After 115 years the Sheffield Clarion Ramblers are disbanding. Their reasons are clear and perfectly understandable - there is simply a lack of active members to make the weekly walks a worthwhile activity.
Yet secretary Nigel Robb’s suggestion that a change in society is to blame, and that people are disinclined to join groups, does point to something regrettable about modern life.
Elsewhere in this week’s edition the Broomhill Forum is facing the prospect of ‘reining in’ its activities because of a lack of officer nominations.
Maybe we are losing the ties that once bound communities strongly together.