In the winter 2024 issue of the newsletter we report on the final event, on Ivinghoe Beacon, in the year-long celebration of the official opening of the Ridgeway National Trail 50 years previously. We also look at the person who did so much to deliver this and so much else – Sarah Wright, who leaves her post as Ridgeway Officer at the end of February. Archaeologist Dan Bashford brings us up to date on the Historic Ridgeway project, to which The Friends are contributing financially, as we have also done for the Ridgeway Photo50 Project. On the other side of the coin, the organisers of The Ridgeway40 walk have donated £1,000 to The Friends for future investment in the Trail. Last summer on the Ridgeway is illustrated with photos taken by the Vale of White Horse Ramblers who walked the length of the Trail in eight stages, plus we have a selection of photos submitted throughout 2023 to the RidgewaySpotter activity, and recent entrants to The Ridgeway Hall of Fame. On a more serious note we look at ‘Calling Time on Off-roading’ published by GLEAM (Green Lanes Environmental Action Group), which explains why recreational motor vehicles should be banned from all green lanes. We look forward to the eighth Swire Ridgeway Arts Prize, which culminates in an exhibition in Uffington on the weekend of 27 and 28 April.

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