Could you be a Trustee?
The Watercress Way (registered charity 1167675) seeks new trustees.
The charity has been in existence for nearly 4 years. We have negotiated with land owners, local authorities and the South Downs National Park to establish a circular marathon length walking trail, using disused railway lines and historic rights of way NE of Winchester.
Cyclists and horse riders can use much of the route, with alternative sections and loops.
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Mike has lived in Kings Worthy with his family for over 20 years.
He is a retired Assistant Principal and mathematics teacher who taught for 26 years at The Sixth Form College, Farnborough.
Mike is a keen golfer, football supporter and walker and is delighted to support The Watercress Way and help produce a coherent circular walk using historic railway routes.
Jackie Porter has lived in the area for over 30 years, and is a county councillor and charity trustee. She been involved in several outdoor projects working collaboratively with other partners.
Jackie worked with residents on the Worthys Millenium Mosaic, and most recently, the Morn Hill Bench in Winchester, which commemorates Winchester’s role as hosts to millions of soldiers in the Great War.
Jackie is keen to see if public goodwill can achieve this new long distance path with access for all: something that feels currently like a bureaucratic challenge!
Malcolm is a keen walker and runner and can regularly be seen exploring the many footpaths around the Worthys.
Together with his family he has lived in Kings Worthy for 25 years.
Two years ago he formed Worthy Runners, a local social running group and also leads a local fell walking group.
Jim Thompson lives in Alresford and has been employed in ecology and countryside management for most of his working life.
Now retired, he works as a volunteer for the South Downs National Park.
He is keen to see the Watercress Way develop into a first class route for informal recreation in the countryside whilst maintaining and enhancing its value as an ecological, historical and landscape feature.
For the past 30 years Clive has worked for the Ordnance Survey, the National Mapping organisation, and so brings a wealth of cartographic experience to the task of helping create this wonderful new named path.
A Parish Councillor for Wonston, he and his family have lived in Hampshire for the last 11 years, the last four of which have been in Stoke Charity.
A keen walker, Clive enjoys photography, the British landscape and the flora and fauna to be found within it, and so could not be more pleased to be involved in this exciting project to create ‘The Watercress Way’
Bruce Graham is married and lives in Kings Worthy where he has been a resident for nearly 30 years. He is in full-time employment as an IT Consultant for a major Consultancy company in the UK.
Bruce is a keen enthusiast in environmental conservation, volunteering in many community projects in the area; he is Coordinator for the Worthys Conservation Volunteers.
Bruce is eager to see the natural environment benefit from the creation of a corridor for wildlife, that connects the many ecology-rich and diverse areas along the route, such as woodlands, open meadows, downland and aquatic systems. This would not only help wildlife, it would also enrich the wellbeing of the community.
Tony is a keen off road cyclist and walker who has lived in Winchester and Sutton Scotney for 30 years.
He is a Chartered Surveyor specialising in land acquisition and development with a background and experience from both the private and public sectors.
Kim has been a Geography Teacher for 39 years, mostly in Hampshire sixth forms, but is now retired. She is still involved in writing and examining A levels and is also a trustee for the Field Studies Council.
Kim has a passion for the outdoors and is a keen dog walker. She has lived literally next door to the old railway line for over 35 years and is enjoying being involved in creating a route along it which will give joy to so many others.