Each week we bring you a good news story from across the South West as part of our wedNEWSday articles.

Shirley Ransom had a passion to play netball at the highest of levels in her earlier years, playing first team for Gloucestershire. Now in her 60s, Shirley returned to play Walking Netball (WN) in Dursley (Gloucestershire) three years ago and hasn’t looked back since.

Her return reunited many of her old teammates in the town, bringing them together for giggles and wiggles, and at a variety of celebratory big birthdays, with Shirley’s famous lemon drizzle cake always in high demand!

When lockdown 1.0 began to ease and small numbers were able to meet up, Shirley organised small group walks in and around Dursley, encouraging the ladies to get out and back together. This has now become a regular meet, providing a safe space to walk and talk, helping not only with mental health and wellbeing but also giving the ladies the confidence to explore the great outdoors.


Whilst WN was at a standstill, collectively Shirley and her girls have walked hundreds of miles during the pandemic and, in turn, encouraged others to form small groups and do the same in their own home locations.

With WN now returning to court again – although unfortunately it won’t be in Dursley until next month – it hasn’t stop Shirley, or the others, making a surprise visit to a neighbouring Walking Netball group! Not only had they turned up to play, but they had also walked the five miles there. Now that’s what I call commitment!


Roll on next month when the Dursley Walking Netball Diamonds will be back together again with a slice of lemon drizzle cake!

If you have a good news story that you would like to share please send your story and a picture to the South West Regional Coordinator (southwest@englandnetball.co.uk)