Ramblers say thank you to Markinch couple

Janet and Graeme were the toast of their group of Ramblers.
Janet and Graeme were the toast of their group of Ramblers.

If you fancy exploring Fife and the surrounding areas on foot your best starting point is a visit to Janet and Graeme Beattie.

If you fancy exploring Fife and the surrounding areas on foot your best starting point is a visit to Janet and Graeme Beattie.

The Markinch couple must rank among the Kingdom’s greatest experts ever on where and when to walk.

Their ‘track’ record is impressive – they’ve planned over 850 walks in the past 25 years as the heart and ‘sole’ of Kennoway’s St Kenneth’s Church Ramblers Group.

Since its inception in 1990 the club has been run by Janet and Graeme who have dedicated their time to finding routes, providing descriptions and arranging transport – as they also drive the minibuses to and from the walks.

Whilst the group is part of St Kenneth’s kirk, it includes people from the whole community and the couple go out of their way to ensure all receive a warm welcome.

Besides the regular walks, Janet and Graeme also arrange an annual walking weekend, an annual social evening/ceilidh, barbecues and various fundraising activities.

Their commitment has forged an invaluable community group, allowing others to enjoy spectacular scenery while getting regular exercise – extraordinary friendships have being formed and even a marriage.

The Ramblers Group is only a part of the community activity they have been involved in during these years. Janet was a Girl Guide Guider and Brownie Leader for over 25 years and she now co-ordinates the weekly church lunches.

Graeme served as treasurer for the community hall in Markinch for over 20 years and also maintains and regularly drives the St Kenneth’s Church minibus – an invaluable service allowing infirm and elderly members of the church to attend.

To celebrate and recognise Janet and Graeme’s deidication over the past 25 years, a surprise presentation was made last week by past and current members of the Ramblers Group.

At the group’s annual general meeting Graeme and Janet were presented with a number of gifts, including a beautiful quaich inscribed with “Tapadh Leibh (‘Thank you’ in Gaelic) Graeme and Janet for 25 wonderful walking years. Slainte (‘Cheers ‘in Gaelic)”, flowers and whisky.

All past and current members of the Ramblers have wished them many more happy years rambling through the Scottish countryside.