rivelin Valley, Loxley Valley and surrounds) are deceptive for providing more exercise than seems obvious at first. But if anyone does feel out of breath, the group is more than happy to stop and take in the marvellous scenery.
Change of venue
Sheffield Star photographer Stuart Hastings was at the Lower Stannington Community Forum office at the beginning of the morning. He was taking a picture of staff, volunteers and users of the services based in the office, which is due to close at the end of March when funding runs out for the Forum.
Next Tuesday (30th March) is the last time the Walkie-Talkies meet at the Forum office. It is likely they will gather at the nearby Stannington Tenants & Residents Association office (29 Fairbarn Drive) as of April.
Whether for a bit of company, to find out more about the area or to get a bit healthier, joining the Walkie-Talkies is 100% recommended!