District ramblers say farewell

Jenny and Ron Glynn, walk leaders at Banbury and North Oxfordshire Ramblers. NNL-161013-143030001
Jenny and Ron Glynn, walk leaders at Banbury and North Oxfordshire Ramblers. NNL-161013-143030001

Two much- loved walk leaders have said goodbye to the group they have been members of for 26 years.

Ron and Jenny Glynn, members of the Banbury and North Oxfordshire Ramblers, have made the decision to leave the area due to family circumstances.

The Glynns, who have lived in Bodicote for 37 years, have been walk leaders for many years and first met as teenagers in the Salvation Army, taking part in the musical sections and in outreach work.

Mr Glynn, a self-taught musician, completed a music correspondence course, and has conducted bands in concert, as well as being musical director of a number of bands over many years.

As well as performing with Mr Glynn, Mrs Glynn, who was a village correspondent for the Banbury Guardian, has written magazine articles, specialising in waterways, about canal boat life, having been born on a working boat, the Captain Cook, to working boat parents with a long family history of that way of life.

She also trained to become a scout leader, working with the 4th Banbury group as a Cub Scout leader and Beaver Scout leader to the first colony formed in the district.

Mr Glynn set up a school of music for youngsters, where he taught pupils who later became players in bands he conducted.

The Glynn’s two sons, Jason and Adam, were included in both scouting and musical training, both becoming proficient and winning several awards.

As a serving police officer, Mr Glynn conducted the Thames Valley Police Band, performing at concerts with comperes including Roy Castle, Terry Wogan, Marion Montgomery, David Tomlinson and John Craven.

After Mr Glynn’s knee surgery, the Glynns joined the Ramblers to use walking as a way of building up strength and muscle, eventually leading walks and increasing the number in every programme which they continued doing over many years.

The couple also wrote 276 walks for websites, some of which have appeared in print.

Leading summer evening walks from their own village of Bodicote for several years, they have attracted new people to the activity, some of who joined the Ramblers.

Mr Glynn has attributed controlling his cholesterol levels to regular walking and in 2011, he combined his love of walking with his musical talents, composing a major musical work in three sections, called Spirit of the Rambler.

Mr Glynn has also served Bodicote as a parish councillor, becoming chairman for eight of the 16 years of service to his community, and has been a campaigner against over-development in Bodicote.

The couple intend to continue rambling.