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the Stonehenge Stomp NEWS

04-02-2021 : NATIONAL TRUST THANKS STOMPERS

Keith says: “As part of our aim to be as inclusive as possible we’re gradually removing the stiles in the landscape, wherever possible, and replacing them with pedestrian gates as it makes access easier for everyone. This donation is very timely as I do have another stile on my list which I was hoping to replace on King Barrow Ridge, and we can now do that.

 

"I’d also like to use some of the donation to help with a long-term project to restore the chalk grassland in the landscape. This project has been ongoing for the last 20 years, and we’ve seen improvements in the chalk grassland flora in most of the fields. We regularly add extra seed sourced from Salisbury Plain and plant out plugs of species that we are missing from the mix in our quest to achieve a floristically diverse grassland around Stonehenge. This donation will allow us to introduce new species to different areas which hopefully will establish and spread and add a lasting contribution to the future floral diversity of this landscape, and in doing so will further support insect and bird life too.”

The National Trust has written to thank all you Stompers for the kind donation of £750 that the CoSARC Stonehenge Stomp committee has forwarded to the charity to help to look after the Stonehenge Landscape. "Donations such as this make a real and tangible contribution to our work and help us to achieve our conservation goals," said a spokesperson.

The Area Ranger who looks after the Stonehenge Landscape is Keith Steggall; he’s been working for 7 years at this site and knows it inside out, so he has suggested how best the Trust can use this donation to benefit the landscape and the visitors who enjoy it.

31-01-2021 : GIVING BUT NOT STOMPING

Normally, the sound of several hundred pairs of walking boots can be heard stomping through the Wiltshire countryside around Stonehenge on the last Sunday of January. But, sadly, the 2021 CoSARC Stonehenge Stomp is another casualty of coronavirus.

However, while all you walkers will miss out on an energetic start to the year, four local charities have received a healthy boost to their finances.

The CoSARC committee voted to split the proceeds from the 2020 Stomp between four local charities: The National Trust, Wiltshire Wildlife Trust (WWT) and Salisbury Children’s Chance will receive £750; the Amesbury History Centre will receive £200.

Children’s Chance is responding to the pandemic by supporting online learning for some of Salisbury’s most disadvantaged children, including some for whom English is not their first language.  “We are donating laptops to schools for loan to the children, ensuring that all safeguarding is in place. One particular school was overjoyed to have our support because without it the children would simply not be able to undertake basic learning activities,” said Jane Miller, the charity’s chair and trustee. “Thank you for your amazing support.”

“I would like to thank CoSARC for this generous donation to the Trust at this time,” said a spokesman for the WWT. “It is greatly appreciated and will make a difference to wildlife in Wiltshire.”

So thank you to everyone who Stomped in 2020 – all those miles have helped support some great causes and we hope to see you all Stomping again on 30 January 2022.

08-12-2019 : 10K & 20K Route Recce

We are all getting excited at Stomp HQ with less than seven weeks to go before we start Stomping.

In early December we started checking the routes and instructions, with groups of us doing the 10k and 20k - with a rewarding breakfast at Friar Tuck’s in Amesbury town centre to finish. It was a glorious sunny day after an initial shower, and the Wiltshire countryside looked lovely. Not too much mud - but who knows what will happen before Stomp Day!

 

01-11-2019 : Special Achievement Recognition - Brian Cole

Brian Cole who lives in Cullompton, Devon  has over a period of many years become a friend and long time member of Amesbury Walkers and walked the first ever Stonehenge Stomp.  This event is now fast approaching its thirty second year and Brian has completed all thirty one.

He always says that “Unfortunately I am no longer able to complete the 40k distance” but that is hardly surprising in that time span and I think he is to be congratulated on his amazing achievement.

Brian has also completed many Amesbury Walkers challenges, various British Walking Federation challenges, trips to Irish events and the annual Leper/Ypres event in Belguim.  Seems like a hectic life, especially as he was a long term member of the Dartmoor Rescue Team and ran Tower Trophies which is well known over the whole of the South Coast.

I am sure the most import thing in this lively life style is Janet and his family who support him 100% and we would like to say that we are grateful for his support of the Stomp and hope to greet him once again at the event in 2020.

 

Keith

Amesbury Walkers/CoSARC

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