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Last update 2nd April 2018

A message from Gordon Bird, Essex Area Chair. 19th March 2018

The Inspector has recently announced that the Public Inquiry into the proposed Network Rail Essex and others Level crossing reduction order will recommence in Chelmsford on Tues 25th September 2018 following its adjournment on 20th October 2017 due to Network Rail's failure to follow procedures correctly. In the meantime the Cambridgeshire Inquiry has completed whilst the Suffolk Inquiry is under way. We await the findings of these Inquiry's with interest.

For information, of the original 69 crossings scheduled for closure in Essex and other authorities 10 have been withdrawn. Of the remaining 59 Ramblers have objected to the closure of 37 (3 are conditional).

Network Rail have made it clear this particular programme is the first of many aimed at closing all level crossings (where possible) in the Anglia region and if successful in the rest of the country. There are around 6000 level crossings in the UK; closures would result in a significant disruption to, and degradation of, the UK public right of way network. In addition costs (e. g. footpath maintenance) and health and safety factors would be transferred from Network Rail to cash strapped local authorities.

To get an idea of the scale and scope of the Inquiry please go to the Inquiry website.

Gordon Bird

Essex Chair


Discounts

DAMART, famous for thermal clothing but also offering a wide range of women’s and men’s wear, has offered Redbridge members an exclusive 10% discount along with free returns.

Check the website and order using the code ‘REDBRIDGE10’

Most walkers are aware that Cotswolds Outdoor give a 15% discount, Milletts (remaining branches) and Blacks give a 10% discount to RA Members.

Gift Aid A reminder to taxpayers who have not already done so please complete a Gift Aid Form when renewing your subscription (Ramblers get an extra 20p for every £1 you pay, e.g. every pound is worth £1.20.


From: Tuomainen, Outi

Sent: Friday, May 29, 2015 10:03 AM

To: enquiry@redbridgeramblers.org.uk

Subject: UCL research study on ageing

Hello,
I am contacting you to request if you could circulate among the Redbridge Ramblers’ mailing lists/newsletters/website the information on our new Economic and Social Research Council funded research study that investigates speech communication in older adults. The reason I am contacting you is because, some time ago, my colleague Dr Tim Schoof recruited participants for her aging study via your email lists and she got a fantastic response from the ramblers’ community, and her study produced really exciting results!

In short, we are currently looking for volunteer participants between the ages 18-80 years to take part in our study here at University College London’s Bloomsbury campus. I would greatly appreciate if you could help us in advertising this study.

We have full ethical approval for the study.

Study description:

We are looking for volunteers for an exciting new Economic and Social Research Council funded research project which investigates the impact of ageing on speech communication in good and adverse listening conditions. Speech communication in older talkers is affected by multiple factors: age-related hearing loss, declines in motor control, how the brain processes incoming information and how we remember facts. Although each of these factors has been the subject of separate investigations, a better understanding of the effect of ageing on speech communication can only come from investigating our ability to speak and understand speech in situations that reflect everyday communication.

We are looking to recruit monolingual British English speaking adults with and without hearing loss between the ages of 18-80 years. In this study you will be asked to visit us 2-3 times and complete a series of interactive ‘spot the difference’ games with a conversational partner. We will pay for your participation (£7.50/hour) and for your travel costs.

Overall, our aim is to achieve a better understanding of the effects of ageing on speech communication and of the various contributing factors to potentially degraded speech communication in a population of 'healthy aged' individuals. These benchmarks will be of use for practitioners such as speech and language therapists and audiologists who work on aspects of communication with older people who have health complications. A better understanding of communication difficulties that older individuals experience and of their strategies to overcome these difficulties will also assist professionals such as social workers and care professionals who work to improve quality of life for older people, as well as developers of speech technology devices for telemedicine and remote monitoring. Importantly, this research will also contribute to our basic understanding of speech perception and production development across the lifespan.

I am happy to answer any questions you may have and provide you with further details should you need them,

Best wishes,

Outi

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Dr Outi Tuomainen

Research Associate

Speech, Hearing and Phonetic Sciences,

University College London

Email: o.tuomainen@ucl.ac.uk

Tel. 02076794232

Information about the study