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About the Cleeve Buffers

The Cleeve Buffers is a society of former Cleeve School staff (and their partners) who are now in retirement. This group meets at least twice a month; either for coffee or for a healthy walk in the beautiful Cotswold countryside.

Like many successful organisations and institutions, the Cleeve Buffers came into being as a result of a chance meeting between two like-minded individuals. Having retired from Cleeve School, Derek Plumb was keen to maintain contact with his former colleagues and invited David Aldred to use the driveway as a parking place when visiting Cheltenham. On one visit David suggested they went to Ottakers (now Waterstones) for a coffee and this became a regular event. They both agreed that they would like to meet with other retired colleagues and thus in 2003 the Cleeve Buffers was formed.

In 2004, the group began to flourish as numbers increased and the activities were extended to include rambling in the Cotswolds and beyond. The inaugural walk took place around Bledington on Wednesday 13th October 2004. The weather was appalling and a less hardy group might have called an end to such activities, but thankfully the group survived and now has a healthy, growing membership.

The Cleeve Buffers now enjoy regularly monthly walks as well as tackling one of the long distance footpaths, in short stages, each year. Whilst the walks help to keep us fit in retirement the emphasis is on enjoyment and every walk ends with a meal and refreshments in one of the many superb pubs in the area.

If you would like to join this group, and are eligible, then please contact us and we will make you most welcome.

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This page updated on 12 May, 2012

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