The MBBA Committee Needs You! Could you be an area rep for your local bridleways? Nothing too strenuous – just keeping an eye on the condition of your local routes and letting us know if any need help. You are most welcome to attend committee meetings but this is not mandatory. Your ‘eyes on the ground’ are essential for us to cover all 69 parishes so please contact Ginnie for more details; 01749 831276 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The MBBA Committee comprises at present eleven members, all of whom offer their services voluntarily. They are, or have been, horse owners and riders, some just happy hackers and some serious competitors. Our latest committee members are Anne Pearse and Debbie Pickford. Anne runs a livery yard and has lived in Mendip for most of her life so her local knowledge of old routes is invaluable. Debbie manages the RBL hall at Coleford where we have our quiz and tack sales and is a competitor in the Wilberry Wobbleberies challenge. She has just qualified to be the local clearance person for her area via SCC, having completed her training in July. So a very useful person to know.
We meet about three times a year and have a varied agenda for every meeting. We spend time discussing fundraising for our various projects and site visits are arranged with Somerset County Council and our contractors. Each project takes time to get agreed and quotes must be given. The route is photographed and a job specification worked out. The work is then agreed by SCC and we give the contractor instructions to start work. As well as work on existing routes the committee researches old maps to find ancient routes no longer in use. A Definitive Map Modification Order is submitted for these routes and the long wait begins as it can take up to 12 years before a case is brought to a legal decision.
Along with our visits, events, rides, demos and clinics we are all kept fairly busy but are always happy to be contacted if we can be of help with a bridleway related problem.
Jo Rossiter Chairman
Michele Reed Vice Chairman
Victoria Lang Membership
Hazel Reynolds Treasurer
Ginnie Jones Secretary
Lesley Bumford Map Marking
Sarah Osborne Map marking and raffle
Bryan Ray Bridleways Officer
Cherry Lawson Committee member
Anne Pearse Marketing
Debbie Pickford Bridleways Officer and clearance