50+ group sheds the years to attract new members

Members of the soon to be 40+ group enjoy the fresh air during one of their recent walks
Members of the soon to be 40+ group enjoy the fresh air during one of their recent walks
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The 50+ Walking Group is set to lower it’s age limit by a decade in an attempt to attract new members.

Speaking to the Hawick News this week, Ian Louden, who has been an active member for the last eight years, said: “We have decided to drop from over-50s to over-40s. We hope this will enable us to widen our scope and attract new members. There has been quite a bit of interest in the TD9 area, especially from women who might not want to walk on their own.”

The group, which has been going for almost 30 years, meets fortnightly and on average 12-14 people turn out for the walks which vary in difficulty. The group also hold short tennis sessions, keep fit classes, badminton, bridge, a drop-in club plus other social events.

Mr Louden added: “It’s not just about walking, we do other things also and we would be delighted to welcome new members. We are a friendly group of around 20 people but it would be great to see new faces. Walking is a healthy and popular outdoor pursuit and it’s great to get out there with like minded people.

“I joined the group when I came to Hawick and I was made to feel most welcome and we would like to extend that welcome to other people. It’s great to be able to bring people together, give them an interest and to keep them fit at the same time.

“And I would like to say once again that we would love to see new members and people will be made very welcome.”

For Further information on what the 0ver-40s walking group has to offer, including their walking schedule, telephone Mr Louden on 363828.