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November 2020
Sunday 1st
11am Mountain Biking at Cannock Chase
Monday 2nd
8pm Andy’s Fiendish Quiz MK2
Saturday 14th
6pm Annual dinner and slideshow

PLEASE READ - We are experiencing an unprecedented situation in our society and we as a club need to do our part to protect each other, our families, friends and the community at large. All club members are requested to heed the advice from the government and The British Mountaineering Council about participating in indoor and outdoor activities.

Come and share the adventure with the Bowline Climbing Club!
Rock climbing, bouldering, mountaineering, cycling, walking; based in the Leicester area we welcome new members, with or without experience. For more information please contact our chairman.

Bowline CC - Club news (Tuesday 24th November)

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Tuesday, 24th November 2020 @ 6:14pm

Hi All,

It's Tuesday at it's club news time! And the good news is that the end of the national lockdown is in sight and it looks like there 'might' be the ability to return to some of the activities we love. Of course this will depend on the tiers our respective local areas get put into and what exactly the new restrictions are and how they affect us meeting as a club. We'll keep you posted on this as and when we know more.

With the above in mind please note that the Chairman's Walk this year falls on Sunday 6th December and as such will be subject to the new rules post national lockdown. We've not asked for you to confirm if you are coming yet, we will send out a request for registrations once we can tell you where we will be going and the format of the Chairman's Walk.

This Thursday evening at 8pm we have our next club committee meeting via Zoom. All club members are welcome to attend club committee meetings, if you'd like to join in please contact the club secretary.

At the committee meeting we will be reviewing the membership renewal information, including the new associate family membership. The membership renewal email will be coming to you via email in early Decemeber.
That's it for this week. Take care everyone and stay safe,


Bowline CC - Club news (Tuesday 17th November)

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Tuesday, 17th November 2020 @ 3:08pm

Hi All,

Well if you weren't there one Saturday night you missed out on a fun evening of socialising, food, drink and stories. I'll be the first to admit it's not the same as getting together in person but even so we had a great turnout. Thanks to those that attended it was lovely to see you all. We did say we'd have prizes for the best aperitif and best dressed, so congratulations to Rachel and Tony for the best aperitif and to Ali and Randal for best dressed. You each get a free weekend at the hut as your prize!

The BMC Winter Hill Skills evening is back for 2020, in online form of course. I know various club members (including myself) have enjoyed these evenings in the past. If you'd like to attend this year from the comfort of your sofa checkout the details here - BMC Winter Hill Skills Evening - 3rd December.

You may already have seen via various social media channels (including a post to our club members Facebook group, thanks Blanka) about proposed parking restrictions at Bus Stop Quarry which is near our club hut. Many club members make use of the parking at this location for access to the Slate Quarries for climbing and walking. If you would like to voice your opinion on this you can contact Gwynedd council. It would be worth mentioning the historical significance of this local asset, the importance to those of reduced mobility, the variety of interests the quarries accommodate. But its best not mentioning climbing directly as it not offically permitted by the land owner (see access details on BMC RAD or UKC). Email address for council -

That's it for this week. Take care everyone and stay safe,


Bowline CC - Club news (Friday 13th November)

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Friday, 13th November 2020 @ 7:20pm

Hi All,

First and foremost I hope you're all well and coping with lockdown as best you can. At least we can still go out to exercise locally and that can include climbing/bouldering, for those that have a crag within their local area at least (remember we are only allowed to travel for recreation within our local area). Hopefully things will be better after lockdown ends on 3rd December and with that in mind don't forget the date for the Chairman's Walk has been moved back to Sunday 6th December.

Just in case you've been a communications black hole just one last reminder that it's the Annual dinner and slideshow on Saturday. A different format for this year but it's going to be great fun. The Zoom link has been sent out and we look forward to seeing you at 6pm, cocktails at the ready!

Last week we had the BMC Midlands Area AGM (via Zoom). The new area committee for the Midlands area was elected and it's great to have strong Bowline presence with three committee members being from our club. Andy Harper is continuing his role as the Access Rep for the East Midlands. Claudia Sarner is also continuing in her role as one of the area representatives on the BMC National Council. And finally I am continuing in my role as Chair of the area committee. We didn't manage to elect a Secretary to the area committee, if you know someone who would be interested please do get them to contact me!

Sadly the hut remains closed whilst the lockdown is in effect, however Jo Boyd (who lives in Llamberis) has been checking on the hut for us and reports that all is well (thanks Jo). We are still accepting bookings for the hut for after lockdown, on the basis that any visit will depend on the prevailing rules at the time.

That's it for this week. Take care everyone and stay safe,


Bowline CC - Reminder Annual Dinner

E-mail sent by Andy Railton, Wednesday, 11th November 2020 @ 6:43pm

Hi Folks,

Just a quick reminder that the annual dinner is this Saturday, 14th Nov, held on Zoom kicking off at 6 p.m. Please click the Annual Dinner link for more details and registration. Zoom details to be sent out later this week.

Andy Railton

Bowline CC - Save outdoor education

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Monday, 9th November 2020 @ 1:10pm

Hi Bowliners,

We've been contacted by Holly Nicols on behalf of the #saveoutdoored campaign. This is something you are probably all aware of already via the BMC. Outdoor education centres around the UK are facing an existential threat due to the pandemic; many are being forced to permanently close, and many more face closure as we head into the winter season. Outdoor centres have been closed since March, with no income or guidance as to when or how they can reopen.

As things currently stand, millions of young people will miss out on their residentials next year, and if centres close, these opportunities will be lost forever. The #saveoutdoored campaign are asking climbing club members for their support to help raise awareness of the crisis that faces the industry. If we don't fight for this industry, it won't be there to inspire future generations of climbers and mountaineers.

The most useful thing you can do is write to your local MP.  Please use the link - This page makes it really quick and easy to email you MP (I've done it and it's super easy).
Please also share this link with friends/colleagues/etc. There is a BMC video and article  explaining the situation. There is also a petition which you can sign (and share):

Kind regards,


Bowline CC - Quiz and Answers - PDF Files

E-mail sent by Andy Railton, Saturday, 7th November 2020 @ 3:27pm

Hi All,

So the Open Document Presentation probably doesn't work for everyone.

So attached is a PDF file of the Quiz Questions (Bowline Quiz October 2020) and then the Quiz and Answers (Oct Quiz & Answers). Unfortunately I can't embed the music files in Adobe Acrobat Reader. So you won't be able to do the music round. No cheating!


Bowline CC - Quiz and Answers

E-mail sent by Andy Railton, Tuesday, 3rd November 2020 @ 11:47pm

Hi Folks,

Attached is last night's quiz as an Open Presentation Document. I've set up the document to display the questions and answers in sequence. Open the attached document and then play it as a slide show. You can then use the arrows on your Keyboard to step through the slides and the Questions and Answers will dislpay in sequence.

Just a couple of hints and helps on the Round where I'm asking you to identify the Route, for Route 1 it is the Route on which the person in the red top is climbing the chimney. On Route 2 it is the corner route.

On the Music round, Round 7, the music tracks are embedded as the speaker icons. Put the cursor on the symbol and you can see how to play the track. When you've heard the enough use the cursor to pause the track and then keyboard arrow to display the answer and so on. Anyway I'm sure you will get it....

If this doesn't open I can send through the Questions and Answers as PDF files.

Have fun

Oct Quiz & Answers.odp

Bowline CC - Quiz Night

E-mail sent by Andy Railton, Tuesday, 3rd November 2020 @ 11:37am

Hi Folks,

So we had fun last night in the Quiz. I will send out the Quiz with answers embedded in the next few days, for you to have a crack and see how many points you can score. Mr Unwin was top last night, with about 13 points.


Andy Railton 

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