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Bowline CC - Club hut closed and advice regarding outdoor activities

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Tuesday, 24th March 2020 @ 11:36am

Hello Bowliners,

I had hoped that today I'd be writing to you with something light hearted to keep everyones spirits up. But sadly following the latest government advice I am writing to inform you that the club hut is now closed to all users. Club members and external users must NOT visit the club hut until further notice. 

Also, all club members are requested to heed the advice from the government and The British Mountaineering Council about participating in outdoor activities.

Stay safe and well everyone, I hope we can all get together again for some adventures soon!

Andy

Bowline CC - IMPORTANT - Club meets and hut usage

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Tuesday, 17th March 2020 @ 5:10pm

Dear Bowliners,

We are experiencing an unprecented 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. To that end we are cancelling all meets until further notice, this includes all weekly indoor climbing meets and all club trips/events.

We are not taking any new external bookings for the club hut and we would strongly encourage members to NOT go to the club hut for the foreseeable future. We have the situation under continuous review and we may provide further guidance regarding the hut as the situation evolves, this may well result use of the hut being banned.

With the situation likely to get much worse before it gets better I'd like encourage everyone to consider carefully the risks to themselves and to others before undertaking any of the activities that I know we all love. The more we do to help now, the sooner we can all get together again as a club and share more fun and adventures.

We will continue to publish a weekly update via email every Tuesday. If anyone has anything they'ed like to include please do share with us.

Kind regards,

Andy

Bowline CC - Font refund

E-mail sent by Michael Jones, Monday, 16th March 2020 @ 8:31pm

Sorry its me again,

To add to my previous email I can confirm that there will be a refund.

Right now this will be £65. There was a deposit paid which was slightly under £20.

There is discussion as to whether this deposit is recoverable, I at present do not know which way that will go but I will communicate this information once it is known. 

Regards,

Mike

Bowline CC -

E-mail sent by Michael Jones, Monday, 16th March 2020 @ 6:17pm

Dear all,

Sadly the club has had to make the hard decision on Font. 

This has been cancelled as per the latest advice from NHS England and GovUK regarding travel, risk and isolation.

I know this is very disappointing for you all but Font will still be there, maybe something later this year?

Sorry to be the bringer of bad news.

Mike

Bowline CC - FORMAL POSTPONEMENT OF AGM RE COVID-19

E-mail sent by Andy Railton, Saturday, 14th March 2020 @ 7:36pm

Dear Club Member,

Due to the rapidly escalating number of people being diagnosed with the COVID-19 virus we have concluded that it would not be responsible for the Club to hold its AGM at the end of March, which would involve bringing together upwards of 40 people in a relatively confined space.

Although we realise that the Club's Rules of Association require us to hold a General meeting in March, under the current circumstances it is better to postpone the AGM,  rather than running the risk of potentially further spreading the virus to our nearest and dearest and wider in the community.

Therefore this Email gives formal notice to postpone the AGM.

We are postponing the date of the AGM until late June or early July, as soon as we have a practical date we will let you know. If nearer the time of June/July it looks like an AGM at this time is not feasible then we will postpone the date again till September, after the summer holidays.  

Regards 

Andy Railton (Hon) Secretary 

Bowline CC - Club news (Wednesday 11th March)

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Tuesday, 10th March 2020 @ 11:12pm

It looks like those on the Scottish Winter meet are having a good time judging by the photos and updates in the Bowline Members Facebook group. Good to hear that some more club members have been introduced to the 'joys' of winter climbing, congratulations to Andy Harper who has got his first winter lead climb under his belt. 

You should all have received the email with the Formal Notice of the club AGM on Saturfday 28th March. We need as many club members to attend as possible so please make every effort to come along. It's your club and it needs you to help ensure its future!
 
A little sooner than the club AGM is the next BMC Midlands area meeting which is coming up next week on Thursday 19th March starting at 19:30 in Solihull. The meeting includes free food courtesy of the BMC and an excellent talk from John Edwards about 'A cheap long weekend in Longyearbyen'. Full details on the BMC website. A number of club members are part of the BMC area committee so there will be familiar faces present, I may be able to offer lifts from Leicester.

Hope those of you who went to our Tuesday evening bouldering at 
The Climbing Station had a great time, goo training for those going on our trip to Fontainebleau next month. With the outdoor climbing season approaching now is the time to join our Thursday evening roped climbing at The Tower climbing wall in Beaumont Leys and get in shape ready to hit the real rock.

Bowline CC - Extra Hut weekend

E-mail sent by Michael Jones, Monday, 9th March 2020 @ 8:59pm

Good evening,

All those joining us at the hut this weekend can you please reply to me confirming. This will be your booking
meetsec@bowlineclimbingclub.co.uk

To date I am aware of:
Me (obviously)
Zoe 
Andy Richards
John Morgan
Randal
Ali

If you need to fill out any additional forms for guests these can also be forwarded to me.

And finally,
If you would like to join in on the Saturday Roast dinner a heads up on numbers would be helpful.

Cheers,

Mike

Bowline CC - NOTICE OF AGM 16:00 28th MARCH PETER PIZZERIA LEICESTER LE1 6ZH

E-mail sent by Andy Railton, Saturday, 7th March 2020 @ 9:27pm


Hey Bowliners! 

 

It's Annual General Meeting time again - this is your club and the AGM is a great opportunity to get involved in shaping the future of the club.  Your committee have been busy responding to member's suggestions and feedback over the past year and we have proposals to discuss and where appropriate vote on;

· Family membership - a recommendation from the committee to create a Family Membership scheme to allow members kids (and grandchildren) to join formally so they become more closely associated with the club and can be covered by the BMC's third party liability insurance.

· Membership fee updates - proposals for the new Family Membership rates for under 18s and refinements to membership fees of other categories to reflect a year's experience of these and help address some anomalies – to be fully discussed at the AGM and voted on of course.

· Some updates to the Byelaws the committee think will better reflect today's club

· Charnwood Hills Race – a full discussion of the impact to our finances of not being able to run this year's race and the steps we plan to take over the coming months to try and protect next year's event

· We also need to elect Committee officers and members for the coming year (another great way to get involved - the current membership secretary is standing down next year and we will need to elect a vice chair for next year - so if you're interested in joining the committee team please let us know!).

To comply with our rules, we need at least a quarter of eligible members to attend the AGM but in reality, we want as many as possible to ensure discussion and voting reflects the views of the wider club.  To help with this we're holding it again at "Peter (Pete's) Pizzeria" - the venue for last year's successful AGM.  Sadly club funds don't stretch to subsidising either beer or pizza but we hope you'll stay on and enjoy both with fellow members after the event - there's a link on the website to register interest for food so Peter's team know roughly how many want to stay on.

 

Attached you'll find the formal agenda with helpful explanatory notes on the all the motions being voted on, the changed Byelaws and of course the Club’s Income & Expenditure account for 2019.  Please remember, whilst only paid up full members can vote at the meeting, we welcome views of all so come along and get involved.  And don't forget - if you can't attend in person please take a moment to complete a Proxy Voting form to ensure you have a say in the future of your club

So, can you please mark in your diary to attend the AGM on the 28th March.

NOW THE FORMAL BIT

This is the formal notice of the Bowline Climbing Club AGM at 16:00 at Peter Pizzeria, Leicester LE1 6ZH on Saturday 28th March.

Under the Club's Rules of Association we are only allowed to vote on Motions at the AGM that have been circulated at least 14 days prior to the AGM. Club Subscriptions, Hut Fees and Votes to elect committee members are standing items on the AGM agenda and don't need to be proposed as a Motion.

 If you can't attend the AGM you may either vote on the Motions that are appended to the attached AGM Agenda on the Proxy Voting Slip OR nominate someone to vote in your place (also on the Proxy Voting Slip) as a proxy who is going to attend the AGM and is ELIGIBLE to vote. You MUST however send in your completed Proxy Voting Slip to the Club Secretary either by Email or Post within 48 hours of the date of AGM, that is by 16:00 on Thursday the 26th of March.

Club Secretary Email: clubsecretary@bowlineclimbingclub.co.uk

Club Secretary Address: 8, Harrier Close, Broughton Astley, Leicester, LEICS, LE9 6RU

Regards
Andy Railton (Hon Secretary)

PS - All the files attached are PDF so they should be easy to download and view, the Modified Byelaws are also attached as a WORD file, because they print better in that format.

Bowline CC - BMC ODG REVIEW Strategy for Clubs

E-mail sent by Andy Railton, Saturday, 7th March 2020 @ 5:52pm

Hi All,

Please see below an Email received from the BMC regarding a strategy for the clubs that has been developed as part of the ODG Review. As you can see from the Email below they are looking for responses to the proposals by the 22nd March. You can either respond directly via the link below or send you comments back myself or Andy Potter to be raised at the next area meeting on the 18th March or attend the area meeting yourself.

Regards

Andy Railton

The proposals link is here:https://odg.thebmc.co.uk/hc/en-gb/articles/360006380957-Proposed-strategy-for-Clubs-2020-2024

The link to the ODG website where you can post comments is:https://odg.thebmc.co.uk/hc/en-gb/requests/new


Sent on behalf of the ODG Clubs Workstream……

Dear Clubs,

The Clubs Workstream of the BMC's Organisational Development Group has been working over the past year to develop our thinking on how the BMC should develop and deepen its relationship with its affiliated clubs. In June 2019, we published a report setting out the results of our research and consultation, setting out a number of changes to the representative structures for clubs and laying out a number of issues to be addressed.

We are now reaching the end of our work, and are pleased to present a draft clubs strategy to guide the work of the BMC in this area over the coming years. This strategy builds on our findings and recommendations in the interim report and converts them into a viable work plan for future BMC volunteers to take forward.
We’ve set four objectives to encourage the development of a partnership relationship between the BMC and its clubs, laid out the work needed to achieve them and defined key measures of our success. We've presented a graphical overview of the strategy below and you can view the full document on the ODG website here.

It is important that clubs and their committees have a meaningful input into the work done on their behalf. We encourage clubs to provide their comments on this draft at their local Area meeting, through their local BMC clubs rep or via the ODG website by the 22nd March 2020. A final version will be presented to the Board at their April 2020 meeting.

Clubs are asked to review the draft strategy, and consider the following questions:

1. Do you agree with the direction of the strategy, the aim and the four objectives?
2. Do you agree with the proposed projects? Can you see any practical issues?
3. Are there other areas of work we could do that would help us reach our objectives
4. Is there anything you think that would be relevant to your club that has been omitted / missed from the projects and objectives?
If you have any questions, then please get in touch with your BMC clubs rep or submit them via the form on the ODG website.

Many thanks for your input into this work,

Mike Spooner
ODG Clubs Workstream Lead
Student Clubs Rep, BMC Clubs’ Committee

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Bowline CC - Scottish Winter Meet Places Available

E-mail sent by Andy Railton, Wednesday, 4th March 2020 @ 10:19pm

Hi Folks,

Still places available on the meet, 3 available due to people dropping out.

Regards

Andy Railton

Bowline CC - Club news (Wednesday 4th March)

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Wednesday, 4th March 2020 @ 6:15pm

This Saturday Social Climbing in Leicester are hosting the 3rd round of the BMC Youth Climbing Series (Midlands+Peak). As this is on our patch so to speak it would be great if lots of club members could volunteer to help by judging the competition. Those nice people at Social Climbing have offered that anyone who comes along and volunteers can stay on after the competition and boulder FOR FREE! Volunteers are needed from 9:30am until roughly 3pm, if you can help let Claudia Sarner know - claudiasarner@hotmail.com.
 
Also the next BMC Midlands area meeting is coming up in a couple of weeks time. Thursday 19th March starting at 19:30 in Solihull. The meeting includes free food courtesy of the BMC and an excellent talk from John Edwards about 'A cheap long weekend in Longyearbyen'. Full details on the BMC website. A number of club members are part of the BMC area committee so there will be familiar faces present, I may be able to offer lifts from Leicester.

Our club committee has its pre-AGM meeting this Thursday evening (5th March). As always all club members are welcome to attend committee meetings. The minutes of the previous meeting can be found in the Members Area. Please make sure you have the club AGM and Pizza in your diary (Saturday 28th March), we need lots of club members to attend.
 
Unfortunately I have had to pull out of the Scottish Winter meet which is a real shame as it is shaping up to be an excellent trip with the conditions for winter climbing looking very favourable. I believe there are a couple of place up for grabs still and lifts may well be available too. Book your places via the website or contact Andy Railton for more details.

As always don't forget to join our Tuesday evening bouldering at 
The Climbing Station in Loughborough. And our Thursday evening roped climbing at The Tower climbing wall in Beaumont Leys.

Bowline CC -

E-mail sent by Michael Jones, Wednesday, 4th March 2020 @ 5:33pm

Welcome to your wet weather Wednesday weekly wibble. (Meet report)

The committee meeting and Thursday night climbing at the tower are next on the list. Please join us for at least one. Your choice which!

following Andy's email the last winter meet space has been snapped up, with perfect conditions predicted. 

The Extra hut meet 13-15/03 is next weekend and I believe we already have 7 signed up so if you want an adventure, but didn't fancy the journey to Scotland, here's your chance.

Take care all,

Mike

Bowline CC - Scottish Winter Meet - More Places Available Again

E-mail sent by Andy Railton, Tuesday, 3rd March 2020 @ 10:13pm

Hi Folks,

Just been informed, just in the last hour, of a couple of further late cancellations so we have another 2 places available again if you would like to take them up. I've made them available for you to purchase direct on the website.

Regards

Andy Railton

Tel 07894 533629

Bowline CC - Scottish Winter Meet

E-mail sent by Andy Railton, Tuesday, 3rd March 2020 @ 8:06pm

Hi All,

The winter meet is now full for places in the Bunkhouse. There should be some camping places available, I'll Email later tonight. 

Andy

Bowline CC - Scottish Winter Meet March 7th to 14th

E-mail sent by Andy Railton, Tuesday, 3rd March 2020 @ 5:55am

Hi Folks,

So a brief reminder, the Winter Meet in Feshiebridge starts this Saturday and we have 1 place left, any takers?

Andy Railton Tel 07894 533629 

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E-mail sent by Michael Jones, Friday, 28th February 2020 @ 12:00am

Hey folks,

So following on from the Boulder competition at Social Climbing, I think its fair to say it was a fun night with lots of friendly competitiveness. 16 entrants in total. Pictures are on the facebook page.

I'd just like to extend my thanks to Zoe Pickering and Andy Richards, these two really made the comp what it was and selflessly gave up their own scores to help make it all run smoothly. (Legends)

There were some great prizes handed out and to claim them you simply need to email me and I will arrange what needs to be arranged. 
Congratulations to Ninja Nigel for taking the Top spot on the Problems, he is a machine! A bowline buff in a colour of your chosing awaits you.
Mr Chairman himself and new member Sophie took the team traverse crown winning a free night in the club hut.
The blind speed wall had 3 prizes, Alix took the free session at social climbing and Andy P and Sophie took the exclusive 2 hour PPB talk. 

Thank you all for taking part. 

Here are the scores:

Name

Problems

Hang

Red Traverse

Speed wall

Team Traverse

 

Position

Problems

Hang

Speed wall

Team traverse

Alix

127

56

y

70

16.08

 

1st

Nigel

Pete M

Andy P

Sophie/Andy P

Andy P

130

42

y

80

13.4

 

2nd

Jack

Nigel

Alix

Pixie/Ian

Andy R

40

0

y

-15

35.3

 

3rd

Andy P

Jack

Sophie

Liz/Alix

Brian

100

37

y

30

23.84

           

Dan T

100

0

y

25

30

           

Ian

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

 

Overall Problems

       

Jack

134

66

y

15

22.31

 

1st

Nigel

215

   

John

110

29

y

5

23.84

 

2nd

Jack

210

   

Liz

91

40

y

5

16.08

 

3rd

Pixie

202

   

Natalia

104

0

y

-15

30

           

Nigel

137

68

y

40

35.3

           

Pete B

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

N/A

           

Pete M

64

75

y

-20

22.31

           

Pixie

127

65

y

0

14.06

           

Rachel

67

0

y

5

16.75

           

Sophie

97

0

y

55

13.4

           

The next meets are fast approaching, We have the Committee meeting, Winter meet and an extra hut weekend in March.

If you are joining us on the Extra Hut weekend I'll be cooking a Vegetarian/Vegan Roast Saturday night so maybe thats a deal maker or breaker....

Take care folks,

Mike

Bowline CC - Club news (Wednesday 26th February)

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Wednesday, 26th February 2020 @ 7:44pm

A day late this week as I wanted to wait until we had the results from our Bouldering Competition last night. Hence I can congratulate new member Nigel Leeming (aka Ninja Nigel) for winning the main competition. And also thank our new Meet Sec, Michael Jones, for organising a great evening (photos can be found on the club Facebook page). Michael will be circulating the full results of the competition soon.

Our club committee has its pre-AGM meeting next Thursday evening (5th March). As always all club members are welcome to attend committee meetings. The minutes of the previous meeting can be found in the Members Area. Please make sure you have the club AGM and Pizza in your diary (Saturday 28th March), we need lots of club members to attend.
 
For those of you visiting the hut in the near future you will notice that some of the rendering on the end wall of the hut has come away. Our hut secretary, Ian Robinson, is aware and we are making plans for sorting out the end wall in due course.

We have lots of hardwork going on to organise the club meets for this year. Don't forget to check the Meets List on the website and get the dates in your diary. There are more meets to come and we'll give you the dates for these when we have them.

Don't forget to join our Tuesday evening bouldering at 
The Climbing Station in Loughborough. And our Thursday evening roped climbing at The Tower climbing wall in Beaumont Leys.

Have a great week everyone!

Bowline CC - Next round of the BMC Youth Climbing Series

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Wednesday, 26th February 2020 @ 7:16pm

Hi Bowliners,

The third round of the BMC Youth Climbing Series (Midlands & Peak) is taking place on Saturday 7th March at Social Climbing in Leicester. Once again we need volunteers to come and help with the judging the competitors. If you can help out please contact the Midlands Area Youth Co-ordinator - Claudia Sarner - claudiasarner@hotmail.com

Kind regards,

Andy

Bowline CC -

E-mail sent by Michael Jones, Monday, 24th February 2020 @ 6:44pm

Hey folks,

so tomorrow is the boulder competition at social climbing.
i hope to see you there. It would be great if you could be there and ready to go by 18:45. Comp starts at 19:00.

After you've signed in with the guys at social come and find me over by the sofas.

entry to the comp is £1 and there are some great prizes to be won. There is a couple of free nights in the club hut, a prestigious bowline buff, a free pass to social climb and finally the grand prize(which is far too amazing to put into words).

food will be supplied by a 3 for £10 pizza deal from a well reviewed source. So depending on how hungry you are........ but basically <£3 gets you entry to the comp and fed.
there is also a small faction wishing to order in from Grounded kitchen. The foods great but it starts at £6pp. Decide on the day and I will take your order on entry.

The comp will last approximately an hour and a bit, then we can chow down while I tot up the scores and present the prises. 

manditory drinks will follow after, so even if you can't make the comp we will see you in the pub!!!

If this is your first visit please register at https://app.rockgympro.com/waiver/esign/socialclimbing/5c93190b-b6bb-40d3-a42e-da51eae8fa03 to speed up your entry. 

Take care and bring your A game.

Mike


 

Bowline CC - Lost property at the hut

E-mail sent by Andrew Potter, Wednesday, 19th February 2020 @ 4:03pm

Whilst visiting the hut our Hut Secretary, Ian Robinson, has discovered a couple of items of lost property. Photos of the items are attached.

If these are yours, or if you know who's they are, please get in touch with Ian to arrange their return (07762 757221).

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