Preparing for 2020/21?
Ten QO members who had had experience planning JOG courses were invited to two sessions about planning QOFL courses on areas selected by themselves from QO areas.
Chair Roger Craddock, who has invited planners to revisit their areas next year, reports from the session.
Gavin Clegg (BOK) led the two hour sessions on a couple of Thursday evenings at Wellington School.
Gavin challenged each participant to plan a Blue course on their selected areas before the first session and then asked them to present these to the group for helpful improvements to be suggested.
He outlined the BOF guidelines for the senior courses, interspersed with anecdotes about his many experiences of courses offered in the UK and abroad.
In the second session, Andy Rimes had updated the QO laptops and loaded them with the latest version of Purple Pen to provide the group to work in pairs on creating a junior course on the Cothelstone map which is being used for next season’s QOFL1. JOGgers note we are preparing you for transition to QOFL events at the start of next term!
Thanks to Gavin and Alasdair Shaw (who had obtained the use of Wellington School Centre) and congratulations to the participants on their progress in both the technical and technological aspects of planning QOFL courses.
I invited the participants to plan events for the 2020/21 season with the rare advantage of being able to visit ‘their’ areas a year in advance to plot the vegetation changes!
Sheila Braine suggested it would be useful to meet in a year’s time to compare notes and progress in advance of the actual events.
As ‘spectators’ at this course. Judy and I found the atmosphere convivial, co-operative, and entertaining – despite a difference in opinion about the fresh air requirements!
Participants and areas chosen were:
- Alasdair Shaw (Culm Davy)
- Andy Bussell (Lydeard Hill & Aisholt Common)
- Angela Modica (Triscombe & Cockercombe)
- Chris Hasler (Staple Hill)
- Karen Lewis (St Audries & Quantock North)
- Matthew Carter (Combe Hill & Great Breach Wood)
- Martin Lewis/Pete Shirvington (Cothelstone Hill & 20 acre Wood)
- Paul Chavasse (North Ramscombe & Great Bear)
- Sheila Braine (Hart Hill)
- Roger Craddock