THE Romsey Walking Group has provided more than just a physical activity for many local residents over the years and as it celebrates its 30th birthday, long time members recall just how beneficial the group has been to many lives in the community.
Started by Romsey residents Helen Watts and Leonie Armistead in July 1987, after Cobaw Health encouraged local communities to form social walking groups, the pair were surprised when numbers grew and grew.
Over the 30 years walkers have come from all areas of the community including seniors, young mums and children. Romsey Walking Group currently has about 25 members, some no longer walking but still social members.
While the physical benefits of walking are widely acknowledged many members have touted the social and personal benefits the group has provided to many in the community that may not have a wide social network or due to life circumstances are restricted in how far they can travel.
The group celebrates 30 years on the track today, (Tuesday July 25) with a walk and party celebrations.
Founding member Leonie Armistead is proud of how the group has been of benefit to so many.
“This group is very informal and prides itself on being inclusive and respecting of all. You may just want to walk or you may want to walk and talk. We are all about offering support, not judgement. We feel like we solve all the world’s and our own problems while we are walking and talking and sharing,” Mrs Armistead said.